I’m still out here, despite a pathetic year of blogging–– wherein I’ve abandoned my own love of this space, and worse, missed out on so many posts from bloggers I truly admire and respect. Trust me, I think of it most days… and have continued to struggle with my effort to get back to this sacred space. And, it is sacred. Recently I read a gorgeous post from Gunmetal Geisha, that speaks to so many things I feel and some of what has held me back. It was on my list to write this post, but her writing nudged me hard. And here I am.
This annual “Blog Hop” if you will, means a lot to me. I love reading every single post and connecting annually with so many great writers. I hope you’ll stick with me and read this entire post–– brief I’m not, but heartfelt for sure––then, I hope you’ll decide to join me this year. I know the holidays are hard for some people, and it’s a busy time of year, but pause for a moment and share the good things from 2019.
Now, on with the details:
It’s the 6th annual Attitude of Gratitude! In the past I’ve called it 50 Happy Things, but the goal is the same: to see bloggers unite to flood the internet with gratitude. Happy-Gratitude, it all = Good stuff! For the past few years I’ve opted out on New Year’s resolutions and decided to go with intention. I decided to focus on gratitude; it’s always timely. In the past, many of you have found it hard to participate in December, so I put it off until January… and now I’m a week late––but better late than never! The (InLinkz) Link-up is effective from today until January 31st at 11:55pm. Share this with your blogging friends; join us in spreading gratitude!
The holiday season has a way of rushing in every year, making it hard to remember that throughout the year there are blessings. There are so many things that bring joy, so many happy things; yet it’s easy to lose sight of this fact, as we manage busy lives. For the sixth year in a row, this is an opportunity to hit pause and focus on all the good things that each of us has in our lives.
In 2014 I followed in the footsteps of Jen over at Jenny’s Lark, and 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 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, do it now! Jen’s an incredibly talented woman, artistically and articulately. She works to help others at work, and then comes home and creates beautiful artwork and gorgeous writing. Check out her blog for a dose of true magic. 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.
In 2015, happy-gratitude exploded as I invited a few bloggers and suggested we all come together and share gratitude. Bloggers begat more bloggers, in a blog hop of sorts 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. Gratitude or Happiness–– Chicken or egg?
The 2015 project–– something I thought would be small and easy–– turned into something huge, with 74 bloggers joining in. I met so many cool new bloggers, and my happiness and gratitude grew exponentially.
In 2016 a lot of bloggers bowed-out. As the inauguration loomed, many said they just weren’t up for it. That year, I needed all of this positivity more than ever! There were 30 bloggers who shared their happy thoughts and gratitude.
2017 and 2018 brought lots of wonderful new bloggers to the challenge, as well as several who have contributed year after year. For 2019, I hope more of you will join us to
FLOOD THE INTERNET WITH POSITIVITY
1) Please read my post/list and leave a like and a comment. I’ve worked hard on this, and it feels good to be appreciated. I’ll do the same. What’s not to like; it’s gratitude!
2) Add a link to this/my post in your post, so your readers come back to read mine; I can add their link to the collection, and enjoy the fruits of my labor. It’s a bigger tidal wave of positivity if we’re all linked. It’s more fun! In addition, I love reading all of the posts, and once they link to me, I’ll add their link at the bottom of mine.
3) Set a timer for 15 minutes. Really; do it (it’s in red, clearly I mean it). This isn’t your usual post. It’s meant to be as spontaneous as you can be. It’s not supposed to be finessed, but from the heart. You’re not explaining every thing you put on your list, you are just listing as many things as you can, in 15 minutes. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write things that make you happy, or things you’re grateful for. Don’t think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. If you use the numbered mode and just type what comes to mind, it’s easy. I fix typos after. When the timer’s done, finish whatever sentence you’re on and stop writing. If you’d like to add links or photos, do it after the timer; but keep your list short and spontaneous.
4) Be sure to click on the blue link at the bottom of my post, and add your info to the inlinkz, so that folks can find all of us in one place. I will also add each of you to the bottom of my post. I update it daily.
5) Include instructions in your piece, or better yet: provide a link to mine, and ask your readers to join us.
6) When you tag your piece, or share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or any other social media, use these hashtags #AttitudeOfGratitude #BloggersUnite so our impact is collective.
7) Finally, IF you add a blog post that is not related to gratitude or this challenge, I will remove it. Sorry, but them’s the rules.
Each year I read every post. Those places where we meet, and where we are unique, are a beautiful thing and a great way to start the year. how Admittedly, it’s hard not to go back and edit my list, each time I find something wonderful on your lists… but it gives me things to focus on next year. When I express gratitude, I find myself feeling happy, and if I list happy things, I inevitably feel grateful–– either way, it’s win/win! I guarantee, you’ll find yourself smiling, feeling grateful and happy, if you spend 15 minutes reflecting on positivity. Couldn’t we all use more of that? Think of this as a blog party, to share happy, grateful thoughts.
Here’s my 2019 Gratitude list (not in order of preference):
- My family
- My 4-year-old grandson, Amitai
- My gorgeous new grandson Avinoam. January 29, 2019 was very special!!
- My kids- building adult relationships with them. Loving them so much.
- My husband- 33 years (plus 5 more) of laughing, fighting, loving.
- Popcorn with brewers yeast
- Frozen dark chocolate covered bananas, nightly.
- Boats on still water.
- The view of the bay and San Juan islands, EVERY day
- Amitai- each and every chance I get to chat with or see him.
- Going to the movies
- My husband putting the toilet paper on tp holder.
- Whistler, Port Townsend, Home–– my happy places
- Water, to drink, to bath & swim in, to look at.
- Driving in my car, with the radio. Road trips!
- Music, EVERY day!
- Personal growth, therapy
- Sleep— I need a lot more of it
- My dogs Gracie and Luna
- Air flight, any travel
- Fresh flowers
- Time on the bike
- Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages
- First snow of the year
- Christmas ornaments & my tree
- Birds, birds, and more birds
- Girl’s night out
- Hiking solo & with friends/family
- Alexa, and the music she provides so I can dance in my kitchen daily.
- Dental floss
- WA state ferries
- My writing group.
- Good books. My book group.
- The blogging community- you guys rock!!
- Sun on the water; clouds on the water.
- My laptop
- The Internet–– it’s magic! Google is my friend.
- The Oscars & annual party (this year #25)
- Green moss on trees
- Mountains & ocean
- The Pacific NW- it’s a magical place
- Regular dinner parties with friends
- My work at Hospice- The people I serve, the people I work with.
- GREECE. What an amazing trip with my family!
- Sushi, sushi, sushi! Every Friday, and any other day.
- My cell phone—a computer in my hands
- Fresh sheets on my bed, and a cool pillow
- Fresh seafood
- Fall colors
- Great food!
- Old growth forest
- Designing and working on our new forever home
- Views from our new property
- Museums–– art and more art. Always art.
- Hummingbirds at my window every day
- My sea glass collection
- Yellow post-it notes, and now the little colored one for editing my novel.
- Friends who fill my life with joy. I am so grateful for each of you.
- Shoes. I might have a problem.
- THIS. Take a minute and be reminded that despite all this cray-cray, there is a lot of good! I’m grateful.
Please leave your thoughts in the comment section; I’d love to hear from you!
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