A Gratitude Challenge

Maui Anniversary trip, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!  Today, as we collectively think about all we are grateful for, I urge you to join me on a mission.

A mission to take this Thanksgiving-inspired ritual of thinking about and sharing what we are grateful for one step further.  Let’s make it a regular habit, a daily habit.

I know, it seems a little bit much, and may even remind you (like it did me), of Oprah and her gratitude journals from years ago.  But here’s the thing: the more we are in touch with what we are grateful for in our lives, the more satisfied, happy and present we feel.  I’m up for some of that, are you?

I was inspired to write this post after watching Marie Forleo’s latest video: The Downside of Gratitude.  I dare you to watch it (it’s under 5 minutes) and join in by listing the 10 things you are grateful for today.  And then, if you’re inspired to join me, keep making your list every day for the rest of the year.  Stop and notice how you feel afterward.  I’ll bet it’s pretty good!

Here are my 10:

  1. My sweet, funny, smart nearly 3-year old daughter
  2. Sweetie & I recently celebrating 10 years together with an anniversary trip to Hawaii
  3. Knitting, for it’s ability to connect me with my deepest creativity and for calming me down on my Crazy Days.
  4. Handmade ceramic mugs, so perfect for tea and hot cocoa this time of year
  5. Our new home!  I’m super excited to get out the holiday decorations next week.
  6. The mild Oregon climate; just cool enough for handknits, not cold enough for regular snow.
  7. Friends who bring freshly baked banana bread to me at the shop.
  8. Clean sheets.
  9. People who share the gift of being 100% themselves.
  10. Orbitz for making it possible for us to fly last minute to be with my family on Thanksgiving.

Please join me in making your own list in the commets.  

And have a very happy Thanksgiving!

Gratitude

Okay, enough whining around here.

There is plenty to be grateful for these days.

My mom is here for the rest of the month, to help take care of her baby while I takes care of my new baby.

I have an awesome partner who holds me when I cry about my lobster claw hands, and who teased me about looking like an anaconda that swallowed a beach ball when I came downstairs this morning and proudly exclaimed “Look!  I can zip up my robe!”

Cats who like to snuggle up on my lap or under the covers during an afternoon nap.

Afternoon naps.  Ahhh, already looking forward to mine today.

A good friend who invited me out to drink hot chocolate, talk girl talk, and knit on a weeknight.

Being able to knit again!

Having hope and looking forward to the future as a mother.

My warm, cozy house filled with yarn and food and books and people I love.

What are you grateful for today?