11 Reasons Why…

11 Nov

…I’m Thankful. 

Today’s topic for the YA Indie Carnival is “11 Reasons Why”… so I chose do list why I’m thankful.  It seems fitting for the season. 

I’m thankful for so many, many things.  I was actually just thinking about this yesterday.  While I was pumping gas, an elderly woman came up and asked me for money… in itself, I wouldn’t have thought too terribly much about it.  But that was the FIFTH time this week that someone asked me for money.  It made me start thinking about how blessed I really am.  So, here goes….11 Reason Why I’m Thankful.

1.  I’m thankful for my family.  My beautiful husband, my wonderful, ornery kids.  I know that there are people out there still searching for their ‘significant other’ so that they can start their lives and build a wonderful family.  I’m thankful that I already have that.  I don’t tell them enough- so I should start doing that today.

2. I’m thankful that I can write.  I’m thankful that I can write and get paid for it– and that people actually like my work.  There are some days when I am writing that I literally can’t believe how lucky I am. 

3.  I’m thankful for my fans.  I cannot tell you how many days there have been when a great review has made my entire day!   You guys are all amazing and I’m so thankful for each and every one of you.

4. I’m thankful for my friends.  Girlfriends fill a place in your life that nothing else can really fill… there are some things that no one understands like your girls.  So, Amber Gumble, Jamie Talboom, Teri Ottinger, Fisher Amelie, Michelle Leighton, Tiffany King– Thank you for being amazing.

5.  I’m thankful that I was born here… in America.  Sounds corny, I know, but there’s no place I would rather be- even with our huge national debt and broken political system.  We have rights, we have freedoms, we have opportunity.  I’m thankful to all of the veterans who fought to keep it that way.  Thank you.

Okay.  So there were five big things that I’m thankful for— now here are some smaller things that I’m thankful for….

6.  Cashmere socks

7.  Kona coffee

8.  Clean crisp sheets at the end of a long day

9. Great books to read

10. My fireplace on a cold day

11. My pets- because they love me no matter what.

Those are just some of the many, many things I’m thankful for.  I think I’ve shared this before, but I love, LOVE this website:  Just Little Things   It lists all kinds of little things that are wonderful and that we are blessed to have. 

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great week and ramping up to have a fabulous Thanksgiving.   Check out some of my colleagues today to find out what their “11 Reasons Why” are. 

1. Laura A. H. Elliott author of Winnemucca & 13 on Halloween, Book 1 in the Teen Halloween Series 2. Bryna Butler, author Midnight Guardian series
3. Heather Self 4. T. R. Graves, Author of The Warrior Series
5. Suzy Turner, author of The Raven Saga 6. Darby Karchut, author of GRIFFIN RISING
7. Lexus Luke 8. PJ Hoover, Author of SOLSTICE, Blogging at ROOTS IN MYTH
9. Cheri Schmidt, author of the Fateful Trilogy 10. Rachel Coles, author of Into The Ruins, geek mom blog
11. K. C. Blake, author of Vampires Rule and Crushed 12. Patti Larsen, The Hunted series and The Hayle Coven series
13. Courtney Cole, author of The Bloodstone Saga 14. Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy
15. Dani Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews 16. Fisher Amelie, author of The Understorey
17. M. Leighton, Blood Like Poison Series, Madly, The Reaping 18. Abbi Glines, author of Breathe and The Vincent Boys
19. Kimberly Kinrade, Bits of You & Pieces of Me, Forbidden Mind 20. Madeline Smoot, Missing, Summer Shorts, and The Girls
21. Cidney Swanson, author of Rippler 22. Nicole Williams, author of Eternal Eden, Falling Eden
23. Gwenn Wright, author of Filter 24. TG Ayer

5 Responses to “11 Reasons Why…”

  1. Suzy Turner November 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Gorgeous post, Courtney….
    I agree with you on so many levels, especially when it comes to my husband. You’re right, so many people haven’t found their soulmate and I was lucky to find mine when I was just 16 years old. We’ll be celebrating 20 years since that moment on Boxing Day, and next year we’ll be celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary. I am blessed and it sounds like you are too!

  2. Laura A. H. Elliott November 12, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    Courtney, *sniffle* *sniffle* What a beautiful post:) I love your list and love how differently we all interpreted the number 11. It’s been a lot of fun. I’m thankful my hubby and I will be home together for a WHOLE WEEK. YAY! Here’s to getting that party started:) Have a great weekend, my friend. And Happy Veterans Day!

  3. Tina Renee Graves November 12, 2011 at 3:21 am #

    I’m thankful you shared. Great post!

  4. Heather Self (@heatherself) November 12, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    What a GREAT list! i have friends who are doing 40 days of thankfulness on FB and this post fits right in. Mmmm…Kona coffee

  5. Patti Larsen November 12, 2011 at 8:10 pm #

    Beautiful, Courtney–you’re right, we don’t often stop to tell those we love just how much we appreciate them–or take the time to count our blessings. Lovely post.

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