Snow sculpture illuminated by colored spotlights

Much to be grateful for this week!

Quotes on Gratitude

“Happiness is the settling of the soul into its most appropriate spot.” — Aristotle

“Deficiency motivation doesn’t work. It will lead to a life-long pursuit of try to fix me. Learn to appreciate what you have and where and who you are.” — Wayne Dyer

“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” — Albert Einstein

Gratitude list for the week ending February 4

  1. Getting to ski and hang out with great friends, including my bestest girlfriend!
  2. Witnessing more than one beautiful sunrise reflecting on the mountains
  3. Completing my January picture book draft for the 12 x 12 challenge
  4. The incredible community of writers that have come together for the 12 x 12. Β They inspire me daily.
  5. Finishing one good book and starting another
  7. Skype
  8. Writing the last page of a lovely journal (was a gift from the friend above). Great way to end Week 9 of The Artist’s Way.
  9. Snow sculptures in Breckenridge
  10. A long nap on a day I felt under the weather

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Getting to spend lots of time in my PJs with no make up. Granted, it was because the kids were sick. But I got lots of extra snuggles!

  2. That my life finally settled down a bit. It was busy, but in a good way!

    I love your Gratitude Sunday! Have a great one Julie!

  3. My new laptop and finally getting a copy of my novel (wip) from my editor friend…yay! And so many lovely friends on 12x12in12 of course! I can’t help but be grateful.

  4. Do you have any idea how happy (and grateful) it makes me to read that one of your gratitude highlights this week was reading The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles with your kids? Sheer delight on my part!

    My major gratitude for the week is that I decided a couple of weeks ago not to go to LA this week. I’d been planning to leave on Feb 2 and be away for a week or two. I decided mid-way through January to wait and go in August so that I could attend SCBWI. On January 29th, my uncle died, and because I wasn’t in LA I was able to have a good visit with his daughter, my cousin whom I rarely see, and with my aunt. And I was able to be at his funeral on Saturday. I am so grateful I wasn’t in LA.

  5. Lovely list as usual Julie. I love the name of that book, is it good? Nice ice sculpture, skiing sounds wonderful. Have a great week.

  6. I love your gratitude Sunday idea! It’s always good to take the time to reflect on the goodness in our lives. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Liked Einstine’s quote! And, always enjoy your gratitude list. Have a great week.

  8. I’m grateful for my new iPhone although now my phone can’t talk to my computer because the computer is TOO OLD! Now for a new computer! Lol…

  9. Elizabeth McBride

    I’m grateful for the idea of Gratitude Sunday! A reverent approach to life is the beginning of gratitude. Yesterday I enjoyed drafting a gratitude-themed picture book, and today I experimented with a concept book. What fun!

    I was also thrilled to find that there was still room in Jack Ridl’s “Learning from the Masters” poetry workshops (in Holland, Michigan), and want to share that he has new mentoring services available for those who would like to study with him as they perfect their own poetry!!!! I have taken poetry workshops with him for three years now and it has been the most amazing experience ever! His website is:

    I must also recommend Madeleine L’Engle’s “Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith and Art.” That was my pleasure reading for today and it was an encouraging and inspiring addition to the day. Have a good week everyone!

  10. I love reading your gratitude lists. It gives me a kind of settled, peaceful feeling when I read through and see that you are grateful for the blessings we receive everyday that can be easily overlooked.

  11. Like you, I was witness to several beautiful sunsets this week. We’ve had no rain or snow, so there is a lot of dust in the air. While awful for my allergies, all that “stuff” in the air makes for brilliant orange and red sunsets. I’m in awe every time I see them. πŸ™‚

    Your skiing pictures are always so fun to see on facebook. It looks like you had a fantastic time!! πŸ™‚

  12. Sounds like a terrific list of things to be thankful for. I should start making my own weekly list. πŸ™‚

  13. Each and every day, I am thankful for my wonderful daughter and the joy she brings to my life, as well as for children, who are our future, and who inspire us!

  14. Best friends are a blessing from God, aren’t they?? Certainly something to be grateful for! And how wonderful to have the mountains at your disposal at all times…we were awed by them in Patagonia.

  15. So many good things, what a wonderful week!

  16. I adore that quote from Wayne Dyer! Thank you, as always, for sharing your gratitude list with us each week. =) It’s always uplifting and makes me think about all the things for which I’m thankful in my own life! =)

  17. Same as your #3, having a funchat with my mom from CT (miss her) and making some new friends from the 12 x 12 group.

    Thanks for sharing yours with us Julie. I’m very jealous of your #1 πŸ™‚

  18. Livin’ the good life!! There is so much to be grateful for and yet it’s hard to list it out for me. I think it’s because, I’m so overwhelmed by all the goodness, I don’t know where to start my list. My big picture gratitude is that I have such a life that I’m so overwhelmed by gratefulness, I can’t compose the list. Thanks Julie for brining all that awesomeness to the forefront of my mind. For you, I am grateful as well. πŸ™‚

  19. Thank you, Julie. Your gratitude list is a wake-up call for me…there is so much to be grateful for…big things and little things alike.
    Love the quotes…I am definitely a quote person…they truly inspire me and motivate me. πŸ™‚
    I’m grateful for this wonderful community of writers, illustrators and all-around great people who encourage each other all the time. πŸ™‚
    I’m grateful for discovering ANOTHER contest…at Marylin Warner’s (another Colorado writer) Things I Want to Tell My Mother…a February Poetry Contest…I’m grateful it was 50 words or less…just wrote my entry. πŸ™‚
    And so many more it would take me too long to write…and you too long to read. πŸ™‚

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