Jay's plate

A clean plate!

It would be an understatement to say it’s been quite the week – in a great way! Read on to find out why.

Quotes on Gratitude

“When itโ€™s over, I want to say: all my life I was a bride married to amazement.” — Mae West

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.” — John Wooden

“Gratitude is something of which none of us can give too much. For on the smiles, the thanks we give, our little gestures of appreciation, our neighbors build up their philosophy of life.” — A.J. Cronin

Gratitude list for the week ending February 2

  1. I was invited to speak on a panel at the O’Reilly Tools of Change for Publishing conference in Bologna in conjunction with the Bologna Book Fair. Last year I went to the conference not knowing a single soul and with a just-drafted proposal for an app that I was seeking input on. I’ll be back as a speaker and with that very app published in the iTunes store! Feelings of accomplishment like this do help carry the days when those rejections and disappointments come in.
  2. This week, 12 x 12ย topped 400 members! The program is now officially larger than it was last year.
  3. We had an amazing featured author post from author Kathleen Pelley. Anyone who reads aloud to children should read AND listen to the post.
  4. I got to see a prototype of A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS! I cannot express how rewarding it was to see it all come together, and I can’t wait for its pending release (date WILL be announced soon)!
  5. There is a strong possibility I’ll be getting another one of my books (outside of the app series) published in a combination of new and traditional methods. More on this soon, but the early indicators are promising.
  6. Jay ate his entire dinner three nights this week. This might seem small in the midst of bigger news, but when you get a notoriously picky eater wolfing down his meal three times in one week, that is worth celebrating!
  7. Reading Prince Caspian to my kids.
  8. Having a wonderful heart to heart with my daughter over dinner one night, when she told me she admires me because I don’t give up on my dreams. If that is my single accomplishment in life, it’s enough. ๐Ÿ™‚
  9. Jay’s triple-chocolate malt ball-covered birthday cake!
  10. An unexpected chance to chat with a friend in London.

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. You have some amazing achievements and good news to be grateful for, but that one that touched me the most was #8. Way to go accomplishing so much and inspiring your daughter, Julie!

  2. Wonderfu Julie! Especially the eating, I have fussy eaters too.

  3. Julie, that’s a mountain peak week if I ever heard of one! Aren’t times like that great?
    And just get ready to buy Jay new britches…a picky eager suddenly eating well is a growth spurt indicator!

  4. Congrats on the gratitudes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. A wonderful week, Julie! We have a discriminating palate here, too. I’m always so happy to find recipes that he enjoys eating ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations on everything, you’ve worked hard for this!

  6. I love your list of gratitudes and it’s a great reminder! The quotes are great too! I’m enjoying your blog which I discovered through that comment challenge. That was fun and now I’m getting your feed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What an awesome week, Julie! Congrats! You’re inspiring us all to keep believing in your dreams. And I agree, having your daughter’s respect and admiration is truly wonderful!

  8. great week and I’m very happy for you!!!

  9. Wow! Congrats on all your big news. Fingers crossed for #5, but either way it’s just a matter of time before your next book launch. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I’m loving all the big news here, including the clean plate. Congratulations!

  11. Tears in my eyes on this one: Having a wonderful heart to heart with my daughter over dinner one night, when she told me she admires me because I donโ€™t give up on my dreams. If that is my single accomplishment in life, itโ€™s enough. AMEN, sister!!!

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