Thankfulness Thursdays :: Week 1

Today kicks off week one of Thankfulness Thursdays where we meet up each week to share what we are thankful for from now until Thanksgiving.  You can write a simple list or focus on writting about one thing you are thankful for.  No rigid rules! 

Also feel free to use the above image in your blog post if you wish!

You can find out more information about the link up here.


It is funny that as soon as I put it out there that I would do this themed post link up, I was overwhelmed by fear of commitment.  It is something I had considered for weeks and after about two specific situations, I decided that was my cue to do something about it. 

And yet once I put it out there I questioned everything. 

What if no one links up?  What if it is 9:00 pm Wednesday night and I haven't written up my post yet {because we go to bed at 9:00 like a bunch of old folks and I usually try to shut down blog life much earlier than that to hang with my husband}? 

What if I have nothing to say?

And that is about when I had to slap my face silly and say, "really, you are afraid you have nothing to be thankful for?" 

And then I realized that I am so consumed by so much self doubt, insecurities, and question everything...that my mind is too consumed with negative thoughts to focus on retraining them into positive thoughts.

So today's thought of thankfulness is on accountability. 

Not that any of you are going to hunt me down and get in my face but that by putting myself out there, I know that having the accountability of this weekly link up is what is going to change me.

Because accountability has proven itself in the past.

It is when I commit to finishing a book, that by honoring the follow through, I am extremely blessed.  It is when my husband who gets to see the ins and outs of my personality...every pretty and ugly day I have...that when he challenges me to look at the negativity of my heart...that I am able to pull myself out of a slump.  It is in making a to do list so that I have some form of guideline at being responsible for my time at home.

Being thankful...and being joyful...takes work sometimes.  And it is so much easier to take the easy way out.  But I know that accountability is going to pull through for me in the end.

I have no idea how this weekly post on thankfulness will change me...but I know it will.  Because it is hard...and it is scary.  And that is what tells me that I am doing exactly the right thing.  

While looking for photos to add to this post, I stumbled upon an old post on "Thankful Post Its."  I found the images incredibly fitting and a friendly reminder of all that I am blessed with.

Is there a risk you know you need to take but are too hesitant to follow through? 



  1. This is such a great idea! There are so many things to be thankful for and taking a step back to think about it is such a great thing to do.

    I came up with the idea for a post yesterday afternoon and it was a great way to see how thankful I am for the moments I've had in life so far.

  2. love the post it notes, that is such a sweet idea.

    this week, i'm thankful for the progress that we've done in our basement recently (finally painted half of it, installed sconces in the stairway) for the handful of new followers this week (so random) and having such a great coworker who was filling in for a year (and now she's finished).

  3. this week I am thankful for a healthy dog after a life-threatening illness. Those who are dog people will understand.

  4. Ashley-you are a rock star! I absolutely love this idea and I love how you keep taking risks and sharing them with all of us, your faithful readers. Your posts shine with realness! I will definitely be back to post on this.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss blog)

  5. I love this idea! I will definitely be participating at some point!

    I can understand the accountability thing. That's how I get myself motivated to run. The more people that know I have a goal, the more people that will ask me how I'm doing with it. :o)

  6. I fully intend to link-up! Today's the first day I've had internet on my computers, so I'll shoot for next Thursday. :)

  7. I love this!!! I hope next week I can link up!

  8. I love this. It's easy to be thankful for the things that come, well, easily, or that don't require any work or growth. Kudos for being thankful for something that challenges us and requires us to do the not easy things.


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