In 2014 I followed in the footsteps of Jen over at Jenny’s Lark, and I wrote a list of 50 things (in 10 minutes) that I was grateful for in 2014. The list actually became 60 things, because I still had time and I had a lot to be grateful for! The exercise was originally a spin off a Daily Prompt challenge. Those Daily Prompts are something to be happy/grateful about, if you haven’t checked them out yet! Jen and I had so much fun with it in 2014, that we added links to each other’s blogs, and other bloggers followed suit. I found the writing experience so positive, that I kept it in mind as a something to do again for 2015.
In 2015, the exercise exploded as I invited a few bloggers and suggested that we all come together and share gratitude. Bloggers begat more bloggers, and it grew… and grew… and grew! And once again, Jen had another great idea: focus on happy and be grateful. It’s about choosing happy, choosing positive, over the negative things that we could focus on–– and it sure feels like 2016 gave us plenty of hard things to digest! Jen’s smart that way. Gratitude or Happiness–– Chicken or egg?
The 2015 project included 74 bloggers contributing, as something I thought would be small and easy, turned into something huge. I met so many cool new bloggers, and my happiness and gratitude grew exponentially. I was reading every single list and seeing what I also am grateful for (on other lists) and how we all differ. Those places where we meet, and where we are unique are a beautiful thing and a great way to finish out the year.
In taking time to reflect on things that made me happy in 2015, and then reading other bloggers’ lists, I felt all the more grateful. It was hard not to go back and edit my list, each time I found something wonderful on other lists… but it just gave me things to focus on for 2016. If I express gratitude, I find myself feeling happy, and if I list happy things, I inevitably feel grateful–– Either way, it’s a win/win! I guarantee, you that you’ll find yourself feeling smiling, feeling grateful and happy if you spend 15 minutes reflecting on positivity. Couldn’t we all use more happy and more grateful?
I’ve made a few small changes for this year, based on feedback last year. Ten minutes was not enough; I heard that over and over. So, if you’d like to join in, here’s how it works: 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 to.
2016 has been a difficult year on so many levels. Regardless of how you voted, the election season was rough! So many ugly things to digest and so much drama. We lost a lot of remarkable people in 2016–– it felt like punch after punch some weeks. So let’s flood the internet with gratitude and happy thoughts. Let’s ring in 2017 on a positive note! Join us and spread positivity!
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) Please include a link to this/Dawn’s post 3) Click on the blue frog at the very bottom of this post. 4) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. (folks have trouble with this, but it’s not that hard. 5) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. (If you have problems, contact me and I’ll help).
I love reading every single list and realizing what I also am grateful for (on other lists) and how we all differ. It’s a beautiful thing and a great way to finish out the year. Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; be creative; be happy and grateful, and help us flood the blogosphere with both! And let’s all use the hashtags #BloggersUnite or #50HappyThings, cause everything needs a hashtag.
Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; be creative; be happy and grateful, and help us flood the blogosphere with both! And let’s all use the hashtags #BloggersUnite or #50HappyThings, cause everything needs a hashtag.
Side note: This year, I kept a running list so this will be a lot easier, but yes, I’m a fast typist. I plan to do this every year. You too can start a list for 2017 and a side effect is that you are reminded of happy-gratitude all year, as you add to your list! All I had to do was copy items into a post, with the timer running.
Please note: the InLinkz (link-up) will expire on January 3, 2017 (**extended to Jan.10th). After that date, no blogs can be added. Scan to the bottom of this post to find the inlinkz to add your post or read all of the other wonderful lists (click the frog, and they are listed).
May your holidays be filled with happiness and gratitude!
Now for my list, not in order of importance:
- Amitai– My grandson is the light of our lives!
- My children- yesterday, now, always
- Nearly 30 years of marriage (this February)
- Luke– oh how I miss this wonderful boy!
- Gracie and Luna- fill my days with love
- Washington state, Pacific Northwest- living in this amazing place!
- My daughter’s wedding in Israel- could not have been more special!
- My daughter’s wedding at home- so much fun with family
- Yellow Posted™ notes & lined yellow note pads
- iPhone-camera, phone, it’s magic!
- While I’m sad for loss of Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, Harper Lee, Ali, Elie Weisel, I’m so grateful for the joy they brought to my life.
- Internet- can’t live without it
- Blogging– defines me, fills me
- Readers for my blog- Every comment makes me smile; thank you, thank you!
- #ThinkBigWithMarsha every Sunday on Twitter & Friday Fictioneers each Wednesday
- Sushi- every Friday
- Frogs singing in summer
- Water- grateful for clean water to drink, swim in and look at
- Being called Grammy, Mema, Grandma
- Fresh lavender
- Waterfalls on my walk, where I can sit and meditate
- Salt air, time by the sea- Always.
- Port Townsend & Sea Glass Beach- my happy place
- NYC, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Tel Aviv… cities!
- Family, far and wide
- Greatfriends- make everything better
- Healing-Finding my center, MFR
- A good, hard cry
- My hair– still
- Hospice- Makes me happy, every shift I volunteer. Read the comments in this post!
- Good food- Hi, my name is Dawn and I’m a foodie
- Scrabble on line
- Fresh sheets with lavender
- My laptop
- Hiking at Mt Baker- completing Ptarmigan Ridge solo (13 miles)!
- Amitai’s belly laughs, watching him w/books, or discovering things
- Skype! A chance to talk to and read to my grandson.
- Time spent in Israel, Israeli food and culture
- Unity- from all the craziness, I’m grateful for women uniting
- Alex & Emmy- they add so much to our family!
- Seeing my kids happy- #blessings
- Riding the bike with Barry
- Our trip to Croatia and Rome
- March on Washington, DC 1/21/17—I’ll be there!
- The view from my window- Every. Single. Day
- My first tattoo
- Legalized marijuana– yes, for real. And one of my most Tweeted posts!
- Driving, road trips- give me a beautiful stretch of road, my radio and freedom!
- NYC, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Tel Aviv… cities!
- (ok, added this one:) John Oliver always but absolutely in this video! Worth every 29 minutes of your time. Thanks to Psychobabble for the reminder.
I’m adding one to my list, on 12/27/16, a sad day for this Star Wars fan:
55) Carrie Fisher! I’m incredibly grateful to Carrie Fisher for being one of THE first, and THE most badass female heroes in my life, as Star Wars’ Princess Leia. As a high school student, I saw the very first Star Wars movie with my then boyfriend. We were blown away, but had no idea that this series would still be thrilling 40 years later! I went to the latest movie in the series, on Christmas Eve, with my husband, 2 sons and nephew- it’s become a bit of a family tradition! When I heard that Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack, just before Christmas, I felt sick. It was such a relief to hear that she was ok, and to be honest, over the past few days I stopped worrying about it. So this morning, it was truly a shock to wake up to news of her death. I’m grateful for the role she played in reminding me that women can be badass space heroes too, and I’m happy for the years of joy that character and the Star Wars movies have given me. Here’s to you Carrie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSYValHWNOs
And here are the wonderful bloggers who have shared this year!
Keeping It Real with Teresa
Jackie- Tales From the Anxiety Ridden
Kristi- Thankful Me
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