Ask for a Challenge and it WILL be given!

11 years ago my journey, this journey began! I had a desire to learn about gratitude and what it could do for my life. I had this deep feeling that I needed to learn about gratitude. I didn’t know why, other than the obvious, but it seemed a pretty urgent desire. So I complied.

Ya know how they say “be careful what you wish for?”  Well once I started my research I began to have a wish to share what I was learning with others, but I had a further need to be able to gain the confidence of others by “walking my talk”.

I wanted those people, the ones that may be helped by what I had learned, to be able to look at me and know I practice what I preach; I felt this was very important. As a matter of fact, one reason I wouldn’t write my book or push my “agenda” too hard, was because I wanted to prove I was worthy of talking about it; let alone teaching it or sharing it with others!

So guess what happened? Well here is where the “be careful what you wish for” comes into play!  Over the last 4 years or so I have  been given challenges in life that have, at times, been more than I thought I could handle. I mean, I knew I would eventually get on with life, but in the moment these challenges were life altering, shattering! And they kept on coming! No rest for the weary!

So what happened as I faced these challenges? I became more confident in my message, I learned that practicing gratitude has given me tools that I went to as soon as the challenge reared its ugly head! It amazed me and it showed me I am worthy and I am ready!

Wow! Walk my talk indeed!

My book became a reality and eventually awarded a publishing contract!

And I am grateful! I was challenged…I AM challenged constantly!! And I stay grateful!

I can see clearly now why I had that urgency to learn about gratitude. I needed gratitude in my life for the challenges that were to come. I also needed gratitude in my life so that I can share it with others. God knows me best…and HE knew I needed to take the path exactly the way I have. I have my special nuances, my special unique way of learning, HE knew and I am grateful that I listened!

Be grateful!

What Can I Do Today But Give It To HIM?



It seems every day I wake up with just one thought on my mind  “how can I reach more people with the idea that speaking gratitude into your day will change your life?”   So I say my good mornings to my God and the universe, then I come to this computer and speak out loud “what can I do today to make a difference in someone’s life?”  Yes my main goal is to (always) teach by example that living a life filled with gratitude will promote a special kind of long-lasting joy in your life! But I also am on a mission to get my Gratitude Project launched so that I can reach more people!

This is how most my days are, and writing of course, I am almost finished with my book!  As you can tell, if you follow my blog, the book has birthed this whole Gratitude Project and I am more than excited and pleased with the entire thing!  But as excited as I am I am still left wondering what I can do , what more can I do, to get people involved?  I have my challenge going on over at the Facebook group, and it is going pretty well, I’m  pleased by that. But I can tell it is way slower than it should be, or than I need it to be. I have progressed at a snail’s pace for 3 years now, I need to move faster!

So I will keep on blogging and keep on posting and sharing! I am getting ready to launch the fund-raiser, that is an entirely different story! I am working on myself with this one! I have a bit of anxiety over the fund-raising aspect, I am not new to fund-raising, and I know it could be exactly what the project needs for several reasons- one obvious reason is to raise the funds to get the project launched and out there to the world! The other, maybe as obvious, reason is to drive people to the Project! Get the project recognized and more people involved.

So I will keep on, every day, doing what I do.  I love it!  And I can only pray it will continue to grow and one day be a big project that births that retreat center I have spoken of for so long.  A retreat center focused on gratitude, forgiveness, and unconditional love.  Where all are welcome!  Wouldn’t that be awesome!

And so I give it to HIM-

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Gratitude-it is on my mind this morning! (DUH)


Good Monday morning to YOU! I am up and at em early today, well actually I can’t seem to sleep past 6:30 any more! So it is not earlier than usual but the blog post is! Ha!  I have so much going on today and into the foreseeable future!! I am very excited by that. I am hoping today finds you in a grateful way, ready to fill your day with JOY!

So someone told me yesterday that they liked my joke! haha  jokes are fun, I used to tell a few here and there on my blog then I got away from it, I think I need to start telling a few jokes now and then…again!  I will plan on that. Laughter really is good,eh?  🙂

So the Gratitude challenge is going very well! I wish I could figure out a way to get people involved in some conversation, but I am hopeful things will get a little more chatty as time goes on. I am also very hopeful that more and more people will take the challenge for years to come! I have a plan to get that happening!  The book I am working on now will be like a companion to the challenge, I guess that is the right way to describe it. The way I see it is that after reading the book, or probably more likely, while reading the book (because I know so many people peek at the end) readers will take the challenge!  The challenge will be the “call to action” at the end of my book.  Am I giving away too much here?  Gee maybe I AM!!  Oh well……how many people really read this blog ???

I am kicking around an idea to help get my book published and get the Gratitude Project, as I am calling it, launched.  I guess not just launched but to also sustain it.  I will definitely tell you more about this idea as the days progress.  But it does include a GoFundMe account…… I think. ???  We will see. I am doing some research on it now; as this is not something I will jump into without much thought, and I do not take it lightly! I consider it an honor, and a challenge, to take on this responsibility! And I will always treat it as such! So whether to seek outside help will definitely take some thinking on and prayer; I will revisit this topic soon.

I am going to hop around WP and read some of your lovely blog posts, I think that is a great way to start this beautiful Monday morning!!  Have a great day! xxoo