Gratitude – 2014 and inspiration

I am grateful for 2014. There are a lot of things about 2014 I will take with me, and will cherish as long as I can. A great trip to California with family. Coop’s first experiences at school. Our first whole summer in our new house. Farley’s last moments of babyhood (although both will always be my babies, just a little bit). There are other parts of 2014 I am grateful I can move past and leave behind; I like to cherry pick my memories. That’s a big part of what this blog is about.

I am grateful for inspiration. I rarely anticipate from whence it will come. My kids had a playdate today with a family we’re just getting to know. When they were pregnant the dad realized the job he’d had for the previous 13 years involved lots of travel, and that wasn’t going to allow him be at home as much as he’d like. So, he went from being a hobby chocolatier to being a full-time pro. His chocolate is amazing, his passion for what he does is too. His leap of faith is what really gets me, though. He pretty much just said “Cuss it! I’m going to make chocolate now” (I am paraphrasing). He googled up what he needed to know to start, and then and learned the rest by trial and error. He was proudly showing me machines today that he designed and built for processing cocoa beans. He didn’t find or buy plans, he just built the dang thing. And his chocolate is AMAZING. I don’t have leap of faith I’d really like to make right now, but hearing and seeing this story first hand makes me realize one can just make stuff like that happen, and starts me down a road where I see more possibilities. If that’s not nice, what is?

I am grateful for some good news that came my way today about someone I care deeply about. It’s not public information just now, and I don’t want to reveal any more than that on the interwebs. I’m sorry, dear reader, to be all cryptic like that. Here’s the thing: I’m very grateful for this news, and as weird as this paragraph might read, it would feel weirder to me if I didn’t mention it at all on this, my blog about being grateful.

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