50 Things I’m Grateful For… Summer 2014 Edition

It’s become an annual tradition at the CCC blog to list 50 unique “things” that I’m currently grateful for. It makes me think and reminds me how blessed I am. The first 50 Things I’m Grateful For post published in May 2012, a month after the blog started, and was an immediate hit. The follow-up post, 50 (More) Things I’m Grateful For, debuted in July of last year. Combined, the posts have generated over 80 responses and interactions. I would love for you to join in the fun and add your list to the comments or on your own blog.

Here we go, 2014 edition:

1) Working, reading or relaxing on the hammock in my back yard
2) My reusable cup from Starbucks (and the espresso that goes in it)
3) Cool clients
4) New opportunities
5) How everything tends to work out in the long run
6) A beautiful summer day
7) My parents
8) Technology that allows me to work virtually anywhere
9) Netflix — so I can watch my favorite 80s shows!
10) Boots and flip flops

11) Muscle cars (late 60s/early 70s are the best)
12) Learning how to rig, fix and “make things work”
13) The number 13, which has always been a favorite of mine (along with black cats)
14) Catching a ball game at the park on a summer day (and keeping score)
15) Four Days in October (the best ESPN 30 for 30 ever)
16) The American Red Cross for saving lives and giving people hope
17) My strong platelet count, which allows me to help others
18) Clean drinking water (which so many people around the world need)
19)  Animal prints
20) Trails to run on

21) New Balance for making running shoes that fit my w  i  d  e  feet
22) Nail polish in every color
23) Those moments that become memories
24) A sense of humor
25) Tree houses
26) City water & sewer (greatest advancement in my lifetime!)
27) Sports… to watch, root for, analyze and discuss
28) The opportunity to help others
29) The dog I’m finally going to adopt
30) My business

31) Listening to the waterfall in my back yard
32) Planting flowers and landscaping
33) Creating (projects, art, campaigns, marketing collateral, stories, etc.)
34) Firefighters, EMS personnel and first responders
35) Different perspectives, opinions and points of view
36) Our local homeless shelter (and so much more)
37) Planes — for opening up a whole, new world to us (especially the one that will take me to Italy one day)
38) The ability to think
39) Swings at the local park
40) Vegetarian enfrijoladas

41) A tasty mojito on a patio
42) A good book that teaches, inspires or draws you into another world
43) Felt tip pens and notebooks
44) Dry erase boards and sticky notes
45) My Citizen Eco-Drive watch that keeps me on time (well, as much as it can)
46) Random acts of kindness
47) Fresh fruits and vegetables
48) My blender that whips up some delicious green smoothies
49) Gorgeous sunsets
50) My climbing ability (necessary when you’re ‘fun-sized’)

There’s my 50. What are yours? Chime in below or share your list on your blog. With all of the negativity in the world, let’s talk about what we’re grateful for!

Usually barefoot, always thinking and forever grateful,

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5 thoughts on “50 Things I’m Grateful For… Summer 2014 Edition

  1. Hi Jaime,

    Wow! This is such a fantastic idea! I may have to try it on Ahh The Simple Life.

    Meanwhile, a few comments on your list:

    40) Vegetarian enfrijoladas – I love Tex-Mex, so will be trying these soon!

    9) Netflix — so I can watch my favorite 80s shows! – I love Netflix too. Recently discovered Acorn TV (British TV at its best), and my husband and I love it!

    1) Working, reading or relaxing on the hammock in my back yard – I love hammocks, my childhood family had one, what’s wrong with me that I don’t have one now?!

    21) New Balance for making running shoes that fit my w i d e feet – I also have wide feet, high instep, refer to them as my fat Polish feet – have found a great brand called Biofit by Orthofeet, wearing their cute pink sneakers right now

    Of course you know, I definitely agree with
    46) Random acts of kindness
    47) Fresh fruits and vegetables

    and about going barefoot – reminds me of my Dad, who nearly always went barefoot, also of one of Michele’s posts – Connect To the Earth With Earthing



    1. Hi Carol,

      I hope you do! I look forward to reading your list on your blog!

      The veggie enfrijoladas are amazing! My new favorite meal (just had them last night). I got a vegetarian cookbook for Christmas, and the recipes are amazing.

      Nextflix is awesome. I’ll have to check out Acorn TV! Love British TV.

      I’ve never had a hammock until this week. It’s so nice to lounge in the backyard and listen to my waterfall. Much better than sitting behind a desk!

      It’s always nice to meet a fellow wide footer. 🙂 It’s amazing how loyal you are when you find a brand that fits, because most brands ignore us completely.

      I grew up in an unincorporated village, so going barefoot is natural to me. Of course, the aforementioned wide foot problem made buying shoes an experience too. I’ll have to check out Michele’s Connect To the Earth With Earthing post.

      Thanks for reading!


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