Big things happen in life that bring you perspective, shift your focus, and throw you into a different mindset. Hurricane Irma was a really good reminder for me to stay grateful for what I have and the life I live. When you have to gather up things and leave in a matter of hours it helps you recognize what's really important. I've never had to do anything like that before and it was reassuring to see that my heart is in the right place.
Here's what we packed:
- About a weeks worth of clothes for everyone (if we didn't have enough space I would have packed even less).
- All of our external hard drives - about 5-6 of them (in the digital age our hard drives have become the equivalent of our parents and grandparents photo albums).
- Non perishable food and water for the road.
- Small trinkets we've collected from close loved ones.
- One baby doll and a box of Lego's for Piper.
- Plenty of diapers and formula for Paige.
Of course our main priorities were us and all of our pets (so 4 people, 2 dogs, 1 gecko, 1 tortoise, and 1 lizard). You can watch that video here. I've always though in a situation like this one that I would go so caught up on other material items we had in the house, but going through this showed me that those didn't even register to me.
We've seen so many people lose so much that it's absolutely heartbreaking. We try to help in anyway that we can, and I feel incredibly grateful to be able to give back even just the littlest amount. A little from everyone goes such a long way.
Write it down.
Everyday write down one thing that you're grateful for even if it's something as simple as the air in your lungs (which is honestly a pretty big deal). Put it in a place where you can see it so that you can rest on that gratitude everyday.
--------------------You keep staying simply awesome,
I'll keep staying SimplyOli.