Happiness Project Blog Hop | Gratitude

Welcome to the Happiness Blog Hop, brought to you buy Scrapworthy Lives! This month the we are focusing on contemplating the heavens. The idea that resonated with me was gratitude.

The process of selling my house has been exhausting. If you’ve ever been through it you know: a house you are selling is not the same as a house you actually live in. I had to take apart my office because people could not visualize the space as a dining room. I had to take apart my craft room for the same reason. I spend the majority of my time either, 1. Being on the computer or 2. Scrapbooking. Now, I have no dedicated space for either activity.

What I have lost in all of the craziness is the attitude of gratitude. When I was laid off, I knew I would be OK because of my savings. I was grateful every day that I had had such a lucrative career, that I was able to be on “vacation” for two years and still manage. I can’t remember the last time I stopped and paused to take a breath. It was time to take a step back and look at the big picture instead of focusing just on selling the house. It compelled me to create this:

A no-photo grid style scrapbook layout about gratitude.

It’s funny how cultivating gratitude can turn so much negative into positive. I can’t spend these last weeks and months in this house being annoyed by everything. Once I started thinking about all the good things, the hard chairs at the kitchen table where my laptop is are just a minor inconvenience. The card table that I have to constantly put away for showings is super easy to set back up. I just have to keep focusing on moving forward!

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I love your layout! The fun colors and embellishments immediately pick up your mood. Good luck selling your house!

  2. What a gorgeous layout. I totally love it and am going to pin it to my inspiration board on Pinterest (hope you don’t mind). It is great that you shifted to gratitude. Selling a house is a nightmare (we just revamped and sold my in-laws’ house). Hang in there, it will happen.

  3. Such a beautiful layout. I love the grid and all the lovely patterned papers.

  4. Tammy, I love your beautiful layout and your perspective on gratitude is very refreshing. Thanks for sharing!

  5. What a great layout! I love the grid design and your comment that cultivating gratitude can turn so much negative into positive. So true.

  6. this is a beautiful post and a wonderful layout. It puts me in mind of the book 1000 Gifts. Such a good exercise to think in terms of gratitude.

  7. What a cool layout! Love this 🙂

  8. A wonderful layout and list of things you are grateful for Tammy! Having just gone through the unemployment ordeal, we often had to remind ourselves to be grateful, too. We were never in jeopardy of losing our home or anything and we had each other and time to travel and those visits from my nieces – gosh it was (and is) pretty good. Thanks for the reminder!

  9. I was planning on starting a graditude journal today for the month of November!! Glad I stop by! 🙂



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