It’s Total Gratitude Tuesday again!
I started this particular series as a way to make sure that I kept up with the writing of this blog, no matter how things were going in my life at the time. It was a commitment I made to myself and to the blog – I would write at least once a week by making sure that I did this weekly post. I had hoped that it would also reinforce a habit that I was trying to cultivate in my own life, which was simply to focus more on gratitude. I’m still amazed at what a difference this one habit has made in changing my outlook. Even when I’m struggling with depression, I can find something for which I’m grateful, even if it’s something as basic as having a roof over my head and food in the cupboards. I find that the more I focus on what’s good in my life, the easier it is to deal with the rough days.
On to this week’s list!
So this is what I’m reading right now, and it is really changing the way that I look at creativity and what being creative really means. You might know Elizabeth Gilbert as the author of the bestseller “Eat, Pray, Love”. This book is a radically different way of looking at what it means to be a creative person because according to Liz, everyone is creative. So it’s not some elitist group of magical people that you and I can’t be a part of. I really love any book that challenges my preconceived notions (like what it means to be an artist) and makes me think in a different way and this book really does that on a grand scale. She also talks a lot about her struggles with anxiety and how she decided to push past her fears to start creating. It’s page after page of revelations and challenges to your mindset about creativity. It’s amazing! (Click on the photo of the book to see it on Amazon or to order it.)
And while we’re on the subject of books, I have to mention libraries. I don’t know how I’d get along without them. As soon as I was old enough to ride my bike on my own, I was riding a mile each way to the library several times a week to borrow books. This continued through childhood into my teenage years until finally, when I was 22, I got a job there. At one point, I was working part-time at the public library here in town and as a school librarian as well! I could spend all day at the library (and have from time to time) wandering the stacks, leafing through reference books and doing genealogy research. I don’t know how much money they’ve saved me through the years (even after taking into consideration the overdue fines I’ve paid.) Although I have bought a lot of books, I’ve borrowed thousands and thousands in the 40 or so years I’ve been using libraries.
Social media is a big part of blogging, and while I feel like I can figure out Facebook and Instagram well enough, Twitter has always been a bit of a mystery to me. I’ve never really understood the point of it, but for whatever reason, I got exposure for my blog more easily on Twitter than some of the other platforms, so I resolved that I was going to learn how to use it properly. And then I came across the SITS Girls and their Twitter parties and I am so glad I did! The SITS Girls is a website that has formed a community for bloggers with help and tips and they also help connect influencers and companies that need them. About once a week they run a Twitter party with a sponsor and I’ve joined in on several of these. They’re lots of fun, I get a chance to meet other bloggers and sponsors and on my second Twitter party, I won a prize pack and a $100 VISA gift card! I’m still learning but the SITS Girls has become a really valuable resource for me and I have to say winning prizes makes the learning curve a little easier to bear!
And finally, I was featured on another blog Inspire Passport this week! The post was all about the beauty of dreams and making plans for the future. It’s my first time as a guest blogger, so I’m pretty excited about it! I love the idea of working with other bloggers and plan to do it here in the upcoming months (so stay tuned for that!)
And that’s what I’m grateful for right now. I’d love to hear what you’re expressing gratitude for in your life. Comment here or find me in my new Facebook group The Happy Tribe, where we’re sharing gratitude, positivity and happiness every day!
Much love – Mama Bear