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60 things o’ thankful

I read Goldfish’s 50+ things of gratitude last night, and then promptly wrote my own timed list. I set it aside without reading it. Here’s how it originated:

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 timer doesn’t matter for filling in the instructions, intro, etc). 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! When I finished my list, I took a few extra minutes to add links and photos.

To join us for this project: 1) Write your post and publish it (please copy and paste the instructions from this post, into yours) 2) Click on the blue frog at Tales From The Motherland. 3) 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. Please note: the InLinkz will expire on January 15, 2015. After that date, no blogs can be added.

Please note that only blog posts that include a list of 50 (or an attempt to write 50) things that made you feel Happy or 50 things that you are Grateful for, will be included. Please don’t add a link to a post that isn’t part of this exercise; I will remove it. Aside from that one caveat, there is no such thing as too much positivity. Share your happy thoughts, your gratitude; help us flood the blogosphere with both!

I read Ra’s list soon afterward and was touched, but still didn’t peek at my own list again.

I read my list tonight and decided I wanted to post it. It’s not earth-shattering stuff, but … gratitude’s gotten me to where I am today, and I’m happy now to not only think quietly but reflect aloud upon the things for which I’m grateful.

1. My boys
2. My toddler’s tons-o’-snuggles while he was sick
3. Reading with my boys before bedtime

Image from my favorite post of 2012

Image from my favorite post of 2012

4. My toddler’s new words, like “outside” and “bakey” (bacon)
5. My dog continuing to love and be patient with us though we barely give him any attention these days
6. My new job
7. Beer
8. My siblings

Mama's generations

Then and now

9. Rain, which reminds me of my home state of Oregon
10. Pizza, such as we had for dinner
11. Printers! We can duplicate things without writing it all out by hand ourselves!
12. Cars! We can go places so fast!
13. Airplanes! We can go places even faster!
14. My husband being between shows. I actually get to see him.
15. Mail. I love keeping in touch with people by writing words with my hands, even if I do love printers.
16. Handmade Christmas ornaments
17. My awesome PJs
18. Reading
19. Saturday Night Live (yes, really–whodathunk?)
20. Cool breezes
21. Short workweeks
22. Remembering
23. Blogs
24. Blogging
25. Friends
26. Blogging friends
27. The stickers my six-year-old plastered all over my computer
28. A driveway. In Los Angeles, this is an amazing thing.
29. Movement
30. The sound of snoring
31. Books that make the world feel less lonely (see, e.g., Inside Out and Back Again)
32. Good godparents
33. Trips back home
34. Watching someone you love graduate
35. Knee tackles by a toddler (MUMMY! MUMMY!)
36. Candid moment snapshots by kids’ teachers
37. People telling me how much they enjoy my kids
38. My older kid asking tough questions. These are a much better reflection of his learning than anything that goes on any worksheet
39. Learning stuff
40. Putting myself in places to learn new stuff
41. Horror movies, which take me back to sneak-watching with my horror-loving mom

Come a little closer so I can EAT YOUR FACE.

Come a little closer so I can EAT YOUR FACE.

42. Weird-ass dreams. They’re even better than horror movies, especially in the moments after awakening and going, Thank jeebus that was a dream!
43. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
44. Being an extra on Buffy the Vampire Slayer
45. Being an extra on Scrubs
46. Having my husband sponsored into the DGA by the only Assistant Director I remembered (from Scrubs; the AD was so awesome, I ended up watching the show because I figured it’d have to be good with a crew that clearheaded and compassionate)
47. Bonding over Scrubs and Deadbeat with just about the least likely suspect
48. Maternity pants, which are really helpful in December, whether or not you’re pregnant
49. Silver earrings

50. Warm socks
51. Heaters
52. Christmas lights! Lightin’ up the darkness
53. Old friends, who remember you before you liked you and like you anyway
54. New friends, who believe you used to be someone else and like you anyway
55. New opportunities
56. Refrigerators
57. Warm boots
58. Knee-high boots
59. Warmth in the heart
60. Sisters

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  1. December 22, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Loved this!
    More importantly, I NEEDED to read this on a day that my own spirits are ridiculously-low.
    Way to go, Deborah.
    We could all use this exercise to remind us of all the positive things/events in our lives.

    • December 22, 2015 at 6:48 pm

      I’m sorry your spirits are low tonight, but I’m glad I could help lift them a little! Anything else I can do? *big hugs*

      (I’m glad for this reminder to reflect! The last year or so has felt especially chaotic, but in the end … was clearly so full of goodness.)

      • December 22, 2015 at 6:51 pm

        Big hugs – even the virtual type – rule!

        • December 22, 2015 at 6:53 pm

          They have helped me many a time, especially when I felt so very, very remote and stranded in Japan! Big ones from me and mine here. ♥

    • December 22, 2015 at 11:31 pm

      Hook, I would be so honored and happy if you took the 10 minute challenge and added your list too! It’s hard to feel down, when you’re doing it. I needed a lift too… so I started this. Having read every contribution, I feel SO much better. Come on, join us! Here’s another
      (( hug ))

  2. December 22, 2015 at 7:13 pm

    I absolutely loved your list. It’s not only touching, it’s inspiring. 🙂

  3. December 22, 2015 at 7:44 pm

    A wonderful list.
    I hope, and feel sure it will, that love, laughter and gratitude continue to make solid foundations for your life.

  4. December 22, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    So sweet! and congratulations on making it to wordpress’s list 🙂

    • December 23, 2015 at 5:03 am

      Thank you! I actually misunderstood the WP thing, using the misunderstanding to reflect … and determine I should post exciting things in the morning, when I’m still awake enough to ensure I’m reading them correctly! (I’m up at 3:45 a.m. daily, so by 6 and 7 p.m., I’m already running low!)

      • December 28, 2015 at 11:58 pm

        Aww.. 😦 But you wake up at 3.45! That’s a win in itself!

  5. December 22, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    60. Sisters (💞)😘 Love you

    • December 23, 2015 at 5:04 am

      Love you! I loved your reflections this morning, too. So much heart and truth so succinctly expressed.

  6. December 22, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Deborah, thank you so much for joining my Gratitude blog party. I love that so many bloggers are connecting through gratitude, and I feel so humbled as I read each post. I love that we all bring such different things to our lists! I so love that you got 60 (I got that far last year, but was slower this year)… Oh how I wish I could embrace number 30, but it’s sucking years from me! 😉 Thanks so much for joining in; I am grateful to each of you.

    • December 23, 2015 at 5:06 am

      Thanks for the prompt to reflect! I thought I’d have a hard time making it to 50, so reaching 60 was a surprise. As far as 30, that’s an offshoot of time spent living in rural Japan, where I could go hours without hearing a peep from anyone/anything around me. When a snorer friend came to visit me, I was delighted by the sounds of his snoring. They were a lovely reminder I wasn’t–for those days–alone. Since then, I’ve loved the sound. 🙂

  7. December 23, 2015 at 4:37 am

    I needed to read this. Maybe I will need to do this. I am keeping it open to return to it, to remind me. I loved your list, I think it might sometimes be the small things we should focus on rather than all the large things that cause us so much stress.

    ❤ ❤

    • December 23, 2015 at 5:07 am

      I agree! When I look at the big things, they can seem insurmountable. Thinking about them that way reminds me that each big thing is actually many small things that can be addressed/absorbed individually. I wish it were always so easy to remember!

      • December 24, 2015 at 4:46 am

        Me as well, sometimes I get so overwhelmed by the big things I can’t breathe then something comes along, like this.

  8. December 23, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Maternity pants, haha! That’s why I’m so grateful for leggings every damn day. But really, what a wonderful list. If I can steal a few minutes here in between prepping for a giant family gathering at our house, I want to make my own list! Hugs to you.

    • December 24, 2015 at 7:21 am

      I would love to read your list if/when you can nab 10 minutes for it! Also, I feel compelled to point out that I am wearing maternity pants right now. It’ll probably be mid-January before I retire them again. :p

  9. December 24, 2015 at 3:59 am

    Way to keep it simple, which is a good reality check for you. May the joys of the season be with you and your family.

    • December 24, 2015 at 4:01 am

      Thanks, Frank! The same to you. 🙂

    • December 24, 2015 at 7:24 am

      I feel compelles to add that short and sweet is mandatory with timed lists. It’s like how people recommend segregating writing and editing when you take part in NaNoWriMo. You can typically write a few thousand perfectly poliahed words, or just let loose and write. Having written a trilogy in six weeks, I can assure you fee of those words were ones I’d now want others to read unedited. That’s the good in setting a deadline: just letting go and letting fow.

  10. December 24, 2015 at 6:50 am

    I felt happy reading your list. I love SNL so much. And beer. Heehee. Have a very holly jolly holiday Deb!!

    • December 24, 2015 at 7:25 am

      You, too, Darla, with big, big hugs and as much beer as feels right (or the right kind of wrong)!

  11. December 25, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your list. Gratitude is really the most powerful force in the world to bring about positive attitudes and a little magic as you share your love with those you are most grateful for. Merry Christmas!

  12. January 1, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    I finally did my list! Thanks for inspiring me. 🙂 http://tenthousandhourmama.com/2016/01/01/full-of-gratitude-in-2016/

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