November 25, 2012

Gratitude and loving kindness.  I find they’re easy to forget when I wake up in the middle of the night, worrying about the people I love, thinking about the chaos in the world, feeling guilty about things I said or did in the past, gnawing on the brittle bones of hurt and betrayal.  Stop, put your pencil down.  It’s time to be grateful, right now.

These last few days have been a retreat of sorts.  After cooking the traditional Thanksgiving foods and sharing all that abundance, I was given the gift of solitude, a time to reflect and dig deep into my core.  What am I grateful for?  How can I become even more aware of the abundance around me, physically and spiritually, and share it with enthusiasm and commitment?

I think it’s a matter of focus, one day at a time.  I also believe in the ripple effect, so on that note, I’m happy to share some simple things I’m currently grateful for.

As I got dressed this morning I found myself reaching for clothes I made, comfortable and luxurious, enveloping me in warmth.  I wouldn’t have made these clothes if I hadn’t been inspired, step by step, by so many people:  my mother, my daughter-in-law, friends and bloggers, all contributing to my creative energy.  I’m grateful.

Gratefully I went to several bookstores this weekend, absorbing ideas and worlds outside of myself.  I stumbled on this book which I have to share in closing.

The premise is that every single day has it’s own shoe (at least for us girls).  Well, being the shoe addict that I am, I had to look up my birthday.

Please note the last line of the text.  Ummm, what can I say?  Dross into Gold?  Then note the shoes.

I rest my case.  This somehow serves as a humorous reminder to me that I’m not “in charge” and can focus instead on doing my best with my tiny moment here, hopefully passing on a legacy of love and gratitude.

I’m grateful for:  skirt-purchased at Loman’s 12+ years ago then refashioned, top, “armlets”, and serape made from upcycled materials, thrifted boots, onyx rings and turquoise ring-consignment shop, silver wedding band-shop on the beach in L.A., belt -purchased a long time ago?, and tin earrings-a gift from a lovely young lady in a local boutique.

I’m also grateful to be linking up with Patti and all the wonderful stylish people at Visible Monday.  Plus I’m linking with Thrifters Anonymous and Monday Mingle.  Thank you!!










21 Responses to Gratitude

  1. Tamera Beardsley on November 25, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I’m grateful you share positive self with the rest of us! Thanks for the ripples of gratitude.

  2. Practical Paralegalism on November 25, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Gorgeous table setting, and beautiful blue skirt. You’re like my wonderful spouse, reminding me to count our blessings when I feel overwhelmed. I especially make myself nuts worrying about my youngest’s sickle cell disease, but I need to focus on her normal good state of health, the advances medical science is making all the time, and all the wonderful family support she has. Thanks for such a lovely post, Jean.

  3. Amber of Butane Anvil on November 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Wonderful post, Jean! You are gorgeously elegant, as always. I particularly love your expressions of gratitude, as well as to look at your large rectangular ring and dramatic serape. Your Shoestrology book entry is priceless. xoxo

  4. Pam@over50feeling40 on November 25, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    Such honest thoughts…I try to remember that Gratitude will eat away guilt and worry every time. I really try to be thankful for each day one day at a time and not worry about the future. You look lovely as always.

  5. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style on November 25, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Beautiful post, Jean – you write what I often think, but don’t have the graceful words to say. And your book of shoes is indeed wise — it seems to know all about you! You look lovely as per always, and thanks for linking up.

  6. Connie on November 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm

    Shoestrology?? How great is that? Well, I am grateful that I have discovered your blog. You are a great source of inspiration. Now back to my sewing machine!

  7. Lisa@Dreamz n Wishz on November 25, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Beautiful, table, beautiful pieces to your outfit, beautiful thoughts.

  8. Ariane on November 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Hi Jean!

    What an interesting book! My birthday is feb 27 , i wonder my shoe is!
    Pretty amazing in your case!
    My boots are made by Plaginsa, i had to use my near sighted spec to figure that one

    Ariane xxx

  9. Style Higher™ on November 25, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    Jean, that is amazing what the shoe book says!!!
    Love it… everything about this outfit is cozy, soft, embellished and warm. So lovely and you look very beautiful. xo

  10. Sue @ A Colourful Canvas on November 25, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    A lovely post. Your shoestrology is uncanny! It is exactly you.

  11. Jane on November 26, 2012 at 1:30 am

    Whenever I wake up and can’t sleep I start to count my blessings and I realise how truly blessed I am.
    What a great book.

  12. Lisa Walter on November 26, 2012 at 1:38 am

    Kismet. You were meant to find that book.

    I love the boots in the last pictures. They are incredible and classic.

  13. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle on November 26, 2012 at 6:52 am

    Thanks for this beautiful post. I always forget to write a ‘thanksgiving’ post, since I did not grow up with the tradition. But it’s great to stand still once a year and think about all the things we can be thankful for! Absolutely adore your outfit!

  14. Vix on November 26, 2012 at 8:14 am

    I’m grateful to the blog world for introducing me to so many fabulous, creative, big-hearted and beautiful women like yourself into my life! xxx

  15. Rose on November 26, 2012 at 9:51 am

    Well, Jean, I gotta admit, I DO LOVE your outlook of gratitude. I remember some time back when I was feeling low and started a gratitude journal. Can you believe that one of the things I was grateful for was “flushing toilets”?! Really, can you imagine how inconvenient life would be if someone hadn’t invented them?

    I just loved that book, and seeing the page of our birthday. Both the boots and the words rang so true!! (Especially that part about not letting other people rush you.) Anyway, I too have wonderful Edwardian-inspired boots, taupe with gray mesh sides, and lace-ups in the front. I will do a photo to send you, or you might be able to find them on my blog somewhere. Are we really twins, or what?

    Much love from England,
    Rosemary of

  16. Tamera on November 26, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Wonderful, inspiring post Jean!! and you look amazing as always!

  17. Jeannie on November 26, 2012 at 11:09 am

    Gratitude….I concur.
    Your amazing attitude moved me this am. Thanks!
    You are SO gorgeous in your outfit, too!

  18. Debbi on November 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    I went out and looked my Bday up and it is remarkable how accurate it is. Yours fits you to a T as well. You are such a beautiful person. I adore how you put together your looks. It is so “you.”
    I am truly grateful for many things, but mostly the wonderful people I have met in my life and now through blogging. If not for the internet, I would never have known such wonderful and creative women.

  19. Kaffesoester on November 26, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    I love your pattern mix here, and the beautiful colours of your outfit! The belt is just amazing – you look fantastic!

    When we take the time to reflect on our lives we can always find lots to be thankful for. Sometimes we just forget it in our busy everyday lives, but it’s still there. And I know what I’m talking about: Denmark has come out in several survey as the happiest country in the world!

  20. pastcaring on November 26, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    That’s pretty spooky about the boot thing!
    You always seem so calm and at ease with yourself, it’s a struggle to imagine you restless and unable to sleep with worry or guilt, Jean. But we all have moments of unease, and you are quite right, time reflecting on what we are lucky enough to have in our lives that is good, is time well spent. xxx

  21. Jan Graham-McMillen on November 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Happy holidays, Jean! I thought of you today when I was considering what to do with a leather jacket with a tear in the bodice. You are on my list of people I’m grateful that I’ve met this year! How pretty you look, as always.

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