Gratitude, Version 3.0

by Rebecca A. Watson on September 25, 2012

in blessings, life, Thanksgiving

We’re headed out on a monster road trip soon, which will take us through most of the desert west. We’ll make stops in Nevada, Utah and Arizona before heading home. This will be a challenge for me, as my irrational fear of dehydration death is suddenly not so irrational.

We’ve been planning this trip for more than a year, and I’m thrilled to be able to go. In the past few months, I’ve just been so grateful every day of the circumstances in our life that allow us to do this, that I decided to revive an old tradition of mine.

gratitude board

Except this was in an old bedroom and I moved a few years ago. Since then, I’d keep a list of things I was grateful for in my journal, but they’re so much more powerful when you see them. And then I found this white board on the side of the road that said “Free.” Jackpot!

I bought a bunch of colored markers, hung it in the kitchen and wrote I’m Grateful… on the top of it. A few days later I asked Sante what he was grateful for.

When I wrote a few of his down, he asked, “Are you gonna change that to ‘We’re Grateful’ now?” My smile couldn’t have gotten bigger.

sante and rebecca grateful board

I don’t think I’ve ever really had an ongoing thanksgiving with someone. Maybe during actual Thanksgiving we’d all talk about what we’re thankful for, but this has really opened up conversation and my mind to how much more I have. I mean, I probably wouldn’t have thought to say I was grateful for a four-slot toaster.

What about you? How do you remind yourself to be thankful? Do you chat with others about it? I knew one family that said what they were thankful for every morning at breakfast. How rad is that?

I know in the next few weeks I’m going to be extremely grateful for drinking water. Embrace all your blessings folks. We’re surrounded by them!

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Leanne September 25, 2012 at 6:42 pm

I love the desert!!!! Just pack gallons of water and you’ll be fine. Get a map of all known water sources.

I once had a conversation about the desert with an aging man who once had a summer job in his youth working for the Parks department (Arizona maybe? No matter…). He had some mundane observation, tallying, numbers job of some sort done in the wild. I grew up in the deserts of Colorado. We compared notes. Me: it’s a dirt ocean—-I love the peace of it, the colors, the vastness, all of it. Him: After a quick down pour, the small, almost unnoticeable, details of beauty come alive….I learned to pay closer attention. His response knocked my socks off. I’ll never forget it.

And you can always eat cacti. They hold lots of moisture! 😉


Molly September 29, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Love the idea of a gratitude board, I might have to get one myself! I normally just think through what I’m grateful for a few times a week but it’d be nice to develop a daily ritual. I also just thought of something similar to a dream board but with pictures of things I’m currently grateful and future things I’d be grateful for as well. That’d be a fun fusion board 🙂 Also have SO much fun on your trip! My husband and I want to do a Zion/Bryce Canyon/Grand Canyon trip over the 80 and down the 15. Hopefully sometime soon!


Ms. Becca October 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

So far I haven’t even come close to dehydrating and things have been amazing! I’m loving it here 🙂


Mark October 9, 2012 at 9:51 am

Love this idea. Been looking for an idea for a wall in the kitchen. This may be it!



Ms. Becca October 9, 2012 at 11:03 am

Thanks Mark 🙂 Glad you like the idea. Definitely share photos if you end up doing it!


Brandi October 10, 2012 at 8:12 pm

I want to do a desert west trip! I love your idea for your gratitude board. I knew someone who made a gratitude quilt with each square personalized to represent something she was grateful for.


Ms. Becca October 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

That’s such a great idea, a gratitude quilt! The desert trip is awesome so far!


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