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On Gratitude {and another great Etsy giveaway}

March 21, 2011

So last week I marked one year of blogging with a little look back at my favorite posts and a few highlights.  I mentioned that I wrote one entry that totally changed blogging for me.

When I started this site, I had been immersed in a million different awesome mommy blogs that give you ideas and inspiration and little tips for fun things to do with your kids and ways to enhance your family.  I was itching for a space to write as I embarked on a new journey for my own life, and I envisioned that one day my blog would grow to be that handy-mommy-blog prototype.  I’d be so awesome sharing my oh-so-valuable recipes and tips about home and baby and whatnot. (Ha!)  I started participating in the occasional linky lists and gaining a few readers, but somehow I just wasn’t always feeling it.  I’d record what happened here or there, link to a new recipe, post a photo, and hit publish and only sometimes like what was on the screen in front of me.

Then one night last August, I got the baby in bed and sat down at the computer with an overwhelming urge to write down the details of the day, knowing they were probably only interesting to me but not caring so much about what made it publication-worthy.  I just wanted to write, and I did.  And this post felt so good to me that I continued a trend.  Soon came this one. And this one. And this one. And somehow gratitude kind of began to multiply and the funniest thing happened: I began to notice these tiny moments in my day that were aching to be recorded.  And although I still sometimes share a tip or recipe every now and then, it is these entries of thankfulness that feel the most real to me and leave me feeling like this little journal is worthwhile.  Sometimes it’s such a great day that I won’t let myself finish without recording the details, and sometimes it’s just that I write about gratitude so that I can remember the good over the bad, no matter how much the bad was screaming to be noticed.   Other times still, I honestly have no main idea to write about, but there are tiny details asking to be remembered.

Gratitude is valuable for lots of reasons.  The most significant of which is that it leaves you feeling more and more grace and finding a million things to be thankful for.  If it weren’t for this journal and what I write here, I know I would sometimes finish the day feeling exhausted and defeated, but by actually looking at this space as a log of my days, I ask myself,  what do I really want to remember?  Recognizing the beauty in the everyday is a spiritual exercise, and I think months ago, I didn’t fully predict how that would affect my perspective.  When I take out all the whining and complaining, the good always outweighs the bad. Always.

So in many ways, that’s what this space has become for me: a place to be thankful, to record the happy, however simple that might be. It makes the day take on a brighter hue and tomorrow seem a little more full of possibilities.

Speaking of bright and beautiful, how lovely is this?

It’s a gift sponsored by The Shady Hollow, and it could be yours if you do something simple.

Tell me what you are grateful for today. One thing.  No matter how small.  Just one little note of gratitude.

For an additional entry, you can do the following and leave me an additional comment saying you did:

  1. Visit The Shady Hollow and take a look around, tell me what your favorite item is.  There are so many beautiful choices; it’s hard to pick!  They have a number of different colors of the bird’s nest jewelry and some lovely natural glass earrings as well as wonderful sculptures.
  2. Spread the word about this giveaway through Facebook, Twitter, or blog, and leave me a comment telling me so.

So there you have it.  One moment of gratitude for your day and two more ways to get extra entries for a sweet little handcrafted sterling silver set.  Easy-peasy!  [And seriously lovely jewelry!  Thank you, Shady Hollow!]

** Winner will be chosen by comment number with random.org this Friday (the 25th) at noon.

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“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.”- John Milton

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16 Comments leave one →
  1. Cathy permalink
    March 21, 2011 8:38 pm

    I’m grateful for a sweet happy baby who smiles and reaches his arms out when I get home. <3

    On a slightly more trivial note, I'm grateful that Spring Break is only two weeks away. :)

  2. March 21, 2011 9:49 pm

    I’m grateful for finally getting some video of Charlie walking tonight. :) such a lovely giveaway!

  3. Amanda permalink
    March 21, 2011 9:58 pm

    Beautiful jewelry!

    I’m grateful for your blog, so I can keep up with you even though I don’t get to see you as often as I’d like!

    And I’m also grateful for this beautiful weather so I could happily run 3.2 miles this afternoon!

  4. Amanda permalink
    March 21, 2011 10:14 pm

    And word spread, yo. On the book of faces. :)

  5. March 21, 2011 10:47 pm

    I am grateful for the evening time with my husband. It’s those few hours before bedtime that refuel our relationship.

  6. sherryclouser permalink
    March 22, 2011 8:35 am

    I am grateful for the communities to which I belong – at home, at work, at church, and online!

  7. March 22, 2011 1:37 pm

    I’m grateful for so much! My Savior. My family. Lessons learned (sometimes the hard way!). Finding new friends. The list can go on and on….

  8. mary e permalink
    March 22, 2011 9:42 pm

    I was waiting for a “…this is to be my Symphony” at the conclusion of this post. Just lovely! Finding happiness in the everyday is a large part of the choice to be happy, IMHO.

    I am grateful for the kindness of strangers (not to sound all Blanche DuBois)! Also, ditto Mandy P.

  9. shelly (the screaming tomato) permalink
    March 23, 2011 12:42 pm

    I tried to comment last night, but wordpress was having some issues. :) Yesterday I was grateful for my daughter not screaming through bathtime (one of those days…) Today I am grateful for the sun between storms.

  10. shelly (the screaming tomato) permalink
    March 23, 2011 12:43 pm

    Oh, and I visited the Shady Hollow….and the small birds nest pendant is just stunning!!!!

  11. Tally permalink
    March 23, 2011 1:53 pm

    Very appropriate for me today – I need to take a moment and adjust my point of view, through the haze of exhaustion. I love your outlook and gratitude as practice. You could publish a book. I am grateful that no one walked in on me while pumping at work today. And on a deeper level, I am so immensely, completely, intensely grateful for this little being who’s entered my life – the most amazing, beautiful little boy in the history of the world (certainly in my eyes, no offense to my friends with amazing sons of their own).

  12. March 24, 2011 8:11 pm

    I’m grateful that my cousin asked me to babysit her kid for three days this past week as they move to Germany on Monday. I just would not have found that much time to spend with him otherwise.

    I’m also grateful that I still have health insurance and allergy meds b/c I had a bad, bad, bad painful allergy day today. :)

  13. March 24, 2011 8:13 pm

    p.s. for my additional comment: I really love the surf and sea drop necklace. i actually already have a birds nest necklace that is VERY similar; I bought it at a friend’s shop, I wonder if it was from the same maker!

  14. March 25, 2011 8:57 am

    My husband is home after four months of working on the other side of the state!

    lane. family at yahoo dot com

  15. April 2, 2011 7:06 am

    i am grateful to god for today because i had a happy day today with someone i really care about. this has never happened for the last 2 years i guess. although it wasnt as beautiful as it used to be, but at least it happened again so im just happy :)

    punkme15 at gmail dot com

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