Nothing like turning the page on an arduous week, and one crazy full moon…

and in celebrating the passing of a less-than-stellar week, I took some time to shift my focus, realign my energy, and change my perspective by writing a simple gratitude list.

It’s a never-fail, straight to the soul, pick me up. Works every time.

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough.” Melody Beattie

A New Book. Exactly the right book at exactly the right moment found me swiftly at the Library on Thursday. Have you read the The Tao of Pooh?

This Writing Prompt. Halfway through a week that was feeling unfocused and stressful, I encountered this, Ten Things of Thankful, blogging prompt. It served as a reminder to pause, breathe, and adjust to attitude of gratitude.

Wednesday Wine Dinner. Wednesdays are my longest and most hectic day of the week. It has become ritual to enjoy a bottle of wine and a long dinner with my husband on Wednesdays. The wine was delectable, the dinner, nourishing, and the conversation, delicious.

An Opportunity to Help. A neighbor called and asked if I would help hoist her elderly Great Dane into her car. I am grateful to have been of service, to be thought of, and for the opportunity to get my doggy-fix! Great Danes are my favorite.

Crisp Mornings. It seems winter has decided to visit Arizona after all. These past few mornings have been chilly and the air feels so wonderfully clean and crisp.

Public Libraries. The library is one of my favorite places, and I am lucky to have great branches close to where I live and work. Small business resources, books, and quite work space have been precious to me this week.

A Mobile Body. As frustrating as bodies can be sometimes, this week I have been reminded not to take for granted that mine is healthy, strong, and mobile. My legs take me where I want to go, my arms carry what I need to take with me, and for the most part, I can trust my body to care for me and do what I need it to do.

Free coffee. I haven’t actually paid for a cup of coffee in ages… It’s incredible. As soon as I start to get low on one gift card, another miraculously shows up. It seems the Universe is support of my coffee addiction, and I say THANK YOU! Afternoon coffee stops were a blessing this week!

Time. I have been blessed with two quiet afternoons in my schedule this week, which have been opportunities to catch up on some reading, writing, projects, and even a little yoga.

A New Journaling Project. I am so excited to be sharing my March Mindful Journaling Project on Facebook and Instagram this month, and also to be participating in the 5-minute prompts that get posted everyday. It is a positive way to start any day!

Also, Thank YOU, my readers, for being here every week.

With a full heart,


  1. Welcome Sarah! I was delighted to find you joining us this morning, and you’ve brought an awesome gratitude list to share!

    I haven’t read the Tao of Pooh, but I have heard of it, and maybe need to check it out.

    I can see that you understand the purpose of this weekly exercise, it never fails to lift my spirits when I began to write my post, and again when I read what others have shared… vitamins for the soul!

    Your Wednesday Wine Dinner is the perfect way to end a stressful day, something to look forward to and to help you relax. I love it!

    We feel best about life when we are in service to others, and I’m so glad your neighbor asked for help with her dog. Two sets of hands can make difficult tasks so much easier.

    I live in West Texas where it is also typically warm and dry, but we have had some cool mornings here this winter. Tomorrow is supposed to reach 78 degrees though, Spring is surely on the way (and the blowing dust that comes with it… a good excuse not to work very hard at dusting the house! 🙂 A cool crisp morning is invigorating, as long as it isn’t accompanied by icy roads and a foot of snow!

    I love public libraries! I worked in one during my high school years and have been checking out books to read since I was pre-school age. It is wonderful that the are still quiet, peaceful places to be found where we can spend some time and do some work… and don’t need to buy anything to do so!

    A mobile body… one of those things we tend to take for granted until we don’t have it. Yes, to be able to move around freely is a true gift!

    I love that you are being supplied with free coffee by the Universe! That made me smile. Life is full of little gifts like that, if we take time to notice.

    Time, when I was working, was always my enemy. There was never enough of it and it stressed me out so. Now that I am home, I still wish there were more hours i the day to do the things I want to do, but I love the freedom to take time for whatever seems most important and for anyone who needs me.

    I just dropped by your Facebook page to check out your March Mindful Journaling project and found it very intriguing. I will be back this afternoon to see if it’s something I might want to participate in! I’ve been wanting to do more journal blogging, something I did much of years ago, and miss. You are also welcome to join our Ten Things of Thankful /group on Facebook for weekly reminders to the link-up. Have a peaceful, beautiful weekend!

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  2. Sarah, I have a feeling you and I have much in common. Your coffee karma put a big smile on my face. I know just what you mean – when it’s time to breathe deep and redirect your focus, gratitude acknowledgment is life changing. I am looking forward to following your posts on Facebook.

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  3. Hello, Sarah. Welcome! Libraries, coffee!, dogs, mobility….awesome post.
    As a matter of fact, to #1, I bought a copy long ago in my youth:) There’s nothing like a new book, especially one that inspires and/or enlightens.
    Such a simple thought from Ms. Beattie. Yet powerful.
    Stumbling across anything that helps us to breathe, pause, take stock…all for that. It’s scary sometimes how easily one can get caught up in the routine of things.
    I look forward to reading about your March Mindfulness Journaling Project.

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  4. We are so fortunate in my mid-size city to have a public library so stellar it has received national recognition. I use it at least weekly.
    I don’t drink coffee, but am crazy for a steaming cup of tea. And you have made me want to sip a nice glass of wine. That sounds relaxing.

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