It’s interesting that we can allow ourselves to move immediately from an attitude of gratitude on Thanksgiving to an attitude of “I want” and “I need” as we are bombarded with advertisements about the latest-and-greatest thing available for the holidays.

This year, I am joining with Amber Starfire in her 31-Day Gratitude Journaling Challenge and I’m inviting you to come along. The challenge is simple: every day write down five things, people, abilities or events that you are thankful for. Simple.

And even though the challenge has not officially started yet I’m practicing today.

Today I am thankful for:

  1. A safe drive from Washington to Vernon, BC yesterday
  2. My mother-in-law’s nintieth birthday celebration party this evening
  3. A good night’s sleep last night (finally!)
  4. Tim Hortons
  5. My writing group

Won’t you join me in participating in this gratitude challenge?


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. What a great idea, especially during this chaotic and stressful month.

    Tim Horton’s? Really?

  2. I’ll join you. Thanks for asking.

    Henriette Klauser suggests writing “Thanks!” on every check you write. I do. It makes a difference in how I feel.

    Have you seen Red Ravine on the gratitude journal? This link contains a link to a second post.

    1. I like that idea, Kathy. Thank you for the link…I’m heading over to check it out.

  3. I’m Canadian, Deb, so every time we go back we must visit Tim’s! It’s tradition!

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