Blessed Project

12 Dec

Throughout all the dramatic moments that require a Costco-sized portion of chocolate and comedy, I find that gratitude helps change perspective. I can be angry, sad, frustrated, and gutted but if  I can find a moment of gratitude that changes my compass, and after a while I’m able to find the funny in not so funny situations.

I like to live by the Silver Linings Playbook when I can and finding blessings, big or small helps me stay on that page.

A good blogging buddy, Susie Lindau, kicked off The Blessed Project this month, which I thought was such a great way of sending positive vibes out to the universe. Can’t feel too much negativity when you’re thinking of things to be grateful for …

So I’ve found the beginnings of my list. I imagine that by December 31st, I will have added more and will definitely revisit as the year comes to an end and a new one begins.

So what’s on the list …




They make me try harder than anyone and anything. I’m lucky to love somebody this much and to have this love  make me a better person. Every morning I get up with purpose, exhausted, but with purpose. They make my half-empty glass look half-full and I’m continually trying to appreciate the present, so that the years don’t feel so short.

I’m blessed with …



Laughter …

I’m blessed to have a sense of humor to get me through the hard times. I feel really blessed that I find strength when others might have broken down by now. My ability to look for the funny helped me persevere through multiple bouts of failure in everyday life, in motherhood, parking wars, writer rejections, customer service reps, supermarket sweeps, and crazy lawsuits by some crazy chick. I’m blessed that I can write about my journey and know that laughter will be a large chapter.

I’m blessed to live in …

California … where the beach is my escape during weekends in the summer, spring, and fall, where the waves can help calm inner turmoil, where we can play soccer, baseball, and volleyball in the sand with my kids, where a boogie and the waves can wash away a bad mood and where nature is so close I can feel her whisper good things to me as the sun warms my face.

I’m blessed  …


that my father’s spirit is with me even though he’s passed away. I’m blessed that I remember the lessons he tried to teach me and that in the end I could call myself his friend. I wasn’t only family I was his friend.

I’m blessed that …



I find moments of inspiration and strength from unlikely places and they stick with me, they change my course and I’m better for it. I’m blessed to have learned lessons.

I’m blessed …

with a handful of friends, college buddies, work-out pals, life long friends that support me and accept me as I am, that don’t curb my enthusiasm and let my Marty McFly freak flag sail high.

I’m blessed …


with a love for sports, adventure, and bucket list shenanigans and for the opportunities that make these things happen. I’m blessed with opportunities that help give me peace, awesomeness, rejuvenation, feel-good feelings, confidence, mojo, juice, and that awesome Gatorade-Commercial- worthy-Ninja-Warrior feeling that gives me that Super Soul Sunday moment.

I’m blessed with opportunity … even though I might not see it sometimes, they’re there. Just got to take a closer look.  Everyday there’s a new chance, a new opportunity, for something amazing to happen, a moment of awesomeness that’s all I need.



16 Responses to “Blessed Project”

  1. susielindau December 13, 2016 at 8:22 PM #

    GUAT!!! This Blessed Project is the BOMB!! I LOVE it! The pictures say it all. Love the plot twist quote! Happens to me all the time. HA! I’ve had quite a week and this was just what I needed to center me again. I love reading all of these projects. Each one is so different!
    Thanks for sharing it with me and the world.

    • The Guat December 17, 2016 at 1:35 AM #

      SUSIE!!! So glad to have participated on this project. It was a good one definitely kept positive vibes going … even after I posted it. Got some bummer news and so I went back and read my Blessed Project over and then thought of an addition and that helped heal the wound a bit. So glad you enjoyed checking it out. Plot twist. Ha! I had me one of those today with my play … definite plot twist. Great project Susie, thanks for inspiring me to do this.

      • susielindau December 21, 2016 at 7:55 PM #

        Thanks so much for participating! I can’t believe you posted this five days ago. It must be Christmas! I’ve hardly been online. Ha!
        I’m so glad the #blessed project worked its magic, but am sorry to hear you got bad news. Life is so up and down. Here’s to an uplifting Christmas season!

  2. angelanoelauthor December 15, 2016 at 6:03 AM #

    Hi! Susie sent me, and I truly enjoyed reading your list. The pictures of those little moments of inspiration remind me of the frequency with which the universe is sending messages to me. “Pay attention,” it says, “you only get this one go round.” I’m also a California native transplanted in Minneapolis. Your beach frolics made me yearn for 70 degrees in December. Happy Holidays!

    • The Guat December 18, 2016 at 1:59 AM #

      Hey! So glad you made it out here. Susie always has the best ideas for people to connect, hang out, and read each other’s stuff. I’m glad you were able to get something out of my story … the universe sends you messages in all sorts of ways. So glad the beach pics brought you some California dreaming 🙂

  3. Jackie Cangro December 16, 2016 at 7:32 PM #

    Awesome, Guat! What a great reminder to be grateful for all the bounty we have in our lives. But you forgot one thing…

    Chocolate! 🙂

    • The Guat December 17, 2016 at 1:32 AM #

      OH MY GOD!!! You’re right! I completely forgot about that! How could I have forgotten about chocolate! It’s been a lifesaver, game changer, hope giver. Duuuuuuuude Chocolaaaaaaaaate. I’m grateful for that every day. THANKS so much for stopping by! I need to catch up on my reading, I’m way behind plus I wanted to talk to you about your editing gigs. I’ll stop by and we’ll chat 🙂

  4. Maggie C December 19, 2016 at 6:26 PM #

    Great list! I’m west coast, too, but north by a couple of states. I love the beach, too, but I don’t hear nature’s whispers. It’s more like a bellow reverberating through the howling winds and crashing waves as the cold air peels my face. I’m sure there’s a blessing there, too. Once I get indoors and thaw out, I’ll look for it.

    • The Guat December 23, 2016 at 12:48 AM #

      Ha! Yeah up north Nature’s voice may be a little heavy handed … might have to wait on summer for the soft whispers. So glad you made it out here. Thanks for stopping by and checking it out. Hope you have a good Christmas.

      • Maggie C December 23, 2016 at 7:18 AM #

        Thank you, and I wish you happy holidays, as well.

  5. Life With The Top Down December 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM #

    Susie sent me over. You had me at “Costco-sized portion of chocolate and comedy.” Love your blessings!

    • The Guat December 23, 2016 at 12:50 AM #

      Duuuuuuude when there’s chocolate involved you can’t go wrong, right? Glad you were able to stop by and even gladder that I was able to check out your list. It was so honest and genuine and those pictures were great. Hope you have a good holiday and look forward to checking out your stuff next year.

  6. Ally Bean December 21, 2016 at 4:12 AM #

    I’m here via Susie…

    This is wonderful. I love the photos and the quotes and your way with words. So many blessings, I’m almost jealous! Saying “thank you” is the best, isn’t it?

    • The Guat December 23, 2016 at 12:52 AM #

      Duuuuuuude this project totally brought me out of a funk. It was much needed and looking over pictures that we took throughout the year helps create a resurgence of good vibes. Thanks so much for stopping by to check it out. Hope you have a good year with more blessings to come.


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