Grateful Heart


I’ve been trying to practice a daily gratitude habit. Do you know, it’s hard? It’s hard to stop the forward movement from the time the alarm goes off in the morning to the time our heads return to the pillow. So many things encroach on our time. Jobs, family responsibilities, meetings, health, and the list goes on. So how do you set aside the moment to be grateful for something?

I started with a simple spoken “Thank you” ~ That’s it, just the words before my feet touch the floor. I’m blessed in that I don’t have an alarm to slam off first. When my brain isn’t in such a fog, I’m able to say “Thank you for that night’s sleep, my partner, the kids, the house, my health, the cat, the dog,” or whatever comes to mind first. I find that even on the days I don’t take the time to say thank you for something in particular, that saying “Thank You” sets my mind in the right direction. I post a gratitude tweet on Twitter first thing every day. The mere action of setting the post puts my mind in gracious attitude.


This photo tells the truth! The more you are thankful for, the more you find to be thankful. I’ve proven it over and over in my life. I get down in the dumps or forget how much I have, and things look bleak FOREVER. Then, before too long, hopefully, I remember. Be thankful, and the universe will repay you with more.

So outside of health, home, family, friends, and food, I want to mention a few things I’m thankful for.



I’ve been ranch sitting for our friends at Pleasant Journey alpacas in Colorado for a few weeks off and on. I am so grateful for this opportunity to learn about these beautiful animals. While the future is still uncertain for us in Colorado, I’m almost positive alpacas will be a part of it. This little guy is X1. He and I have become friends. While alpacas are generally curious, they are also cautious. X1 had leg surgery at just a couple months of age. He gets a little extra grain in the morning. Either to help him add nutrients for his healing or to give me a chance to stroke his neck and top knot ~ neither of which is normally easy to do.





This little gal, Abby, came along quite by accident. Don’t they all? She was looking at us through the window at Petsmart. When we picked her up, the purr sold us! She is a beautiful girl and coming around quickly. She took no crap from Gibbs (for any NCIS follower that makes perfect sense doesn’t it?) I’m so grateful that we are able to give a loving home to these shelter pets.






My laptop! OMG. We fought making the purchase, but after thinking about it, and selling my tablet, we went ahead and bought it. Can I just say that after my Iditarod article was accepted (THANK YOU ALASKA MAG) I had a re-write to do that involved cutting 400 words. I also needed to re-send photos I sent to original editor that left the magazine. Can I just say all that on the tablet would have been a nightmare! So grateful for the seemingly silliest things.






What does this image mean to you? Thanksgiving is just around the corner with its’ reminder to be Thankful for all that we have. Thanksgiving ~ giving Thanks. Gratitude for a full harvest, gathering with friends and family, sharing in our bounties and love for each other.



Finally, to you, my readers, I have a huge Grateful Heart. I appreciate those who’ve stuck with me through all the changes over the last three years of this blog and website.

Thank you

PS. I’m also grateful for the patience to learn my way through the app building process. If you’ve read this far (thank you) ~ you are among the first to know that we’ve built an app. Currently undergoing the rigors of final approval with Android and Apple. Stay tuned for more info! It truly is a #beautifulworld

8 Replies to “Grateful Heart”

  1. good words! It truly takes an effort to be thankful on a conscious level often. Sure, we say thank you at appropriate times and all but, to live in a gratitude attitude …takes an attitude adjustment.

  2. Thank you Dawn. I’m thankful for you and your courage to speak your heart. Your posts and positive ideas are always a refreshing break from the onslaught of negative the world heaps on us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. –MaryGo

  3. Dawn- Your words and thoughts really hit home with me as I go through the process of adapting to life without the most important person in my life the last 50 years. Even bearing that loss though the Holiday period I do have a lot to be thankful for and I know that. But, somehow the last few weeks have pushed those good things further back in my mind then they should be, and and your note has pulled them forward. Thank you, Bob Hrobak

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