The Weekly Goals that Didn’t Happen and a Little Gratitude Instead.

Weekly Goals | Shana Norris BlogSo, about those weekly goals. They didn’t happen last week. What happened instead was a lot of throwing up and bodies aching and sleep that needed to happen but didn’t due to aforementioned aching, throwing up bodies.

And to top it off? I was set to do my 10-mile run on Friday in spite of all that, in spite of the fact that I wondered if I could actually even push my body that far (not to mention should) and thennnnnnnnnn … I dropped my phone in the toilet.

The toilet was clean – thank goodness – but still. My phone had some issues for the rest of the day. And no 10-mile run was gonna happen without music or an audiobook on my iPhone.

If I were the superstitious type (who, me?) I’d think the fates had aligned against me and my goal setting last week.

But the thing is, good things happened too. No matter how sick we were or how long it took my phone to dry out, there is so much to be thankful for.

This is just the tip of the iceberg:

1. My phone dried and is working fine now
2. My husband got sick before I did, which meant he was very sympathetic when the bug struck me
3. My daughter got sick before me too, which meant I was healthy and whole to take care of her
4. Laying on the couch with your almost-nine-year-old and having her hold your hand = priceless
5. We recovered in time to make a special mother-daughter trip to the American Girl store
6. The best friends a girl could ask for
7. Chocolate
8. Anne Lamott
9. Seven-year-olds playing basketball
10. A husband who cooks for me
11. And supports me
12. And takes very good care of me
13. Not needing a man to take care of me, but having one anyway
14. Carpet cleaner
15. Bleach
16. Books to escape into
17. The best parents ever
18. My awesome sister and her equally awesome husband and kids
19. Hot tea
20. Coffee
21. A 50+ degree day this week
22. Ben & Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream
23. Rachel Held Evans
24. Passages from books that are so funny I’m laughing hours after reading them
25. Kids who still fight over who gets to sit by Mama

Your turn: tell me about some good things that happened to you last week, or a few things you’re thankful for.

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  1. Sometimes it is good to have a week like that. I know it stinks to be sick but it makes you appreciate your normal state of wellness and helps develop a deeper sense of gratitude and empathy. Plus, sometimes I have a hard time letting go unless forced. Glad you are feeling better!
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    • Tara, you are so right that being sick forced me to just do nothing … once the aches and pains subsided, I did a lot more napping than usual. And of course it was nice to lie around on the couch all day with my sweet little girl :)

  2. Oh my goodness, Shana! I’m so sorry you all got sick, but I absolutely love this post! Making a gratitude list is so good for the soul, isn’t it? I had kind of a rough evening last night and I’m still feeling off from it… I think I need to sit down and write out what I’m thankful for instead of continuing to stew and worry.
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    • Sarah, writing sounds like a good idea. It’s so therapeutic. You could even write about your rough evening … as long as it’s not too raw. Sometimes I have to wait a few days before I can write about tough times in my journal.

  3. 26. Most likely, this kind if sickness is over for the year!!
    I’m thankful for getting vitamin D the old-fashioned way. By actually being outside and not having my face freeze off!
    Ah, and more is coming!
    And the camera bag I have is Tamrac! Not Tamron. Very affordable and maybe even cute? I mean…kinda.
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  4. Love this! Do tell what the funny books were :) Glad your phone is working again.

    I’m thankful for: a silly toddler who sings “can’t hold us’ in Target
    Friends who know I’m having a bad day so they stop by with Starbucks
    Good books
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    • I love your thankfuls, Allie. I hope you get video of your little guy singing in Target. That’s the stuff memories are made of.

      The book I was referring to is This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. It’s quite crude at times, but wow – it’s funny.

  5. Oh Shana! I’m so sorry that you’ve all been sick! That’s no fun at all but I’m glad that you’re able to look at the positives of it all. (Wait, there’s a Ben and Jerry’s Red Velvet Cake ice cream?!?) For me, I’m grateful for a good weekend with my family up in Vermont despite the fact that I was kind of dreading the trip. Hope everyone is feeling better!
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    • I have my husband to thank for introducing me to that ice cream. We’ve been sharing a container at least once a week. It’s a little TOO good. And I’m not even an ice cream person.

  6. Oh man, yes to this: “Not needing a man to take care of me, but having one anyway”! I was sick as a dog last week, too! It was sort of nice to have the ‘excuse’ to really relax for a few days, though. Like “oh, I *should* stay in bed, that’s what my body needs right now!”, because otherwise I’d feel guilty. Glad we’re both feeling better!
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    • I’m glad you’re feeling better, Christy. I have a feeling Andy took great care of you! Not sure why we need excuses to take care of ourselves and take it easy, but I’m right there with you!

  7. So sorry about the sicknesses and that you didn’t get to do that run, but the good things that DID happen were awesome, especially being taken care of by hubby and the kids :) . My 3 yr old’s been acting up lately at night, which is understandable given all the changes in our childcare situation, but it has rattled me. Nevertheless, I am thankful for all the moments he says “i love you” without me asking him to and all the moments he shows affection to his baby sister.

  8. Oh no! So sorry you had all that going on. What’s great about goals and a generally organized life is that even when things go tilt, you have the ability to get back on track.
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  9. I love that you still found plenty to be grateful for Shana and you’re so right. No matter our circumstances, there are always blessings (no matter how in disguise they may be!)

  10. YIKES – phone in the toilet?!That’s great that you still find a ton to be thankful for despite a few set backs. I was soooo sick last Friday and my husband took care of me and told my little ones that I had turned into a zombie so that they would leave me alone and let me rest all day. That’s sweet how your husband took care of you, too. Hope you’re feeling better – you and your phone!

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