Sunday Salon: Being grateful

Instead of lamenting about my lack of reading (and studying) last week, I rather talk about what’s lifting my spirits. I got the idea from Bryan over at Unfinished Person. On Fridays, Bryan usually posts about the things he’s grateful for that week and also, what he’s not grateful for. I love the idea and I always want to write a similar post but usually forget to. Not today.

This week I’m grateful for:

  • LetterMo! It’s also known as A Month of Letters. LetterMo was started by author Mary Robinette Kowal. Participants mail off 24 items this month and write back to everyone who writes them. I love writing letters and decided that a letter a day isn’t too hard. Sitting down for a few minutes a day and finding the words to write to someone has been really uplifting. I bought some beautiful rainbow notecards from Target and it’s been fun to figure out which colors to give a person. There’s nothing like receiving letters and not bills to make a person’s day. I’ve already sent out five letters and I can’t wait to send out more. Plus, LetterMo has its own site where you can find other participants to write to. If you would like a letter from me, let me know in the comments or email me.
  • Decorating sites. Like I wrote in a previous post, I’m looking for a house to rent. I’ve given myself two months to find a place. If I don’t, then I’ll just improve my apartment. Visiting decorating sites like Apartment Therapy and looking at beautiful rooms is a mood changer. It gives me ideas on what I can do to my own home.
  • My Nook Color! In December, the screen of my Kobo broke and the company sent me a new one. In January, my new Kobo stopped uploading e-galleys and library books which is the only reason why I have an e-reader to start with. So my mom, being the fantastic person that she is, decided to splurge and buy her favorite daughter me a Nook Color. My mother has made my year! I’ve been playing around with it but decided not to download too many apps. I barely have time as it is.
  • My blogging friends. To everyone who left a comment last week to let me know I’m not the only student to have trouble reading for pleasure while in college, to everyone who decided to participate in this month’s read-in, to everyone who talked to me on twitter or sent an email, thank you. I love being a part of the blogging community and your comments and conversations, remind me of what I can contribute.

So that’s what I’m grateful for. What are you grateful for this week?

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24 thoughts on “Sunday Salon: Being grateful

  1. GREAT post, Natasha!!! I’m so thrilled you got your e-reader woes fixed. Enjoy that Nook Color. I know I’ve stayed away from that one because I’m easily distracted, but I’m sure you can do it. :)

    I also love the idea of posting about what we’re grateful for. I will be injecting more of this into my blogging as well.

    And Cinder arrived yesterday! THANK YOU so much for sending it. I’m ridiculously excited about reading it.

  2. So wait, what were you least grateful for? ;) That’s all right. I skip that sometimes too, but I like the things for which you are grateful. I’ve been tempted by the Nook Color, but am “afraid” of the apps, that they would be too distracting. Glad I have just first edition Nook, with no apps. I saw the Month of Letters somewhere else and passed it along to a friend, but I’m not participating. I remember, though, writing and receiving letters, e-mail is definitely not the same.

  3. I love Apartment Therapy and generally get very excited about the idea of redecorating a place. Even just refreshing the paint can make such a huge difference :-)

  4. Good luck apartment hunting. Yes, sending letters can be uplifting. Most of my mail comes by email so it’s easy to answer. I do have one person whom I have to respond to with a nice letter though. Thanks for the reminder. Good luck with your reading for school.

  5. I am looking forward to receiving letters. I have lots of stationary that is never used because I never write letters… I should have joined in for the actual event, but I was a bit slack. Just receiving letters and writing back will be fun, though.

  6. You are so right, Natasha! Being grateful for things is an enormous contributor to happiness.

    I love the idea of writing letters to people. I’m not sure I have written a real letter since my grandma died. I didn’t even send Christmas cards this year.

    Summer will be here in a flash and you’ll have lots more time for reading…hopefully!

  7. I’ve thought about getting back to pen and paper letter writing myself. I’ve recently run across old letters I’ve written and I’ve realized how emailing causes us to lose these little documents of history. Not to mention the personal touch!

    1. Edi, email me your address and I’ll send you a letter. I love the idea of making history. I didn’t think about it that way.

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  8. House/apartment hunting is so much fun. I’ve discovered that pinterest is dangerous for giving me all sorts of ideas about what I’d want my dream house to look like.

  9. Thanks fornthe link to Apartment Therapy. I will get some good ideas for my own place there. I’ve been wanting to do a little redecorating. Happy Sunday!

  10. I like this idea! We do need to be reminded – or remind ourselves – of the good things – and people – we are blessed with. :) Your online friendship is one of the things I am grateful for. Have a fantastic week, V!

  11. I am always, always grateful for my bloggy friends. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the book blogging community is made out of awesome. Including you of course! :D

  12. This is such a great idea! I feel that when I actually take the time and effort to think about the positive things in life, I begin to feel much better already. And yet, I wallow in the doldrums half the time. Need to change it!

  13. I really do love the idea of writing a letter a day. I always adore receiving letters. Even with bills, getting the mail is my favorite part of the day. I feel so bad that I don’t write them more often.

    Blogging friends are the best, aren’t they? Have a great week!

  14. Natasha—you are right! Your beautiful card lifted my spirits!

    But how can I write back if you didn’t include a return address?!

    Debnance at gmail dot com

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