Thursday, January 24, 2013

Thankful Thursday

Every Thursday I share what I'm thankful for.  Sometimes it's a serious or big thing, and sometimes it's a goofy or small thing.  I believe that no matter what is going on in our lives, there is always something to be thankful for.  Always.

I am so thankful that twenty years ago on January 18, 1993, I quit smoking.  I started smoking when I was seventeen, and quit after seventeen years.  I don't know how many times I tried to quit, only to give in to the craving.  It was finally when my kids were eight and nine and told me they wouldn't hug me anymore because I smelled like an ashtray, that I was finally successful.  I think it was one of the hardest things I've ever done, but one of the best things I've ever done for myself.

I'm also thankful for 
     *  my warm house and bed during this cold spell
     *  oranges so sweet they were like candy
     *  the start of my sewing room redo
     *  mindless TV.  don't judge!

     What are you thankful for today?

xo Annette xo


  1. Annette, I'm so happy for you that you stopped smoking!!
    Your sewing room redo sounds fun. Hope you'll share some pics :)
    I am very grateful for not having to leave the house on this incredibly cold day!

  2. Thankfully that's a habit that I never picked up, but I've had friends that did and I know how hard the quitting process can be, so way to go for quitting and for sticking to it all these years!!

    This week...
    A new always smiling little munchkin in my class - that's something that puts you in an instant good mood!

    My 16 year old has his first job interview this excited for him!!

    A fun dinner out with the family a couple nights back to a restaurant where they cook in front of you - it was a special treat!

    Happy Thursday!

  3. That's definitely something to be thankful for...and very proud of!
    Today I am thankful for family and the fact that we live so close to each other :)

  4. Kudos for quitting smoking. That was a tough one for sure. I tried smoking for the first time at 7! Smoked in 8th grade and again in 11th. Thankfully, it never "took."

    This week, I'm thankful for our little group on Facebook, that my friend Cat is coming over on Saturday for a creative play date, and that Mom is having everyone over for dinner on Sunday.

  5. Good for you, Annette! I am also an ex-smoker, quitting on January 8th 1990. I quit "cold turkey" & do remember how difficult it was to stop. I cried at the drop of a bucket the first two week, & had dreams (or nightmares!)for over a year, that I had let myself down & stated smoking again. It was the hardest thing I have ever done (I was a true addict!), bu the best thing I ever did for myself. I am thankful for so many things, but today I am thankful for you, my new friend at Healthy Journeys!

  6. Bravo, bravo, bravo!!! You know I have not made it there yet so I know what a struggle it had to have been for you. If you can beat smoking, I think you can beat anything!

  7. No Judgement on the TV, I'm right there with ya :)

    Congrats on giving up smoking, that is easier said than done, right :)

    Have a lovely day, cheers, T. :)

  8. Congratulations on kicking a very tough habit!!
    I am also thankful for a warm house,
    extra income during tax season, and
    potato soup.


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