50 Happy Things – Bloggers Unite in Gratitude

When Dawn from Tales from the Motherland emailed me last week about her project, I was thrilled to be included. Her idea is to share gratitude with the world! While this blog has turned into a photography blog over the past years, I’m stepping outside of my norm and sharing my gratitude today. No photos, just a list of things that have made me happy this year.

So without further adieu…Drumroll, please:

  1. Today is Solstice. I’m happy for the returning of the light!
  2. Great food.
  3. I’ve so enjoyed my Inspiralizer and all the fabulous vegetable noodles this year.
  4. My health. I feel so blessed to enjoy great health
  5. Fitness. I love to run, bike, hike, ski, scuba and I’m so glad my body allows me to do all of these things.
  6. My wonderful home in the Colorado Rockies.
  7. The Colorado Rockies – not the baseball team…
  8. My fabulous town. I so love Fort Collins, its people, places, atmosphere.
  9. My husband Peter – his love, support and companionship fills my days with happiness.
  10. My sister Becky. I have so enjoyed having her live close by for the first time since I left Georgia after college.
  11. My kitties, Leo and Cielo. They constantly entertain and give us lots of kitty love.
  12. My awesome kitchen where I spend lots of time cooking and creating.
  13. My vegetable garden – its so fun to be able to pick fresh vegetables in the summer.
  14. Sunrises from the kitchen window.
  15. Friends who love and support me.
  16. The fabulous people who I get to care for in my Physical Therapy practice.
  17. Music. I’m so glad that I committed to take piano lessons this year. It is so paying off with improved playing skill.
  18. Hikes in the summer.
  19. Ski season is coming up fast!
  20. My fabulous Volkl Kenja skis.
  21. Trips to the Caribbean.
  22. Scuba diving
  23. Underwater photography
  24. I so loved my birthday present from Peter this year. A private underwater photography class at Cathy Church’s school in Grand Cayman.
  25. Taking my underwater photography to a whole new level!
  26. Photography in general. I love my botanical photography shots.
  27. Living in the western United States. I get to see so many beautiful places.
  28. Technology. I love my iPad, iPhone and Mac. They talk to each other and make my busy life easier.
  29. Living in a time where technology is so amazing.
  30. Meeting Dawn this year at the Denver Art Museum. What a cool thing to meet one of my blogging friends in person.
  31. Loving my work. I enjoy getting up in the morning and going to work.
  32. Starting a new art form and working again in my art studio – I’m making tooled leather bracelets to go with my photography in my sales booth this summer.
  33. Selling my first art print from my website this week! (I wonder how she found me?)
  34. My best year ever selling my photography.
  35. Getting into several high end juried art shows this year.
  36. Looking forward to spending Christmas with family.
  37. Books – I have so enjoyed reading this year.
  38. Blogging – I am so glad I joined the WordPress Community three years ago.
  39. Sitting on the deck in the summer enjoying a great meal.
  40. Running on the bike path.
  41. Living on the Cayman Aggressor for a week and meeting other divers.
  42. Skiing 20 days this year.
  43. Being able to play “Christmas Time is Here.” really well!
  44. My new Jeep Cherokee.
  45. Sharing the Snowmass Jeep Jamboree with Peter and Becky.
  46. A world where people are still good and caring.
  47. Getting to see the new Star Wars movie in two days!
  48. Living in a community where people are friendly and caring.
  49. My fabulous cameras.
  50. Trader Joes…They just opened a store around the corner from my office this year.

If you’d like to join our band of grateful bloggers, head on over to Dawn’s place for instructions. Tales from the Motherland. And for those of you who celebrate the season, I hope your holidays are merry and bright.

The Elusive Forms of Reality

Eagle Ray's Flight

Eagle Ray’s Flight

I seek truth and beauty in the transparency of an autumn leaf, in the perfect form of a seashell on the beach, in the curve of a woman’s back, in the texture of an ancient tree trunk, but also in the elusive forms of reality.  ~Isabel Allende

Gratitude

Rocky Mountain Columbine

Rocky Mountain Columbine

We think we have to do something to be grateful for or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being. ~ Iyanla Vanzant

The citizens of the U.S. set aside a day of Thanksgiving when we feast and celebrate with family and friends. On this day, I include you, my blogosphere friends, in my celebration of gratitude where ever you live. May you have a lovely day filled with the state of being of gratitude. ~ Cathy Ulrich