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All About Gratitude

There’s a reason why I’ve been talking about gratitude all month: it’s important. It’s really, really important. Gratitude is what gets you through the hard stuff. Gratitude picks you up when you are low. Gratitude gives you perspective. Gratitude is security. Gratitude is love.

Gratitude has helped me through the hardest times in my life: when I was sick, when infant Max was not well, when I lost my dad, when my sister left, and it continues to help me through each time I go back to court to affirm custody of my nephew. We all face hard times and challenges: it’s the natural cycle of life. It shapes who we are and how we see the world.

even in our hardest moments, there is always something to be grateful for

For this Thanksgiving I wanted to reflect back on posts that outlined my message on gratitude. Here are a few I think you’ll love:

In Learning to Be Thankful I wrote about the practice of gratitude. About how it’s something you need to work at. A skill, just like writing, painting, or making music.

In Believe in Your Own Strength I shared some inspirational quotes about building up your self-esteem, why it’s so important, and how the hardest times are sometimes the best times to write what you’re great at.

In The Power of Intention I wrote about a time where intention, and my hopeless hope for a positive experience, helped me overcame a (minor) challenge as a parent, flying solo on a plane, with a rambunctious toddler.

"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them." John F. Kennedy

This month in A Month of Giving I talked about PS I Adore You, Elephants, Sanitation & Security, and Drinking Water.

30 Days of Thankful: A Gratitude Project

And I talked about the 30 Days of Thankful project, which gave me a chance to reflect on the people, places, and things that I’m grateful for this year. And I shared links to my 2013 and 2012 projects as well as Cathy Zielske’s Blog.


Wherever you are, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!