Grateful List

Sometimes you just need to be grateful. Well, ideally, we should be grateful all the time. However, that is harder to manage with life’s insistence to not follow along with our wishes.   The next best thing is to take a moment each day to remind yourself of what you appreciate in your life.  You may be surprised to find that the more you pause to reflect the more your awareness grows of all the good things that are happening day-to-day.

Sharing Gratitude

Sharing a little gratitude can be as simple as saying out loud to yourself or to your partner three things that occurred that day that you were grateful for. Then you can hit the sack. Or, find a pen pal of sorts. Every day write an email (or actual snail mail!) and list three things you appreciate.  Perhaps you like to take pen to paper and jot down something. That’s my jam too. Each night, I write a sentence in my monthly Gratitude Log within my Bullet Journal. It’s the perfect way to end the day.

Littlest Martha’s Grateful List

I’d like to take the opportunity to review past months’ Gratitude Logs and share with you what I’m grateful for. Maybe they will remind you what you’re grateful for too.

    1. Snuggles
    2. My son’s belly laughs and how only my husband can make him laugh so
    3. Clouds
    4. Sunday mornings with crossword puzzles and coffee and eggs
    5. My husband’s cooking
    6. Morning meditations
    7. Giggling with a friend
    8. My co-workers/friends and their wonderful energy
    9. Rescuing a lost dog
    10. Monthly date night
    11. Going to the gym
    12. Catan
    13. Being able to forgive myself
    14. Meditation group
    15. Peter Piper Pizza with the boys
    16. Feeding ducks
    17. My son’s curly hair
    18. Wine
    19. Yoga
    20. A rainbow to start the day
    21. Podcasts
    22. Chicken soup
    23. Volunteering at St. Mary’s Food Bank and Homebase
    24. Dim Sum on Sundays
    25. Homemade pho
    26. Gumbo
    27. Feeding a stranger
    28. Writing
    29. Blogging
    30. Learning to say “yes” to what comes

Grateful For You

Thank you. Thank you for subscribing and reading these ramblings. Thank you for posting comments. Thank you for being as you are. As a token of my appreciation, and in the spirit of this post, I whipped something up for you.  Download it and let it inspire you to make each day wonderful. Like you.

Inspiration quote by Hafiz over a golden sunrise


With love and kindness,

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New Year’s Eve Traditions and Last Year’s Memories

Did you ring in the New Year with champagne, clappers, fireworks and a kiss at midnight or at home, comfy in your jammies, watching the ball drop? No matter how you spent the last night of 2012 I’m willing to wager that you spent some energy visualizing what you would like to accomplish for 2013: your New Year’s Resolution.

Wait! Don’t Tell Me!

In fact, don’t tell anyone. Listen to Derek Sivers‘ wise words about why you shouldn’t tell others your goals.

“Telling someone your goals makes them less likely to happen,” Sivers explains in his TED talk “Keep Your Goals To Yourself.”  If you don’t share your goal, you won’t receive that feel-good affirmation. You’ve  still got that wonderful nagging that there’s still work to do. So hush up and make it happen this year.

New Year’s Eve Traditions

So instead of sharing your resolution, what are your New Year’s Eve Traditions?  So much can happen in a year. How do you keep  a record of all the wonderful things that have occurred in this last year of your life?

We have a memory jar.

Memory Jar

The idea for a Memory Jar came  a la Pinterest. Only the original pinner wrote the cute sayings her child had said throughout the year and would read them when she was feeling down. My variation is to jot down notes of important dates, milestones or moments that we want to remember and then read them on New Year’s Eve with hubby and a little bubbly.

Here are some highlights:

Memory Jar

Hotel St Francis logo

A token to remember our Santa Fe Surprise Adventure.

Jerry Seinfield at Comerica Theater note

2012 was filled with laughter. The professional kind. We were fortunate to see the following comedians: Jerry Seinfeld, Lewis Black, Bill Engvall,  Kathleen Madigan, Bobcat Goldthwait, Dana Carvey, Kevin Nealon and Anjelah Johnson.

Farmer's Market Note

We discovered 10 Reasons To Go To Our Local Farmer’s Market

Luis Alberto Urrea

The first time I went to Changing Hands Bookstore it was to escape a haboob. The second time was to meet Luis Alberto Urrea, author of the Hummingbird’s Daughter.  Funny story about that day. I was very excited about meeting one of my favorite authors but I never did ask him anything. Advice. About his book. How could I become a better writer? (I did later send him a tweet and he responded!) In part it was nerves, but mostly it was because of something else that happened that day.

Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow

I also met poet and now good friend, Cynthia Schwartzberg Edlow, that day.  As we stood in line to have Luis Urrea sign our books, we struck up a conversation  as if though we had already been friends. Later in 2012, Cynthia encouraged me, as did “the man to [her] right” (check her blog to get the reference), to become a better me.

Time For Accolades

Thank you for taking the time to read these posts, sharing your thoughts and liking the post by clicking on that little gold star icon. As comedians appreciate your applause and laughter, writers (and especially bloggers!) love the instant gratification of your feedback.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog and shared neat-o facts with me. Things like:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 27,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 6 Film Festivals. Click here to see the complete report.

However, none of those factoids would be possible without you. So, thanks to you, dear reader. I’m wishing you a wonderful 2013 wherein you can find the determination to go after your goals, the kindness you owe yourself when you don’t succeed at the first attempt and a touch of crazy to keep trying until you succeed.

Littlest Martha New Year's Toast

Thanks to for this wonderful photo.


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