Holy Crap! Reaching 700 … Definitely Thankful

28 Nov

This week everybody was giving thanks or showing some kind of gratitude for health, family, friends, turkey, Rolaids, football, Charlie Brown, scarfs, coffee, chocolate, or fifty-percent off your favorite sweater.

Everyone was finding something to be grateful for … was on a mission this week, and seeing how I start my Hour of Power workout sessions in the morning with a what-can-I-possibly-be-grateful-for-today session, I found it a little easier this year to focus on what I was thankful for this Thanksgiving season.

I was thankful that this was my first-year I didn’t find myself in a Rocky-style freezer/refrigerator having to inventory hundreds of free-range turkeys. Thankful I didn’t have to wear a back brace and buy Gold Bond Extra Strength hand cream normally used for Nordic Fisherman for my dry chapped hands.

But even though I was grateful for a warm freezer-free pre-Thanksgiving existence I was missing my Dad, missing our talks over his hot cup of coffee, missing the white aprons, missing the jokes, missing that he could count on me, and just missing him in general. But with all this missing I was still thankful that in the end I knew him well. In the end, he tried to be a better Dad and a better guy and I could call him my friend, my TV watching buddy, the laugher of my jokes, and the support system of my dreams.


My Dad back back in the days of the turkey rush.

My Dad back back in the days of the turkey rush.


I was thankful that I knew him. I was thankful that I could call myself Julio’s daughter.

This Thanksgiving I realized that even though he was gone, the support system of my dreams was still out there. My son believed in me and I imagine my daughter would too if she was old enough to understand what a writer did. A couple of my friends, my comadres, looked out for me and sent words of encouragement every now and then.

But aside from them cheering me on, I realized that every week I had people in my life that appreciated my sense of humor, got my stories, shared my struggle, watched some of the same shows I did, and supported my crazy writer’s dream. I realized that they were so supportive that I kept coming back again and again. So much so that I reached a milestone.





Yup 700 posts and I couldn’t have done it without them.

My Word Press Community.

I didn’t really know what to expect when I started this journey almost three years ago. I had hoped for certain things, but wasn’t sure if they would happen, stuff like a Julie & Julia journey with the same fairytale ending. And even though that didn’t happen I was happy about what did.

I found dozens of people in support of what I was trying to do, and I was extremely grateful for that, people that popped in and out of my life from different places around the world just to read what I had written. I had made a connection and met these people and I was a better writer and person for it.

So I wanted to thank all my followers out there jumping on this Guat train, but especially the ones that stalk me on a regular basis. We mutually stalk each other and formed our own community. So thanks to TBM over at the 50 Year Project and Making Your Mark, V over at Lame Adventures, my comedic relief Cayman Thorne over at Drinks Well With Others, Susie at Susie Lindau’s Wild Ride, Jackie over at Jackie Cangro, my music buddy over at Apple Pie and Napalm, Maria over at Brickhouse Chick, Baz over at The Landy, my buddy over at FitRecovery, my funny man over at OnePointPerspective, my inspirational friend over at CravesAdventure, my kind soul over at AnotherDayInParadise, my buddy over at This Man’s Journey, Andrea at The Hand Written Life, Krystal over at Unabashedly Poetic, and Kathryn over at Reinventing the Event Horizon.

You guys have all stopped by to read the bits and pieces of my life and said something encouraging, said something that connected, said something that kept me going … that helped me reach 700. I think my Dad would have thought that was pretty cool.





So in honor of my 700th post today, in honor of that milestone I thank you.

Chocolate for you all!


8 Responses to “Holy Crap! Reaching 700 … Definitely Thankful”

  1. anotherday2paradise November 29, 2014 at 8:37 AM #

    Congrats on the 700! Love the photo of your dad and that amazing car. Thanksgiving is a great day for taking stock of all the good things in our lives. 🙂 xx

    • The Guat December 11, 2014 at 1:03 AM #

      Thanks sooooooooo much. It was a trip to see that number I couldn’t believe it when I saw 699 I thought whoa! it’s on. I love that pic of my Dad too one of my favorites 🙂

  2. Apple Pie & Napalm November 29, 2014 at 11:28 AM #

    I have been home from the hospital after being in almost 4 days. It made me smile to get here and see such a kind shoutout in your post. I very much appreciate it and can’t wait to read the next 700 posts. Congrats on a huge milestone!

    • The Guat December 11, 2014 at 1:26 AM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuude you are so welcome. I am so glad to have met you and be able to connect through music and stories. It’s been a great ride. 700 tripped me out, and was so proud that I hit that milestone. Hope that you’re feeling better though…had no idea you were in the hospital. Sending you good vibes my friend.

  3. teachezwell November 29, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    That’s an amazing stat! Congrats to you, and thanks for the inspiration.

    • The Guat December 11, 2014 at 1:05 AM #

      Thanks so much! Glad you stopped by and so glad that I’m able to give you a little inspiration when ever you come by, it’s always good to know that my words have an effect.

  4. lameadventures December 1, 2014 at 7:44 PM #

    How sweet and kind of you, Guat. Julio raised you well. Congratulations on your achievement. Onto the next 700, right? Maybe you need to inhale a piece of chocolate and quaff a goblet of something red and alcoholic before answering that.

    • The Guat December 11, 2014 at 1:09 AM #

      Thanks. It’s always good to hear people say nice things of my Dad. And thanks for coming along on this ride to 700 I was tripping out when I saw that stat. And I totally inhaled a piece of chocolate … dark chocolate and plenty tasty beverages. It was a good night, especially when I realized all the buddies I made along the way.

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