1. I’m continuing to enjoy your ‘Thank You Note’ series, Christie.
    More and more research supports that putting our gratitude in writing actually ‘changes our brains’ and has long lasting positive effects on our overall health and well-being. Research also supports that this positivity is contagious. Thank you for sharing the love!

    • Thank you for the kind words Donna. There is so much to be grateful for, and knowing I have a “Thank you notes” post coming up helps me pay attention to those things, and reviewing my month’s photos for happy moments doubles the joy. Thanks, as always, for stopping by and taking the time to comment.

  2. I love your thank you note posts, Christie because I enjoy reading what you are thankful for and also it reminds me to take a moment to pause and think. I was thankful for the FB group and their support last week when I was feeling a bit low, I am thankful that I have two gorgeous grandsons who bring me such joy, especially my conversations about life with my 4 year old, Ethan. I was thankful to spend time with my daughter Rachel who is on maternity leave. We have scheduled every Tuesday now to spend time together. Thank you for supporting and being part of #MLSTL and have a beautiful week. xx P.S. I would love you to share this post in the FB group next Tuesday for Thankful Tuesdays. xx

    • Good morning Sue! (At least it is morning here as I am writing.) Time with the grandchildren is absolutely the best thing for the soul. And having regular time set aside to spend with your daughter isn’t bad either. I look forward to #MLSTL each week, and I will share this post with the FB group Tuesday as well. Thanks for the encouragement.

  3. Hi Christie, I agree with Donna, it’s so good to read your thankful notes and positivity is contagious 🙂 I’m thankful for the rain that’s falling and the fact I have a hair appointment today, it’s always nice to feel pampered. I’m also thankful for my body which is responding to my healthy eating plans and exercise. #mlstl

    • It sounds like you have much to be grateful for Deb. I love hair appointments for the same reason — being pampered and coming away looking fresh and new. Good work on your healthy habits. It’s so motivating when you start to feel the results. Enjoy your week!

  4. I always enjoy your thankful notes. Happy Birthday. Looks like it was a great one. I’m feeling thankful this week for my health that rarely lets me down. Also for my grandchildren. They are on my mind as I’m looking forward to going to Grandparents Day at Kinder on Friday #MLSTL Shared on SM

    • How fun that you got to go to Grandparents Day. It’s so fun to see your little ones in their element and for them to get to show you off. Good health is also huge. I say thank you for my healthy mind and body every day. I know many people with serious health problems, and I know that my health is not guaranteed, so I do the best I can to take care of it and appreciate it while I have it. You are an inspiration to me in terms of physical fitness, Jennifer. Thank you for that.

  5. Christie – Visiting from #MLSTL and I too like your thank you notes. I am also a huge fan of fall…. and here it was about 4 days long. We are now into gloomy, rainy, cold winter days! I do try and express gratitude in the moment and with specificity. As well as journal gratitude … with specificity as well. I had not thought to say thank you for the flu shot, the golden leaves falling off the tree across the street, or for the heat coming up on this cold rainy night. Thanks for reminding me of the many small things in life I am grateful for!

    • Glad to be of service, Pat. 🙂 Fall is typically short-lived here as well, so I try to soak up every second. It’s turned quite cold recently, and with daylight savings, it is now dark before 6:00 p.m., which makes it a little harder to get outside. Your point about being real specific about what you are grateful for is a good one. I’ve even read that thinking about why something good happened and how you can get more of it is useful. I haven’t gone there yet, but I may give it a try. As always, I am grateful for friends like you that take the time to visit my little corner of the blogosphere and join the conversation. Thank you Pat.

  6. Love this idea! I too am thankful for flu shots and Fall. Which reminds me, I really need to get that flu shot! I’m also thankful for family and friends. And for veteran’s, soldiers, and emergency personnel who keep us safe. I live in California and I am so amazed by the firefighters and emergency staff fighting the wildfires and supporting it’s victims.

    • I have been watching the happenings in California with a heavy heart. Seeing how much so many have lost, my heart goes out to them. I am so grateful for my home and my family, and as you said, those people who risk their lives on a regular basis to protect us. Now go get that flu shot! 🙂

  7. I am being grateful all through November, which of course, is USA Thanksgiving month. We do not have a thanksgiving in Australia. I try to give thanks for much each day. I also am a big believer in sending thank you cards and letting people know how they have helped and encouraged me in some way.

    Lovely post.

    Denyse x #mlstl

    • Thank you Denyse. I too try to make room for gratitude on a daily basis, with a special focus in November. I am so blessed. I love sending thank you cards as well. I haven’t sent one in a while. Thanks for the reminder. I’m going to do that this week.

  8. Love your Thank You Note posts Christie. Not only to discover what you are thankful for but also to remind myself to actually vocalise or at least spend time thinking about the things I am thankful for too. Today I’m thankful for a beautiful sunny day, for the magpie singing in the tree, for my family, for my health, for the beautiful walk I was able to take this morning and for being able to go to the cinema later with my darling hubby to watch a film 🙂 #MLSTL I wrote about “The subtle art of Gratitude” in this post last year (please delete if not appropriate x) https://lifestylefifty.com/subtle-art-gratitude/

    • Taking a walk on a beautiful sunny day sounds delightful. It’s quite cold here right now. Thank you for sharing the link to your gratitude post. It’s not only appropriate, but welcomed. I’m off to read it now. Thanks Jo.

  9. I always enjoy the positivity of your gratitude posts Christie. I love how you find the little things and make them special by sharing them with us. So glad you enjoyed your birthday and congrats on the new tee shirt – that skull on the front (I assume it’s a skull!) sums up the toughness of the challenge and the fact you made it through and are still smiling is amazing!
    MLSTL and I’ve shared on my SM 🙂

  10. I told my daughter how I was doing an “I’m grateful for” every night when I got into bed. very calming. feels very positive.
    Her response: It’s a great way to review the day. It is, and with an eye on the good things that happened or are in my life.

    • I think that’s wonderful that you end the day with gratitude. I start each day with a gratitude prayer/meditation. I end the day by journaling in a “line-a-day” journal, which usually (though not always) amounts to a gratitude journal. I think it really helps.

  11. I love Thanksgiving though my favorite holiday is Christmas. We celebrate by doing a walk with our son and his family in the morning which supports the local food cupboard. Then we have breakfast with them and enjoy a visit. Usually my husband and I have a quiet day, cooking our own dinner, but this year we are invited to our niece’s home – she recently moved back to Maine and we are thrilled she is here living so close to us. I’m thankful for family, good health, laughter, grace, and peace. Gratitude is a spiritual tool that keeps me balanced!

    • That sounds like a heavenly way to spend Thanksgiving to me. We have all of our children and grandchildren on Christmas Day, so often for Thanksgiving they are with their other parents or in-laws. (We have a big blended family.) My husband and I usually take advantage of the long weekend and stay at the Grand America Hotel. They serve a lovely turkey dinner, and you can have it delivered to your room. This year, we are having dinner with one of our daughters and her family, so that will be a special treat. Then we are off to Mexico the next morning. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the time with your family!

  12. Sooooo much to be thankful for. It is good to stop and make a list sometimes of all of our blessings! Of course, I am thankful for my grandsons, my patient and kind husband, the supportive community I live in, and my faithful and encouraging friends. Just for starters! 🙂

  13. So sweet to list your thankfuls as thank you notes! Clever idea. Kind of like combining the ‘little letters’ posts that are popular with the gratitude posts that are equally popular. You have a hybrid here!

    I remember reading about Hawkes Landing when I first ‘met’ you and found your blog. Hope in the new year, you will be able to get there more often. It sounds like a magical place.

    Happy belated birthday. Glad you were well celebrated.

    • Thanks Leslie. I have much to be grateful for and thank you notes is a fun way to acknowledge a few of them each month. I hope all is well with you and that you are enjoying the start of the holiday season.

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