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Welcome to Carin's Gratitude webspace, a blog I write with a  focus on gratefulness, self-improvement through personal motivation, productivity, education, professional nursing, family life, volunteering, and health. I share my experiences and observations from books I have read, the meetings I have attended, my employment, therapy, volunteer work, tips from my productivity coach, and family life.

I record my podcasts here.

About Me

Hello.  I'm Carin.

I work 36 hours a week (sometimes more) as a nurse for sixteen years now and am currently taking care of critically ill patients in the adult Intensive Care Unit (ICU). I somewhat remotely parent my 2 young adult children, and grandparent two cute toddlers, and their-now 2 dogs (mix Pitts). 

I started this blog to write about gratitude, relieve stress, and share my little joys in life. I do not have all the answers but I write to share my observations as I experienced what it is like to:
  • live with cancer (I am a breast cancer survivor for eight years now)
  • face the struggle to stay fit 
  • have done parenting 2 challenging teens as a suddenly-single parent
  • face life with anxiety and depression 
  • work the stressful job of a nurse (I still love my job as a staff nurse for sixteen years preCOVID-and current COVID times)
  • put on a smile each day as life goes on
More About Me

I am from generation X, who formerly lived in the Philippines and California.

I am back in school to advance my degree in nursing.

I try to update this blog at least monthly.

As this is my personal blog, I mention my loved ones a lot.  Paul poses as my soul mate and husband, with our children and steps living close by.
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Thanks for reading.

Carin Diaz

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Birthday Month

Here are some random photos I picked From my collection that makes me think The smiles and laughs shared With the people who care I share my birthday month with some loved ones Some close, some far With distance or heart In my thoughts they are present Sometimes that's all that matter The experience, tastes, and feelings matter too Simple things like easter bombs "cocoa" A manicure with massage And more sweet happy birthday cakes A workout in different virtual destinations I cannot go there for real but virtually I can New Zealand, Spain, the Pacific Islands All in one day Imagined or virtual They can bring joy

Easter 2021

It's that season again when the breeze is warm enough To go out in nature And the hike is not so rough The ground is dry enough The rock's not so slippery As we climbed the trails above Not so muddy but rocky There's not much greenery But a hint of good scenery With young growth below, yet premature Give a hope that reassures Then Easter Day we were looking forward to Came by and flew through A few weeks of preparation With our three generations Putting up decorations Getting gifts all ready Making food for everybody Some are healthy, some . . . just yummy The egg hunting that used to be for our children Some many years ago  are now enjoyed by our grandkids Who reminds us of those early years The happy birthday days of festivities The joy from those activities Makes me grateful for simple things  That has not changed Spending time, playing, and eating together Can bring joy altogether

Six Sentence Story: Green Coat

He tore my green, soft, favorite coat, the one I wore so much. I felt I was not the one he wanted me to be, not anymore.  All good things must come to an end, or should it be just the bad? Clutching my torn coat and shutting the door in front of him, tears shed from my burning eyes. I said goodbye. It is his loss, not mine.