Tuesday, October 28, 2014

100 Things I am Grateful For

A few days ago I received an interesting tweet from Terje (@terjeakke): a little challenge for you! I quickly read Terje's list. I was in! I even tweeted Terje that her challenge was accepted. Then I started doubting myself....

Then a few days later, my list is born:
  1. daughter
  2. home
  3. job that I love
  4. growing up in a secure and stable home
  5. viber app to text internationally
  6. skype to see my daughter's face when talking to her
  7. church family
  8. my mother-in-law and father-in-law
  9. raspberries
  10. sisters-in-law
  11. blueberries
  12. library booksales
  13. Kathy who makes my Thursday Corner Bookshop hours so much fun
  14. Saturday morning coffee time with friends
  15. brothers-in-law
  16. Pumpkin Spice coffee from Trader Joe's
  17. cousins who cross the ocean to come for a visit
  18. Facebook to keep in touch with friends across the oceans
  19. blogging community
  20. Thursday's spiritual journey group
  21. fellow ESL teachers
  22. nieces and nephews
  23. Youtube music
  24. Pentatonix Little Drummer Boy
  25. central heat
  26. Kindle
  27. great nieces and nephews
  28. precooked dumplings
  29. health
  30. my exercise pal Val
  31. colleagues who are willing to share
  32. trust
  33. on demand (that I just discovered!)
  34. sunrise
  35. short commute to work
  36. letter from Susan this week
  37. "Break Every Chain" by Tasha Cobbs
  38. poetry jams
  39. Finnish chocolate
  40. Mustikkapiirakka
  41. blue and white
  42. twitter PD
  43. Christmas candlelight service at the Vineyeard
  44. wake-up call/text from my daughter: "Love you Mom!"
  45. comments on my blog
  46. Little Women--book or movie
  47. one word
  48. health insurance
  49. warm socks
  50. fitbit
  51. kalakukko
  52. great cup of coffee 
  53. relaxing mornings at home
  54. snuggling with a good book
  55. students' progress
  56. slice of cake from a coworker in the middle of the afternoon
  57. journaling
  58. morning pages
  59. korvapuusti (Finnish cinnamon rolls)
  60. spine poetry
  61. blogging students
  62. "Ms. I missed you!" from my students
  63. technology
  64. iPad--finally
  65. answered prayers
  66. languages
  67. perfect earrings
  68. comfy shoes
  69. visiting manual dishwasher 
  70. green 
  71. vanilla lotion
  72. comedy that works
  73. remote control
  74. smiling babies
  75. air conditioning
  76. fish soup
  77. Thanksgiving Day
  78. swimming in a lake
  79. sauna by the lake
  80. birch trees
  81. fall maple trees
  82. double sided tape
  83. curtains
  84. Keurig 
  85. single moms dinners
  86. memories
  87. photographs
  88. student teachers
  89. translate app
  90. God's faithfulness
  91. movies that touch me
  92. knitting
  93. long weekends
  94. road trips
  95. cellphone
  96. mechanical pencils (0.3 of course)
  97. color printer
  98. soft blanket
  99. helping hands
  100. meeting blogging friends in real life

If you are reading my list, consider the challenge passed on to you! Don't forget to let me know if you write a list as I would love to read yours!

And, Dorothy, this is the official challenge for you as well! Love, √§iti


  1. I LOVE this!!! I took the challenge from Terje too! So did some of my students!! I love your list and it was so much fun making mine!

  2. I love your list. The Finnish bits make it extra fun to read.

  3. Love your list. There is so much we all have to be grateful for but unfortunately we don't dwell on those. Too often we complain more about what we perceive to be wrong with our lives. It is much better to be positive. I might have to try this in a future post.

  4. So much to be grateful for and celebrate, Jaana!

  5. Nice to read all the list, Jaana.

  6. My list is still simmering in my mind. I guess it's time to put it in writing. Great list! We have so much in our country.

  7. Ooooh! This is a perfect mindset activity. I'm going to start mine tonight in my journal. Thanks for sharing the idea!

  8. Challenge Accepted!

  9. You created a list poem, Jaana. My friend did this on Facebook and every day for 100 days she posted a photo from her day that brought her happiness and gratitude. She changed it to everyday happiness when she was finished because it brought her such joy. You reminded me tonight that there are many paths to the same outcome.

  10. I finally got my list up today! We have a couple of similar things - I had to laugh at comfy shoes and the color green. It is amazing what you can learn from someone simply from a list of 100 things.


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