Day 11–Five thankful people

*Special thanks to Mary Agrusa for writing today's post for our "28 days of love" project. Be sure to check out her blog as well.*   Give thanks to the Lord for he is good; his love endures forever. Psalm 107:1 Five categories of people who should give thanks to God are listed in Psalm... Continue Reading →

Day 10–Dearly loved

*Big thank you to my friend Kelly Booy for agreeing to contribute to the "28 days of love" project!* I have had a consistent prayer for contentment these last couple of years!  My awareness of this need came one summer day in 2009 while on a walk in the Dutch farmlands.  A quiet, picturesque moment... Continue Reading →

Day 3–The delicate dance

*I've known Jessica since college, and I feel privileged to have watched her evolve into who she is today. Our journeys aren't identical, but I relate to much of her story. Check out her blog!* Gratitude and love. Topics that seem to go hand in hand with lines blurred as to where one ends and... Continue Reading →

Day 1: Sharing the treasure of gratitude

*Today begins my "28 days of love" project on this blog, a project to explore the connection between love and gratitude in our lives. Special thanks to Linda Unger for sharing her spiritual insights on how to share gratitude as well as a bit of her wonderful photography with us today.* For me, gratitude comes... Continue Reading →

28 days of love

Starting February 1st, I'm stoked to announce that almost 27 of my favorite people will be serving as guest writers for the blog. They were asked to submit posts related to love and gratitude and to run in any direction with that topic. I can't wait to read the variety of posts as they come... Continue Reading →

Definitely thankful that better is good enough for me today.

Just wheat: Only what matters

It’s a good thing we live in the middle of absolutely nowhere, wild-looking woods surrounding our home; otherwise, I might have worried that I’d be seen circling an invisible platform in the middle of our road, doing the Rocky victory dance after jogging 1/4 of a mile non-stop a few days ago.

Yes, I said 1/4 of a mile. I understand that the real runners and athletes reading this may scoff at my milestone. But I’m not a real runner. I haven’t even attempted to run–except to chase after my dogs or to catch my husband as he backs out of the driveway to tell him to pick up a gallon of milk–in about five or six years. Back in the day, I somehow mustered up motivation to train for and run a 5K with an athletic trainer/friend of mine. I met my goal, and then all of my running…

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There’s always a rock

*I'm very thankful that Debra Dickey-Liang sent me this post for today sharing her 2013 word of the year with us. What's your word or theme for 2013? What's on your mind? What are you learning right now? What will you be grateful for 11 months from now?*During my everyday life, with its various tasks... Continue Reading →

Henry’s word of the year

*Thanks again to Henry Petty for stepping in as guest contributor today. As you read his post about his word/theme of the year for 2013, consider identifying one for yourself. What could you focus on this year that would, in December, result in looking back in gratitude at all you'd learned and how you'd grown?*My... Continue Reading →

An ode to my guest contributors (friends).

Just wheat: Only what matters

About a year ago, I decided to create a second blog, Your Daily Dose of Gratitude. I’d already been writing daily gratitude lists for over 1,000 days in a row. Since this exercise had impacted me so positively, improving my outlook on life and my attitude towards others, I decided that sharing thoughts on the topic with others might do the same for them.

As I posted Henry Petty‘s guest blog posts on my gratitude blog, the past few days, I began reflecting on how I know him. We met in college, and I was immediately drawn to his chipper attitude about life. He did not have an easy life. Yet he seemed to always keep a smile on his face. He walked to work, and instead of whining about it, he just expressed gratitude when folks offered him rides.

Then I began thinking about the other guest…

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Henry’s 2013 bucket list

*Special thanks to Henry Petty for sharing his 2013 bucket list. What's on your bucket list for 2013?*Henry's 2013 bucket listTake up golf – a buddy of mine said it’s a really good networking tool.  Donald Trump has stated the deals he makes are always on the golf course.  And, I have been approached many... Continue Reading →

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