To me, gratitude is linked to noticing life. Slowing things down, finding joy in simple moments. One of my favorite things about January is sitting down to do thank you notes. It's like opening the Christmas gifts all over again. Hand-painting my thank yous gives me time to reflect on the amazing people in my life, how grateful I am for them, how much I appreciate the gifts they chose. Like the Beauty At Home book I received from my gorgeous friend Dana, recognized with a little watercolor of Aerin Lauder's dressing room. Or Paris, An Inspiring Tour, from my Francophile friend, Liane, which inspired a painting of pink Parisian doors to say "merci".
Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips recently wrote a terrific post on why handwritten thank you notes matter and tips for making the task a fun, learning opportunity for kids. I have to say I am forever grateful to my mother for insisting on the importance of a personalized note, even when I complained and dragged my feet. As with pretty much all things, she was right. Thanks mom.
Speaking of gratitude, thanks so much for all your kind comments about the new look over here. Glad you like it!
So, what are you grateful for today?
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