Simple things I am grateful for today.

“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some days are great and some days can feel as though everything in the world is falling into place. Then there are days, oh there are days, where I struggle to stay afloat. These are the days that I try to think of the things I am, and should be, thankful for. Some days it boosts my mood, other days it doesn’t. But every day it reminds me that I still have good things in my life, even when every fiber of my being is trying to tell me otherwise.

  1. I’m alive. It’s hard to be thankful for this when you’re in such a negative headspace all of the time, but truth be told, it’s a real blessing. I’m here, I’m breathing and I’m lucky for that.
  2. I have access to the internet. I use the internet for a lot. Looking for jobs. Pouring my heart out to this blog. Running social media accounts for Knight. Doing some consulting work. Watching copious amounts of Youtube videos and falling down various subject matter rabbit holes (the most recent of which being Mr. Atheist)
  3. The small pleasures in life. The sun, even if it is only up for a few hours each day. The smell of fresh brewed coffee. Hearing my niece and nephew laugh.
  4. The Tesla #CyberTruck is so badass. I want one. I want one sooooo bad. I’m going to get it one day. It will be mine. You just wait and see.
  5. The Cure – Pictures of You. This has been a favourite of mine for years and it’s a song that I go back to whether my mood good or bad. In my opinion, The Cure is music that will transcend generations and could quite possibly still be relevant 100 years from now.
  6. My foam roller. This rickety old body needs all the help it can get. And honestly, owning a foam roller is LIFE CHANGING for your muscles and joints.
  7. That I have a somewhat not-stupid head on my shoulders that keeps me on track. Staying the path of determination and stubbornness isn’t always a lucrative adventure monetarily, but I will get there. Rest assured, I will get there eventually.
  8. For these few minutes of peace I am getting tonight. Everyone’s gone out. I’m not sure if it’ll be 10 minutes, a half hour, an hour or even two. But I’m going to take advantage of this quiet while I’ve got it.
  9. Something Knight said to me on the phone two nights ago. I didn’t really say anything about it when he said it. And I haven’t mentioned it since. But I’ll probably remember it forever.

Sometimes, reminding yourself to be grateful is one of the most positive, and hardest steps you can take to make sure you get on with your day.

What are you grateful for today?

This millennial’s music guide.

I’m not really sure what genres I could call this collection of songs. But, since music is such a big piece to my life, I thought for the first time ever, I’d share some of my favourite songs on this blog.

I truly believe that a person’s taste in music can tell you a lot about who they are. People are often surprised when they hear my selections for song choices. I’m not really sure that this collection will say much about me, but if it is does then please feel so inclined as to share some of your favourite songs. I’d love to let your favourite songs tell me a little bit more about you.

I really tried to narrow it down to ten but I just couldn’t. Thus, this list is thirteen…

Tom Cochrane & Red Rider – Boy Inside the Man

I can’t really explain the reason why I love this song so much. It just a certain ‘purity’ to it that makes me think of all the adventures I go into growing up. It’s pure nostalgia for me when I hear it.

Kim Carnes – Bette Davis Eyes

Oh goodness, I might need to stop actually talking about why I like these songs because I’m only on #2 and I’m struggling. This song, it reminds me of a specific moment in my life when someone said to me “Forgive me for staring, but your eyes, they’re the most blue of anyone I’ve ever seen.” When I hear it, I’m transformed back to a much more simple time and place in life. And, I like that. I guess you could say this one is nostalgic for me as well.

The Marshall Tucker Band – Can’t You See

This song is waking up in the morning to smell a fresh pot of coffee brewing and hear some extremely loud singing coming from the shower. It’s a peaceful drive into the city, on your way to work, witnessing the truly incredible sights the Canadian landscapes have to offer, with the sun beaming on your face and a sense of fulfillment in your heart. This song is… peace, calm and serenity to me.

Tom Petty – I won’t Back Down

Though it doesn’t sound like much of a fight song, this song is my fight song. When I feel like the world is kicking me around and throwing all sorts of shit at me that I can’t handle, this is the song I’ll go to.

Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the Dark

Ugh… to me this song should be a Millennial Anthem. It’s like… as we were being born, he knew how we’d feel 30 years from then…

Paul Simon – You can call me Al

This song is equally annoying and incredible to my brain. I both love it and hate it equally, and cannot stop listening to it. It’s like an earworm that I’ve had since I was ten years old.

Otis Redding – Sittin’ On The Dock of the Bay

This song reminds me of my grandfather. This was his favourite song, and I think as a result that’s why it’s one of my favourites. My grandfather was someone who could hear something on the radio and sit down and play it on his piano, or guitar, or any of the instruments he had in his house. He was a music genius and he always had a soft spot for this song. As a result, I do to.

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

I love Elvis. I love all Elvis. From Jailhouse Rock to Blue Christmas to Suspicious Minds, I really love it all. If I had to pick a favourite though, this will always be my favourite Elvis song.

Dobie Gray – Drift Away

This is the most chill of all chill songs (for lack of ability to describe it any better).

Chris Stapleton – Millionaire

A song from this decade, how did this sneak in here? Actually though, Chris Stapleton is one of the most amazing musicians ever in my mind. Fun fact: he was actually a songwriter for other artists before he broke onto the music scene himself. I’ve seen the man live… 3 times now. I’d go to his concerts again and again and again because his lyrics are incredible, his voice is powerful and his shows are just as damn good as the recorded songs. And when his wife appears in concert with them – oh my god, you won’t be let down.

The Wallflowers – One Headlight

This song was a key piece to my ‘I’m a moody teenager soundtrack’ and has stuck around on my list of favourites ever since. The 90’s was a truly great decade for music. Seriously.

Bob Dylan – Mr. Tambourine Man

This song also ranks on my ‘top of the tops’ list because of my grandfather. I recall so many times going over to his house and this song was playing. I think this was one of his favourites. He used to sit down and play it on his various instruments and try to make me sing. I would never sing though, because I’m horrible. But… fond memories.

David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright

ANOTHER SONG FROM THIS DECADE! This song is my go-to for when I’m in a really bad mood. It always seems to make me feel like it’s better than I think it is…


Have any song suggestions that are your favourites? I’m always looking for some new music to encapsulate my soul.