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Overdue Gratitude Friday Post


I have missed writing these Gratitude Friday posts, which I used to put up A LOT more frequently. Gratitude is my favorite thing because it really helps me remember the good things in life, obviously. To me, gratitude is a practice, and right now I am out of practice 😛



This week, I’m grateful for a lot of things. The first is Pokemon Go, haha!

jiggly puff

No big deal; caught my favorite Pokemon 😀

I’m grateful for my awesome job. Not only is my work rewarding, but it also involves a ton of paid time off. Being a therapist is all kinds of exhausting, so I am very happy that I can engage in self-care (in the form of vacation days) more than many people get to. I feel so lucky for that one.

I’m grateful that I got to go to the zoo and mini golfing with Andy’s family last week! 

I’m grateful for the roof over my head. Our apartment may not be perfect (see plumbing issues mentioned in previous post), but I love it anyway.

I’m grateful for a good time in Minnesota last month! My family got to visit Rachel, John, and their baby girl (remember when I attended Rachel’s wedding almost exactly 1 year ago?) over the 4th of July weekend. It was wonderful to meet our newest family member <3


I never know how people feel about their kids on social media, so I hid the baby’s face. RESPECT.

I’m grateful that Rachel gave me her old road bike. A triathlon may be in my 1 year fitness plan 😀


I’m grateful for summer. Summer is my very favorite season. Nothing is better than all the road trips I’ve been on, evening walks with Andy, frequent ice cream stops, and more. I don’t think I’ve spent 1 full weekend at our apartment. I’ve been constantly out and about, traveling to Minnesota, Wisconsin, or just staying over at friends’ places. It’s awesome, but a bit tiring. I’m not complaining because I know I’ll miss this in a month.

I’m grateful for long runs with awesome people.


Oksana and I have been training like mad for this marathon. It’s so much fun that we get to do it together this year!

I’m grateful to be a Women’s Health Action HeroPlease consider donating to my fundraising page in order to help out Americans in need of meals.


Another option is to register for the Run 10 Feed 10 10k race! Your registration will provide 10 meals to local people who may otherwise go hungry. You can save with code WHERICKSON at checkout. How great is that?! Please consider either donating or registering for the race. As you can see, this is a highly worthy cause that I really believe in <3

WHO WILL RUN 10 FEED 10 WITH ME?? – the race will be in Chicago on September 8th!

 What are you grateful for today?