Champagne and Chicken Noodle Soup at Book Club - yum!

My cup runneth over with friendship this week, both in support of some of the difficult times I’ve had lately and celebrating my first publishing contract. Visits and calls from family and friends near, far and virtual have made this an amazing week!

Quotes on Gratitude

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.” — Anthony Robbins

“It is impossible to be both grateful and depressed. Those with a grateful mindset tend to see the message in the mess. And even though life may knock them down, the grateful find reasons, if even small ones, to get up.” — Steve Maraboli

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.” — W.T. Purkiser

Gratitude list for the week ending September 15

  1. The announcement of my first publishing contract!
  2. My hippos! (courtesy of amazing artist Kristen Gjerdset)
  3. Took the kids out to dinner after my daughter’s rehearsal on Tuesday and we had a great time together

    A BLOAT of hippopotamuses - one of the illustrations for TROOP by artist Kristen Gjerdset

  4. Celebrating with the Margareaders
  5. Celebrating with my in-person critique group
  6. My friend Julie (yes, another one), who turned book club into a hot tub/slumber party!
  7. The discovery of a new (to me) running trail
  8. My publisher – Stacey Williams-Ng at Little Bahalia. We have so much fun working together!
  9. Reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe to the kids
  10. Tracey Cox, who reminded me of the Snoopy dance, which is how I felt after the blog announcement went live! I’ve included a Snoopy dance video for your viewing pleasure, in the hope that it will set the tone for your week. 🙂

What are you grateful for this week?

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  1. Acceptance letter from Turtle Magazine. It’s not the elusive Book Two, but I’ll take it. Exciting!

  2. I am still soooo happy for you. That’s the fun of being part of this ‘family’ on person’s joy is shared by us all.

  3. Congratulations on your good news! I am grateful for a friend who is supportive and encoraging of my writing.

  4. sorry, encouraging, not encoraging! LOL

  5. Congrats on the contract! Love the video. Our family is a HUGE Peanuts fan! 🙂 I love The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe!

  6. Congratulations on your contract, Julie. So well deserved! 🙂

    My picture book critique group. 🙂

  7. Congratulations, Julie!!! It is great to hear of ALL your successes, and thanks for sharing them with us!!! Yippee!!

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