Mama Gone Green is a blog dedicated to raising happy children and reducing our impact on the Earth. My name is Taryn and I am the mother of 2 young kids and an environmental studies instructor at a community college in Portland, Oregon. Please join me as I journey through life as a mama, teacher, knitter, photographer, gardener, and environmentalist!

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Sunday Gratitudes

Happy Sunday everyone! It has been a dark and dreary weekend around here. This past week I have felt grateful for:

  • My seriously awesome friends. It is such an amazing feeling to know that you are loved. Divorce has certainly been tough but has also come with quite a few silver linings, and more time with friends is at the top of that list.
  • A girl who loves her dog. Fiercely. 
  • Making my finances work. With the new year came a new post-separation financial learning curve for me. Bank accounts have been separated, bills are all in my name, and I have a pretty limited budget to work with. But, so far, I am making it happen. It is a bit stressful, but it also feels good to be completely in charge of my money.
  • My job. On Thursday I took my class out to a farm where we got to dig around in the soil. I love that I get to expose my students to these sorts of trips, and love that everyone, even the more girly-girls, just dug right in and scooped up handfuls of dirt. I get to be around a whole lot of amazing people, and although they are there to learn from me, I feel so lucky that I also get to learn from them. 
  • The acceptance of myself. Lately I have begun to feel OK about my imperfections, and to realize that no one is perfect. As long as I am trying my best, and striving to improve, I need to be OK with my faults and my mistakes. Would have been nice if I had felt this way before I was 38, but now is better than never....

What have you felt grateful for this week?

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  1. hurray for having enough money to make it work, I hope it continues!!! love the photos of a girl loving her beloved dog :)

  2. One of your best lists ever and I am thrilled for you. Yes, divorce is hard, but you are so strong and I for one am happy you are making a happy life for yourself and your babies. My sister's divorce will be final in July, and she too is making it. Strong women, both of you! Much love.

    1. Thanks Tracey. It means so much to hear those words. xo

  3. I love this list my friend, so full of happy things as you move forward. I can relate to the friends and the wonderful support, it has been wonderful for me too. And the finances, oh I hear you. It isn't easy, is it? Things have all been separated here too, for the last month, and like you, I am doing it. It's tight, but doable. Best of luck to you, and know you are never far from my thoughts.

    Have a lovely week.

  4. I love this list too. And the sweet photos. I hear you about the imperfections and acceptance - it's such a good place to be. I'm so sorry, I can't imagine any of this is easy, and I hope you are finding more time for yourself to re-charge. Sending positive thoughts your way too.