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Love It: The Gratitude Challenge

August 10, 2009

I’ve been asked to participate in The Gratitude Challenge—a project that sounds kind of like a negativity diet designed to help you shed your post-modern cynicism in favor of living on the brighter side of life.

In a way, this idea isn’t new to me. When I was a surly 13 year old, my mom used to give me 25 cents for every topic I listed in my gratitude journal, with a cap of $5 a week. She was paying me to stop being such a brat.

When I look back on what I wrote, I started out really snarky ( “hot cheetos,” “Paul Walker” and “my purple Airwalks” are a few common entries), but over time I started to list the people and experiences that really meant something to me. Friends, my parents, our turtle, the beautiful San Diego sunshine and even the chance to get away and read a good book landed on the list. I remember thinking maybe it wasn’t THAT lame, and a great way to make money to buy more purple sneakers.


As part of The Gratitude Challenge, I’ll be writing a series of blogs that respond to prompts designed to get me to start thinking more positively. What does this mean for a LiHi girl whose sole mission is to put things in either the Love It or the Hate It category?

I expect you will see a lot more “Love It” posts for the duration of the 21-day Challenge, but there are some things (like the word “Aspirational”) that I simply can’t imagine not ranting about.

Maybe I’m still a bit of a brat, but hopefully this Challenge will prove several things—that my mother is full of boundless wisdom, that I’ve developed better taste in men and snack foods, and that great footwear is still the foundation for a life that’s full of gratitude and grace.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. T. permalink*
    August 10, 2009 10:38 pm

    Someone I used to know used “aspirational” all the time…

  2. August 10, 2009 10:46 pm

    good luck!

    • CelebrateHoliday permalink
      August 13, 2009 11:17 am

      I am grateful for the Chargers and that I am doing this with YOU!

  3. August 13, 2009 12:06 pm

    I like your revealations! You make me want to keep reading.

  4. August 14, 2009 12:42 pm

    There is a related online way to practice gratitude: the Online Gratitude Stream. Basically, it’s a public online gratitude journal where people from around the world can express their thanks, or simply just enjoy seeing the expressions of others.
    Check it out on the web or w/your iPhone at

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