Monday, May 31, 2010

THANK YOU TOO! / Contest! /

For 8 months now you've had a chance to follow me on my thankful journey, and you've heard it all - from me giving thanks for peanut butter to me being thankful for feeling uninspired... Now it's your time, time YOU tell me what YOU are truly thankful for! So hold back no more! I'm thankful and happy to announce our thankful collaboration with Hugo and Joachim of the Thank You Too project: we've teamed up to provide you with a fantastic thankful opportunity! Tell us about your most thankful experience - it could be something someone said or done for you that made you feel so appreciated and grateful, or it could be something that happened to you and changed your life, making you realize things you're still thankful for to this day, it could be anything, the rule is one - it needs to be a story of sincere and heartfelt gratitude. In 2 weeks time me, Joachim and Hugo will choose THREE winning stories and reward them with a Thank You Cards Booklet each! A Thank You Cards booklet is an amazing idea - it's a set of 30 business card sized cards with words of thanks printed on them. Each card can be taken out and left in a place where it can be found by a stranger or your loved ones. It's a perfect way to make someone smile and feel appreciated, and I believe it could be a great conversation starter if you look to make a thankful connection with someone who caught your thankful eye too!..
To be eligible for our very own thankful stories mini-festival, submit your thankful stories in the comments to this blog post, and this blog post only! Please, include your name and your email address. I can't wait to read your stories!!!


  1. Wow! That sounds awesome!! I will have to think of a good story ;)

  2. Hi, only just found your blog and I'm thankful I did!! There's so much we all have to be thankful for and we forget to send thanks. I'm following your blog now.


    there is so many things to be thankful for. for one, I am soooooooooo thankful for being able to live in toronto, such an amazing and uncorrupted place. Full of amazingly nice people, like it really makes me smile when i drop things all over the streets and people get out of the car and helped me pick it up, or when i leave a purse at a restaurant and it'll still be there when i remember hours later. there's just so many things, i am sooo thankful for my amazing parents who are supportive in me going into fashion design and giving me the chance to learn piano and all the other things I want to do. even through economic downs. I am super thankful for being able to pursue in what i love, and my awesome boyfriend :)

  4. I am most sincerely thankful for my two children. They are the light of my life and although a great challenge at times with messes galore, budding personalities (a nice way of saying terrible twos), and crazy sleep schedules - the true joy of being a mother seems to out weigh all of it at the end of the day. A sleeping child is the most beautiful and wondrous thing to behold. I am so thankful for those and all the other moments.

  5. (Mistake in first)

    Julia, there are really two things that I'm thankful for because they have affected me greatly in my life.

    The first thing I'm thankful for is that I was compensated with two beautiful and sweet boys after the loss of one.

    Second, I lost my dad 5 years ago and his leaving marked the beginning of hardships in my family.
    My brother suffered a serious mental issue that we had to deal with for 4 years. He was diagnosed with some kind of acute psychotic disorder which really isn't so much of a problem if dealt with properly with medication. Our problem was that he refused to take his meds and as a result, reacted violently towards us and our community. It was a nightmare!!!! We lived through so many difficult moments and suffered for so long because of him. (I could write a book long about this).

    I'm happy to say now, that it's been almost a year that we've overcome this problem. I always thought the situation would end very badly but thankfully it didn't. I believe my prayers were heard and for that, I'm thankful. I'm thankful that no serious harm came out of it (when it seemed at the time it could), that I've overcome the shock and daily fear and that we're united again!

    Thanks for this post Julia and giving me the opportunity to speak out.

  6. I am thankful that I met my current beau. He has taught me what true love is.


  7. This is a wonderful concept.

    My thank-you story:

    My youngest kid was diagnosed with tourettes syndrome when he was 8y/o. The doctors said that it is a lifelong disease. Being a mom, I didn't lose hope. I am a Catholic and I believe in the power of prayers. I went to Lourdes, France and joined a lot of pilgrimages to pray for my boy. My only wish is for him to be able to cope up with his illness. If it's lifelong, then we have to deal with it. I just don't want my boy to suffer too much.

    I've been praying for years... but I never grow tired of praying. Then when he turned 12y/o, a wonderful miracle happened. My boy did a total turn-around... he got the highest honors in his class and all the signs of the illness were gone. Up to this day, he is now 16y/o, he's still very much okay.

    I'm thankful for answered prayers. I'm thankful for never losing hope. I'm thankful for faith and love.

  8. Peter Ty Hoang

    My biggest 'Thankful' moment. . .was still be accepted and loved for who I was when I came "out of the closet" to my family and friends. I might have lost a handful of friends and the respect from many of my peers because of my sexual orientation. But its the fact that my closest friends and my loving family were still there to love me no matter what that makes me thankful for the amazing people I have in my life.

  9. ..I am thankful for being a mamma ( mum ) to my daughter , I am thankful to have her in my life , she change me for a better person ..I never ever had a chance to know my mum as she passed away when I was 1 month old baby and because of this I always felt very insecure to be a mum myself ..I just didn't know what it means to have a mum and what it means to be a daughter made me appreciate so many things in life , she made me grow up quick as I was really living in my little wonderland ..and I am thankful to my granny - she is my everything ..she is my heart and soul ..

    Ellinelle xxx

    p.s . if I can say to everyone ' cherish your family and parents , there is no more important things'

  10. This will take some thought... I will be back!

  11. i'm thankful for leaving the past behind and i finally let myself really "saw" people for what they are and not for what i want them to be...

  12. Iam thankful for 2010 because, this year has taught me so many things about myself and life in general which has made me grow in so many ways. 2010 always represented the year of growth to me because its the year i was going to turn 21 and become a law graduate, but something amazing happened in February which i did not anticipate. I fell in love with a friend; which is wierd because i was (still am) in a loving relationship. The feelings were mutual between us but i guess we were victims of our circumstance as we could not be together. This bought me so much heartache and confusion because not only could i not be with this amazing person but how could i be in a loving relationship with a person who completely understands me yet fall for someone who just as equally gets me in a different way? Iam still in the process of figuring out this situation but one thing remains clear to me; i have to be with the person that makes me smile, the one person who makes me feel like come what may i will have the strength to face the world as long as they are by my side. My happiness should never be compromised because of what other people say or think. I have to do what makes me happy, no matter the cost. Iam thankful for 2010 because through the heartache and confusion i have learned what it takes some a lifetime to learn.....and its only June !!

  13. I'll share my "humble" thanks, but I hope you don't mind if I do so anonymously.

    Today I'm going to visit my paternal grandmother. She is, like myself, a member of a small Coast Salish Indian tribe and visiting with her--and the opportunity to do a little weaving with her--makes me feel connected with both my family and our history.

    Although it is rather commonplace to be thankful for family, I really am. I'm very grateful to have the opportunity to spend time with her.

  14. Hi! Such a good thing you are doing! Rock on...
    I am thankful for having a best friend in Jesus and all the healing and love and peace he has brought to my soul.
    xoxo-jade ;)

  15. I'm most thankful for the family I was born into. Since this cannot be changed. I did not select my parents (or maybe I did as a soul, but that's another topic - ha). I am eternally grateful to have two loving parents who taught me everything I know. They encouraged me to be artistic and creative, they enforced rules and taught me discipline (which can only be appreciated later in life), and gave me a strong and stable foundation for me to jump off of as I find my own way into the world :) And I will be eternally grateful. xo

  16. Christine Parlan

    I am thankful for my boyfriend of a year & 8 months. I was 17 when I met him, not caring much about what was in store for the future. Not spending my money wisely, & partying like there was no tomorrow. I lost a few acquaintances & stopped talking to some people. My life has changed because he helped me realized what I am capable of - without the partying, immature & kiddish ways. Before I met him I couldn't keep a job for more than 2 months because of my foolish attitude. Since I've been with him in October 2008, I been with my job ever since November 2008, I've been there for over a year! I am so proud of myself because I set aside all the drama & kept a job. I'm alot more serious now & care more about school & my career. I thank him for being there to listen to all my sob stories, to hold my hand, to keep my company, & to support me no matter what choices I make. I love him & can't wait to marry him some time in the future!


  17. im thankfull for meeting my husband and for the great man he is!
    love you jeune premier! <3

  18. Julia! After thinking for sometime about what I'm truly thankful for (because I'm thankful for quite a lot of things!), I've come up with this.

    I am most thankful for my parents... for making the decision to move our family from the Philippines to the US. We didn't live in the city, but in a little bario. I was only 3 at the time and never really understood the amazing sacrifice they made by moving our family here until I was out of highschool. I am grateful to them that they provided such a great life for me (and my sister) here in the "land of the free". They are such hard working people... even worked two jobs while I was growing up to support our little family and put me and my sister through school. We didn't have a lot of luxurious things growing up and we were no where being "rich", but our family is definitely rich with love. And even though we don't express it as often as we should (this is typical in the "old school" Filipino culture), I know my parents love me deeply. I don't know how I will ever repay them, but I do know that I will forever be thankful. :)

    I'm also thankful for my hubby. His patience with EVERYTHING (especially my messy-ness) amazes me! and I'm also thankful that he cleaned and organized my closet last night.

    xx Love & Aloha

  19. Hi Julia!

    Here's a story of what I'm thankful for...

    We're so thankful about so many things, really... But this one story is very close to my heart cause it's something I'm feeling at present...

    My husband and I have been trying to have a baby for some time now. We're not a young couple, hence, it has been a difficult road. When we consulted our doctors, they gave us until November of last year. They said if we still can't conceive, interventions had to be done.

    Scared and hopeful, we prayed about it and finally last November 24, we found out we're pregnant! It was vert relevant cause it was also Thanksgiving Day... We're so thankful! This baby is a miracle... =)


    - Joy


    Well, it is so hard to narrow down what I'm thankful for when obviously, there is so much to be thankful for in life. I would have to say for the sake of choosing one- I am thankful for exercise and my ability to do it. I work out 3 (on a bad week) to 5 (on a good week) days a week and it literally has helped every aspect of my life. I remember in 2004, I was severely depressed from a break-up which carried over into other areas of my life and was negatively affecting them. I went to a doctor to discuss depression and she asked me if I was exercising regularly- I said no. She said that exercise has been shown to have the best result in terms of a mood elevator. Since that point, I have always regarded exercise a lot higher than I did before. Sure, I worked out- but a weekly exercise goal helps me to function better at work, sleep better, deal with sitting 9 hours a day and helps fight off any bad feelings. During hard times in my life that have come, I always knew if I could just get to the gym, I would feel a little bit better and it has always helped. I am not perfect in my working out but I am truly thankful that when I'm down, there is somewhere I can go where I can feel better about myself, get my mind off everything and empower myself for all other aspects of my life. :)


  22. I’m thankful that my journey in searching for “The one” has ended

    There was a time when I thought that I am professionally accomplished but romantically a failure. I was a straight A student since elementary, high school and up to college and was always an achiever. However, I found that being an achiever has got its cons when it comes to relationships; at least, that’s what I thought. Some men were obviously into me but they never came up and speak up. Those who did, however, did not measure up to my standards. Time has passed that I was always lonely wondering when I would find Mr. Right.

    I grew up into an adult and learned how to deal with men better so that I started to be in a relationship. However, one relationship after another always ended up in broken heart. But I noticed that each relationship was not independent of each other. In fact, it was a chain. A broken relationship would give me way to the next, and so on. But I was anxious to meet Mr. Right and I wanted to meet him at the right time. I wanted to get married at 28 and I wanted to meet him at age 27. Four years before my target age for marriage I thought that perhaps I should make a marathon prayer. I decided to pray for what I wanted for an entire year. Nobody knew about it but my prayer every night was the same – That God would introduce to me Mr. Right at age 27 or a little earlier and that I should get married with the one that God has intended for me at age 28. So it was a complete 366 days that I was praying the same thing every night before I go to sleep. After that entire year of marathon prayer, I started to be in some meaning relationships, of which three ended up in break ups and so much pain. A part of me was losing hope, but a bigger part of me believed that God would just send me the one when it is time.

    At one time I was nursing a broken heart when I met a guy online. I thought that I could use him as a rebound. I was not very attracted at him at all. But I did like the fact that he was sexy and a very appealing man. What was supposed to be a play around rebound driven by my desire for revenge had turned out into a very loving and satisfying relationship. Seven months of daily chatting and phone call, and two months after I turned 26, the man flew for 21 hours to meet me in person. Three months later, few months before I turned 27, the man flew back again to propose. And by this date, we are six months away from our big day. When my boyfriend proposed, it dawned on me that I was actually nearing 27 and the date that we agreed for the wedding would make me nearing age 28. Just perfect for my calendar! But above all, more than the age, the man that God has given me is everything that I had asked for. I am marrying the man that loves me completely and who’s determined to make me happy.

    I am thankful for the faith that I had, believing that God would definitely give me the one at the right time. I am also thankful for having God beside me throughout my journey of search, strengthening me every time I get hurt when the pain nobody could fathom, and teaching me to let go and to forgive and for always giving me hope. And finally, I thank God for giving me what I deserve and for making me genuinely happy.

  23. There have been many changes in my life in the last two years. But even I am grateful for it. I realized that I should not spend most of my time in the office. I began to use my cryptocurrency assets and cryptocurrency trading bot. This way of earning can provide all the needs of my family now. I began to spend much more time with children now.


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? ;-)