By any measure — physical, mental, emotional — this was not a “good” week. However, I’ve said before that it is even more important to practice gratitude when life doesn’t seem so great on the surface. So in the spirit of practicing what I preach, here is this week’s Gratitude Sunday post.

Quotes on Gratitude

“To get up each morning with the resolve to be happy is to set our own conditions to the events of each day. To do this is to condition circumstances instead of being conditioned by them.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you allow yourself to breathe into the depth, wonder, beauty, craziness, and strife — everything that represents the fullness of your life — you can live fearlessly. Because you come to realize that if you just keep breathing, you cannot be conquered.” — Oprah Winfrey

“There’s always going to be bad stuff out there. But here’s the thing, light trumps darkness every time. You can stick a candle into the dark, but you can’t stick the dark into the light.” — Jodi Picoult

Gratitude list for the week ending April 21

  1. Lovely spring weather
  2. Reading one of my childhood favorites, Hurry Home Candy, to the kids
  3. My mother
  4. Meeting deadlines
  5. Rescuing ANOTHER baby bunny – this time from the window well, and this time big enough to survive on its own
  6. Getting a babysitter and going out to dinner on Saturday night
  7. A baby lamb born to the sheep in the field behind our yard
  8. Jay learned to tie his shoes in one day.
  9. The tomato plants are sprouting.
  10. Long-standing conflicts on the road to being resolved

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. I spent time, unexpectedly, at the NESCBWI conference on Friday and Saturday. Met new friends and old. And I met Katie Davis, Tamson Weston, and Harold Underdown, among others.

  2. I’m grateful for daily dips in the pool thanks to our 80-degree weather. I’m also grateful for SCBWI-LA’s Writer’s Days (my first conference) where I learned from Lee Wardlaw and Alexis O’Neill.

  3. You got to have a date Saturday night. That’s huge when you’ve got kids at home. Well done! Here’s hoping this week will be less challenging for you.

    Best thing to happen to me last week? My husband read my WIP and loved it (he’s not a fan of fantasy at all).

    Keep breathing, my friend.

  4. “Gratitude turns what we have into enough”…a quote pinned by Jeff Goins on Pinterest. Sorry you have had a difficult week, Julie. That just means that the one coming up will be better…keep looking up! And enjoy those quiet dinners…

  5. Kathleen Cornell Berman

    I am grateful that I have the time to write and work on my art. I’m also grateful
    for my critique group. It is not always easy to find a good fit.

    Julie, I hope next week will be better.

  6. Sorry you had a hard week, Julie, and bravo to you for finding the good in it anyway. I hope this week will be better 🙂

  7. Sorry it sounds like you had a hard week, Julie. Glad some bunnies and lambs were in it. Those quotes are superb, I might have to print them out and stick them next to my computer.

  8. Another bunny, how neat. Sorry to hear about a rough week, but you’re right, we have to practice thanksgiving even more during our hard times! Praying 4 u!

  9. Aww, another bunny! 🙂

    Today I am grateful for my sister. She made a hard day so much better by making me laugh and believing I can do anything.

  10. Boo on bad weeks (though they are bound to happen). Here’s to a much better week ahead of you! 🙂

  11. Thankfulness in all things, is so hard, bit so where it’s at, you’re right! Hope you picked up some good books yesterday after the Lego-fial! 🙂 Bunnies, babysitters, baby lambs… all god and #10 must be a relief, hope that one gets totally sorted. Have a great week, my friend!

  12. Julie,
    Hope things are getting better for you. I’m grateful to you for setting up the 12×12 challenge and doing such an awesome job of it! Thank you!

  13. Sorry about your week, Julie.
    I’m grateful for Mr. And Mrs. Quackers-the ducks in our yard. She is sitting in 9 eggs. This has been fun every day. If you want to see them, I made them a blog. It will make you smile. Hope we have ducklings.
    www dot mrandmrsquackers dot wordpress dot com

  14. Hope this week is better, Julie… impressed that you chose gratitude despite the tough times. It’s so hard to do…

  15. I echo your thoughts: By any measure — physical, mental, emotional — this was not a “good” week.

    But I’m still trying to find things to smile about. Gratitude helps.

  16. Sorry to hear you didn’t have a good week. Sounds like my week…I mean, month. It’s been a rough month for me. Thanks for reminding me (again) the importance of gratitude even during difficult times. I’m thankful my mom is on the road to recovery from her mastectomy 2 weeks ago. And I’m thankful that my son’s blow to the head with a baseball didn’t end up in a concussion. And I’m thankful for having met an inspiring woman like you, Julie. :o)

  17. I hope this week has been better. I’m grateful for Pikes Peak Writer’s Conference. While PB sessions were slim, I met several picture book writers and talked up SCBWI and the #12x challenge. Also grateful that Enzo and his Dad had a fun time without me.

  18. Julie, this is wonderful. I should start doing this. I’m sorry to hear this wasn’t a good week for you. I hope next week is better.

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