2019 Attitude of Gratitude

I am over the moon that this challenge has made its way back to the blogosphere. I participated since 2015 and have made every effort not to miss a year. As someone who suffers from mental health issues, it’s very easy to spiral into a world of negativity where you can only see the terrible going on and not catch a glimpse of any positive whatsoever. Although, I feel like most of us in today’s world can relate to that feeling with the amount of hate that unfortunately surges through our world. I am so proud to be a part of this challenge and grateful for the chance to take a beat, turn the timer on and focus on solely nothing but the good for that time period. I look forward to this every year and I am happy to bring you 2019’s Attitude of Gratitude joining other bloggers in our community as we flood the internet with happy things!

Please check out Tales from the Motherland for Dawn’s contribution to this movement and the instructions on how you can participate as well. If you would like to read my posts from previous years you can click on the years listed and they will be linked. (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)

Without further ado (In no particular order), I give you my list.

  1. My wife. She’s been my person for almost a decade but something about the title of a wife just seems right. It was a path I’d always hoped we’d earn.
  2. My family.
  3. My job. Finally, I have a position where I can learn daily and feel appreciated through the process. I feel like I’ve waited so long for a position like this one.
  4. Twitter. Networking with other writers and general chat with them has been so beneficial.
  5. My new desk, I got as a wedding present from my beloved.
  6. Gusto. It seems to be a newfound quality, I’m discovering about myself. 
  7. A clean, safe home.
  8. Water to drink, bathe in, and cook with. 
  9. Ilisa Shlesinger. Her comedy is my brand of funny. 
  10. My best friend Gina and her boyfriend Michael. I’ve been long distance with Gina for over 5 years and no matter how much time passes, we never skip a beat. I’m also glad to get along famously with her boyfriend and become friends with him over the last few years.
  11. The ability to learn from other people. I hope it never stops.
  12. Internet friends. I hope to meet a few of them IRL eventually.
  13. My dog. His fluffy face can make any day the best one.
  14. Autobiographies.
  15. Open communication.
  16. My parents.
  17. Dunkin Donuts Iced Coffee regardless of the weather.
  18. Professional Wrestling.
  19. My imagination.
  20. My Switch.
  21. Not having to continue to pay off a wedding after it’s over with.
  22. The ability to daydream and always strive for something.
  23. Letting go of the past things that effected me that have no meaning now.
  24. Date nights as a married couple. 
  25. YouTube
  26. The local bagel shop by our house. We go there almost every weekend and get treated like family.
  27. My writing prompt journal for the next 365 days.
  28. Trips to the grocery store.
  29. The ability to find the fun in literally everything as long as I’m surrounded by love.
  30. Music to travel in my city with. I would be lost without it on my commute.
  31. The ability to have access to so much culture in NYC.
  32. Perspective.
  33. My friends. They’re few but they’re mighty.
  34. Just about anything my wife cooks.
  35. Disney World.
  36. Unconditional love.
  37. Thanksgiving with family.

I pumped out 37 this year, which is a record for me. Keeping the thoughts short-handed helped but I could honestly go on forever. 2019 proved itself to be a very promising year full of love, self-discovery, and growth. I’m excited to see how 2020 shakes out for me as a person, me as a wife, and me as a writer. I’ve set the goal of self-publishing and I hope to end the year with the news that I have. Fingers crossed!

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  1. Jackie, this is wonderful!! What a truly magical year you’ve had, on so many levels. I totally see the gusto; it shows in your writing and the thoughts you share here. I’m working on so many of these same things–– it’s a life long journey, to be a whole person, who is not only content but satisfied with life. The journey shifts and changes often. Thank you so much for committing to this piece of that journey. I love sharing with you! Happy New Year! ☺

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      1. You are lightning bolt fast! I just added a link to your post at the bottom of my post. I try to make each person’s link special. Go check it out. ♥ Btw, I am (right now) buying tix to NYC for this month. Maybe we can grab a coffee? Let’s message privately.


      2. Work is slowing down for the day so the fast responses are easy. Rainbow, I love it! Very unique to me. I would really like that. Feel free to DM me on twitter or I can email you if you’d like.

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  2. Dear Jackie,

    I enjoyed reading your list. It’s always fun to see what others are grateful for. I love that you’re going to be keeping a flash fiction journal. A nice way to keep track of your growing writing skills. Congrats on your marriage.



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  3. What a wonderful list, Jackie! There is nothing better than taking the time to focus on the beautiful, the lovely, the what brings us joy.
    Congrats on your wedding!


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