Gratitude: What Are You Grateful For?


Thanksgiving Is My Favorite Holiday.

I love being in the kitchen cooking, tweaking recipes, and feeding my family. It really is a joy to me.

I must admit, it’s not always easy to cook with a toddler running around, but I still love it.

Now I get to hear, “what’s that” everytime I take a can out of the cabinet or “here you gwo (toddler language for go) as my toddler helps me put stuff in the fridge. He’s someone that I am sooooooo grateful for.

I’m Also Grateful For…

  • Having everything that we need this holiday season
  • For my creativity and imagination
  • For the chance to make things better ~ everyday
  • For making it through difficult times
  • For being able to shed old skin (old beliefs and fears)
  • For anyone who has ever supported me or believed in my dreams (shout out to my hubby) – and if you – the reader has believed in me – thank you
  • For God, my spirit guides, and all who have helped me on this journey through life
  • For any moments of peace, joy, laughter, heartfelt harmony, connection, authenticity, and the list goes on and on

So How About You? What Are You Grateful For?

Go ahead and leave a little something in the comments to let us know.

If you’re someone who has had a rough year, and you’re finding it hard to find things to be grateful for, I just want to take a moment to acknowledge you and say, “I understand ~ I’ve been there”. 

Life gets rough sometimes, and I am not going to just say ~ think about all the people who are worse off than you. I think that that’s insensitive and it doesn’t help.

So, to those of you finding it hard to find something to feel grateful for (this holiday season), here’s a little tip for you.

  • Get yourself a little notebook and label it “good things”. Everytime you have a good experience, everytime you smile, everytime something is funny, or you feel joy/happiness – write it down in your notebook.

When you’re having a hard time finding things to be grateful for, just open up that notebook and read it back to yourself. It’s sure to put a smile on your face.

I Hope That Little Tip Helps.

Well, I’m getting ready to go start prepping for Thanksgiving. I just wanted to reach out and say ~ have a great time with your friends and family. For those of you rolling your eyes at the thought of being together ALL DAY with your friends and family ~ TRY to have a great time. I know how family drama can get (lol).

My wish for you is that you have some awesome experiences this holiday that fill you with so much gratitude.

Live Well & Keep Creating!

Renee B.

Creator Of Spirit & Muse

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Dear Under-Appreciated Mom



{A Love Letter To All The Moms Who Feel Unappreciated}

I am coming to you from the hearts of your children and your husbands. From the hearts of those who don’t tell you how special you are. This letter is from the heart of them – to the heart of you. {Love Renee}


{From Your Child or Children}

Dear Under-Appreciated Mom,

I want to take this moment in time to say… 

You Are Appreciated

I know you get tired of cleaning and running and cooking all the time. I know that you worry all day long about our safety and security. I know even when you tuck us in the tightest, you still are thinking of ways to make life even more comfortable for us. 

I know that you long to keep us as babies forever. To see the joy in our eyes when you walk in the room. I am here to tell you mom, if you haven’t seen that joy – don’t take it personal. It’s not you. 

The world is difficult for us sometimes. You mom, are the only one that gives us hope sometimes. We are spoiled with your love. The truth is, we are looking for the world to comfort us like you do. To hold us like you do. To care for us like you do, and when the world doesn’t do that, we take it kind of hard.

I want to say…

I’m Sorry

{From Your Husband}

To my wife, who is stronger than anyone I know. I love you with all of my heart. You are a good mother even though I don’t say it all the time. You are not only a contributor to the household you are the rock on which our house was built. I see you look into our child’s eyes sometimes and I only wish you could look at me that way. I know, it’s selfish, but you don’t know how it feels to receive that kind of love from you. 

I ask you my wife, to be patient with me. Even when I don’t show my appreciation – I ask that you to remember this note. This note that was scripted from the heart of me and sent through a messenger. A messenger who wrote down the words I couldn’t say. A messenger who knew how I really felt regardless of what I tell you. When you feel under-appreciated, try to remember all the reasons you fell in love with me and our child/children. 

We don’t mean for you to feel under-appreciated. We sometimes don’t know how to give you the love, compliments, and praise that you are worth. You are big and we need you. So remember this letter if ever you shall forget. 


Your Family


Make A Wish


A Simple Idea

It’s very simple. This could be a small wish or a large one. You could be 15 years old or 82. The age doesn’t matter. Your background doesn’t matter. Where you come from doesn’t matter. What if… all that matters is this moment right now? If the universe was listening right this minute and just said… Make A Wish, would you pass it up?

Make A Wish.

Leave your comment below.

You may be surprised at the support you get just by participating in this playfulness.

My Wish

My Wish: Is for work that is fulfilling, uplifting, and heartwarming. I want to be in a place where my unique perspective, quirky traits, and strange personality is appreciated and loved. Somewhere where I can experience more inner joy, abundance, and life than I ever have before. That is my wish.

finished-heart Nay

P.S. For those of you wondering where to get that beautiful necklace featured in the picture – visit The Hanging Garden on ETSY.

Something To Be Thankful About…


I opened up my gratitude journal today and sighed when I thought, “I have nothing to be thankful for.” Of course I do have a million things to be thankful for, but when you’re in a bad mood for some reason nothing seems to come to mind. I slid my pen across the pages of my journal and just wrote a few words that came to mind. Release, Let Go, Forgive, Find Beauty, and Unbroken were a few words that I wrote down. Right after that, a thought came to mind. A gentle voice said to me, “Try writing with your left hand.” Now of course, I am right handed so I knew that trying to write with my left hand would be difficult.

I prepared myself and did it anyway. Just as expected, I found myself getting frustrated when I couldn’t even write the word love without it looking like a 2 year old scribbling on the paper. I thought about my mother who cannot read and who cannot write. I then thought about how frustrating it must be for someone to be able to think thoughts and not be able to get them down on paper, or create stories, or even write something as simple as I love you to the people that she most means to express that to.

Right then and there, I found my THANK YOU. I am thankful that I can read and write. I am thankful that I can form ideas and bring them to life through my books. I realize that through my writing I am giving a voice to her and I’m sure many other people who do not have a way to express themselves through writing. So I just wanted to say thank you because I can read and I can write and I will continue to do so, all the days of my life.

From my heart to yours,