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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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Summer is in the Air

It's June! I haven't fully experience spring yet and it's almost summer. Where did the spring go? It is still here, I guess. I am between what to plant outdoors? Spring plants or Summer plants in relation to the best season to plant them. Oh, well, maybe both. At least, the probability of frost may be over. It is usually by Memorial day in Colorado. I have many reasons to be thankful aside from the nice weather suitable for planting. It is also a good season to hike. Look at my two-year-old grandson. He is a natural hiker. He just loves exploring the outdoors, perhaps more than my son, his dad, wants. He would pick up anything interesting in his eyes. Bugs? Dandelion? To me, as long as he does not try to taste them, is OK. :) My son caught a fish after trying so many times. Simple fun. My daughter playing "hair" with a Fuschia headpiece my niece, gave us something to smile about. I am planting again. My outdoor tower planter is full of tomatoes both from store bro

Raking Leaves

It is October and the weather and color of early Fall show some hints here in Colorado. I try to create some beauty around me to share with family and friends and use nature and circumstances as instruments of creativity.  I have many things to be grateful for. Here is my list. My son and family came to visit with his family. I have this backdrop in the backyard for them. He showed the kids how to rake and help clean up in the backyard to which his little boy made a face * I am not raking the leaves because you ask me to* kind of attitude.  Grandson later did it when not asked. :) We are still receiving unexpected wedding gifts even when we did not have a reception.  I am thankful for all the gifts and best wishes. Wally the dog earns his certificate for dog training 101 (online).  I thank him and the trainer for the video training. He learned to close the door, "stay" longer, and be better with "leave it." Human dad Paul is teasing us that we bought Wally's dip

Kauai Vacation

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