Here's my gorgeous daughter as a flower girl in my brother's wedding this past October

Here’s my gorgeous daughter as a flower girl in my brother’s wedding this past October

I attended a webinar this week where I was reminded of this quote by Marianne Williamson, which I love so much and which I think everyone should adopt as a mantra. It is certainly what I want to pass on to my beautiful daughter, who reached double digits on Tuesday.

For that reason, it will be our only quote this week.

Quotes on Gratitude

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” — Marianne Williamson

Gratitude list for the week ending January 19

  1. Em turned 10 years old. I am so proud of and amazed by her. I love her more with each passing day.
  2. Lemon curd birthday cake from Huckleberry’s. The ONLY kind of cake that can go head to head with chocolate.
  3. Membership in 12 x 12 topped 300 this week!
  4. My friends Emma, Jon and Katie for helping spread the word about 12 x 12 and bringing in many memberships.
  5. Another registration came in for Writer’s Renaissance – only 2 spaces left!
  6. Seeing Les Mis and being convinced that the movie could be as powerful as the musical. I wonder if I will ever see it, in any form, where I don’t end up an emotional basket case at the end… Probably not.
  7. A nice long chat with an old friend
  8. The fleece sheets I got for Christmas
  9. A champagne toast with my mom to celebrate achievements and new beginnings
  10. My treadmill desk, which enabled me to get at least SOME exercise during one of the busiest weeks I’ve had in three years.

What are you grateful for this week?


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  1. I am grateful for so much this week, the biggest thing I think is getting back my mojo so to speak. Feeling really good about myself and my art again. Thanks to everyone for all the encouragement. Where did you get a treadmill desk?

  2. Oh, what a gorgeous pic. She certainly is beautiful! 🙂

  3. Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter!!

    Flannel sheets are indispensable this time of year; I love my set too. 🙂

    This week, I’m grateful for new found friends through 12×12, and for clean water from the tap.

  4. Lovely post. Being in a state of gratitude all of the time is the door to the soul. I’m grateful that you openly share your journey because others can see it play out in your life and be inspired. Your daughter is beautiful!

  5. This Marianne Williamson quote again – restocking my heart. Thank you, Julie.

  6. Your daughter looks stunning! Happy Birthday to her indeed. I was the same after Les Mis(awesome!) Yay for all those 12×12 members and a treadmill desk :0)

  7. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  8. Congrats on your daughter’s 10th BD! Lemon curd sounds scrumptious…mmmm. I thought the movie was extremely powerful, more so that the stage production and two movies I’ve viewed. So much so, that I’m compelled to talk about it on FaceBook, and later, on my blog. In that case, I’m grateful for Victor Hugo, who wrote such a deep and moving classic. I wonder if he knew back then how popular it would be??

  9. Julie, Thank you for reminding me of the Marianne Williamson quote, which came for me at a most appropriate time.

    Sallie Wolf

  10. Excellent Gratitude Sunday post, as usual. I love the quote, but the treadmill desk makes me want to take a nap. Is that wrong…?

  11. I love that quote by Marianne Williamson. Wonderful. Happy birthday to Em!

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