1000 gifts

4.09.2012

i'm linking up with the lovely sarah
for the longest post ever.



1000 gifts is inspired by a book bearing the same name
(one i have yet to read and likely won't due to my lack of religious beliefs)

the goal is to have 1000 gifts
or things to be grateful for
by the end of this year
(:

as i've grown older
i've come to appreciate the power of gratitude.
and this little blog has helped contribute to that, as well.
making an effort to enjoy the little things, stopping to say thank you,
handing out a compliment without expecting one in return..
it really is the little things that make this life so great
and i want to start documenting them here..

i think i can do it
so here it goes:

#1. bike rides with my husband
#2. spending holidays with family
#3. the game of golf
#4. iced green tea on a hot day
#5. classic rock songs that remind me of baseball (i'm talking about you
Green Onions & Spirit in the Sky) which, in turn, reminds me of my dad


#6. our local market carrying fresh fruit and veggies
#7. coming home from work to a hubby cooking dinner
#8. my job and the two awesome boys i watch
#9. cilantro
#10. mexican food, any and all of it
#11. GCB- it's my newest obsession and one hilarious television show
#12. cool breezes at night
#13. getting a full nights rest
#14. dark chocolate



#15. catching up with your best friend over mimosas
#16. california sunshine
#17. sweet potato french fries
#18. friends who blog
#19. friends i've met through blogging
#20. watching baseball with my dad and nephew
#21. stumping dear old dad with baseball trivia he DOESN'T know
#22. hot showers for sore muscles
#23. gchats with your bff
#24. disney songs
#25. the smell of orange blossoms
#26. trainers at the gym who kick my ass
#27. a good sweat
#28. trader joe's 100% orange juice
#29. rain clouds
#30. rainbows



#31. birds of paradise in full bloom at my dad's
#32. bonfires with your family


#33. hats with your initial on them



#34. yellow submarine pajama pants
#35. vlogging my heart away
#36. a sleeping cat (sleeping on me)
#37. tv show marathons on netflix
#38. 100% fruit smoothies for breakfast
#39. clouds after a rain storm
#40. getting paid weekly
#41. triple play thursdays on 100.3 The Sound LA
#42. the ability to flip a semi truck tire
#43. awards at the gym


#44. my legs, which can do one million lunges in an hour (trust me, i counted...)
#45-47. the mountains, a warm fire, and snow (in APRIL!)


#48. Passin' it Forward with The Shine Project


#49. 7am beers and waffles
#50.  sunroofs
#51. driving with the windows down and the music blaring
#52. music from 1967-69


#53. 7 year old reading captain underpants
#54. the real housewives of new jersey (yes, i am thankful for them...)
#55. the real housewives of orange county (for paving the way and making it possible for new jersey to ever have happened.. although, i still love the drama, OC- but jersey is where its at...)
#56. finding the perfect gift
#57. books
#58. beers with a best friend
#59. long talks with my husband
#60. morning light
#61. snuggling under the covers
#62. sleeping with the window open
#63. happy little love birds chirping away
#64. NFL draft day
#65. football
#66. watching sports with dad
#67. morning walks with mom
#68. planning
#69. schmoozing for free stuff on a girls' night
#70. girls' night
#71. anticipation
#72. red lipstick
#73. mornings at work (they are just TOO good)
#74. naps
#75. energy after a delicious fruit smoothie
#76. coconut water
#77-78. San Diego views

#79. cookin' outside
#80. hubby working "on the side"... so we can afford to travel
#81. blogger meet-ups
#82. my first Madewell purchase
#83. visiting my old stomping ground
#84. seeing old sites with new eyes
#85. memories
#86. 1/2 yards of beer
#87. lazy sundays
#88. this polka dot top


#89. shameless self portraits
#90. drizzle
#91. pink lady apples
#92. whatever my hair is doing in the above picture- seriously, get it hair...
#93. realizing baseball is something my dad shares ONLY with me- not with my 1/2 brother or 1/2 sister, not with his grandchildren.. only ME.. he coached my team for 10+ years, took me to countless games, and watched millions of them with me on tv. 
baseball + me + dad = something i will always cherish
#94. being top dawg in gym class
#95. that extra push that happens, when you feel like giving up, but don't allow yourself to
#96. disneyland roses
#97. sunshine after rain
#98. icy cold coconut water after a strenuous workout
#99. making plans with people who are equally excited about said plans
#100. reaching 100 on this list
(now lets do it 10x over!)
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#101. cuddles from kids


#102. friday night beers
#103. holidays to celebrate drinking (:
#104. nights with my husband
#105. doggie smiles
#106. inside jokes that make me giggle all day
#107. homemade mushroom street tacos
#108.  74 degrees
#109. tapatio hot sauce (the BIG bottle)
#110. pushing myself to the max
#111. the social cycle
#112. biking to bars with friends
#113. beautiful san diego weather
#114. immediately changing into pj's once home from any event requiring normal "clothes"
#115. "hello, gypsy woman.."
#116. knowing hubby is around the corner because i can hear his reggae/rap music playing from his phone...


#117. heating pads for sore muscles
#118. dark chocolate turbinado sugar and sea salt covered almonds
#119. a kitty that sleeps in the strangest positions
#120. phone conversation with my mom that unintentionally last for an hour (sorry party folks, my momma is calling... and WAY more important that you)
#121. dancing in the street
#122. beers with dad
#123. hockey (just NOW realizing how awesome it is!0
#124. countdown to vacation
#125. brilliant ideas for visits with friends
#126. airplane drinks to calm nerves
#127. surprisingly awesome airplane movies to pass time
#128. maui

#129. lava flows- the drinks and volcanic eruptions
#130. body surfing in shorebreak
#131. barefeet and bathing suits as casual attire
#132. bbqing with the pacific in the background
#133. snorkeling with green sea turtles
#134. eating five feet from stevie nicks
#135. chatting with locals about their art
#136. hand carved tikis

#137. time with my momma
#138. hiking down to tide pools


#139. the hawaiian breeze
#140. shopping for souveniers for friends and fam
#141. maui sunsets
#142. falling asleep to the sound of waves crashing
#143. impromptu dance/singing sessions with my momma
#144. fresh coconut water
#145. fresh coconut meat


#146. hawaiian mango
#147. vacation motto: eat less, drink more, and have some fun
#148. dress shopping
#149. confidence that comes with working out
#150. homemade tacos with my love
#151. sauvignon blanc
#152. tapatio hot sauce
#153. these faces


#154. the first day of "summer" aka first day after the last day of school
#155. lazy days at the pool
#156. swimming
#157. gchat
#158. weddings, weddings, weddings
#159. palm springs weddings
#160. the color yellow
#161. tofu, avocado, and cucumber sushi rolls
#162. wasabi... lots of it
#163. The Viceroy Wedding


#164. orange doors
#165. modern villas
#166. dancing like a fool
#169. our wedding photographers
#170. family weddings
#171. instantly clicking with people
#172. night swimming
#173. bellinis
#174. soy chorizo... served at restaurants!
#175. kohl's
#176. st. germain cocktails
#177. fireball shots!
#178. professionally done makeup (:
#179. just having a good time
#180. turquoise shorts
#181. stripes


#182. dreaming about the future
#183. family
#184. big dinners
#185. hand-picked flowers
#186. swim goggles
#187. water
#188. rational talks with my momma
#189. monkey hugs
#190. back to the future
#191. 90's television
#192. the 90's in general
#193. my best friend
#194. my other best friend
#195. better plans
#196. day drinking
#197. scentsy smells
#198. Carrie Bradshaw
#199. reading in bed
#200. quick wit
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#201. st. germain + champagne + club soda
#202. party weekends
#204. house guests
#205. literally a FULL house
#206. 7am beers
#207. dark lipstick
#208. margaritas as big as my head
#209. mexican food
#210. history lessons on alcohol
#211. demon-eyed photos


#212. girl time/ girl talks
#213. running into friends
#214. karma
#215. dancing the evening away
#216. big BIG hugs
#217. and then even bigger hugs
#218. girl pool time
#219. these crazy guys


#220. home depot trips
#221. my cousin/summer roommate
#222. utter ridiculouslness
#223. lounging by the pool
#224. fresh california sunshine
#225. a nice evening breeze
#226. 9pm sunsets
#227. everything about summer


#228. home improvements
#229. harry potter
#230. my dad "surviving" cancer
#231. living in the moment
#232. reflecting
#233. memories
#234. kiwi
#235. cool summer days (like 90 degrees)
#236. big and exciting news from my fav bloggers
#237. the blogging community
#238. getting chores DONE
#239. refinishing furniture
#240. beach cruising


#241. beach days
#242. football + beach
#243. rooftop bars


#244. biking with friends
#245. too much partying
#246. refinished furniture
#247. easy crockpot meals
#248. crisp, cold white wine on a summer night
#249. warm evening breezes
#250. cool morning temps
#251. pacific beach
#252. this cheeseball


#253. etsy prints
#254. instagram prints
#255. big blogger announcements that make me cry
#256. the color gold
#257. the olympics
#258. the olympic song that i always try to sing but end up singing star wars (you know which one i'm talking about?)


#259. gymnastics
#260. swimming
#261. triumph
#262. disappointment (life can't be all ups, now can it?)
#263. london, oh london
#264. looking up
#265. looking up.. in utah


#266. utah
#267. road trips
#268. birthday twins
#269. mini hikes
#270. weather
#271. summer thunderstorms
#272. hail, lightning, thunder, rain
#273. puppy skin
#274. clumsy, over sized puppy paws
#275. In the Stars by Sabrina Simon
#276. sleeping under the stars, no tent
#277. camping
#278. the forest


#279. fishing boats
#280. boats, in general
#281. stickygrams
#282. cable tv (oh i will loathe you soon enough...)
#283. fast forwarding through bullshit advertisements
#284. new, unexpected feelings
#285. dreaming of the future
#286. taking risks
#287. believing in myself
#288. having others believe in you, too
#289. vistas
#290. wall art
#291. anticipation for PRE-season football
#292. three day weekends
#293. new job opportunities
#294. my husbands arms
#295. slow mornings
#296. cuddling
#297. that. one. look.
#298. food, and the conversation it inevitably illicits
#299. the first sip of water in the morning
#300. my sonic care toothbrush (thank you for letting me know when to stop!)
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#301. the last days of "summer" at work
#302. watching new movies
#303. on demand- hello whole season of weeds (:
#304. the lucas oil off road racing series
#305. showing my dad new things


#306. talking with mom- email, phone, whatever... i'll take it
#307. smoothies in the summer
#308. sleeping through an august night for the first time in 4 years at this house
#309. Midnight in Paris...oh paris, woody allen, the stylists.. i love you
#310. afternoon naps
#311. FGT (functional group training)
#312. sore muscles
#313. planning parties with my hubby
#314. wayfarer sunglasses
#315. coconut flo joes
#316. DISNEYLAND!!!
#317. goblets fo beer (thank YOU Mutt  Lynchs)


#318. 




....
stay tuned for more!

and read Robin's List of 1000 Gifts Here

12 comments:

Lourdes Echagarruga said...

I love this idea! I have a journal where each day, I record something (anything....) that makes me happy. It's totally random, but I love doing it. I have been able to keep it up since May 2010.

Oh and I love classic rock songs too. They remind me of my dad.

Xo Lourdes

Kori Donahue said...

I love this idea! Hope you had a great Easter. I'm hosting a giveaway, hope you can come by and check it out! Kori xoxo

www.blondeepisodes.com

Mrs. Pancakes said...

that first picture was too fun!

Kelsey said...

ahhh i love this idea!!

Emily said...

Love 'Spirit in the Sky'. And I love the power of gratitude. Good work, Ash :)

Kristina Gulino said...

Um, hi, I like you and I like this idea. I may have to steal it from you (you were warned)! AND! Iced green tea is like my most favoritist Starbucks drink ever. Because I hate coffe. Makes sense. You also make me realize I need to read more books....

What have you done? :)

Kristina
Nook & Sea

Cara-Mia said...

That first photo is too cute! I love this idea.

Also glad to hear you're a GCB fan! I love it, but don't know anyone that watches it. :)

Kristin W said...

Awesome! And it totally goes along with my "fresh start" I'm working on! I may try to compile my gratitude into a list as well.

(ah...but I'll never read the book either for the same reason...still love the concept of examining gratitude though!)

Andrea said...

I love that Cilantro is on your list. That is all (for now).

Olivia.Dee said...

GCB girls night!?!?!? with mexican food!?

Brandi said...

I love grateful posts... it's just so nice to start the day recounting all the reasons to be thankful. (My dad always has awesome birds of paradise and they remind me of him too :)

Lyndsy said...

Loving you and Robin's lists. Mine is getting there, slowly. :)
-Lyndsy
www.pursuitoflyndsy.blogspot.com

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