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A Gratitude Break After 15 Days Of Writing For National Blog Posting Month (Oy!)

After fifteen days of writing for National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo) I’m taking it a little easier today. As I write this it’s late afternoon, and I’m enjoying the view of our mountain so softly lit by the setting sun. The snow barely covers the ground, reminding me that another winter is soon upon us and with it comes the dreaded permanent chill in the air.

The quiet in the house is comforting, the only sound are the bells on my cats’ collars. It soothes me in ways I can’t explain. And so I reflect.

Recently I was asked to create a gratitude challenge for, the health website I write for. Often, the holidays are a difficult time for people living with chronic illness, making it important to remember what we’re grateful for instead of focusing on our illness. This issue is not exclusive to those with disabilities. It can also be a lonely or stressful time for others.

I posted three things I am grateful for with accompanying photos. With Thanksgiving coming, I thought I’d write a (very) short gratitude post for my 16th day of NaBloPoMo.

I am grateful that our son had a chance to get to know his great-grandparents.


And that all four of his grandparents are an integral part of his life.


I am grateful I have had an opportunity to travel to see loved ones, and to explore new places.


I am more than grateful for every experience I’ve had, both good and bad, that helped shape my life to bring me to this moment. Because right now I am grateful to you, dear reader, for your comments, encouragement and support. You have enriched me in ways that I never anticipated or take for granted. I humbly thank you.

Have a wonderful Sunday and an empowering week.


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30 thoughts on “A Gratitude Break After 15 Days Of Writing For National Blog Posting Month (Oy!)

  1. Helene Cohen Bludman

    Love these photos that are filled with so much love and gratitude. Having loving family and friends truly is the greatest gift. Thank you for this inspirational message, Cathy.

  2. Kathy @ SMART Living

    Gratitude Rocks! I’m at the mid way point for my 30-Day Gratitude Challenge on my blog and while it has been “challenging” to keep it up every day this month it is SO-O-O worth it as I’m sure you know. Good for you for sharing the gratitude. I don’t think it is possible to ever have to much…and the more you give the more you get! ~Kathy
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      Love to travel, Jamie, but sometimes my illness or finances prevent us from doing so. So I am grateful for the trips I have taken, and look forward to the day we can travel again. In the meantime I am grateful for being where I am!

  3. Ruth Curran

    I am grateful for all of those who fill my life with joy – you are so solidly on that list and yes, I grateful for our intelligent conversations, our crazy tangents, and moments of collective genius!

  4. Elin Stebbins Waldal

    Cathy, I read this early this morning, but waited to comment. It just didn’t feel appropriate to have my previous post show up under comment love when you wrote something so beautiful. The joy and love that shines through your images is so wonderful. I know your life isn’t without challenges and I find it so inspiring how you always seem to be shining a spotlight on the silver linings. Thank you for this beautiful piece, it was a lovely start to my day.
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      Your posts are always gorgeous and takes my breath away, so don’t ever hesitate to post, Elin! You move and amaze me. But thank you for your lovely comments – they overwhelmed me with you. What a way to begin my evening!

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