The first Gratitude Sunday post of 2012. Happy New Year everyone!  This week I was especially grateful that my family gave me two full days by myself at the Breckenridge rental to organize for the year.  I worked from the moment I got up until I collapsed into bed, only taking breaks to walk the dog and take my nightly soak in the jet tub.  I loved every minute of it, and I feel so ready for 2012!

Quotes on Gratitude

“A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.” — Unknown

“You’ve done it before and you can do it now. See the positive possibilities. Redirect the substantial energy of your frustration and turn it into positive, effective, unstoppable determination.” — Ralph Marston

“Each moment of the year has its own beauty… a picture which was never seen before and shall never be seen again.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

Gratitude list for the week ending January 7

  1. Author Katie Davis gave me an amazing New Year’s gift by asking me to come on her Brain Burps About Books kidlit podcast.  I’ll be her first guest of 2012, and the interview goes live this Wednesday (so you’ll be hearing more soon :-))  What an honor and what a way to start the year!!
  2. I set four-year goals, which drove my annual goals (including 2012), which drove my monthly goals for 2012.  First time I’ve ever planned this strategically (and tactically), and it feels great!  Goals, not resolutions.
  3. Michigan won the Sugar Bowl!!  Bonus video of the song that’s been going through my head all week at the end of the post!  Hint: Def Leppard, 1980s…
  4. Laid down my first tracks of the season skiing at Breckenridge
  5. Six inches of snowfall on Saturday night
  6. The aforementioned deep-soaking jet tub at the Breckenridge rental.  It is heaven on earth.
  7. Jay catching snowflakes on his tongue on the chairlift
  8. Watching Rocky’s pure, unadulterated joy at running through fresh snow
  9. Bright pink mountains in the morning at sunrise, and deep red mountains in the evening at sunset.
  10. The astonishing response to the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge, the support and camaraderie of the group, and the whimsical, phenomenal badge Linda Silvestri made for us.  I’m also grateful for Tara Lazar who kicked us off on Sunday.  I started the 12 x 12 group to inspire other picture book writers, but the participants in the group are inspiring me far more!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Sounds like your 2012 is off to a great start! 🙂

  2. Congratulations on your forthcoming appearance on Brain Burps!

    I’m grateful for the writing communities I’ve become a part of, especially 12 x 12 and the Children’s Book Hub.

    I’m also grateful that I finally got the technical glitches ironed out and my new blog is up and running — and I’m so pleased with it!

  3. What a great start to your new year! Thanks for sharing! Perhaps we can listen in on the Brain Burps, even after the live event?

  4. A great post with a fantastic video at the end 🙂 Congrats on the podcast!

    Like Beth I am thankful for all of the new friends I have found recently through 12×12 and a number of other challenges & sites.

    Happy 2012!

  5. Congrads on the podcast! That is SWEEET!!!!!!!!!

    I am truly thankful to be alive. And thankful for 12×12. I’m working on my first story this month. What fun!

    2012 is starting out great for you. (((hugs))) Happy 2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. I am so grateful for a supportive husband! Adding my addiction of writing and illustrating to a very demanding daily job leaves little time to give to my best friend, but somehow we have managed to accept the needs of each other and cherish our time together. I am also grateful for and totally loving the 12 x 12 inspiration everyday. Every comment brings forward movement. Yeah team!!!

  7. Great news about the podcast — way to go! I am very grateful for having “met” you, Susanna Hill, and Tara Lazar because all three of you gave me the push I needed to start doing something.

    And I’m so grateful that the launch of my blog has made me a full-fledged member of the amazingly supportive kidlit community!

  8. Happy New Year! Happy 12×12 year! So glad to be here!

  9. Congrats, Julie, on the well deserved Brain Burps invite from Katie Davis!
    Will you be able to link the podcast to your blog?

    I’m grateful for all those that walk the creative path. We support each other with an understaning that only those of our mindset are able. For my son Michael who has always believed and supported me in following my writing dream ~ Thank you!

  10. I am grateful for a healthy family.

    Julie — Looking forward to your appearance on the Brain Burps podcast.

  11. Congrats on the podcast—and the 4 year strategic plan—and everything else, of course

  12. i love the idea of a 4 year plan driving the 12 month plan driving the…pure business strategy and it works very well. keep us posted on your progress thru this process.

  13. Inspiring post! Thank you. Starting the day with gratitude feels great. I am grateful for PiBoIdMo and completing it, and it pathing the way for 12x12n12. Thank you again. (I am on my ipad so I have to get up out of bed, walk down the hall and turn on an actual computer to see your podcast, but I am grateful that I have a computer down the hall… not the getting out of bed part, but I have a husband who made me coffee so it’s a wash.. 😉

    Thank you again for your morning words.

  14. We in Illinois marvel at your snow (still so weird to not have anything but frost on the grass by now!), but I am grateful to not be consumed with shoveling! Looking forward to your podcast, too. Grateful for the inspiration you just gave me to set my writing goals and create a structure so that I will meet them 🙂

  15. It sounds like 2012 is starting off well for you! I have to admit a wee bit of jealousy for your 2 days (2 whole days!) for yourself with a hot tub soak at the end. Good luck, it will be fun to follow your adsventures this year!

  16. Love this idea of posting things you’re grateful for! This week I am grateful for my husband laying tile down in my kitchen. I haven’t had a floor in there for four years! – Laurisa White Reyes, author of The Rock of Ivanore (

  17. Great list as always, Julie! Sounds like 2012 is off to a good start for you 🙂

  18. Oh boy, I can’t wait to see the podcast, Julie. Congratulations!

    I’m grateful for our beautiful weather. It should be freezing cold here in my little part of western Canada. Instead, it feels like spring. 🙂

  19. Glad you have successfully plotted the next year and months. Here’s to much success in realizing your dreams. A friend of mine sent me this anonymous quote, “What if you had today only those things for which you were grateful yesterday?” Now that has changed my gratitude attitude!

  20. What a great way to start the New Year: gratitude, goals, and Def Leppard. You’re an inspiration, Julie.

  21. Your gratitude posts always inspire, Julie! Totally grooving to Pour Some Sugar… right now. 😉

    I’m grateful for a new mattress (60% off, woot woot!), a couple of great new writing assignments, gorgeous weather and fab blog friends.


  23. All I can think of now is the jet tub (lovely!) Congratulations on all that, you are in for a super year Julie!

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