Guacamole made tableside

When I sat down to write this post, I was happy to discover I had a full list of things to be grateful for despite having a horrible cough and cold this week.  Here’s to better health this coming week!

Quotes on Gratitude

“I am grateful for what I am and have. 
My thanksgiving is perpetual… 
O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. 
No run on my bank can drain it 
for my wealth is not possession but enjoyment.” — Henry David Thoreau

“Learn how to carry a friendship greatly, whether or not it is returned. Why should one regret if the receiver is not equally generous? It never troubles the sun that some of his rays fall wide and vain into ungrateful space, and only a small part on the reflecting planet. Let your greatness educate the crude and cold companion. If he is unequal, he will presently pass away; but thou art enlarged by thy own shining.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You cannot be grateful and bitter.
You cannot be grateful and unhappy.
You cannot be grateful and without hope.
You cannot be grateful and unloving.
So just be grateful.”

— Author Unknown

Gratitude list for the week ending February 25

  1. We ate at Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant in Breckenridge, where I drank the best margarita I’ve had in years!
  2. Likewise, the food (I had elk mole enchiladas) was the best Mexican food I’ve had outside of Austin or San Diego (and that says a LOT!).
  3. And let’s not forget guacamole made tableside. Yum!
  4. Last weekend was a long one due to the President’s Day holiday, which gave us extra time to ski with the kids.
  5. My new segment on Katie Davis’ Brain Burps About Books podcast debuted this week.  It’s called, “Julie Hedlund Gets All Grateful on Your A**!” :-)
  6. I am in the process of developing my professional author website, and I made great progress this week.
  7. I read and finished ROOM, by Emma Donahue.  An unbelievable book that has kept me thinking about it all week.  Those are the best kinds of books.
  8. I had my second school visit with a class of 5th graders.
  9. Both kids got great report cards.
  10. I got caught up on my blog reading.  Take THAT Google Reader!!

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Nice post…I love your Gratitude posts-makes me think!
    I picked up Room last year when I was in St Thomas, at the hotel store. didn’t know what I was in for, but I read it there, and on the way home on the plane. Couldn’t put it down.

  2. Julie – I am really enjoying your Gratitude Posts! They help me stay on the look out for those great things in my life.
    I’m grateful for the chance I had to catch up and refuel.
    I’m grateful my children are such great athletes – as is their dad. So full of life and health.
    I’m grateful for 12×12, PBDummy and Marks and Splashes
    I’m grateful for the morning I woke up just feeling mysteriously happy

    • Melissa – I’m so glad you enjoy reading the Gratitude posts. Makes me happy. 🙂

      Wow, I want to wake up mysteriously happy one morning!

  3. I read Room last year and loved it too. Yay for getting caught up on blog reading, no mean feat! I finally thought of the ending to my Feb manuscript today, I am glad for that.

  4. I love, love, love books that keep me thinking long after I read them. The last one that did that to me was “The Shadow of the Wind” by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. I read it months ago, but there are still days where an element of the story pops into my mind.

    • Shadow of the Wind is one of my all-time favorite books. I read it years ago and it still pops into my mind all the time. Angel’s Game is just as good.

  5. There is so much to be grateful for, isn’t there, Julie? Sounds like you had a relaxing, but productive, week. I’m so thankful for my 12×12 group, and the fact that two online magazines have accepted my articles, which will be out in April and July! My head is spinning…

  6. Feel better, Julie…sending you happy healing thoughts!
    Appreciate your gratitude list…it helps remind me to compose mine. 🙂
    Thurmbs-up on the good report cards!!!!

  7. It’s amazing how much we often do have to appreciate, even during those darn colds. Hope you’re feeling better!

    “It never troubles the sun that some of his rays fall wide and vain into ungrateful space, and only a small part on the reflecting planet. ” —Fabulous!

  8. Grateful for…spending almost a week with my 99-year-old grandma, who is amazingly with it and sharp…being a finalist in the pitch contest (thanks, Julie!!)..having a good training run for the Boston Marathon…finishing my second ms for the 12X12 challenge…time on the Amtrak between NY and Boston to look out the window…the chance to reflect on what’s going great.

    • I love riding on trains for the very reason you state. It’s so reflective and relaxing. The Europeans have really got it over us on that one. 🙂

      Your Grandma must be quite an inspiration!!

  9. Hi Julie. Great posts as usual. Yes, it is important to be very grateful for what we have. I am very grateful to be spending a week with my 89 year old mum this week (she lives interstate). Unfortunately my sister passed away last year. Even though I still have a gaping hole left in my heart, I am so grateful for the relationship that my mum and I are developing. And I cherish each phone call I make to her each night, and cherish each day I spend with her.
    And I am grateful that, since leaving work this year, that I now have the time to fly down regularly to see her.

  10. I love that the first 3 items on your list are FOOD related ~ food definitely adds variety, taste, and texture to our lives.


    Also love the Thoreau quote! It ties in nicely with my last post . . . enough so that I may have to borrow it. 😀


  11. Ooh, I like those quotes Julie! What am I grateful for this week. Well, I got caught up on so many things this week which tends to unclutter my brain also. And that makes me very happy. Can’t write with a cluttered house/brain I mean. LOL!!! Have a great week Julie. And thank you so much for all your support! Go have another one of those margaritas for me will you? It sounded delicious! 🙂

  12. Thanks for reminding me to be grateful! I made a mental list after I read yours. Right now I’m grateful for my couch and my favorite quilt. Last night I was grateful for delicious chocolate martinis!

  13. Elk mole enchiladas? They sound interesting… what does elk taste like?

    Ah, I looooove Breckenridge. The next time I visit family in Denver, we’re going to head up there for one of those margaritas!

    Love your gratitude Sundays. It truly is the simple things in life that bring the most pleasure. Like guacamole made tableside. Um, YUM!

    • Elk tastes like venison or, if it is farm-raised, buffalo. I guess it’s the Colorado equivalent of enchiladas. 🙂 And you MUST try Mi Casa if you get to Breckenridge. I am very picky about margaritas, and I’m telling you, they were GOOD.

  14. What a wonderful gratitude list, Julie. I still have to check out your new segment on the podcast and want to take this opportunity to offer you a hearty belated congratulations!

  15. Julie, your meal sounds like it was delicious. I read Room last summer- an amazing story that would make for great conversation. Still quite behind on my blog reading but grateful for a terrific week off and a trip to D.C. with the kids.
    A2ZMommy and What’s In Between

  16. Feel better! You’ve reminded me and inspired me to look back at the week and what I’m grateful for! I need to spend more time checking out all of your amazing links on your page. Feel better!

  17. My top 10 grateful list. I’m grateful for…
    1) having a wonderful week in the Swiss Alps,
    2) touring the Cailler chocolate factory where (get this!) you get to eat as much chocolate as you want (my own Willy Wonka experience :),
    3) hearing my daughter practice her piano concerto
    4) seeing it get lighter in the mornings
    5) reading “Marcel in the Real World” (Francisco X. Stork) – another thought-provoking read!
    6) a good hair cut
    7) Scrabble on the iPad (especially for the little heart button that let’s you cheat – sort of <3)
    8) a wonderful new pb critique group
    9) sitting together on EasyJet and letting us take an extra 3 kilos in our bags
    10) Julie Hedlund, Katie Davis, Grateful Sundays and 12×12!

    • Linda – the Swiss Alps is kind of hard to beat! I am now putting the Cailler chocolate factory visit on my bucket list!

      And #10 makes my heart melt. Thank you! 🙂

  18. Absolutely loved this Sunday’s quotes! Thank you Julie. You help me keep it all in perspective. You have a wonderful list and your picture sure did make me hungry. Yum!

  19. Beautiful quotes, Julie. Your expressions of gratitude are so uplifting and life affirming. Good reminders to us all :).

  20. You caught up on blog reading!!!! crikey!! Races off to read more…..
    Oh before I go, wanted to say, loved your gratitude posts.

    • @Debra @jama @Diane – Thank you for letting me know you appreciate the Gratitude Sunday posts AND for being regular readers/commenters!

  21. Love theses gratitude quotes and your list. I’m looking forward to hearing the podcast, and Room has been on my TBR list for some time… so many books, not enough time 🙂 Can’t wait to see your new website!

  22. I’m grateful to have had your site suggested to me. I loved the podcast and your post this week. Thank you for reminding us to look inside ourselves and be grateful. And I can’t get enough Thoreau and Emerson quotes. Thanks for those!

    • Hi Laura! Thanks for coming by. I’m so tickled to know someone suggested you pay a visit. And THANKS for listening to the podcast!

      The gratitude quotes I chose for this week do seem to be popular ones!

  23. Read your gratitude list in my e-mail, and forgot respond. Always like your gratitude lists. I absolutely loved “Room” — it took me a while to realize where she was. Excellent book. Hope you’re feeling better.

  24. oh, room was amazing!!! that’s a book that stays with you for a long time. the voice was wonderful, too.

  25. Congrats on your new segment on Katie’s podcast. I love the title!!!

    Please keep us posted on the process of website building. I am completely clueless about this.

  26. Oooh, I saw the “Room” book in the store today, I didn’t buy it but I read the excerpt and it sounds really interesting. I have added it to the list of books to read! THANKS

  27. I look forward to your Gratitude Sunday posts every week! Thank you for sharing! And now I’m craving (authentic) Mexican food. That elk mole sounds fabulous!

  28. Gorgeous post! Especially love your gratitude list and Emerson quote. Fantastic 🙂

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