50 Happy Things: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

This post comes courtesy of Dawn Quyle Langau from TALES FROM THE MOTHERLAND. She had this great idea for bloggers to unite in gratitude. At this time of year, we may start thinking about the year ahead and our New Year’s resolutions. Why not think about the year we have had instead and reflect on the things that made us smile and what we are grateful for. I think we need to do more of this on everyday basis! Thank you, Dawn, for putting this together. If you would like to add your post, instructions follow my list.

The objective is to write out a list of 50 things in 10 minutes time. Setting the timer.

Here we go…

50 Things I am Grateful for This Year (2015)

I am grateful for:

  1. My two beautiful boys; their tender hearts and their wicked sense of humor and the boundless love I feel for them.
  2. My husband who still loves me and believes in me and accepts my flawed self.
  3. My family, sisters, brothers and the times we spent together. It’s always special time.
  4. My family watching my son play water polo this year and cheering him on.
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  5. My little one’s precious eyelashes (I want them) and his gentle, creative spirit and watching him dance. Wow, he can dance!
  6. Clean water; where I live it’s pretty good.
  7. The generosity of my mother-in-law; she’s a lifesaver.
  8. Having a glass of wine while I cook and dance in the kitchen.
  9. Having a glass of wine with a friend.
  10. Long walks in nature.
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  11. My sister’s generosity and knowledge and helping get through an IEP process; things could have turned out much differently had she not been there. Thank you!
  12. My guardian angels in true life: Ixchel and Dipali.
  13. My blogging community. I don’t know about you, but it feels pretty real to me. I wish we could all go out for dinner together.
  14. Discovering yin yoga, giving me a peace and awareness about myself; letting me spend time on me.
  15. Getting back into a ballet class and feeling right at home.
  16. My dance teacher Sunny and her genuine smile and all her joking around.
  17. Working out and feeling good about my physical self.
  18. Conversations with my mom on the phone; she has such wisdom.
  19. My furry, feline friends: Shasta, Orangey and Lucky. I’m happy to serve them. They have no idea how much joy they give me.
  20. Feeling stronger about my writing and the creative outlet I have here.
  21. My Friday Fictioneers community. They are so talented and I feel lucky to know them.
  22. Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for leading the Fictioneers every week. I admire her dedication.
  23. Health. My family is healthy and my son is taller than me now. He will eat me out of house and home.
  24. Feeling inspired by other writers. I have so many great things to read!
  25. Family time; watching movies and playing board games.
  26. When my husband cooks a meal.
  27. The sun, stars and moonbeams.
  28. Friends that don’t give up on me.
  29. Going out for sushi with my friend Ann.
  30. Making progress on my book.
  31. Snuggling under a blanket and getting lost in a book.
  32. Swimming in the ocean.
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  33. Downloading and listening to music right away because I can.
  34. Fuzzy socks in furry slippers.
  35. Listening to the rain and not having to go anywhere.
  36. Waking up with the sunrise and feeling productive.
  37. Staying up and watching a late-night movie.
  38. Maple lattes from Peet’s.
  39. A soothing massage.
  40. Napping.
  41. A letter from a friend.
  42. Warm chocolate chip cookies with a cup of cocoa or anything chocolate.
  43. Sleeping in.
  44. Fresh roasted coffee in the morning.
  45. Laughter and for all the people that make me laugh.
  46. Listening to my son play his baritone and how excited he is talking about music, especially listening to him hum the music.
  47. Snuggling with my youngest. I know our days for this are numbered.
  48. Staying in pajamas all day.
  49. Getting away to Napa and living in such a beautiful spot close to so many great places.
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  50. All my friends who are here right now. Thank you!
If you’d like to join in, here’s 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 thing 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 haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things and still have time, keep writing; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! 

To join the bloggers who have come together for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click here3) That will take you to another window, where you can past the URL to your post. 4) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List.

I hope you’ll join in the fun. Thanks again for being here now and throughout the year. I have made some incredible connections here I never thought possible.

For more posts of Gratitude, visit the Linkup here.

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39 thoughts on “50 Happy Things: Bloggers Unite in Flood of Gratitude

  1. So very glad to see you at the 50 Gratitude Blog love in. I’m grateful for YOU.
    Cheers to 2016 being an even more joyous and thankful-worthy year! (I feel like we had some similar joyful happening… Who knew?)

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    1. I’m grateful for you too, Jen!! I’m always inspired by you. How awesome we share joyfulness together. 🙂 I will come see. Best wishes for the New Year. I’m still in shock that’s it’s almost upon us.

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  2. Way to go Amy! I knew you’d hit it out of the park. These are tender and lovely, humorous and thoughtful. I love this list, and the warm hearted blog friend who wrote it! I had no idea that it was Yin yoga you’re doing… LOVE Yin. It’s so meditative and mindful. I still haven’t gotten back to yoga, but after 17 years of practice, I still feel it in me when I move. I love that you dance, that you appreciate water–– so do I. Honestly, I feel like I felt so rushed and crazy, as I sat down… worrying about messing this effort up, with so many eyes on me. Reading all of the other lists, has been so inspiring and wonderful. Thank you SO much for taking the time, and adding your link. It’s a wonderful love note to so many things! xox

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    1. Aw, you making cry, Dawn. Thanks so much for all those sweet things you just said. That made me happy. You have been a great inspiration for me, in reading about your journey and your honest look at life and expressing it very openly. It’s great to take part in this and celebrate togetherness, what we do here on the blogs, our writing and our shared experiences. Thanks for your unwavering support of my writing. I always appreciate and treasure all your comments. It’s a pleasure to be a part of this and thanks for putting it together! xox

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  3. Dear Amy,

    This makes me want to take you out for wine and sushi. It gave me a warm feeling to find myself on your list. You’re one of the people who make Friday Fictioneers what it is–a family.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    1. Rochelle, wouldn’t that be fun to go out? Maybe someday we will. Thanks so much for everything you do for FF. Everything appears so seamless, but I know you devote a lot of time. I just want you to know it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s under your leadership that we all thrive. Happy Holidays to you!
      Shalom,
      Amy

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      1. It would be a blast, Amy. Maybe in the not too distant future a few of us can meet somewhere fairly central to us. At least those of us on this continent. 😉

        Thank you for your encouragement. Today has been one of those days I need to hear them.
        Happy Holidays to you.

        Shalom,

        Rochelle

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      2. That would be so much fun! Who knows. Maybe we can swing it one of these days. We can make it happen, a Friday Fictioneers conference. 🙂
        Certainly. Well, that makes it all the more meaningful for me. Anytime, Rochelle.

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  4. Absolutely love your list. And my son is exactly my height now but he hasn’t even hit his growth spurt yet! And I make sure to cuddle with my daughter too as much as I can now because I know how time flies. Have a very merry Christmas Amy!

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    1. Thanks, Darla. Oh, the growth spurt happens when you least expect it, when you’re not looking…then, all of sudden, whamo they’ve grown overnight. Yikes! It’s crazy and has happened much too fast. I know you know. Get the cuddles in when you can. A Merry Christmas to you, Darla!! xo

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. Yes, they are little sweethearts. Merry Christmas to you, too! I can’t believe we’re saying 2016. Best wishes for the New Year, Cathy. I look forward to more of your wonderful photography.

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    1. Awesome, Brigitte.These things always make me happy and lift me up. I find it’s the little things that make the difference. Thank you. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Brigitte.

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  5. Such a wonderful perspective and reminder, not only for the season – but any and every day. Guess if I had a list of 50 long-time bloggers I’ve been with, you would be on it! Many thanks for that … and a toast to you … Clink!

    Merry Christmas to you and your family … and my holiday post will be up sometime after 9 pm (your time) tonight.

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    1. Aww, thanks Frank. If we stop and reflect every now and then we realize it’s all about our perspective. Cheers! With a Zin from Amador 🙂 And ditto. You’d be on that list, too.
      Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Frank, and a Happy 2016! I’ll be by for your post later.

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  6. I have been trying to get to this for days and I have to tell you, reading this made my day. Your list is wonderful! It warms the heart picturing you smiling while you wrote these things out.
    May your Christmas be Merry and your New Year be Healthy & Happy, My Friend.

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    1. Oh, you don’t know how good that makes me feel to hear you say that, Michelle! I’m grateful for your comments. 🙂 Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, Michelle and all the best for the New Year! Oh, where did this year go? Right? xoxo

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  7. Wonderful list, Amy! This is such a great way to count your blessings! (Literally!) Feel the same about number 13, never forget number 17, number 28 is a promise, and number 30 is what I wish for you the most in 2016! (In addition to excellent health and happiness, of course!) Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your lovely family – see you in 2016! xoxo

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    1. Thank you, Kelly. I love that you related to so many items on my list. Yes, #30 is a big one for me! I need to get more done, Kelly. I have so many distractions. But, progress is progress. I got to keep on the path. Wishing you the best for the new year.You too, enjoy your holiday and your family. Thanks, my dear friend. Hugs. xox0

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  8. This is maybe the third or fourth list I’ve read. They’re very revealing. You can tell a lot about a person’s life with a list like this. I wonder if everyone realized it? 50 is too big a number for me. Call me back when it’s down to 15 or 20.

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    1. I’ve only read a few myself, Mark. I had planned on reading a few more. It is interesting how they are so different from each other, although you could get a different result just depending on your approach or I might write a completely different list tomorrow. Mine seems to be a little more specific with some of the items.I wonder what these lists have revealed to you. Of course, your number can be whatever you want it to be. 50 does seem like a lot, but I am sure you would come up with it!

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    1. Thank you! It was fun to do and the timing was nice at the end of the year. But you can still do it, if you’d like and add it to the Linkup! And, you don’t have to come up with 50. Some people did far fewer than that. Give it a go if you want to.

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