An email that made my day!

An email that made my day!

Sometimes, it really is the simplest of gestures that can have the greatest impact. This week, understandably, I had many requests from 12 x 12 members for help accessing or navigating the Membership Forum, the Facebook Group Page and other aspects of managing their memberships. In the midst of a particularly busy morning, I got an email card from one of the members thanking me for my hard work and letting me know it wasn’t going unrecognized.

I can’t even express how touched I was, especially since helping 12 x 12 members is most definitely a huge part of my job, and one I do gladly. She had no reason to reach out other than to be nice. It got me thinking about how often I feel gratitude toward others that goes unexpressed (except in these weekly posts).

So a new part of my gratitude practice will be to thank others regularly and out loud. These weekly posts are a wonderful practice, but that one email made me realize how much power expressed gratitude has on the lives and well being of others.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” — Theodore Roosevelt

“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  — Saint Francis of Assisi

“Nothing is predestined. The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” — Ralph Blum

Gratitude list for the week ending January 11

  1. My snuggly son and my loving daughter, who were particularly snuggly and loving this week.
  2. We’ve topped 200 members in 12 x 12 – in less than two weeks of registration! The Membership Forum is alive with members sharing resources, providing feedback on manuscripts, pitches and queries. It’s amazing to see the community grow, with old members welcoming new and new members bringing fresh energy and enthusiasm.
  3. I am part of the most amazing mastermind group EVER! We met for the first time since before the holidays, and it was such a relief to have them back to bounce off ideas, troubles, and plans.
  4. The Writer magazine contacted ME for quotes on how to create a sticky, engaging author website. I still can’t believe it.
  5. Making plans for my upcoming trip to New York in February, where, among other things, I’ll get to stay with one of my BFFs Katie Davis!
  6. I’ll be in Florence for the Writer’s Renaissance Retreat THREE MONTHS from this very day! In fact, I will have been there for almost two weeks by this very day.
  7. Some much-needed solitude – right smack in my own home.
  8. A bath, a fire, a book, and red wine. Nice way to spend that evening of solitude.
  9. Watching Pitch Perfect. Such an enjoyable movie.
  10. Waking up this morning to a coat of frost covering the trees and the ground. Magical.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. It is so very true, Julie. That it is often the smallest of gestures that have the biggest impact. Your enthusiasm, and dedication is unbelievable, an angel to each and every member of 12×12 and the writing community. Now even the Writer Magazine is asking for your imput, how cool is that. You are a true inspiration my dear.
    So I am grateful for you.
    I am grateful for the 12×12 community.
    Grateful for my lovely critique partners.
    Grateful for my patient hubby who has had to put up with sign language from me since I have lost my voice for the past 4 days…lol.
    And for the hot summer days I am enjoying….lol.:) I could go on… 🙂

  2. What a wonderful post! Thank you Julie, for all that you do! I never would have been able to connect with this wonderful community of writers had it not been for you….so thank you! I am grateful for every day that I get to connect with the members of 12×12. I am thankful that every single day I learn something new about this wonderful field of writing. I am thankful that after many, many years of wishing, I am finally doing.

    🙂 You’re the best!

  3. You are truly inspiring Julie. Keep up the good work and know you are appreciated! Ronnie

  4. I remain grateful for all your 12x work, help, motivation. I’m working on my January draft this morning and thinking of all the support for my drafts, revisions and submission in 2013.

  5. Lovely gratitude list as always, Julie. And I’m so glad whoever it was took the time to email and thank you – I wish it had been me who thought to do that! This week, I am so grateful and touched that so many people took the time to come listen to the interview I did for Patricia Morrison, and that some of them, you included!, were kind enough to get in the queue and say hi and other wonderful, kind things that really meant so much to me. Thank you so much, Julie, for all you do for 12×12 and for all of us! I wish I could go to the Feb SCBWI conference – it is so close! – but I have all my kids home that weekend for my husband’s birthday, and I just can’t. Hope you have a great time!

  6. Great list, as always, Julie. I’m grateful that I discovered the blogging world. Where we’re all these incredible people been all this time? And where have I been?

  7. Wonderful post, Julie. I am so grateful for all that you have done and continue to do. Wishing you a wonderful year!

  8. Though I wasn’t quite as proactively thoughtful as the woman who sent you the e-card, I, too, am very grateful for all your hard work in running 12×12! In fact, when I keep seeing the requests for help on FB, I remembered what you said about that person on LinkedIn who derided you for charging and I can’t help but think that not only was that person completely wrong, but given all the things you’ve had to put in extra time to troubleshoot, you really should be charging more!

    Congrats on having The Writer magazine seek you out for quotes! How exciting!

    Thank you for your Gratitude posts; I really enjoy sharing your big and little victories with you!

  9. You have such a big heart! Love your Gratitude Sunday Post! Wonderful!

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