The Annual A, B, C’s of Gratitude- 2020 Edition

Here we are again- celebrating the season of thanks, gratitude, giving…. And while this year has been a…. well, let’s be honest- it’s been a solid shit show… it’s refreshing to look around and see so many people expressing their gratitude and being thankful for all they have with the given circumstances. And my heart swells with all of the love, support and giving going around. It seems we have all been forced to look at life a bit differently this year but perhaps that’s a positive we can find among the crapola of Covid.

So if you have been following Mama’s Got This, you are familiar with my ABC lists. If you’re new here- HIIIIIYAAAAA! These lists are my way of clearing my mind of scary shit, helping me to fall asleep, or a way of keeping myself entertained. They all stem back from my breast biopsy 4 years ago where I was trying to stay positive and calm with my pregnancy belly and massive boobs splayed out on an imaging table. Through my fears and tears- I’m pretty sure I was listing foods that began with each letter of the alphabet.

I still make these lists quite often in my head, mostly at night time because insomnia is a bitch. And when it comes time to create my annual list for Thanksgiving, I love to to look back and see what has changed, what’s similar and what is the same… fricking word. for. word. That shit’s still so weird to me! You can take a look for yourself.  2016 2017 2018 2019

Quick reminder, these are things I am truly grateful for, no matter how big or small they may seem. And since it’s my game, I make the rules. Cheers!

A- Audiobooks + Adventures

B- Birthdaaaaayyyys

C- Crystals + Candles + Curse Words 

D- Dreamy Visits from Mom, Dad + Pete Dog 

E- Epsom Salt Baths + My Super Supportive Employer

F- Family, Friends + FaceTime 

G- Glittery Stuff + Giggles 

H- Hummingbirds 

I- Adobe Illustrator Tutorials 

J- Johnny Boy 

K- Kaiser 

L- Live Crystal Sales on Instagram 

M- The Man on the Moon + Mary Jane 

N- The Night Sky 

O- Healthy Oncology Follow Ups 

P- Plants on Plants on Plants 

Q- Quiet Time + Q-Tips

R- Rainy Days 

S- Stretchy Pants + Slippers + Science 

T- Tweets from my Birdy Buddies + The Today Show 

U- The USPS + Unlimited Phone Data 

V- Loving + Kind Veterinarians 

W- Weighted Blankets + Wishes + Working From Home

X- X-tra Hair Thingys Found in my Purse 

Y- Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery 

Z- Zoloft- DUH 

Happy Thanksgiving from the Filloon Fam to you!

Annual ABCs of GRATITUDE

It’s that time of year once again- a time of thanks, of gratitude, of…. WAIT- isn’t that everyday?! You’re D A M N R I G H T. Even though some days are more difficult than others, I do strive to take mindful moments throughout and notice what I’m grateful for. Sometimes that consists of jotting things down in my notebook and really contemplating. And sometimes it looks like me crashing in my bed after a shit-hole day and just being grateful I made it through.

When I was diagnosed in 2016, I was inspired… ok, really, I was bored in chemo and just trying to pass the time… to do a spin off of my usual ABC lists I had typically used to help me fall asleep at night… oh, and that one time used to keep my mind busy while large biopsy needles were inserted into my massive prego boobs. So to continue with my thankful and grateful traditions, I’ve put together my annual ABC’s of Gratitude again.

I always find it funny to look back and see what has changed, what’s similar and what is the same… word. for. word. That shit’s pretty weird. See for yourself. I guess new years, same me! 2016 2017 2018

Annnnnd new year, same sweatshirt if you went back the 2016 post

Quick reminder, these are things I am truly grateful for, no matter how big or small they seem. And since it’s my game, I make the rules. Here we go! {In my best Mario Kart voice}

A- Audiobooks From The Library

B- Be Well Yoga for Cancer Recovery & Bubble Baths

C- Community

D- Disney +

E- Edibles

F- Family, Friends & F-Bombs

G- My Mini-Herb Garden

H- Health, Home, & Those Damn Cute Hummingbirds

I- Incense & Intentions

J- Jobs I Truly Enjoy Showing Up To

K- A Sig-O Who Is Incredible In The Kitchen

L- L O V E

M- The Moon & Movie Quotes

N- Notes… Sticky Notes, Note Pads, Phone Notes, Notebooks

O- Other People Sharing Their Stories

P- Pete-Doggy-Dog

Q- Quite Time

R- Rain & Rainbows

S- Safe Spaces & Sweatpants

T- Our Tiny Humans

U- That ‘Vintage’ Episode of Sesame Street With Smokey Robinson Singing To The Letter U

V- Vehicles That Allow Us To Safely Get From Place To Place

W- White Vinegar… What Can I Say, I Really Enjoy Cleaning

X- X-tra Hot Showers

Y- Yoga Practices & My Young C Pals

Z- Zoloft

Wishing you all Happy Thanksgiving! Thank you, Thank you (I just told the kids you HAVE to say thank you twice on Thanksgiving) for reading and for being so rad. I am grateful for ALL of you!

And if you feel like putting it out there, tell me- What are you grateful for? 🍁

Scars + Celebrations

Oh, hey there. 👋 It’s been a bit… so I thought I’d pop in with a few updates.

It’s been a little over 3 weeks since my appendectomy and I’m healing quite well. It still hurts like a Mo’ Fo’ anytime I sneeze, cough, or laugh enthusiastically… as if my intestines might burst out from my incisions. And I’m still limited on exercise and lifting. But other than that, I’m feeling pretty fine.

My most recent side boob… AKA side scar pic {wink, wink}

Our weekly Yoga For Cancer Recovery class at Yoga Sol has been going really well. After each class, I find my self in tears of joy and some sadness but also so grateful to be able to co-teach class with my dear friend Jenny at such an amazing studio. My passion for yoga, healing and community shines even brighter than ever before. It’s so rad to be able to truly say ‘I love my job!’

My gal pal Jenny 💖

The Soul Seeds // Affirmation Deck Kickstarter is nearing the end- a little less than a week left- and it’s currently 95% funded!! So fucking cool! Not only is it exciting to see the hard work I’ve been putting in getting closer to fruition, the relationships and community that have been sprouting are incredible! Gratitude fills me completely 💖

The kiddos are adjusting well to their new schools and I am adjusting to the new drop off / pick up schedules along with sports, sports, sports {anyone else have that VTech kids toy?} And I’m thankful to have some rad mom friends on the side lines.

And finally, we celebrated our baby doll, Wyatt, last Saturday as he turned 3… THREE… T H R E E! Oh, my heart. MY HEART! He is a smart, funny, loving, stubborn, kick in the pants kind of kid.

“I wake each day with a grateful heart…”