30 Days of Gratitude–Day 7

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am grateful for my Kindle. I’ve already expressed how much I love reading by discussing some of my favorite authors. But today I want to focus on a medium.

I love how I can easily carry hundreds of books on one device. It’s super convenient when I travel, even if I’m just going across town. I’m not locked into one book–as a mood reader, who changes books depending on how I’m feeling, this is really important! And I’m not carrying ten books in my luggage. (That’s not to say I travel without physical books, but I don’t have to bring a bunch of options)

I go through phases where I wake up at night and can’t get back to sleep. My Kindle allows me to read in bed until I fall asleep without disturbing Steve. I’m able to dim the brightness and occupy my mind. There’s nothing worse than tossing and turning.

Plus it’s super convenient to get a new book instantaneously without leaving the house.

What are you thankful for today?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 4

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for my favorite writers. I have loved reading since I was a child. I bring a book with me everywhere, even the grocery store. I read to learn new things, to gain new perspectives, to meet new characters, and to escape. I believe that there is a power in books and stories and that our ability to communicate through the generations and cultures is absolutely invaluable.

Some of my favorite writers (it’s an evolving list):

  • Cheryl Strayed
  • David Sedaris
  • Zadie Smith
  • Caitlin Moran
  • Gloria Steinem
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Ann Patchett
  • Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Stephen King
  • Patti Smith

I am sure I am leaving so many off the list. It was really difficult to name names because so many books have moved me in imperceptible ways over the years. Also, it was hard to come up with a list on the spot.

It’s a short, simple post today, but my books are my prized possessions. Mention a book and you have a surefire way to get me involved in a conversation. Books are powerful.

What are you thankful for today?