Gratitude Challenge Day #3

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Gratitude Challenge Day #3/red maple leafs

Happy to see you are all hanging in there for Day #3 of our gratitude challenge! I’ve really enjoyed getting up each morning early and cultivating some gratefulness to start the day. I’ve started up in my gratitude journal again and I am hoping to make it a daily habit.

Here’s what we are grateful for today. Looking forward to reading your grateful thoughts in the comments below.

Scott and Dana - Christmas Day 2015Dana 

I am thankful for another great year with my husband Scott as we celebrated our 15th anniversary this past April. This coming February will be the 20th anniversary of our first date. Time flies when you are having fun! I am always grateful for his support, positive attitude, hard work, generosity, and strength.

He is a master at the art of being thoughtful in small and unexpected ways. A few weeks ago I went to a state tennis tournament in Columbus, GA. When I opened up my tennis bag there was a small note in the strings of my racket which read, “Wake up. Kick butt. Repeat. Good luck!” with a hand drawing of a tennis racket hitting a ball. Last week when my tennis team won the state championships in Dalton, GA, he got me a congratulations card, 2 Dove chocolate bars (my favorite!), and a gift card to get a new Fitbit because the battery in mine had died. He is so sweet!

It’s often easy to take for granted those little things that our spouses do for us each and every day. I hope he knows that his thoughtfulness does not go unnoticed!


Today, I’m thankful for the gift of work. I know that’s a funny thing to say on a week when I’ve been off thanks to vacation and holidays, but I realize how blessed I am to have a job doing something I love, in a place I love, working with people I love. I’ve met some of my best friends through my jobs — current and past — and my life has been enriched through them and through the students with whom it has been my privilege to work.

I’m thankful for the work friends who’ve become more that just people I share an office with. I’m afraid to name names of everyone for fear I’d leave someone out, but you know who you are, and I hope you know how much you’ve made my life better by being in it. But some of you — Dana, Shannon, Alan, I’m looking at you — have been with me through thick and thin, and I can’t let this post pass without saying how very much that means to me and how grateful I am to call you colleagues, friends, and family.

One thought on “Gratitude Challenge Day #3

  1. Sarah trammell

    I am grateful for all the people in my life who have shared their love with me. It’s sometimes the smallest thing that makes your love shine through. I am lucky!


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