Gratitude Challenge Week 37-40

gratitude challengeI’ve fallen far behind in my weekly gratitude challenge posts so it’s catch up time!

Week 37 – something I created… I haven’t had much time for craftiness lately (although I did make something fun right before Amanda’s wedding and I’ll share that another day) but I am grateful to have a few skills when it comes to graphic design. It makes my life as a writer so, so much easier because I can create my own book covers, design brochures, flyers, bookmarks, etc.

Here’s a look at my new brochure. I really, really like it.

brochure front 10-15

Week 38 – Music I love… I love a lot of music and I’m grateful for the ability to listen to it in so many ways and places. It helps me keep focused when I write, provides entertainment while I’m in the kitchen, and makes my fingers tap on the steering wheel when I drive.

I listen to country music the most. My all-time most favorite country singer is John Michael Montgomery.

Why? I’m so glad you asked, because now I can share a sappy moment or two:

Reason #1  His song I Love the Way You Love Me debuted when Captain Cavedweller and I were dating and it quickly gained sentimental value for me.

Reason  #2 Our wedding song was I Swear. I made CC beg the local radio station to give us a copy of the song because it hadn’t yet released as a single, but they kindly let us have a copy when he explained it was for our wedding.

And for those who think I’m locked into music of a few decades ago, you’ll be glad to know I also have some favorite songs from current stars like Brett Eldredge, Justin Moore, and Chris Young.

I also like jazz, big band music, and even classical music.

The majority of the time, though, you’ll find me listening to country music.


Week 39 – My Heritage… I’m assuming this refers to ancestry bloodlines. I’ve got an interesting mix that has rendered me as an official “mutt,” so to speak. If I were a dog, I’m pretty sure I’d have two different colored eyes, floppy ears and a variety of colors in my coat. My family tree includes ancestors who were English, Irish, Scottish, German, and Native American. I’m grateful for this mix because it gives me an interest in many different nationalities and makes me feel unique.

Week 40 – My Greatest Accomplishment… I kind of hope it hasn’t happened yet – like there is some big grand endeavor I haven’t yet discovered. But for now, one of my grandest accomplishments was being able to quit my day job so I could write full time. That was made entirely possible because I have the best husband ever. I’m grateful every single day for this opportunity to pursue something I love doing so much. And I’m grateful every single day for my beloved Captain Cavedweller who encourages and supports me so completely.


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