Weekly Gratitude #55 – 3 words


Strengthen. Nurture. Appreciate.

I still have not written my resolutions.

But I have these three words.

As 2012 drew to a close, I saw that one of my favorite blogs was in search of contributors to add to its team. And so I took a deep breath and sent Elena Sonnino my best. And then I jumped for joy when she responded and officially added me to the team of amazing writers at Just.Be.Enough.

It wasn’t until I sat down to fill out her form that I realized how closely Just.Be.Enough and Raising Humans are related. The growing and the accepting and the realizations we don’t need to be perfect, we need to be ourselves… Just.Be.Enough is so how I want to approach my life and completely the spirit I want to instill in my children. I am so honored to be joining these amazing women and doing my part to inspire, empower, and celebrate.

This year, Elena has asked each contributor to chose three words. These words will shape our perspectives and journeys for 2013.

Choosing a word is new to me. Though I love my resolutions, I hadn’t considered choosing just one word until the idea took the internets by storm last year. I didn’t chose a word last year, but by about June I admitted that the word change chose me. This year, three words came to me naturally and easily. And I know they simply and beautifully sum up the resolutions I will eventually write.

Because they apply to all aspects of my life.

Strengthen. Nurture. Appreciate. Myself. My relationships. My children. My passions. My life. My blessings.

I could go on and on. And I will. Take some time to check in on me and my fellow contributors at Just.Be.Enough this year and see how three words can shape a year.


This week, I am thankful for…

… my husband who quietly and calmly supports me. together, we always find the right answer.

… my girl who, when I slow down to pay attention, still fills my world with magic.

… my boy. I am choosing to believe he didn’t nap much at all this week because he knows these days of just me and him are approaching their end.

… meal planning. I love January when we’re all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and eager to plan our meals.

… routine. vacation is fun. routine is essential.

… quiet. having everyone home is fun. having quiet space for my heart and mind to play is essential.

… hours of cuddling and rocking.


This year, I have decided to do a photo-365 project. Because, well, it strengthens my photography skills, nurtures a long-time passion of mine, and helps me appreciate the small moments that I so often pass right by. (see – I knew those three words were the right ones for 2013). Since one of the main reasons for the project is to help me appreciate, it seems only fitting to share them here. I may not share every photo every week but at least a handful of each week’s photos will enjoy a moment in the sun on Friday. Here’s a sample of this week.


Happy weekend, all. What are you grateful for this week?


  1. I’m grateful for a little guy who loves sharpened pencils to do his homework and doesn’t care what anyone thinks when he wears his favorite t-shirt backwards because the picture on the back is better.

    And coffee, of course.

    Congratulations on your new adventure!!!!
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  2. AH! so exciting Tricia! congratulations! what a perfect new role for you. Looking forward to hearing (and reading) all about this adventure. I actually chose a word for myself this year…community. I’m teaching a local writing workshop for mothers in February and I’m thrilled to get more involved in that scene. I want to grow my real life community, my online community. Once my new blog is ready–I hope you’ll check me out 🙂 sundayspill.com SO happy for you friend. p.s. It’s totally okay you haven’t written those resolutions yet. Just be. 🙂
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  3. Congratulations! Just Be Enough is one of my favorite sites and you’ll be a perfect fit! Say hi to Missy for me! I always enjoy your posts and look forward to reading you here and there. Happy New Year!
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  4. I love your words and that you will be contributing to Just.Be.Enough. Some of my favorite writers are over there and happy to see you there too!!
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  5. Congratulations on your new writing gig and your resolutions. I think one word is a great way to go about it. Why do we make things so complicated when it is often the most simplest things that make the biggest difference?
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  6. So very excited to have you joining JBE!!! I am the one who is thankful!
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  7. I love, love, love this. I’m also doing a Photo 365, and can’t wait to see your pictures!

    It’s such a pleasure being on the team with you.
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    • I’m thrilled to be on the team with you too! Isn’t the photo-365 project so fun?! I’m already looking at my life and my world in a whole new way and I can’t wait to look back on a year of photos. Can’t wait to see yours, too!

  8. I am so very excited to join you on JBE! I love your thankful list. It reminds me of all the things I have to be thankful for!

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