365 Days of Gratitude


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photoSince December 1, 2011 I journeyed through 365 creations and underwent a metamorphosis never imaginable. Artist became writer. Creative director became marketer. Security became vulnerability. Less became more. Passion became desire.

Several personal journals were lovingly caressed over the year where I joyfully laid gratitude between their pages. Today, as my final creation for this blog, before moving into my next grand adventures, I share 365 of my most heartfelt expressions of love and appreciation to this journey, its companions and every emotion experienced along the way.

1) I am grateful for coming to terms with patience.
2) I am grateful for becoming a ballroom dancer.
3) I am grateful for putting my beliefs and desires ahead of my goals.
4) I am grateful for venti, skinny, iced caramel machiatos.
5) I am grateful for discovering presence.
6) I am grateful for soulmates.
7) I am grateful for sacred space
8) I am grateful for a masterful table of mentors, muses and friends.
9) I am grateful for relationships based in mutuality.
10) I am grateful for accepting nothing less than all four levels.
11) I am grateful for embracing confidence.
12) I am grateful for being an educator.
13) I am grateful for being blessed with two unbelievably strong mothers.
14) I am grateful for the memories and love music has brought into my life.
15) I am grateful for persistence.
16) I am grateful for leading a business rooted in creativity.
17) I am grateful for needing less sleep than most.
18) I am grateful for yellow writing pads.
19) I am grateful for my dreams.
20) I am grateful for finding the perfect words.
21) I am grateful for the moments when I slow down.
22) I am grateful for a clear desk.
23) I am grateful for visits to the spa.
24) I am grateful for my health.
25) I am grateful for reading that inspires.
26) I am grateful for thought provoking stories.
27) I am grateful for self awareness.
28) I am grateful for magic moments.
29) I am grateful for opportunity.
30) I am grateful for transformation.
31) I am grateful for curiosity.
32) I am grateful for resourcefulness.
33) I am grateful for my children’s leadership, integrity and compassionate hearts.
34) I am grateful for inspiration.
35) I am grateful for vision.
36) I am grateful for discovering my voice.
37) I am grateful for time.
38) I am grateful for being a woman.
39) I am grateful for being challenged.
40) I am grateful for kisses.
41) I am grateful for passion & fear, joy & loss, isolation & inclusion, curiosity & indifference and every emotion in between.
42) I am grateful for detractors.
43) I am grateful for vulnerability.
44) I am grateful for New York.
45) I am grateful for creativity.
46) I am grateful for allure.
47) I am grateful for awareness.
48) I am grateful for articulation.
49) I am grateful for adventure.
50) I am grateful for embracing the joy of letting go.


I AM GRATEFUL FOR…my dear, dear inner circle of “Marble Jar” friends who have unconditionally supported both my moments of darkest doubt and those of blinding joy.

Allison D
Angi S
Ann M
Beth G
Christina H
Curt C
Gretchen S
James H
Karen B
Kevin B
Michelle M
Miriam G
Nikita P
Peleg T
Shawn J
Stuart S
Stuart M
Terry E


I AM GRATEFUL FOR…145 fellow writers, artists, poets and bloggers who took a moment to connect and share heartfelt comments and a “like” or two…(in no particular order)

Kip – http://kipsthoughts.wordpress.com/
Melissa – http://xmelissalittle.wordpress.com/
Eyoälha – http://jumpforjoyphotoproject.wordpress.com/
Seth – http://www.sethsnap.com/
Ray – http://www.urbanwallart.wordpress.com
Cristian – http://cristianmihai.net/
Tayme – http://taymecanencia.wordpress.com/
Viki – http://pathwriter.wordpress.com
Roda – http://mastermindbyrodalangrana.com/
Leanne – http://eannecolephotography.com/
Jessica – http://waywardspirit.wordpress.com/
Vikki – http://www.the-view-outside.com/
Ankur – http://ankursunsharma.wordpress.com/
Eddie – http://eatates.wordpress.com/
Vikram – http://vikramroyblog.wordpress.com/
Lesley – http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/
Jackie – http://swervingforbutterflies.com/
Ido – http://www.idolanuel.com/
Lauren – http://betweenfearandlove.com/
Vigil – http://vigilkumar.wordpress.com/
Heather – http://plantbaseddietadventures.com/
Rishabh – http://fadingmeta.wordpress.com/
Sharmishtha – http://magicthought.wordpress.com/
Rachna – http://ankahibaateindilse.wordpress.com/
Rebecca – http://Ladyornot.com
Patrick – http://patricklatterphoto.com
Mars – http://hereismars.wordpress.com/
Richard – http://www.youtube.com/user/GuitarLicksAndTabs
Emily – http://www.christ-xmas.com/
Greg – http://gregfrucci.com/
Allison – http://confessionsofaprofessionalmom.com/
Sahil – http://sahilkhanna.wordpress.com/
JJ – http://mywritersnook.wordpress.com/
Dezy – http://mychroniclife.wordpress.com
Eric – http://ericalaganfanclub.wordpress.com/
Angela – http://angelashella.net/
Peleg – http://www.pelegtop.com
Tony – http://findingsubjects.com/
Preetam – http://manipalphotoblog.wordpress.com/
Le Zoe – http://lezoemusings.wordpress.com/
Chester – http://chestermaynes.wordpress.com/
Gretchen – http://www.enrichcreative.com/
Jalal – http://mysuccessisyoursuccess.wordpress.com/
Lago – http://travelagos.wordpress.com/
Clotilda – http://www.clotildajamcracker.com/
Curli – http://curlymiri.wordpress.com/
Renard – http://renardmoreau.wordpress.com/
Yaz – http://yazrooney.wordpress.com/
Dianne – http://www.diannegray.au.com/
Michael – http://jamesdez.wordpress.com/
Filippa – http://filippalevemark.se/
Johanna – http://alloverart2.wordpress.com/
Debs – http://talentshack.wordpress.com/
Cynthia – http://lesplaisirssimplesdelavie.wordpress.com/
Anna – http://discoveriesinaletterbox.wordpress.com/
Haibar – http://r2square.wordpress.com/
Vanessa – http://onethousandsingledays.com/
Andy – http://mindofandy.wordpress.com/
Frank – http://literaryarms.wordpress.com/
Tracie – http://www.tracielouisephotography.com/
Joelle – http://joellewrites.wordpress.com/
Heather – http://tigergroves.wordpress.com/
Matt – http://photolord.com/
Tanushree – http://charity-spring.org/
Maria – http://mariaprecioso.wordpress.com/
Brad – http://bradstanton.com/
Maeve – http://bluepaperlantern.wordpress.com
khamneithang – http://khamneithang.wordpress.com/
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I AM GRATEFUL FOR…72 WordPress followers and email subscribers. I have lead you through 365 days of  creations and hope to continue inspiring you by learning to let go.

I AM GRATEFUL FOR…79 students, freelance designers and employees whom I had the pleasure to lead and mentor and who in return inspired me with their passion, talent and integrity.

and finally…

I AM GRATEFUL FOR…my family for understanding why mom keeps the light and laptop on long after bedtime.