Monday, November 2, 2015

Focusing on Gratitude

by Terri

Can you believe it is already November? Where has this year gone? Every year seems to fly by faster than the last. As we do this time every year here at FOL, we are focusing on GRATITUDE. Did you know that studies have traced a range of impressive benefits to the simple act of writing down the things for which we’re grateful? Benefits including better sleep, fewer symptoms of illness, and more happiness among adults and kids alike? And taking photos of those things we are grateful for just increases those benefits!

This time of year, I am particularly grateful for where I live. It’s a place that is now coming alive again after the long, hot summer and a place where fall brings butterflies, flowers and magnificent sunsets.

Another thing I am so grateful for every day are the other women who contribute to this blog with me. Their beautiful photography, insightful writings and, most of all, their friendship have been such gifts over the past almost four years since this blog began. And every day when I hop on my computer to "visit" with them, I am grateful.

This coming week is our annual retreat and this year the ones who can be here are coming to Phoenix. I can't wait to share my world with all of them!  And who knows, some of the photos they might post later this month will be from our time together.  I know we will all be grateful for it.

So I hope you will come along on this gratitude journey with us this month. Think about what you are grateful for and take a photo to represent that gratitude. Then post them in our Flickr pool or post them to IG with the tags #gratitude and #focusingonlife.  We can’t wait to see what you are grateful for but most of all, even if you don’t post, we hope you are focusing on gratitude this month. Regardless of who we are or where we live, we have so much to be grateful for. 


Dotti said...

I love Gratitude Month at FOL. In addition to helping me to make gratitude a more mindful practice, I enjoy seeing and hearing other people's gratitudes. They all seem to multiply when we share them. And this year, what better way to begin Gratitude Month than with some of the other FOL gals out in Phoenix. Look out Arizona - here we come!

kelly said...

yes, yes, yes terri. so looking forward to seeing everyone this week. a wonderful way to start the month!

Anonymous said...

It feels so great to see all the beautiful smiling faces of the FOL ladies I have come to know and love over the past few years. The portraits are so lovely. And all your work is so consistently wonderful and heart warming. I am grateful for all of you! Have a ball together.

Carol said...

sherry , that is so lovely! thank you! I have arrived a bit early to visit with my sister, for whom I am very grateful! We have had a wonderful few days, and I am looking forward to seeing my FOL sisters! so much to be grateful for!

Kelly Kardos said...

This site is always full of goodness. Beautiful post and photos Terri

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