30 Days of Gratitude: Day 18

Think about where your food comes from.

I’m fortunate in that 1) I live in California and, 2) I live in the Sacramento Valley, which means that it’s very easy for me to get fresh, local produce. There are sections in our grocery store, in the produce section, for different farms in the area and small paragraphs about the farms. There are also usually signs that show which produce came from where, for those items not already located in those sections.

This, amongst other things, has helped me become more aware of where my food comes from. Not everything is local. And trying to buy and eat “local” is a complicated, nuanced, challenge due to many many factors. The first being, defining “local”.

While my location, and economic status, allows me to consume the majority of my fruits and vegetables from farms 100 miles (or less) away, this doesn’t work for everything. Breads, rice, beans, cooking oils, meats, fish… you name it, and it all comes from sources sometimes difficult to trace.

Sometimes, food sourced from far away is much cheaper than local varieties. Avocados are a good example, with avocados sourced from Mexico often sold much cheaper than avocados from a farm not 50 miles away.

While it’s easy to get wrapped up in it all, I think it is extremely helpful for people to begin educating themselves. At least a little understanding of food and sources is better than no understanding, or worse, taking it for grated.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 17

Write down three things in your daily life that you are grateful for.

I’m grateful for the ParkMobile app that allowed us to pay for our parking while avoiding the line of people at the parking machines. There are quite a few places around the city that uses this app, and I’ve found that it saves me time not just in having to wait in lines (if any) but, in not having to rush back to defend a meter. It’s notifications also are really good at letting me know how much time I have left.

This is a weird one but, I’m grateful for our refrigerator. It holds a lot, works very efficiently, and has both ice and water dispensers (which was a must have for me). I thought about how much I take it for granted while it’s something that I use every single day, even depending on to not only store my food but to keep it safe.

I’m grateful for the AeroGarden and the tomatoes that we have gotten over the Summer. It provided a steady stream of cherry tomatoes for us to snack on. Each one tasted fresh, and had actually flavor unlike the ones that you sometimes buy from the store.


This prompt will repeat several times throughout this challenge.

The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 16

Three good things

I made great progress on this (school) term’s final project, today. The project is made up of a series of scripts, written in Python. I completed the first after working through a few iterations. For the most part, I knew the overall approach and methodology. The times I tripped was on formatting details and syntax.

While coding, I had the window open to let in both the sunlight and a very nice Fall breeze. There were some kids playing at the park across the street and, though the noise wasn’t unpleasant, it was distracting. Thankfully the noise-cancelling headphones worked well, blocking out the noise while allowing me to keep the window open, and keep focus.

Though not intended, I slept in this morning. It was refreshing to get in a good amount of sleep, with the best quality sleep coming over the last few morning hours. Refreshing, and much needed.


This prompt will repeat several times throughout this challenge.

The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 15

Do a scan of your body, making a note of any areas that feel tight or tense.

My neck. Specifically, where my neck mets my shoulders. My jaw. Specifically where my jaw hinges are connected to the rest of my skull.

Sometimes I think it’s psychological but, my head. It feels like there is a lot of pressure built up inside. Not in a way that signals an oncoming headache. It’s more like feeling that the inside of my head is like the inside of a pressure cooker, with the pressure building up at certain times during the day.

And I notice that the pressure builds when I get more anxious, or get harder on myself, forcing myself to feel guilty and bad about myself or something I’m doing (or not doing). That’s why I think it’s psychological. Though it could be physical. Most likely, it’s both.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.

30 Days of Gratitude: Day 14

Think back on a time when someone thanked you.

When I think back on times when I was thanked for something, the incidents that stand out the most are when I was thanked for “being there”, “being a good listener”, and “helping” when they needed it most.

These stand out to me because they usually come after an unselfish act. And that’s something I’m working on increasing: doing more unselfish things.


The “30 Days of Gratitude challenge” prompts are from Screen/Life Balance and author Catherine Price.