Gratitude Challenge Day #1

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Gratitude Challenge Day #1 / red maple leafs

Welcome to the first day of our 2nd Annual Gratitude Challenge!  Here’s how to win:

For the week of Thanksgiving – Monday, November 21 to Friday, November 25 – we challenge you to five days of gratitude.

Each day starting today, Dawn and I will post what we are thankful for and will look for what you are thankful for in the comment section of each post, on Facebook, or on Twitter with the hashtag #PTWPGratitudeChallenge. Everyone who leaves us a comment on each of the five days will have their name put into a random drawing for 52 Lists for Happiness – Weekly Journaling Inspiration for Positivity, Balance, and Joy.

Let’s get started! We can’t wait to read your comments and discover what everyone is grateful for this Thanksgiving!


I want to start out my week of gratitude for being supremely grateful for the gift that is my friend Debra Caruso. Last year around this time she was in a terrible car accident and suffered severe injuries that she will be dealing with for the rest of her days. She is very lucky to be alive and I feel blessed beyond measure that she is still here with us. Throughout this difficult time she has persevered with grace, positive thoughts, unwavering faith in God, and strength beyond measure. She has taught me how to look for the positive in even the most dire of situations and what true optimism really looks like in the face of unbelievably difficult challenges.

Deb’s willingness to serve others in such an authentic and genuine way with no thought for self-gain is an example of a true servant heart. She is a bright light in a sometimes dark world and I count myself as the luckiest girl in the world to call her my friend. Love you Deb!


This has been a year of unexpected gifts brought into my life thanks in no small way to The Pink Typewriter Project. Last fall, Dana and I started the PTWP and that kickstarted my personal writing journey. In December 2015, I got brave enough to commit myself to a year of writing on a daily basis, which I’ve called my personal #366Days challenge. As this posts, I’ll be on day 352 of this journey. That’s amazing to me — and tells me that I can do anything I set my mind to — with the help and support of friends.

Which leads me to my next gift — my lovely friend Kristen Terrette. My Christmas gift from my parents last year was admission to my first writing conference, held in Atlanta in the early days of 2016. The PTWP helped give me the courage to go there and say “I’m a writer.” While I was there, I sat beside a chair that had a coffee tumbler underneath it, not knowing that the chair and tumbler belonged to someone who’d become a dear friend. Kristen and I started up a writing friendship and have been critique buddies throughout the rest of the year (as well as much-too-rare lunch friends). I’m super proud of the fact that she’s having her first novel published and can’t wait to see how God uses her and her amazing talent for His glory.

7 thoughts on “Gratitude Challenge Day #1

  1. Lynne Fisher/Clarke

    I’m grateful for the wonderful daughter, and son-in law and my son and grandson are all healthy and happy doing what they do. I’m also grateful for my fantastic man in my life and my extended family that now include yet 2 daughters, a son, 6 Grandchildren and 2 beautiful Great grandchildren! I love every one of you! When traveling with Jerry I know we are both grateful to have such fun and lasting friendships! God has granted me a good life and I am most greatful to him for that. I’ve been blesses to have the memories of those that have gone from my life.

  2. Jubilee

    It might be late but last nov 24 2016 was also my first thanksgiving here in US. Giving you a brief background…i just came to US few months ago ….to marry my fiance now hubby. Feeling all the pressure and stress from everyone…from paperwork …from getting back my career and title….. still i am thankful to have a loving hubby and my new family here in US. They were all so nice to me despite im just new in their family.

  3. Dana Lynn Thompson

    Hi Jubilee!

    Welcome to the United States! I am from Canada originally and moved to the States in 1990. I became a citizen in 2007. Sounds like you have some wonderful things to be thankful for this year. Thank you for sharing them here with us and I hope to see you around the blog! Have a blessed holiday season!
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