Tuesday, December 22, 2015

My 2015 Gratitude List and An Invitation for You to Make Your List

Dawn Landau of Tales from the Motherland recently wrote, “This year, I reached out to a bunch of wonderful bloggers and suggested that we all come together and share gratitude. It’s about choosing happy, choosing positive, over the negative things that we could focus on. In taking time to reflect on things that made me happy in 2015, I feel grateful. If I express gratitude, I find myself feeling happy. Either way, it’s a win/win. I guarantee you that you will find yourself feeling good, smiling, feeling grateful and happy if you spend 10 minutes reflecting on positivity.”

Please accept my invitation for you to join in and make your 2015 gratitude list!  Here is how it works:
  • Set a timer for 10 minutes (timing this is critical)
  • Once you start the timer, start your list
  • The goal is to write 50 things that made you happy in 2015 or 50 things that you feel grateful for
  • The idea is to not think too hard
  • Write what comes to mind in the time allotted
  •  When the timer’s done, stop writing
  •  If you are a blogger and want to join this project: 
    • Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post into yours and the time to do that is not included in your ten minutes) 
    • Click here
    • That link will take you to another window where you can past the URL to your post 
    • Follow the prompts and your post will be added to the Blog Party List (Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015 and after that date, no blogs can be added)
    • Please note that only blog posts that include a list of things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for will be included 

50 Things in 2015 that Made Me Happy or that I Feel Grateful for
(in no particular order!)
  1. That my brother discovered what was going on with his body, handled the chemo, and is on the mend
  2. Having my awesome family to love and learn from
  3. The amazing National Parks in our country, in particular Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park  
  4. Your Infinite Life Training and Coaching Company – the amazing work, the wonderful courses, and the super amazing people
  5. The Peaceful Project and the new opportunity to lead this organization
  6. Our home with its wildlife and peace
  7. Our pets who are love on four legs
  8. Our friends to share the beauty of the world with
  9. Our daughter and her love of music
  10. Listening to our daughter play the theme from Charlie Brown on the piano
  11. Our health
  12. Hiking in Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon
  13. Watching our Koi swim
  14. Listening to our daughter’s choir and to Seraphic Fire – angels on earth
  15. Running farther than I thought I could
  16. Seeing my brother this year
  17. Dancing at our leadership conference
  18. Cosmopolitans
  19. My friend Ken distributing letters written by American children to people in France
  20. Being in the mountains
  21. Cooking good food for Thanksgiving and sharing it with friends
  22. Traveling with my family
  23. Seeing our daughter savor her independence in getting her driver’s license and traveling by herself to see her favorite band
  24. Watching the films Brooklyn and Hector and the Search for Happiness
  25. The cypress trees around the pond
  26. Listening to waterfalls
  27. Seeing deer in the wild
  28.  Getting cool new hiking boots
  29. Getting something special for my husband for Christmas and anticipating the look on his face when opening it
  30. The feeling after running or hiking
  31. Seeing people open their hearts in the courses we teach
  32. Having grants accepted
  33. Feeling my own heart open and seeing ‘reality’ in a new, different way
  34. Having a doctor who taught me how to change my health through what I ate
  35. Changing my health through what I ate
  36. Hearing my daughter and her friends laugh together
  37. Laughing at something my husband said
  38. Being out on the water
  39. Seeing old friends
  40. Binge watching Longmire
  41. Learning that there will be a Season 5 of Longmire
  42. Finding a haircut that I really like
  43. Leek potato soup
  44. Yoga
  45. Reading any book by Alexander McCall Smith
  46. Celebrating our 20th anniversary on February 25th
  47. Massages
  48. Going to Morikami Japanese Gardens with family and friends
  49.  Going to the Getty and eating lunch in the lovely restaurant
  50. Dreaming about my mom or dad


  1. Maggie, thanks so much for joining the gratitude blog event. I really enjoyed reading your list and appreciate you taking the time to connect and share your grateful moments. There are several things on here that really speak to me, but national parks and #7 in particular. I really like "love on four legs;" it's on point. Again, thanks for contributing!

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