Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Out of the Cold

Today I am grateful for the warm house that I live in, with a furnace that works.

When we came home last night the temperature was registering on the thermostat at 64 degrees! While that sounds balmy when you are in Wisconsin, the fact remains that it was -25 degrees outside with the windchill. Brrrrrr! Once we put fresh batteries in the unit, the temperature gauge started evening out. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to be homeless and I pray that those that are will find a warm spot to lay their heads during these cold winter days.

Cold, but beautiful, and can be deadly. Stay warm, my friends.

What is your 'something good' today?

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Big Plans for 2015

My something good today was signing a teaching contract for a 4 day workshop with our state beaders guild.

•I'm thankful for this creative bead business that takes care of my family. 

•I'm grateful for the opportunities and adventures that have opened up to me in 2015.

•I'm thankful for the amazing people in my field! 

Do you have event planned for 2015 that has you squealing like fan girl? I'd love to hear about it! 

Friday, January 2, 2015

Something Good

It all started with this quote.

Quite some time ago I found myself in a foul mood and in a checkout line that was glacial and inhospitable. As I got closer to the front of the line, it was clear that the cashier was a cheery sort.

"Have a good day!" she wished me. I immediately resented her for it.

I was not having a good day. Everything and anything that could go wrong was going wrong. And the fact that someone could intrude on my self-imposed woe-is-me cloud made me angry.

And then I saw this quote. I took a deep breath and realized that even in the not-so-cheery moments there was always something good. That is when I started signing all my email with this message. And wishing everyone 'Enjoy the day,' which is much different than 'Have a good day.' For even in the darkest moments there is a 'something good,' and all you need to do is open your heart to receive them.

I started by seeking those moments. At first it was a challenge. I couldn't find anything good. But over time the act of seeking those 'something good' moments didn't take that long. And more often than not, they came finding me.

This blog was born of that focus, a way to document the 'something good' moments in the every day. And after an impromptu conversation with my best friend Heather Powers, we decided that we wanted to find a way to cultivate gratitude. We discussed keeping a journal, but really liked the idea of a collaborative effort. So I suggested we put it out there in this blog.

We are on a quest to plant the seeds of gratitude, to harvest thankfulness. We would love for you to join us by adding your 'something good' to the comments.


Today I am grateful for my good friend, who is joining me on the journey.

My 'something good' today is that after an extra 4 weeks (for a total of 10 weeks - yikes!) because I had to reschedule my appointment I am getting my hair cut and colored. Time for a new me for the new year!

What is your 'something good' today?

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Little Things

Erin and I were talking about gratitude journals during the holidays and decided to use this blog to take turns sharing something we are grateful for each day.

Today I'm thankful for moments of rest where our family connects during quiet times. I'm thankful for time spent laughing and relaxing with my two teenage daughters. 

It lifts my heart and brightens my soul and I couldn't think of a better way to spend the first day of 2015.