July 16, 2012

A Simple Gratitude Post

Gratitude is a huge thing. Oprah once encouraged us to keep a gratitude journal. Now there's an app for that!

My labels tell me I have written something about gratitude over 40 times right here.

I do like to live with a grateful heart. I believe it's one of the keys to happiness.

My next tattoo will be the word "Thankful".

But I have not written a simple gratitude post in a long time.

I am grateful for....

1. Summer! It has been so nice and warm and just....ahhhh. The last three days not withstanding.

2. Gardening - I am so happy to finally have some plants around the house. But, not INSIDE. I mean literally AROUND the house.

3. Mark being OK right now - he's OK enough to work a little bit.

4. Dialysis schedule change - I think the change in Mark's dialysis schedule is good for him. He no longer has a 2 1/2-day stretch between treatments each week. That's gotta be good for his body! Still getting used to it, though.

5. Motivation to walk - being a part of Run. Blog. Give. has me getting out for a walk almost every day.

6. Doing good with my blog - I am currently running a giveaway that will help feed the hungry. This is something I care about so I'm grateful to have been given the opportunity.

7. Instagram and the #PHOTOADAY challenge - both have shown me this little layer of creativity I didn't know I had, and that even a partially blind girl can tap into. PhotoADay makes me pay more attention to the world around me, and I love seeing others' takes on the prompts.

8. Switching back to streaming Netflix - the same price as the one-at-a-time DVD plan, but INSTANT. I know not everything one might want to see is available instantly, but that's what Redbox is for. Also? It's perfect for summer.

9. Getting rid of some crap Selling some stuff at our garage sale.

10. #SummerSlackers - hose of us who have decided that cleaning is NOT a priority during summer break. Still doing my regular maintenance, but you know what I realized? There are actually times when I want to clean something, so I do. I wonder if taking the pressure off has something to do with that. Hmmm, the reverse psychology of a SAHM?


  1. Great list Jen! We share some similar `thanks`and I love the button with the finger to the vacumn cleaner. Hilarious!

  2. Love this list Jen. Hits the spot. And yes, clening should never be priority. Instagram on the other hand. Just kidding. Maybe :)

  3. love the variety of your list. great news that Mark is doing well and even up to working some.

  4. I'm so happy to hear that Mark is doing better for the time being. Reason enough to be grateful.

  5. We were born in America. We have the most of any in the world. No reasons to NOT be thankful

  6. Writing things down really does help us to focus on the good stuff. I need to do a better job at it.

  7. love this, and funny thing, I missed the Thanks Listicles, but saw a quote that sad, "there is always something to be thanful for" - I was going to use it. But you know, slacker that I am....I didn't bookmark it and now can't find it again. haha
    but, I did clean something today. I think my vacuum actually missed me a little: I didn't have to pick one thing up, then put it back on the carpet, try again, pick it up, put it back, roll the vacuum over it again...not once! Winning.

  8. That is a ton of chairs! Do you have charitable orgs that drive around and pick up donations like we do here?

  9. Fabulous list! I too am in love with Instagram and the photoaday challenge, and I'm definitely going to have to read up on your blog giveaway, I haven't heard about that one before! Thanks for linking up and keep up the positive attitude!