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.
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
8. My siblings
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
19. Saturday Night Live (yes, really–whodathunk?)
20. Cool breezes
21. Short workweeks
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.
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
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
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
57. Warm boots
58. Knee-high boots
59. Warmth in the heart