This has been a long year… but I made it to the end. When I started out on my challenge to write a post every day for a whole year about what I was happy and grateful for, I never thought I would make it. Some days were hard to find a happiness, some days I didn’t feel there was anything to be grateful for but I dug deep and always found something.
By far my daughter brought me the most happiness and gratitude during the year. But if I had to guess second place I would guess things that come close to healing me (doctor, meds, etc). Some days I resorted to the basic needs – food, roof over my head and warmth or cool surroundings for the season. But I found something every day.
This final night of the year I was happy to have survived another year. Happy to be surrounded by those I care about. And happy to have enough to get by. My boyfriend, my daughter and I all got together to play cards and toast in the new year (raspberry schnapps and cranberry juice – YUM!). I may not have won the games – my daughter won both that we played – but we shared a few laughs and had a good time.
Time to get sappy… my gratitude for the night. I am grateful for all of you readers who have stuck with me. I plan to stick around for a while longer, but will not be doing the Happy and Grateful posts anymore. I hope it is something that is beneficial for me and entertaining for you. I want to thank you all for reading. I am still amazed I have more than the 10 people I thought might follow me. Now at over 350 I am stunned. I am absolutely speechless at the 16,000 views and wondering where the 7,800 visitors came from.
Most of all at the end of this year I am in awe that I am now only 5 posts away from 1000 posts. I know the Happy and Grateful along with the daily prompt poems this year account for the majority of that. But I think I still have a little creativity left in me to share. And for that I hope you will stick around and bear with me on this new journey.
As always I hope you remember to find your happiness and feel your gratitude. May 2018 be wonderful for all of you… HAPPY New Year!