image by Louise Vansleve, accessed at WANA Commons
image by Louise Vansleve, accessed at WANA Commons

The holiday season, filled with turkey, pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, and brightly wrapped presents, is a season of abundance. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I’m reflecting on gratitude. I think part of cultivating gratitude in our lives—every day, not just during a certain time of year—is to find joy and contentment in the little things that fill our days. And I believe gratitude is the key to true, lasting happiness.

Part of gratitude is being able to see the little things in life as luxurious, the ability to revel in a pot of coffee shared with an old friend, the ability to find wonder in a majestic mountain view or to find delight in the pages of a good book.

So here are a few of the little things for which I’m grateful—year round:

  • a bar of handmade lavender soap from the local farmers market
  • a cat curled up on my lap on a cold day
  • a cup of Earl Grey and a good book (just finished reading Jessica Spotswood’s Star Cursed, perfect cold-weather reading)
  • holding hands with my husband
  • lazy Sunday mornings
  • a full moon in a clear sky
  • the feel of sand beneath my toes
  • growing basil in my tiny balcony garden
  • Sunday night chats with my two best friends
  • a cup of coffee to start the day

What about you? What simple luxuries are you most grateful for?

And, before I forget, happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Lastly, my midweek ROW80 check-in…


1.) Make measurable progress on one of my WIPs. Wrote 1,224 words in novelette “Stolen by Magic.”

2.) Read three books on the craft/business of writing. Two of three books read. No progress to report this week.

Social media goals:

1.) Check in on Twitter or Facebook daily. Met for Monday and Tuesday. Taking the rest of the week off from social media to celebrate the holidays with family.

2.) Blog twice a week. One post this week.

3.) Comment on three to five blogs per day, Monday-Thursday. Goal met for Monday and Tuesday.

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