New Project: Thirty Days of Gratitude

I've been casting about for my next project over the last few weeks, not quite sure where to take this blog next. What do I want to write about? What do you want to read? Rather than hopping from topic to topic, I've wished I had something larger to share with you.

I think I've finally found it. Beginning on Thanksgiving and running over the course of thirty days, I am going to hand write a thank you card daily to someone who has influenced my life over the past year.

I have so much to be grateful for this year; I'm traveling down the road of my life's goals. Far more importantly, I have so many people to be grateful for, all of the lovely people who are helping me along the way, both new and long-time friends. I don't say thank you often enough.

Here are the parameters for my project, although I suspect I'll make some alterations along the way:

  • Why: My life is going well and I need to recognize the people who have helped me get here. Daily writing practice is an ancillary benefit.
  • Daily commitment: Hand write at least one thank you card per day; photograph the card
  • Duration: November 24 (Thanksgiving) to December 23

I don't feel it is appropriate to post the contents of the letters here on the blog (that's between the recipient and me), but I will post a photo of the the card's outside. I'm looking forward to writing about the inspirations for this project and the role gratitude has played in my life.

I'd love for you to join me, if not for thirty days, then at least for a day or two. Identify someone who has made a difference in your life this year and find a way to say thank you.

Photo by Sadie Hernandez