Last year at this time, I hadn't even MET Katie!

Just one more week until my 100th Gratitude Sunday post! I hope you come back because I’ve made something special, a gift for you, to celebrate.

This week, my focus is on all of the wonderful people who, though they barely knew me at this time last year, chose to come along on an amazing journey called 12 x 12 in 2012. When I think of how much my life has changed as a result of YOU and your faith in me, I can’t help but get a little emotional, even though we’re continuing next year.

My Gratitude list this week overfloweth with the ways in which I am thankful for you guys. I couldn’t possibly fit everything into a list of 10 or even 1000, but this one, though small, is dedicated to you.

Quotes on Gratitude for Friendship

“But friendship is precious, not only in the shade, but in the sunshine of life, and thanks to a benevolent arrangement the greater part of life is sunshine.” — Thomas Jefferson

“In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.” — Albert Schweitzer

“The sincere friends of this world are as ship lights in the stormiest of nights.”— Giotto di Bondone

12xers at NJ-SCBWI

Gratitude list for the week ending December 8

  1. To Tara Lazar, for creating PiBoIdMo, which in turn inspired 12 x 12.
  2. To Katie Davis, who gave me such a great start by hosting me on her Brain Burps About Books podcast in January. A year ago, we didn’t know each other, and now I can hardly imagine my life without her in it.
  3. All of the authors and editors who donated their time and talent for the featured author posts and generous giveaways.
  4. Every time I needed something — testimonials, recruiting assistance, volunteers, technical know-how — you guys were always there to help.
  5. To those of you (you know who you are) who lent me a shoulder to cry on when I needed one most.
  6. Getting to meet so many of you in person at conferences
  7. Getting to know so many of you so well online, even if not in person
  8. Tim, for his incredible 12 x 12 video and amazing song for TROOP.
  9. For all of your blogs, Facebook posts, and writing challenges which kept me motivated, inspired, and feeling lucky to be in such great company.
  10. The camaraderie and commiseration that comes from a community that gets it.

For as long as I’ve been a part of it, I’ve believed that the children’s writing community is the friendliest, most supportive one on earth. After this year, I know it for sure. 

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  1. I’m so grateful for you, Julie, and for your amazing idea that turned into the community that is 12×12! Thank you so much!

  2. Julie, I’m so greatful for you and all the WORK you do. I’m glad we got to meet in person at the Highlight’s Poerty Workshop.

  3. And I’m thankful that you came up with this wonderful 12×12 idea! You’ve been a blessing!

  4. Grateful I met you and the wonderful 12x group at conference. Very excited you developed this challenge too.

  5. Thing is, Julie, in just as grateful for you.

  6. I’m grateful too, for you and Tara and my critters, writer friends, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc,!!!!!…and that’s only in the writing community. There are so many more and so much more to be thankful for. The etc’s could go on forever!

  7. Sweet! I couldn’t imaging this year without you and 12×12. I’ve learned a lot about consistency. Thanks.

  8. Thanks to YOU, Julie, for having the inspiration to create 12×2 and the drive to see it through so that we have all been able to benefit from this wonderful community!

  9. I’m grateful to the person who created 12×12 – she must be really smart to do that, right? 😉 Great job Ms. Hedlund! 🙂

  10. I love your Gratitude Sunday posts! I’m so glad I found your blog!

  11. I love your gratitude Sunday posts too! Thanks Julie. 🙂

  12. Julie, you have been the catalyst that has launched so many friendships. Friendships I know I’ll have for a very long time. What an amazig network of talent we have in our community! From your vision, so many amazing things have gone from being just a thought to an outloud in your face, reality. Do you realize the visions and dreams you’ve helped to birth? We’re grateful for you.

  13. Julie, it’s thank YOU! for the inspiration, the love, and the community of the 12x.

  14. Lovely gratitude post today. Much to ponder. And, I am grateful for all you’ve done to perpetuate this supportive community!

  15. We have been as blessed as you, Julie! I’m grateful for finding this community a year ago, and am looking forward to another productive and inspiring year. I appreciate all you have given up for 12×12…you are amazing!!

  16. Always love Sunday gratitude posts too…such a sweet reminder to pause and give thanks. Especially for the community that was born from a spark, a thought, down deep in a writer’s heart! People are at the top of the list, always.

  17. I still remember hearing you on Brain Burps in January. And I cannot for the life of me remember how I heard about the podcast, because that was the first time I heard it. But what a blessing hearing you on Brain Burps has been.

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