Gratitude 2016

Dawn Landau  at Tales from the Motherland has once again started 50 HAPPY THINGS: BLOGGERS FLOOD THE INTERNET WITH GRATITUDE

Here’s how it works: set a timer for 15 minutes; timing this is critical. Once you start the timer, start your list. The goal is to write 50 things that make you happy, or 50 thing that you feel grateful for. The idea is to not think too hard; just write what comes to mind in the time allotted. You may have enough time for more than 50. When the timer’s done, stop writing. Finish whatever sentence you’re on, but don’t add more. If you haven’t written 50 things, that’s ok. If you have more than 50 things great; you can’t feel too happy or too grateful! Add the photos, links, instructions, etc after you finish the list––the timer doesn’t matter for getting these details down; it applies to the list only.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it 2) Please include a link to Dawn’s post 3) Click on the blue frog below. 4) That will take you to another window, where you can paste the URL to your post.  5) Follow the prompts, and your post will be added to the Blog Party List. Please note: the InLinkz (link-up) will expire on January 3, 2017. 

What a great way to end the year by reflecting on our gratitude and thinking happy thoughts. I could sure use that right about now. Here are the things that I am happy about and/or grateful for:

  1. Sunshine


    In Cyprus, there is an abundance of sunshine. I could sure use some here now.

  2. My husband
  3. My son


    The boy and his dad at a Georgetown Glow installment

  4. Our home
  5. public education
  6. school teachers and educators
  7. writers of books, blogs, poems, advertising jingles, screenplays, plays and all things of the sort that amuse and entertain me

    A relaxing read


    The boy snapped this picture of me in the Library Cafe

  8. My two cats 20140214_150002
  9. my family
  10. rain on hot summer days
  11. wildflowersimg_3015
  12. opposing views and opinions that keep me in check, but not those that go too off the deep end
  13. the jogging path behind my condo13592326_10210144453274244_3220336039964054786_n-1
  14. mass transportation


    A view from the bus

  15. the freedom to speak my mind, form opinions and change them as I want
  16. unexpected hugs out of the blue
  17. ice cream
  18. – with waffle cones20130618_161501
  19. Netflix
  20. the Public Library
  21. phone apps from the public Library such as Overdrive and Hoopla that allow me to download books and music for free
  22. Social media, such as Facebook, that allows me to stay connected with friends and family across the globe
  23. Winter break and vacation days that will allow us to travel back to my home state to visit family and friends
  24. the Blogosphere
  25. My big sister who took care of me and is there for support (even if she was mean to me as kids)
  26. spandex – I really needed it this year
  27. Heat!  I could live without airconditioning, but I would never survive without heat
  28. Moving out of Baltimore where we just did not belong
  29. Although it wasn’t the greatest childhood, looking back, I appreciate the integrity and intrepidness the brothers and teachers at St. Gabriel’s school taught me and the exposure to multiculturalism I received at school, at church, and while growing up in Queens, NY 20130404_160040
  30. The stream that runs by the jogging path behind my condo. Whenever I began to despair over the election of all I have ever stood against or just the fact that I am jobless, I would walk over and sit on the rocks and contemplate the water as it flowed pass me without a worry15135803_10211450801452132_2259221691613451122_n
  31. That the fire in Tennessee did not burn down La Conte Lodgeimg_3385-2
  32. discovering IE (Intuitive Eating)
  33. Vodka and gin
  34. – And timer is done!

This was harder than I thought this year. Even with 5 extra minutes I couldn’t get to 50. I kept wanting to add my husband again and again because he is related to so many of the things I listed. So he completes this list to round it out to 50.

I think I will have to remember Dawn’s idea to keep a running list for 2017. I just set a reminder on my iPhone to remind myself. Let’s see if that helps my ADDled brain.


3 thoughts on “Gratitude 2016

  1. This is such a beautiful list! You may be surprised to know that #30 is the one I most relate to, though all of them nudged me. When I am grieving, thinking deeply, needing piece of mind… and so many other times, I sit by a rushing stream, on the path I walk, and watch the water. It grounds me; it makes me feel sane again. I totally get it. Thanks so much for joining, again this year, Mom; your list is wonderful! xo

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