Five Blessings and No Complaints

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Time to remember and share another five blessings from this past week. Doing this helps me stay on target with no complaining. I am doing this gratitude exercise and linking up at Susanne’s blog, Living to Tell the Story. Join us in this weekly meme. There is plenty of room.

I am on Day 19. My goal is 21 days in a row of not complaining.

Blessing #1I made it through another week of not complaining. I almost lost it on Day 17 but I remembered in the knick of time to ask for what I wanted. Asking for What You Want Is Scary But It Stops Complaining. On Day 18 I was able to stop my complaining mid-sentence. Adding a “BUT” Turned Situation from Complaining to Resolved.


Blessing #2 – I spent the day with my grand children on Saturday. We hugged and talked. We walked to a harvest festival where we ate pizza with cheese and basil, walked through a HUGE bubble and petted a goat and bunnies.


Blessing #3 – I had creative time. I was at a team meeting tonight and one of the ladies said, “If Susan is involved in something there will be a craft.” Yep, and even when I visit my grand kiddos there will be a craft. Saturday night we decorated faux pumpkins from the Dollar Store. The medium choices were paint and/or gluing on torn bits of construction paper. I did only gluing. Sofia chose to glue on paper and paint. Tia chose the only painting option. That one was given away to a friend.  . . . The pumpkin on the far right is melted crayons. I made it two weeks ago and when I showed Sofia (via FaveTime) she asked  if she could have it. Of course, sweat pea. Of course.

Blessing #4 – I had a healthy and tasty snack 3 days last week. It was an easy to prepare, old-fashioned snack of cold, fresh celery logs topped with almond butter. Yummm. I cannot remember the last time I ate that. I need to buy more celery and almond butter.

bannerBlessing #5 –
I have a photography app on my iPhone that I’ve had forever and I just started using it this week: PicsArt. It is so fun. It turns photos into watercolour, deco art and so on. This is the photo that I doctored.

I love the quote, too: “Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” I want to live my life this way.

Your Turn . . . 

  1. What is your easiest, favourite, healthy snack? Do share.
  2. How do you release your creative juices?

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Read about two folks who took this challenge and the impact it had on them.

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Asking for What You Want Is Scary But It Stops Complaining Five Blessings

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  • 1. Faith  |  . at .

    I love your no complaining challenge!! I think i will share your challenge with my family😀

    your grandchildren are beautiful…and those pumpkins! super awesome!

    I have that same app on my ipad ( my smartphone is only the old gs and just too small for me to use many apps… these old eyes cant handle it!) i enjoy playing around with photos too.

    one of my fave healthful snacks is a do it your self trail mix i make of lightly salted almonds, dried pineapple, pieces of 70% dark chocolate, and chia seeds.

    or another one i do more often is apple slices ( empires, cortlands, or gala) dipped in sunflower butter. YUM!

    enjoy the weekend!


    • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

      Love the idea of making your own trail mix. You put chia seeds in the mix without any moisture? I never heard of doing that?

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  • 3. Barbara H.  |  . at .

    Yay for another day without complaining! Sounds like you had a great time with the grandkids. Neat pumpkin decorating ideas! I’ve about decided to paint rather than carve mine next year, too. Nice job on that doctored photo!

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    • 4. susan2009  |  . at .

      And next year I think our kiddos will be old enough to carve. lol. Although it really was nice to not have to deal with the slimy innards.


  • 5. wendyj59  |  . at .

    Well that’s an interesting challenge. Well done for getting this far. I’m not sure I could. Spending time with grandchildren sounds like fun. (I don’t have any yet so I’m always envious of people who do.) You’re much more creative than I am too. Have a good weekend.

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    • 6. susan2009  |  . at .

      Pinterest has helped me in the creativity department. I’ve always had the desire but am not so great at coming up with my own ideas.


  • 7. Ellen  |  . at .

    Love the quote you shared. Looks like your resolve is bringing benefits to you. Well done. Sweet photo with the grands. Hope you are having a joyful weekend. 🙂

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    • 8. susan2009  |  . at .

      Yes, I am getting the hang of REALLY thinking about what I am going to say when I am feeling stressed.


  • 9. a spirit of simplicity  |  . at .

    I got a new phone and forgot all about picsart! I am going to add it to my new phone because it is fun!! I allow complaining only the first 5 minutes of every hour. One may not complain any other time during the day. It’s amazing the impact it has.


  • 10. Willow  |  . at .

    My favorite healthy snack? Probably hummus and chips although I love love love grapes and snap peas.
    I wonder if I could do that no complaining—good for you for making all the way!


  • 11. nikkipolani  |  . at .

    That looks like a fun app — helps that you have an adorable subject 😉

    A super resolution, that no-complaints goal. I also like that you made it a limited time span, but long enough to have an effect in your thinking patterns.



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