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G is for Gratitude and Gratefulness

I got a bit behind on these posts, but that’s alright.  I have still have plenty of time to catch up.  I spent Friday – Sunday in Chicago with my husband and had a wonderful time walking Millennium Park while Jay was at a conference.  Walking outside in the city people and nature watching did wonders.  I was so grateful to be able to do the things I enjoy.

Which brings me to the topic of this post gratitude and gratefulness.  I will admit as of late I have fallen out of my gratitude and positive thinking habit and have slipped into some negative self-defeating thoughts.  I think it might have something to do with stress, impending changes, and not dedicating time to me.  So, as I have stated a couple times already I will be spending time on me once my classes are done in about 2 weeks.

One of the things I am looking forward to doing is reading Beginning Mindfulness: Learning the way of Awareness. A ten week course by Andrew Weiss.  I read it years ago and am looking forward to reading it again.  I was also made aware today that the Dalai Lama will be speaking near me at the end of June, so I am looking forward to listening to his talk again.

To close out my post I want to speak to how grateful I am that I have the support of this wonderful writing community.  Several of you have helped me through rough drafts and touch patches and I appreciate each and everyone of you.  I am also extremely grateful to friends and family that have purchased my book.  I have been completely blown away with the support and encouragement I have gotten.  I ❤ you all!

I have added some of my favorite photos from last weekend for you to enjoy.

Join me for the next A to Z Challenge post on Happiness

Addendum:  I find it interesting after I published this post, I have seen more items on gratitude than usual including this 21 day challenge in my email Exercise your gratitude muscle!






I am a writer currently working on her first series featuring Malcolm Stone. I also dabble in photography cooking and enjoying life. Synopsis of Dissonance (Book I in the series): Malcolm is youngest son of Preston Stone, the largest liquor importer on the east coast since the prohibition. His family’s affluence has afforded him the opportunity to follow his passion of being a pianist. He married a successful local artist Anabelle Connolly. They appeared to have the perfect life, but it had turned sour. After Anabelle’s death, the truth of their marriage can no longer be hidden. Years of Malcolm’s carefully constructed lies start unraveling at his feet. Will he be able to pick up the pieces of his shattered life? Dissonance explores and exposes a violent relationship, infidelity, substance abuse, depression, and lies.

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