Monday, December 27, 2010

What a Year of Gratitude Did to Me: Raw Facts, Pt. 1



There are enough of skeptics out there, and even though I've completed my '365 Thanks' self-challenge 3 months ago I am still asked what it gave me and whether it was worth it at all. Instead of rolling my eyes at what seemed so obvious to me, I decided to calm down, sit down and make a list of things that I observed changing in me. Below are the facts, part 1 of raw facts, for all of the wandering souls out there who doubt the worthiness of my thankful efforts. So, let's see:
  1. I don’t really get upset that much any more.
  2. I feel much more comfortable when it comes to making distant future plans.
  3. I’ve became a much more cheerful person and this is something other people actually now notice about me. Just recently someone told me the first thing they noticed about me and would never forget was my broad smile upon saying hello to them... I would never forget them saying it either, because this might as well be the first time someone told me something like that. And I honestly believe such thing would have never be applied to me if it wasn’t for my year of gratitude that did this magic to me.
  4. I get up in the morning and I look forward to every day. This hadn't quite happened since I was a child, so definately feels positively new. I think it’s because I now know that no matter what the day ahead holds for me, I will be able to remain positive through whatever.
  5. Not only my year of gratitude showed me what my true passions were, it totally showed me all the ways I could try to pursue my hopes and dreams. How is that not good?
  6. My thankful project linked me to some truly amazing people I would have never known or talked to otherwise. And I am definately thankful to have all of you here - you are now a huge part of my mental re-birth, if I can put it this way!

21 comments:

  1. ..your project learned to me few important things as well .. and that is great that you find something new about yourself ..


    p.s oh yes , that on the pictures is my cat Minka , but unfortunately he gone lost now about 9 day's :( so the Christmas wasn't really cheerful for us ..we been searching everywhere and nothing ..but I still hope to hear my baby's cat flap ..

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  2. LOVE this & will re-post it with your permission and a link to your site of course. Number 1 is especially meaningful. Julia, thanks for a year of thankfulness. You're setting a great example.

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  3. Reading this post and learning about all the positive changes in your life since you undertook the project is really powerful. It makes you stop and think about what things could be like if more people were willing to think about what they're grateful for in each day.

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  4. Your project did not only change you, it made an impact on all of us, your readers, as well. :-) Like I often comment in your posts, your gratitude notes are truly inspiring. Especially if I get to read your "Thankful for" entry after a bad day.. it gives me a nudge to take a look at the brighter side. :-) Thank you, Julia! :-)

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  5. I really enjoyed following your journey through this challenge x

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  6. Great post! I am working on #1 myself! Best wishes for the New Year! xo style, she wrote

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  7. Yay for mental re-burn and for gratitude :) Let's start 2011 full of gratitude and positive toughts.

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  8. I'm so glad that the whole project had such a good affection to you!
    I can say that your blog gave me so many reasons to smile,too!

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  9. came across your blog...what a great idea and experience, i'm sure...this 365 days of thanksgiving. i'll definitely be back to peruse your posts.

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  10. Hooray, you did, sweetie!!!

    It takes a great deal of courage to challenge ourselves and stick w/ it till it has been accomplished. For that, I admire you!! Your posts has been a good source of inspiration to me too. Hope you will continue something that teaches us as much gratitude as we can be everyday like this one!! (Of course I would love to read this "thank you" project forever!!!)

    ^^R.

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  11. What a wonderful list. Its amazing how we all have the ability to make changes in our lives and our outlooks but so few of us do it. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  12. honestly, your positivety and "thankful" seeking affected me as well and how I looked at things. I would often read your posts to people because I thought it was brilliant how you twisted situations to your favor and I would often think about things through your positive lens, I love it. You have done a great job with it and I'm happy to be a part of it!!

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  13. wow it sounds like your year of gratitude has really changed a lot of things in youre life - for the better!
    you're an inspiration, happy holidays dear x

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  14. Siempre genial pasar por tu espacio.

    Saludos y un abrazo.

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  15. Fantastic, darling!

    We are thankful for YOU!

    Happy New Year!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  16. I believe in this whole-heartedly! If you are more conscious of the wonderful things in your life and recording your gratitude makes a world of a difference! Positive thinking!

    Your thankful project definitely paid it forward to all of us who read it! <3

    xx rach

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  17. Congratulations! I'm glad! I think I'll start doing something similar this year, too <333 You're a huge inspiration :))

    Stop by my blog if you find the time - comments&followers much appreciated <3

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  18. I missed your blog! Having gone on a little hiatus from blogging, its so refreshing to come back and read your blog and this recap!! Happy new year and cheers to 2011!!!

    stay classy,
    madeleine

    madtab7.blogspot.com

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  19. Your year of gratitude sounds like an uplifting soul changing journey. I am happy you can see and feel the growth and positive changes made in your life. Here's to an equally wonderful blessed year in 2011.

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  20. Thank you for the link to this post :) I have only started my journey, but I can't wait to see the positive turn-around at the end of the tunnel :)

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I appreciate you taking the time to connect and share your thoughts, so thank you for your comment! And while you're at it... Why not tell me what you're thankful for today? ;-)