Learning to Be Grateful When You’re Stuck in the Middle


Enjoying the company of geese and chickens and bunnies at the WI state fair.

Enjoying the company of geese and chickens and bunnies at the WI state fair.

This post was originally going to be about how I’m in the middle of a lot of things, and it’s frustrating, slow moving and a lot of hard work. But I’ve been sitting on that post for about a week now. And to be honest, it’s not going to see the light of day. Why? Because I keep looking at it thinking that my frustrations all seem so petty and so insignificant compared to what others are dealing with around me.

And I don’t want to complain just for the sake of complaining, because I don’t think we need such pointless negativity in our lives. So instead, I’m going to put a positive spin on all of my “stuck in the middle” frustrations, because really, the tables could turn at any moment (We’ve all been there), and it’s better to give thanks for the things you cherish now, rather than wait until it’s too late.

I’m stuck in the middle of working out/running/trying to get fit. I’m grateful that I have the time to work out/run/get fit in a somewhat consistent manner. 

As I mentioned before, I’m on the “No event to train for” plan. It’s going okay. My goal was to workout 4 or 5 days a week, run 10-15 miles and do some other cross training. I’m mostly keeping up with it. I haven’t stepped on the scale in a while, but my clothes aren’t feeling any tighter so I’ll take that as a good sign.

I’m stuck in the middle of writing a book. I’m ACTUALLY writing a book.

I’m past the “I’m going to write a book” stage. Now I’m ACTUALLY writing a book (yes, that emphasis was needed).  I put words down on paper, and to date I’ve written 14,754 words over the past five weeks. I’ve hit, and surpassed, my weekly word goals every week and I’m making progress. Slow progress. But it’s progress. Woohoo!

I’m stuck in the middle of my current position. I have a full-time job. And a decent one, I might add. 

It seems like for the longest time I always had my eyes set on the next career milestone. At some point, there will be yet another milestone that I’d like to reach, but for right now, I’m content to just learn and embrace the challenges of my current role.

I’m stuck in the middle of saving for our next house. We’re making life work on a budget and saving for our dream house. 

First off, I’d like to give all credit to my dear husband for being the one that painstakingly tracks every little expense, each month, and helps keep the guardrails on our expenses (and my expenses, to be exact).  Since we started budgeting this spring, we’ve put a sizeable amount into savings and it’s nice to see that we’re in a place where we can save up for the things we really want. I’d love to not be on a budget, and have the opportunity to spend more money on clothes, hair, fun events, trips to the zoo/museums, or a puppy (yes, a puppy), but I also know that getting into a good neighborhood/school system and finding our “forever home” (I call it the “until our kids graduate high school” home) has been at the top of both of our lists, and I respect the work it takes to get there.

I’m stuck in the middle of this blog (gasp!). Lindsay and I have succesfully created a  platform to voice our opinions. 

Our intentions for this little blog, although well meaning, may have been a bit lofty and maybe a little too on the straight and narrow. Right now, we’re both in a spot where we’re working on what exactly this little place represents as we also try to figure out this stage in our lives. We love that we have a place to capture these thoughts and we’re working on making it a welcome sounding board for those in similar positions.

So I’m just thankful.

It’s easy to see how petty your issues are when you have people in your life dealing with seriously tough issues. So I’m just thankful to be in the spot I’m at right now. That’s all.

If you’re in a hard position, or dealing with the anxiety of starting something, or a place where you can see the light at the end of the tunnel – wherever you’re at – I hope you can find some peace of mind with what you’re currently dealing with. I also hope you can hold onto the things in your life for which you’re grateful.

About Lindsay

Happy mother of one, advertising account executive, so-so runner, always caffeinated

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