I recently read my friend Deb’s post about being grateful, and her spontaneous list inspired me to count what I’m thankful for, too.
Tales from the Motherland is hosting a LinkUp for bloggers to post their own gratitude missives. The instructions are easy:
If you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: set a timer for 10 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list (the timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; write what comes to mind in the time allotted. When the timer’s done, stop writing. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.
To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of this post. 3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4)Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.
Will you join in? All it takes is 10 minutes!
The end of the year is the perfect time to reflect on the many, many good things in my life. I’m looking forward to 2016, but first, here are 50 small things for which I’m grateful.
A new year, full of gratitude
- The sound of Eric and the girls laughing
- My home in a town I love
- Dairy- and soy-free dessert
- Quiet moments to snuggle my super-patient dog
- Hot water in the shower
- Pandora and Spotify—who has CDs anymore?
- The library
- Heated seats in my car
- Rare opportunities to drink my tea while it’s still hot
- Snail mail
- Board games with loved ones
- My job
- Drawings from our tiny artist
- The smell of dough rising
- Photos framed on the wall
- Clear and rainless days
- Hiking trails
- Social media
- Days when the girls sleep in
- Grandparents visiting on the days the girls get up much too early
- New friends and old friends
- Oregon tap water
- Cozy blankets
- Christmas lights
- Health insurance
- Moms’ Group
- Time spent with loved ones who have passed
- The Oregon coast
- The opportunity and privilege of breastfeeding
- Baby monitors
- The Dollar Store
- Our safe neighborhood
- Nana Nanny, aka my mom
- Glitter glue
- A sense of humor—mine and others’
- Paint, markers and art supplies that are washable
- Bath time
- Blogging and the virtual community I’ve found online
- Amazon Prime
- Camera phones
- And most of all, these goofballs
What are you grateful for?