Day 15: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

What an amazing experience this #gratitudewritingchallenge has been! I am calling this challenge a complete success. I can’t believe it was only 14 days long. Lord, Almighty, it feels like an eternity! Honestly, it feels like I’ve been writing these daily gratitudes for months. And it seems impossible that what I gained from this exercise…

Day 14: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

I’m down to only two days left of this #gratitudewritingchallenge so even though I’m looking forward to finally meeting and moving on from this obligation, I’ve actually found myself rationing my gratitudes today, trying to choose which one I most want to write about. (No one better dare suggest I extend this challenge!) Then, suddenly…

Day 13: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

A few years ago I learned how effective and restorative two small actions can be: 1. Pausing, and 2. Breathing. In an argument or when you’re frustrated with a situation and even when you’re in physical pain, simply pausing to focus on your breathing creates enough space in the situation for negative energy to escape…

Day 12: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

I cheated a little on this one. I knew exactly what I would write about today. Today is our 20th wedding anniversary. But while I anticipated the topic, I’m still unsure how I’m going to pour my heart out while respecting my husband’s privacy. Let me give it a try. Today I’m thankful for the…

Day 11: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

I got up early yesterday morning to write my daily gratitude post while everyone was still asleep and the house was quiet. Then I hopped onto my phone and perused my Facebook feed for a few minutes. I came across a friend’s post asking us to share our favorite songs. I love anything with music…

Day 10: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

Do you ever sit in line at the car wash and think about the people in developing countries who would be in shock to see such a thing? Huge populations of people face water shortages or no clean water at all or they have to carry water for miles in buckets just to meet their…

Day 9: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

I went to bed last night and woke up this morning giving gratitude for our village. This is a common occurrence and I’ve written about our village previously in other writing communities. We have been and continue to be very blessed with an abundance of deeply caring and committed family, friends, childcare providers, Cub Scout…

Day 8: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

Oh, I was so close to saying seven days of writing was enough! I really considered throwing in the towel early. But I have a hunch these next seven days of pushing through when the commitment is getting more difficult might be where the real magic happens. Writing daily for the last week has already…

Day 7: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

It was hard to choose which gratitude to write about today, but I ultimately landed on middle-aged womanhood. I. Absolutely. Love. It! I’m calling it, the “age of enlightenment.” ๐Ÿ™‚ And how grateful am I that I have lived into my 40s to experience this glorious stage of my life! Someone reached out to me…

Day 6: #GratitudeWritingChallenge

Yesterday was a big day because Sue Monk Kidd publicly told every woman who ever second-guesses her story’s worth to get over it and embrace our SELVES. I was like, “Hell to the yeah, Sue! Sing it, girl!” For context (and because I cannot say it any better than Sue), here’s exactly what she said:…