Last November, I started a tradition of blogging about what I’m thankful for every day during the month of November, and I ended with 30 days worth of posts about friendship, food, place, amazing moments with my little girl, and only a post (or two) saying I was thankful for the end of the day. I originally started it as a means of reminding myself that gratitude should extend beyond one day and that even in moments or on days when things are less than ideal, there are always things for which to be thankful. It turned out, the project was also in perfect keeping with my goal of finding joy even when I’m not quite where I want to be in life.
I loved my 30 Days of Thanks project so much that I’m bringing it back this year, starting with today. And I’d like to invite you to join me.
If you have a blog, blog each day sharing what you’re thankful for on that day. On Saturdays, I’ll include a link widget in my Saturday Surfing Post so that you can link to your blog posts from the past week and share what you wrote (that means you can link up to seven blog posts). If you don’t have a blog, please leave a comment saying what you’re thankful for at the bottom of each of my daily blog posts or leave a comment on the 30 Days of Thanks event on my Facebook Page. (You’re also welcome to comment/leave a link to your blog posts daily on my blog or Facebook page if you would like to do so.)
Please also invite others to participate and share what you’re doing with them. I’d love to see a practice of daily gratitude spread around the world. You can easily post the 30 Days of Thanks button on your blog by copying the following HTML:
<div align="center"><a href="http://www.amber-hinds.com/2012/11/01/30-days-of-thanks" title="30 Days of Thanks"><img src="http://www.amber-hinds.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/30-Days-of-Thanks-button.png" alt="30 Days of Thanks" style="border:none;" /></a></div>
Please feel free to include it in your 30 Days of Thanks blog posts or use it across the web. You can link people to this blog post explaining about the project or you can invite them to join the event on Facebook.
I’m really excited about doing 30 Days of Thanks again, but also having the opportunity to hear what others are thankful for. I especially look forward to getting to see some of your blogs and getting to know you, so I hope you will join in!
To start us out, today I am thankful for:
– The wonderful community Halloween celebration we had yesterday, the rain that stopped just in the nick of time, and that our normally shy Nora surprised us by saying “trick-or-treat” (and loving it!) at nearly every shop in town.
– The two websites I completed in the past 24 hours and the excitingly full calendar I have for the next two months, allowing me to save as much money as possible for my “maternity leave.”
– My wonderful husband who did way more than his fair share of parenting, cooking, and cleaning today, even though it is his only day off