Sunday, November 13, 2011

What a Year of Gratitude Did to Me: Pt. 3

I was right to assume the things I've already noticed changing in me as a result of my thanksgiving year were not all of the changes that took place. I keep noticing more! So in addition to the things I've mentioned in my 1st post on the subject and then in my 2d post and to a few more facts I included in my first guest post for ThankfulFor, there are these fantastic things:
  1. This one might sound weird, but I can now watch movies alone like it’s nothing. I used to have a problem with that and only did so if I was dying to see a movie and couldn’t find a movie watching partner at that very time. Somehow it just didn't feel right being one on one with the movie world. Now I feel totally comfortable in my own skin, no matter what I do.
  2. The year made me realize I really appreciated the idea of sunsets but also made me see that I'd never once watched one. So this was what I knew I had to do, and at the first opportunity I went ahead and watched the sun both set and rise. That even included me having to wake up super early on my first vacation in a while.
  3. At some point, I even felt like decorating my Xmas tree. It happened for the first time in a very very long time in 2009, only a little over 3 months into my thanksgiving year. I have a picture proof.
  4. The year helped me realize what some of my true passions were. And that's how my involvement with the Chair Blog happened.
  5. I had never really imagined my future in realistic ways before. Like, I could dream anything in my mind but when it came to planning or setting achievable goals for the nearest future – I never did that. Mostly because I wasn’t sure my future existed and was scared of it.
  6. It's now so much easier for me to let go of old unnecessary and useless things and photos. Being thankful for the 'mental' memories instead of physical confirmation I preserve them in my mind even better it seems. If I do forget some memory, it only means it never mattered as much as I thought. It's like I give things a chance to prove their worthiness to me and make room for new moments to savor.
  7. In addition to not noticing 'bad' weather any more, I've noticed I even get somewhat of a 'spiritual' and extra lift from the fact that said 'bad' weather doesn't bring me down any more. Way to go about using the positive outlook to the max, eh?..
And believe it or not, I'm not done with listing all the wonders! Will continue the list in one of my next posts. In the meantime, I invite you to read my newest guest post (on fun reasons why 'thank yous' are so worth a try) for the ThankfulFor blog HERE, and you are more than welcomed to join The 'Thank You' Project's giveaway HERE!

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  1. So awesome!
    What an uplifting post, darling!


  2. I love the picture that you used in this post!

    I also love the list you gave us here. It's something I never thought about, but it also doesn't surprise me, that looking at what you're thankful for each days allowed you to do things that you had never done before and that you really wanted to do. That's awesome!

  3. You inspire me to appreciate the little things even more!

  4. amazing and very positive post... love it!

  5. First of all I wanted to say congrats on your Guest Blogging at, it is a great success and you deserve it! Second I find your post so inspiring especially No6. I tend to be thankful and positive, but sometimes I have to keep in mind that it should be done consciously in many levels and that I have to learn how to let things go too. Thanks for this post, and keep up the good work!

  6. I love how you're always discovering new things about yourself. :) It seems like a very peaceful and spiritual's uplifting and encouraging to read, really.

    I would love to learn how to be unaffected by bad weather. I get all anxious and depressed just thinking about the upcoming cold weather and snow...

  7. I am always always always inspired when I stop by here Julia, thank YOU for that!

    xo Mary Jo

  8. And what a year of your positive attitude did to us :)

    "It's now so much easier for me to let go of old unnecessary and useless things and photos."
    -->This is something I have to learn! Sometimes, I go through my "treasure box" with the attempt to throw out old letters, etc. But when I start reading them, seeing the photos, I end up keeping them again!

  9. Another great post here. Worth stopping by. You're truly inspired me in a lot of way and surely a lot of ppl here too. Keep up the great posts sweetie.

    Will surely come back :D


  10. What wonderful things to be thankful for! I've missed your blog but happy to be catching up and thankful for the opportunity!

  11. I love your list. It seems like, through gratitude, you are learning so much about yourself:)


  12. wow. i didn't know that being thankful can have such amazing affects :)

  13. Being thankful is one of the greatest things in the entire world. I try to make a mental list every day of what I am thankful for.
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  14. You inspire me everyday - to be the best I can, and to always be happy no matter what I do. :)

    The Cat Hag

  15. your post is truly inspiring! I am so thrilled that i found your blog. thank you so much for dropping by mine. I can't believe you've baked guinness cake before! Yeah you definitely have to try bake a chocolate one this time, i have also seen a chocolate guinness that had glittered maltesers as the topping! xx

  16. I just loved reading this. Amazing!


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? ;-)