My gratitude list


Today I celebrate another lap around the sun.  I’m in “mid-life” so I’m going to take a leap here and say, the 50s are the new 30s. I like to journal all the things I am grateful for, so today I share. This list is in no particular order, but I’m deeply grateful for each entry.

  1. my parents, Annette and Hank
  2. my brother
  3. my MarkSchnitzer!!
  4. my Grandma & Nana
  5. my Framily
  6. making donuts
  7. my education (Greenhill, W.T.White, Texas A&M, Landmark Education)
  8. my BFFSTG
  9. my Emily
  10. my Tara
  11. my Julies
  12. my health
  13. coffee
  14. knowing Michele, Kathie, Lori & Grandon
  15. nail polish
  16. living in five US states and two foreign countries
  17. floating on the Dead Sea
  18. sushi
  19. beekeeping class
  20. sunshine
  21. beaches
  22. scuba diving
  23. my sense of adventure and travel
  24. National American Teen pageant (Finalist)
  25. National Aerobics Championship (Bronze winner, Regional)
  26. dancing at half-time on the field of a professional indoor soccer game
  27. power hang gliding
  28. kitesurfing
  29. ocean surfing
  30. stand up paddle boarding
  31. repelling (though I did NOT like it)
  32. seeing an opera in Oman
  33. hiking in the Arabian desert
  34. hiking in Jordan
  35. hiking in Alaska
  36. white water rapids in Alaska
  37. cruises
  38. Gluten Free food
  39. traveling in a private plane
  40. going on the Good Year blimp, twice
  41. driving in an armored car with a police escort
  42. swam with a dolphin named Spot
  43. meeting Ambassador and Deputy Ambassador of USA
  44. meeting Ambassador of Japan
  45. meeting Ambassador of Italy
  46. meeting Ambassador of Egypt
  47. social media, staying connected and reconnected with friends
  48. writing my blog consistently since 2011 (
  49. writing for an international website (
  50. mostly being a “yes” to new things
  51. my language skills
  52. knowing Zuzu
  53. being invited
  54. Irises
  55. my mobile phone
  56. celebrating another amazing, FUN, eye-opening year on Earth

These are the things I’m most grateful for…on this, my birthday #56.


What are you grateful for?




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