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Wednesday, August 19

The Gratitude Challenge: Days 1-3

For the next three weeks I’m going to be participating with a great group of bloggers in The Gratitude Challenge. We each received a gratitude kit, with tools and activities aimed at making us more grateful and focused on living in the moment. As part of the Challenge, I’m going to report on some of my experiences here on my blog. I look forward to you sharing your thoughts and joining me on this little journey.

Years ago I kept a gratitude journal. Each day I would write down 5 things I was grateful for. I’ve long since slacked-off on this habit, but I never stopped believing in the positive influence that journal had on my life. I am really looking forward to the next three weeks…it will be good for me to specifically focus on the things that I’m grateful for once again.

Day 1 (was Monday): I signed the pledge and have now told you all about it. I’m committed and ready to go!

Day 2: We are supposed to write in our gratitude journals a list of things we’re grateful for…using the alphabet, A to Z. I thought this would be easy…but some letters were tricky! I actually broke out the dictionary to find words, and found something for each letter. X was the most fun…Xanthan Gum. I really am grateful for that stuff…makes homemade frozen yogurt oh so yummy!  If you’re feeling like getting into a grateful mood, sit down and make your own A to Z list…and share your favorite letters here!

Day 3: “Write a blog post about something you feel grateful for in your life today.” That’s easy…all day I’ve been feeling unbelievably grateful for my 20-month-old Anna. She toddles around chatting up a storm (her little voice brings me so much joy) and makes us laugh countless times a day. Oh, I just love that girl!


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    C for Children and then comes G for Grandchildren – enough said!

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    I love this idea! I just printed out an A to Z page for each of my kids, and myself of course, to fill out. Thanks Jane!

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    I thought I would follow your lead. My alphabet surprisingly was filled up rapidly with family names. My X turned out to be xerox machines – I love to be able to make copies.
    My husband’s name starts with A – so that was perfect…and today I posted my first blog (although, It is not designed yet). Also, I am thinking of trying frozen yogurt with agave and non-fat yogurt to see what it would be like and I should also add the xanthum gum too, I am thinking. cheers, nano

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    Jane Maynard

    yea, I’m so glad some of you are doing it! yea!

    xerox machine is about as funny as xanthan gum. and you would have thought X was impossible! 🙂

  5. I have been trying to keep up with my gratitude journal that I started a few months ago, and this was great motivation! A to Z is a great jumpstart. Thanks!

  6. Welcome to the Gratitude Challenge. I’m doing it too and not only am having so much fun, I’m also learning so much from the experience, even though it’s only been five days. I look forward to reading more of your entries! (And love the picture of your little girl. So precious!)

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    How great! I love this challenge and reading about what everyone is thankful for. And, come to think of it, I am thankful for Xanthan Gum also. Anything that allows us to enjoy froyo on a hot summer day!

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