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? 🍁

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed 

Ninth Taxol treatment in the works! Three more to go and then on to the AC. 

Nothing much to report today. Thankfully! And in the spirit of being thankful, which I am on the daily, I’ll share with you my current alphabet list. 

Remember way back, when I told you all that sometimes I play the alphabet game in my head? Well, today’s genre is gratitude and things that make me happy. 🤗 Note- this list is NOT the end all, be all. Just the things that popped into my head while trying to pass the time during chemo. And because it’s my game, I make the rules. You’ll see what I mean when we get to X 😁

A- Alternative Medicine 
B- Belly laughs

C- Cards 

D- Doggies

E- Ellen

F- Family and Friends 

G- Giggles

H- HGTV 

I- Impromptu dance parties in the driveway to Christmas music and Christmas laser light decorations 

J- John

K- Kombucha

L- La Croix 

M- Modern Medicine 

N- Nausea Meds 

O- Olives stuffed with yummy things

P- Parades

Q- Quiet Moments 

R- New Recipes 

S- Seat Heaters

T- Tamales

U- Ukuleles 

V- Visits from my parents in my dreams 

W- The Woody Show on 98.7

X- Extra Hugs and Kisses from Little H 

Y- Yoga

Z- Zippered onesies for W

Did any of you watch This Is Us last night? Man I love that show! William’s speech about appreciating the tiny beautiful moments really hit me, gave me the chills. So real and relevant. 

You don’t need me to remind you, especially during this season, but I’ll say it anyway. Always remember to be thankful; say it out loud, write it down, or just say it in your head. Express gratitude even for the little things- for those, sometimes, really are the big things. 

Each night, as I close my eyes, I give thanks for the wonderful things in my life. Try it out. It feels nice. 

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving! And if you feel like putting it out there, tell me- What are you grateful for? 🍁