On January 1st, 2014, I was reflecting on the upcoming year, life, and what makes me tick.   I had this compelling feeling that I wanted to be purposeful about my gratitude.  I wanted something that was “for me”.  Me – Renée Bodkin –  mom, wife, teacher, family member, friend, teacher, Scout leader, catechist, and a laundry list of other “hats” worn.  This is for me, Renée.

I wanted to challenge myself to document each day of 2014 and find at least one thing in which I am grateful for and write about it.  I have always enjoyed writing so I thought that blogging would be a great outlet for this journey.  I am fortunate to have Philip who is a fantastic web design guy and he has helped me learn and build my blog.  He has made some of the technical things happen but he’s also educating me along the way so in addition to my increased gratitude, my knowledge is increasing.

365 Grateful is a journey of sorts.  Life is a roller coaster.  A series of ups and downs and challenges and successes.  Why not share the journey?  In light of all the daily challenges – God only knows – and Philip because we’re living them together.  Being purposefully grateful helps me stay focused on the big picture.  Because truly sometimes I would just like to throw a temper tantrum and scream “why me”.  

Each day I wake up and thank God for all that I have.  Then I get out of bed and the reality of the challenges weighs heavily on me.  So instead of focusing on those, I have chosen to focus on all that I am grateful for.  This week I should have written about “jammie pants” because they represent so much in this dreary weather (lots of snow and sub-zero windchill temperatures)  – being home with family,  being warm, and being comfortable.

Lastly, I am so thankful and grateful to have YOU along for the journey.  Thank you for reading and sharing and commenting.  It’s a work in progress and I’m so fortunate to have you keep coming back to share this journey.

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