It’s that time again, folks: the time when we redirect our attention from our daily cares to what’s making our lives a little (or a lot) easier. Let Grateful Monday begin!

1. My husband – I know he was #1 last time as well, but you might as well get used to it! Anyone who is always willing to drop what he’s doing to help you deal with whatever is stressing you out at the moment. Let’s just say I got a lot of sympathy massages this weekend.

2. My therapist – I started going to therapy because I wanted to learn to face, recognize, and deal with my emotions, and this week my therapist has me writing down what emotion I am feeling every hour. At first, I really resented the assignment, but after only five days of this, I FEEL SO MUCH BETTER. Life is still hard, and now I actually have to feel my emotions, but I am very much comforted by the fact that I am right there, living it instead of busy-ing it away.

3. Sabbaths – Thanks to our very wise pastor, my husband and I have been setting aside one day a week in which to rest (get away from everyday responsibilities and cares, putting down our laptops, and spending some time with ourselves, each other, and God too). This week we went to the planetarium and science museum, did a little shopping and browsed the Barnes and Noble magazine racks, and feasted on frozen yogurt.  Sabbaths get me through the week.

4. People who living thoughtfully and deliberately – I read this post from Fit and Feminist, quoted below, and the former English major whose senior paper examined Third Wave perspectives got very excited.*

What it all comes down to is this persistent societal belief that women’s bodies do not belong to them.  They belong to society, government, husbands, dudes on the street, randos on the internet – everybody but the women themselves.  And because I’m really not all that keen on acting like our bodies are somehow divorced from ourselves, I’ll just come out and say it – in the eyes of many, we are simply not people.

…Your means of resistance is most likely different from mine, and that’s okay, because what matters the most is that you have the right to choose for yourself.

*The current SNL fan was very excited as well.

5. New Music – Specifically within this post by audiofanaticsociety, in which I discovered Beach Fossils and then subsequently reminisced about my old music blog. I really need to get back into it.

Ps. Props to Spencer (the blog’s author), who is apparently also a big Justin Vernon fan–and who featured his new release in the same post as a Gregory Alan Isakov song. Very cool, Spencer.