15 Things I Am Thankful For

15% Off Coupon

I have so much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving and to celebrate I’m offering a 15% off coupon at:  Linda Landig Jewelry.  The coupon is in effect from today through Thanksgiving Day (11/25/10).  It is valid on all jewelry that is $25 and up.  Simply enter the coupon code grateful at check out and the cost will be adjusted to reflect the 15% off.

This is a perfect opportunity to get a head start on holiday shopping, knowing that you are offering your friends and family a gift that is as unique as they are.  Your gift will not look like something that came out of a big box store.  It will send a message that says, “You are special and you deserve a gift that is special too.”

 lampworked glass pendant with garnets, carnelain, Swarovski crystals

15 Things I Am Grateful For

  1. My family and friends. Their love, support, laughter and sharing are the center of my universe.  If you are reading this post and fall into this category:  thank you for you!
  2. A special sub-category of the above:  My new (and first) grandchild, Riley Landig – 6 months old.
  3. Another special sub-category:  My re-discovery of my childhood best friend, Lee Anne.  inseparable as young girls, we lost track of each  other as adults.  We reconnected through Facebook this year, discovered that we are both addicted to beads and that we still have a lot in common. 
  4. Retirement.  This is a new for me this year.  I’m lovin’ it!  No more waking up at the crack of dawn!
  5. Everyone who has shown an interest in my jewelry – those of you reading this blog, fans on Facebook, the wonderful people who visit LindaLandigJewelry
  6. A special group of artists that originally got to know one another through the website host, Art Span, and now connect daily through Facebook.  This group has given me a deeper appreciation of many art forms and has helped me have confidence in my own artistic voice.
  7. My much-loved dog, Chochi.
  8. Living near Puget Sound:  the water is always just moments away, as are breathtaking views of Mount Ranier.  There are lovely, deep evergreen woods, for walking in, that fill my soul with tranquility.
  9. My beads.  Having the time, space and urge to create.  The joyous  fulfillment this brings me. 
  10. Our trip to China and Korea this past August.
  11. My health.   I’m grateful for my mobility, for the strength I have and that I can do most of what I want to in my life.  When you have some chronic illnesses, as I do, you don’t take these simple pleasures for granted. 
  12. Adequate food, clothing, shelter, medical care and safety.  We tend to take these things for granted, but many people, even in our own country, lack some or all of these things.
  13. The slow realization that I have something to offer as an artisan.  When I was a child, my mother painted and sculpted and my brother drew constantly.  My brother went on to do illustrations for several large newspapers and magazines.  He has illustrated children’s  books and has had paintings in galleries.   I always thought that the artistic “genes” lay in my mother and brother.  This discovery of my own artistic expression has been a revelation to me.  It is  hard to express the deep effect this has had on me. 
  14. Flowers.  I’m blessed with a husband who loves to garden (I don’t garden).  He has filled our yard with flowers in all the colors of the universe.  I love to walk through the garden and to gather armfuls of floral goodness to fill our home with beauty.
  15. Shared laughter.  I love plays on words, puns, dry wit.

What are some of the things you are grateful  for?


2 thoughts on “15 Things I Am Thankful For

  1. Loved your gratitude list. Love that I’m on it, and that you wrote what I have thought so many times in the last months. I love your dog, Chochi, too. And like you, I’m grateful to be able to express myself artistically and find such joy in it [although calling myself an “artist” still feels like I’m reaching – I’ve got to work on that].

    And, I love your jewelry! Your self-expression has become an inspiration to me. I still wanna be just like you when I grow up!

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