Gratitude Friday

This post started as a mashup of The Little Bliss List and Joy Jam, and as such is meant to celebrate: the little things that brought me hope and happiness this week, the sweet stuff of life, those small gifts that brought me joy this week. By sharing them, I not only make public my gratitude, but maybe also help you notice your own good stuff and send some positive energy out into the world.

1. A White Christmas. It felt so much softer, quieter, more festive with the snow and the cold.

2. Good friends and family with whom to spend the holiday. It was a tiny number, but quality can be just as good as quantity.

3. Leftovers. I did a lot of cooking in the days leading up to Christmas, and now I am doing a lot of eating. Apple pie oatmeal remains one of my favorite things.

4. Retreat. I know what a luxury, what a gift this time is (even though I know I have earned it), and I am enjoying sinking in and seeing what might arise.

5. My tribe. In the past few days, it has become very clear to me that there is a strong community surrounding and supporting me–my yoga classes, my local and virtual friends, the Open Heart Project, the Cultivating Courage alumnus group, those who are involved with Reset.Revive.Restart., my fellow Reverb12-ers, other bloggers and writers and practitioners and seekers–I am feeling so much gratitude for that, for them. Its value is beyond my ability to truly measure it.

Bonus Joy: We got to spend another Christmas with Dexter. Last week, he went hiking and made dog snow angels.


12 thoughts on “Gratitude Friday

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      We were trying to explain to a friend who is only four years old that dogs make snow angels too, and she didn’t seem to believe us, so I’m glad we got this picture as proof.

  1. Joy

    Through your words I love: the feel of a soft, quiet, White Christmas; the aroma and taste of apple pie oatmeal; the pure bliss of dog snow angels. Thank you!

  2. Sherry Richert Belul

    Looooove those doggie snow angels. That made my day! I’m sitting at my mom’s kitchen table looking out at the gorgeous snow and a red-headed woodpecker eating bread we threw out for him. How bare life would be without our furry and feathered friends!!!!! xo

    1. jillsalahub Post author

      I know. We were driving to campus today to take our morning walk (it was only 5 degrees out and our streets are still so covered in snow, we needed to get out to somewhere that was plowed and melted, where the boys’ feet would be less likely to freeze up–they refuse to wear boots) and there was a BUNNY running down our street! So cute. You normally don’t see them in spots this populated, but we are just at the edge of town, close to the river, so our “in town” is more wild. I felt so lucky to see it.

  3. Lissa @ lafcustomdesigns

    Your Dexter making snow angels made me giggle. How very sweet and what wonderful memories you are making through this time with him. I loved that it snowed on Christmas Eve! It was a little bit of magic. I’m loving Reverbing and creating my little pieces of art to accompany the prompts. The countdown is on … only four days left, then I will make a poster of all the images to post as a reminder through 2013. Thanks so much for your bits of inspiration!


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