Category Archives: One Thousand Gifts

Gratitudes #501-627

Here’s the latest on my list. See it grow HERE.

  • Beach houses
  • Remembering great times with great friends
  • Being there for someone’s breakthrough
  • “If you don’t like where you are, change it. You are not a tree.”
  • Seeds sprouting from a small plastic cup
  • A boy with his dog
  • Learning to open my mind
  • Learning to open my heart
  • Having a camera in my purse when I need it
  • Christian’s “Cinimin Milk” creation
  • The moment when 1 thing makes everything else make sense
  • Opening Day Baseball Games
  • Organ Music at Busch Stadium
  • Legends of the Game honored well
  • Wedding photos
  • A dear friend PREGNANT!
  • Hope for Flowers, by Trina Paulus
  • Crying in the Shower
  • Hearing an old song you’ve forgotten about
  • “You are Good, and your love endures forever”
  • Picking the healthy option … and liking it
  • Giant paperclips and other oversized silliness
  • Big Announcements
  • Feeling at home in my home
  • Alone time
  • Together time
  • That I’m NOT in Junior High anymore
  • Prom photos
  • Remembering High School fun
  • The fresh scent of cleaning supplies
  • Foods on a stick
  • Backyard barbecues
  • Little cousins walking hand in hand
  • The courage that comes from having a cousin go first
  • Simple family fun
  • Carousels
  • The smell of fried foods
  • Kids on rollercoasters
  • The Tilt-a-Whirl
  • A lit ferris wheel at night
  • A finished publication in your hands
  • The Message version of the Bible
  • Teamwork
  • Being inspired, not jealous, by the success of others
  • Funny field day games
  • Bouncy houses
  • Rubber chickens
  • Eating with chopsticks
  • Sushi
  • Being afraid — and doing it anyway
  • The end of a long road
  • Free lunch
  • The sacred opportunity to mourn with friends
  • The relief of letting go
  • Easter egg hunts with fruit snacks
  • A schedule that lets me pick Christian up from school
  • Christian requests The Beatles
  • Ninja cupcakes
  • Roller Skating birthday parties
  • Disco balls
  • Being in the thick of God’s presence
  • Finding that thickness in unexpected places
  • Jeff Deyo songs
  • Magic shows
  • Boys in Scout uniforms
  • College t-shirts
  • Keys to a new home
  • New friends
  • Old friends
  • 7-year-olds at hockey games
  • When you actually learn a lot from a required course
  • Never being too old to learn
  • Finding the right logo for my new business
  • Launching A Coach in Your Corner Life Coach business
  • Hearing the stories of missionaries
  • Grilled veggies
  • A bonus diet Coke
  • Chai Latte
  • Five Minute Fridays
  • Finding lost keys
  • A house on a golf course
  • The first golf outing of the year
  • An 18-hole personal best
  • Thunderstorms that cool and clean
  • Discovery
  • Feeding alpaca from your hands
  • The super softness of alpaca fur
  • A peacock in full display
  • 1st grade farm field trips
  • Prayer partners
  • Shorts weather
  • Progress on big projects
  • Meeting with like minds
  • Mercy
  • My first paid coaching client
  • God’s provision … again and again and again
  • Inner Peace. Real.Deep.Peace.
  • A bird’s nest on our porch
  • Caterpillars on our tree
  • Weather forecasting groundhogs
  • Chocolate chip pancakes
  • Lazy weekends
  • Finding enough change at the bottom of your purse to get a drink at the vending machine
  • Ferry boats
  • Seagulls who catch bread midair
  • Jelly fish
  • Seahorses
  • Thom & Christian fishing together
  • Mother’s Day morning on a beach pier
  • Homemade Mother’s Day gifts
  • My son thinking I smell mostly like salt
  • Being a Mom
  • When Plan B is super fun
  • Movies that make me cry
  • Being with friends who are crying at the same movie
  • Movie quotes that connect people across the miles
  • Idea Jars
  • Beauty from ashes
  • Vulnerability
  • Goosebump moments
  • Counting down days to summer vacation
  • A really clean chalkboard
  • Comments on my Blog (hint, hint … leave yours below)
  • The smell of fresh laundry
  • Friday Nights
  • The wisdom of Brian Tracy
  • Remembering how good it feels to record the beauty in my life!

Something to Write About

As you learn to become more aware of the Gifts all around you, sometimes those gifts come to you as quotes, scripture, song lyrics, even dialogue in movies or TV. When I hear something that inspires me, I like to write it down at the top of a blank journal page. Then, even if I don’t have time to explore it now, I have provided a space — AND AN EXPECTATION — that I will come back to it.

Still not sure where to start? Ask yourself, “Why do I like this?” And just start writing your answer and see where it goes. Check out the Inspiration Station  page; grab a favorite quote/lyric/verse; start writing!

Here’s one of mine:

Be not afraid of growing slowly. Be afraid only of standing still. -Chinese Proverb

I do get so afraid of not seeing progress quickly sometimes. I like the instant gratification. At least that’s what I tell myself. But if I look back on experience, maybe that’s not really true. There is something extra special about the sucess that did not come quickly and easily. The one where all the blood, sweat and tears just makes the finish line that much sweeter.

Moments of moving – no matter how small are still progress. Stop camping out half way to the summit, Beth!



On my way to 1000 Things to be Thankful For. See the complete list here.

  • A church choir
  • “You do not faint. You won’t grow weary.”
  • My Redeemer lives!
  • The raised hands, fist pumps, and tears of the freshly baptized
  • Holding Thom’s hand in prayer
  • Grandpa Zimmerman’s birthday
  • Celebrating with his pancake recipe
  • Baby dedications
  • Life lessons from Legos
  • Fresh perspective
  • Happy “Accidents”
  • That God’s yoke is easy and his burden light
  • That Jesus is the All in All. “There is no need for a super-sized Jesus”
  • Leaders with character
  • Movies worth watching over and over
  • Conquering the dreaded sock basket
  • A great night of baseball
  • A $10million golf purse that comes down to the last putt
  • Humble winners
  • The moment when winners get to hug their wives in the crowd
  • Homemade bread
  • Old photos
  • Childhood friends
  • Rain that brings cool weather
  • All the laundry clean
  • Ignoring that the laundry will just get dirty again
  • A clean house
  • Empty trash cans
  • Thom’s birthday
  • Christian — the excellent gift giver
  • Blown glass
  • Bookstores
  • Friends who give great fashion advice
  • Shoes that are cute AND comfortable
  • Sleeping with the windows open
  • Mums in bloom
  • Feeling inspired
  • Pandora radio
  • An empty dishwasher
  • Learning new options on my camera
  • Fixing my camera myself
  • Google
  • Golf dates with Thom
  • Feeling helpful to a friend
  • Your Alma Mater on National TV
  • Roller Coasters
  • Jeff Dunham comedy
  • High fives
  • Drinking through a straw
  • Chips & Salsa
  • Free refills
  • Going to the movies
  • Finding the right size batteries when you need them
  • Fresh-cut grass
  • Tire swings
  • Rain boots
  • How Facebook has made it a Small World afterall
  • A postcard from your teacher when she’s out of town
  • Mail with your name on it … in actual handwriting
  • Filling the last page of a journal
  • The first page of a new journal
  • Cardinal Red
  • October baseball
  • Great smelling shampoo
  • Pinball machines
  • County fairs
  • Family night
  • Improv Comedy done well
  • Apples with Peanut Butter
  • Watching Christian sleep
  • Butterflies in unexpected places
  • Photo treasure hunts
  • Great photography
  • Great public speakers
  • The hour before sunset and how it makes everything look magical
  • A surprise text message
  • Catching up with my sister
  • Getting our CDs on an MP3 player
  • Tigers
  • The Seventh Inning Stretch
  • Ballparks
  • Take me out to the Ballgame
  • Pre-game fly-overs
  • Girlfriends in gratitude
  • How the Internet links all our journeys and stories in ways never before imagined
  • “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love.” Psalm 143.8
  • Morning runs followed by long stretching sessions
  • An afternoon to relax because the house is already clean
  • A windows wide open kind of day
  • The way a camera lens makes you see things your eyes don’t
  • Over-sized sweatshirts
  • Needing a blanket on the couch
  • Your love, oh Lord, reaches to the heavens.
  • College game day at a Sports Bar
  • French Fries worth the calories
  • A great deal
  • Putting on pants instead of shaving your legs
  • Good neighbors
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Posted by on October 1, 2011 in Challenge, One Thousand Gifts


What is Beauty? PART 2

Yesterday, I asked you to explore your idea of Beauty with a journaling exercise and an opportunity to read a number of other people’s entries on the topic. (If you missed it, or want to review, click here.) And I think they are right on target with where our hearts and minds go when we are asked to consider what is beautiful.

And yet … I am finding that initial reaction VERY incomplete.

If my personal goal is to make it to 1,000 beautiful things – and more – what is allowed to make the cut?

Is it Ok to be grateful for, to find beauty in, to consider it a gift of God in some measure when the topic is Yo-yos? Slim Jims? Contact Lenses?


I have LOVED exploring the musings of other hunters & gatherers of awesomeness, and they have pushed me to be even more creative in my definition of beauty.

For example, on his way to 1000 Awesome Things, author Neil Pasricha, discounts NOTHING in his life as a blessing. Don’t miss his commentaries on…

And here are some more from Neil that are so fun, you just have to trust me and click blindly to these links…

Beauty. Awesomeness. Things that Make you Smile. Gifts. Glimpses of God. I don’t care what you call them — just start NOTICING them!


Join the Joy Hunt!

Throughout 2011 God has put me on a path of self discovery. Along the way, there have been many methods of his direction. But one thing he laid in front of me and made sure I did not ignore was the amazing and very special book One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. (to learn more, click on cover photo below)

  This is a rich, deep read that I keep going back to over and over, and it is far to simple to say it is a book about Gratitude. But, truly, it is a book about Gratitude — the kind of Gratitude that comes only from looking closely and seeing clearly that Happiness & Joy are not “out there” somewhere … they are ALREADY HERE!! God’s gifts are ALREADY here in abundance.

This simple but wonderful message has changed my life. And over time there will be more posts inspired by this book, I have no doubt.

I have gifted this book to others. I have chatted about it over lunch. I have encouraged others to see their abundance. I have been drawn to a wealth of fellow walkers of this gratitude path.

I have been compelled to share what a difference seeing God in my Every Day has made — and what a difference it can make for YOU!!

In a small group setting in Fayetteville, NC, a band of beauty hunters will be meeting weekly to discover new ways to be aware of our Already Abundant Life. But this message is too important to keep to ourselves! So we will share our stories and exercises and weekly challenges here, so you can JOIN US!!

To be sure to get each new posting, please subscribe with the button at the right. More soon!

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