Gratitude Party: Free lunch, free coffee, free time

The 5 things for which I was Grateful Yesterday:

(a day late… again, lol)

1. My colleagues. I work with some really cool people.

I moved to New York because of a job.  Prior to that, the only home I’d ever known was the Washington, DC area.  I had always wanted to live in NYC and was convinced that something was waiting for me here.  I was strategic about where I wanted to work, and I was blessed to get a job doing what I love to do in a really wonderful place.  I work with the BEST people.  My employer is home to some of the nicest, most fun, kind, considerate people in the city of New York.  I’m so happy that when I go to work everyday, I’m working alongside these people.  Honestly, your colleagues can make the difference between a really great work experience and a miserable one.  I’d almost rather do something I hate alongside people I love than vice versa.  Doing something I love, but having to work with surly nasty vindictive backstabbers sounds like my idea of hell.  So, everyday, I give thanks that I’ve ended up where I am.  Is it utopia?  No.  It surely has its issues just like any other place.  But at least I have great people beside me who help me endure the nonsense and make coming to work worthwhile.

2. My Starbucks gift card. Besides my Snuggie, it was The. Best. Gift. Ever.

When I got a new job, at first I only shared that news with a few folks because I am pretty closed-mouthed about what I do on a daily basis.  Nothing I do is top secret and a Google search can certainly give you any info you need about my employer and job title, but I don’t go around offering that information.  Anyway, as I said, I told a few friends about my new position and a few sent gifts.  It was totally unexpected, but two folks gave me the best gift ever – Starbucks gift cards.  This was such a fantastic gift (I already told y’all how much I love coffee!), and I made sure that I used it when I bought my coffee on my first day of work.  And then, yesterday I was heading to work and dragging.  For some reason I was pooped and couldn’t figure out what to do to put some pep in my step.  And then I remembered my gift card.  I went to Starbucks and got my signature double-tall non-fat caramel macchiato (the very same one that got me through the bar exam) and it totally made my day.  Especially since it was FREE!  So grateful for my thoughtful friends who know exactly what makes me happy.  🙂

3. FREE lunch!

I was approached by a superior at work who said that he realized he didn’t really know me well and wanted to take me to lunch to get to know more about me.  It touched me that he would be interested enough in me and my background to want to spend time getting to know me.  True to his word, he emailed me to set up a time and date for our lunch.  We met yesterday at a Vietnamese restaurant near campus.  I was nervous, especially since we don’t know each other well… what would we talk about?  Would I say something stupid?  But as soon as we sat down, the conversation flowed easily.  We laughed, and talked, and I felt like he really listened to me and was interested in what I had to say.  And, then, on top of all that, he paid for lunch!  Nothing beats a free lunch, and it’s even better when it’s enjoyed in good company.

4. Putting a smile on the face of someone you care about.

After work, I spent time with Him.  It was fantastic to just sit around and watch TV together.  And we talked and laughed and laughed.  It felt so good to see His smile come so easily.  Totally made my day.

5. Leaving work a little early. 🙂

Technically, my workday ends at 5 o’clock in the evening, but I’m regularly there until about 6:30.  Today, I was out the door by about 4:59.  Mainly, I was excited about getting home to spend time with Him, but I thought that it would be a good day to take advantage of the slow period and NOT be a slave to my desk/email/telephone for once.  It felt great to leave “early”, and to have the flexibility to do so.

What are you grateful for today?  Here’s your invitation to the Gratitude Party!

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