365 Days of Gratitude Project – Day 1

I was recently inspired when I read about the 365 Grateful Project started by Hailey Bartholomew. Like Hailey, I’ve been struggling with the feeling of being down and out. While I know I am fortunate to have a loving husband, supportive family, and safe home, it is all too easy to become enveloped in the negatives of life. Every day can feel like a struggle when focusing on the personal, professional, and even worldwide issues that cast a cloud over the positives in life.

What I like about the 365 Grateful Project is it is easy to implement, as it is simply about reflection and gratitude. I feel encouraged that taking the time to appreciate and be grateful for the little things every day for the next year will greatly improve my ability to recognize and celebrate all that is good in life. People all over the world have embarked on their own 365 Grateful Projects.

Today is December 9th, 2015 and I started Day 1 of the 365 Grateful Project. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on sharing photos every day… that would be excessive for any reader. However, I do look forward to using the blog to keep myself accountable through this journey.

So without further delay here we go!

Day 1: I am grateful for warm coffee and a stroll through the park on a brisk Phoenix fall morning.

Day 1 #365Grateful

Day 1 #365Grateful

The park is literally a 5 minute walk from our house, but we just don’t make it there often enough. The truth is, there is really no excuse not to go. On occasion we will stroll through the park on one of our evening walks (especially when it is warm), but we rarely see the park during the day. This morning, instead of drinking my coffee in the kitchen while staring at the computer screen, I decided to take it on the go. It was great to get some fresh air. Plus saying “good morning” to neighbors as they passed by made me smile. I realized how often I isolate myself in the house, when there is a simple opportunity to get outside and give a smile.


What are you grateful for today?


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