My end of 2016 Gratitude List

At the beginning of this year, I wrote a gratitude list of 50 things I’m grateful for. I remembered that post recently when I thought ahead to the New Year. I feel a lot of fear when I think about what is to come next year and beyond, but fear doesn’t do a lot of good unless it motivates some sort of positive action. I have been working to incorporate doing good every day (more on that later), but positive action can also include acknowledging all the things that are right with the world. After all, a perfect antidote to anxiety and uncertainty is reflecting on the many reasons to be thankful.

If you’re like me and you’re feeling anxious—whether that’s from the incoming president or post-Christmas bills—I invite you to make a gratitude list, too. It may just help you feel better about the end of 2016 and look forward to the New Year.

This New Year, instead of making resolutions, I'm writing a gratitude list. What are YOU thankful for? Ten Thousand Hour Mama

My 2016 Gratitude List

Here are 50 things I’m grateful for, big and small, in no particular order. I’d love to hear what’s on your gratitude list!

1. The library

2. Grandparents

3. Caffeine

4. Washable art supplies
Making a gratitude list is a great way to finish the year. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

5. Texting

6. New friends

7. Old friends

8. The camera on my phone

9. FaceTime

10. My loved ones’ health

11. Expert and caring doctors when we’re not so healthy

12. Trampolines

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13. Teachers

14. The kindness of strangers

15. Clean water

16. A safe neighborhood

17. Date nights

18. Moms’ night out

19. Blogging friends

20. Hearing and watching Eric play with our girls

21. Easily accessible healthy food
I'm grateful for being able to provide healthy food for my family. What's on your gratitude list? Ten Thousand Hour Mama

22. The freedom to speak my mind and find like-minded people of action

23. A flexible job that allows me to work from home and keep my career

24. Un-asked for hugs

25. Baby sign language

26. Warm pots of tea

27. The rare moments where I get to enjoy a hot pot of tea while it’s still hot

28. Family vacations

29. The great outdoors
A gratitude list of 50 things I'm thankful for—like a family who loves the great outdoors—is the perfect way to start the New Year. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

30. Kids who love the great outdoors as much as I do

31. Unconditional dog love

32. The abundance of opportunities to laugh

33. Ignoring the rules, even when they’re my own

34. Creativity
Watching my daughter's creativity in dress up makes my gratitude list. What's on yours? Ten Thousand Hour Mama

35. Music

36. Kids who don’t judge me for singing off key

37. Extra snuggles in bed

38. Breastfeeding and the support to continue as long as Kiwi and I want
My gratitude list includes breastfeeding. I'm so thankful for this bond! Ten Thousand Hour Mama

39. My mom, who watches my girls every week and allows me to work

40. Happy surprises in the mail

41. Unexpected calls from friends I haven’t talked to in ages

42. Opportunities to give back

43. Loved ones who don’t hesitate to help when I need it
What's on your gratitude list? I'm thankful for my family. Ten Thousand Hour Mama

44. Cozy socks

45. Chocolate

46. Confidence

47. Quiet nights in

48. Playing games with friends—one of my all-time favorite things

49. Staying warm and dry when it’s wet and cold outside

50. Most of all, far and away, my loving, caring, hilarious family


Beyond anything else, I'm grateful for my family. What are you thankful for? Make a gratitude list this New Year! Ten Thousand Hour Mama
Portland family portrait by Capturing Grace Photography

What are you most thankful for today?

Join me and a whole bunch of other bloggers in writing your own gratitude list. Here are instructions for the gratitude exercise from Dawn at Tales from the Motherland:

Set a timer for 15 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that make you happy, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. You may find that if you use numbered mode, and just type what comes to mind, like me you will have enough time for more than 50. When the timer’s done, stop writing. Finish whatever sentence you’re on, but don’t add more. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things great; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list only.  Be sure to link back to this post, so that others can find the instructions and join in too.

16 thoughts on “My end of 2016 Gratitude List

  • December 30, 2016 at 6:57 am

    Great list! I will have to write out my own list and post with a link to yours! This is a great idea. I will certainly work on this tonight 🙂 Blogging friends are definitely on my list too 🙂

    • December 30, 2016 at 8:18 am

      April, I can’t wait to see your gratitude list! I hope you had a wonderful holiday. Wishing you the best in 2017!

  • December 30, 2016 at 9:35 am

    What a great idea! And so many on your list would also be on mine 😉 Happy New Year to you and your family!

    • December 30, 2016 at 10:16 am

      Thank you Michele! I hope you have a happy New Year with many more things to be thankful for on the way!

  • December 30, 2016 at 12:39 pm

    I love this! My husband and I have a New Year’s Day tradition of writing all of the things we are grateful for from from the previous year, all of the challenges we faced, and all of our goals for the new year. While there are a few things on the list that aren’t necessarily positive (i.e. in the challenges portion), it gives us good focus for the new year, and also helps to reflect on the good that came and the good that will continue to come in the new year while keeping things in perspective and focus.

    Right now, as I type this, I’m currently grateful that my husband is cleaning out and washing out our refrigerator (and I didn’t even ask! he just knew it had been bugging me, so he took it upon himself to do it) 😉
    I’m am also incredibly grateful for our health and the fact that I can continue to take care of myself and my family! Something I hope to never take for granted.

    • December 30, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      I LOVE that tradition. What a wonderful way to wrap up one year and move ahead on the next!

  • December 30, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    I love it! Several of these things would be on my gratitude list as well. I’m very thankful for the development of our friendship over this year. 😀 Happy New Year love!

    • December 30, 2016 at 6:27 pm

      I’m grateful for you, too, Jenni! <3

  • December 30, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    The library and dog love are high up on my list too!

    • December 31, 2016 at 5:42 am

      Three cheers for dog love and free books!

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  • January 2, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    Brava, Catherine! I so appreciate you joining my annual #BloggersUnite for #50HappyThings again this year… and once again your list is filled with heart-warming images and wonderful things. As an older mama, some of your photos really pull at my heart strings!

    I could not agree more: while I feel anxious about this New Year, and all that might come, if we don’t stand up and put forth good things and work for change, there is little point! Is it possible to edit this to include the instructions and a link to my post, so that others can link up and join too? I don’t usually leave links in the comment section, but here it is so you can add easily. Thanks again for contributing; I love reading each of these lists and sharing all this positivity!

  • January 3, 2017 at 6:48 am

    This is such a great tradition, Catherine. I am grateful for you: for your uplifting approach to life, for little window you open through which I can watch your family grow, and for the kinship I so often feel as I relive memories of myself as a young mother when I read your posts. I hope this upcoming year brings you great joy.

  • January 3, 2017 at 6:31 pm

    And I am grateful for you, Renee, and our bloggy online friendship! I’d love to see your 2016/2017 gratitude list. There’s so much to be thankful for.

  • January 5, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Your title caught my eye so I clicked a link to get here. The pictures in this post are absolutely fantastic! I just wanted to stop and say I really really enjoyed this post!

    • January 7, 2017 at 9:18 pm

      Thank you, Cathy! So glad you stopped by. Thank you for taking the time to write a comment! 🙂 Happy New Year.


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