The first 1,000 blog posts are now officially in the book, only 3,018 to go (God willing) unless I keep this going through my fifties and beyond… (which is looking pretty likely at this point).

My mind is still trying to wrap itself around the idea that I stuck to something for 1,000 straight days!  I can honestly say I’ve learned so much about myself and life from this journey, and I am much more joyful as well.  The power of gratitude is nothing short of awesome and I’m so thankful for it.

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With today’s number being a pretty big milestone (quadruple digits!) it seems only fitting to celebrate my gratitude for Becky.  Throughout all 1,000 days she’s been the foundation of my blog that has been consistently holding me up.  Without Becky’s love and support this endeavor certainly would not have endured to this point.  I’ve jokingly said that I could be thankful for something about Becky every single day, but it’s 100% true.  By the end of each day she’s given me many things that I’m thankful for.  For today’s blog I’ve narrowed it down to a few things that fit so well:  her continued support for this blog, her willingness to push me when I need it, the many memories we create together that often become the centerpiece of the post, and the joy she brings to my life.

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Writing this blog takes a lot more time each day than I would have ever expected.  Most days take anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes to think up and write.  When the spirit moves me I start blogging, usually towards the end of the day.  Becky keeps things moving in the house and lets me have quiet while I type.  She knows how important this is to keeping a smile on my face and takes on extra work while I do it.  Becky is always supporting me and helping me make the time to keep the blog going.

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There are some days when I struggle with what I am thankful for or what to write.  On those days she helps to prod me along and keep me moving.  Becky often helps to inspire what I write about by pointing things out, asking me questions, or reminding me of certain things.  When I see her face light up with an idea it’s pretty clear to me that she’s on to something and I should listen.  Behind the scenes she’s a driving and creative force behind this blog.

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One of the things I’m most grateful for is the sheer number of awesome memories that we make together that become the centerpiece of the blog.  In 1,000 days of gratitude I reflect back on what I’ve been thankful for most and without a doubt the most common post revolves around something we did together, a moment we created together, or a memory we will hold dear forever.  Becky has helped create so many wonderful moments and memories for me, I am eternally grateful for each of those.  Sometimes it is something large and grand like a crazy vacation and other times it’s something so simple like going for a morning run or listening to her jam out to an old song in the car.  Sometimes it’s even just as basic as a smile that lights up my life!  Which brings me to the most important part…

Becky helps to create my pool of inner happiness that keeps this blog going.  In so many ways she enhances my life and brings so much joy to it.  Like I said, all it takes is her big and bright Becky smile to light up my world.  Every day that we start with an early morning run I know I’ll be in a better mood because I get some time alone with her.  At the end of the day I know I’ll sleep happy knowing we’ll have a little time to chill on the couch together.  I look forward to our vacations because I know that we’ll have time together without the normal distractions of life.  All of those moments when we’re able to just be together bring a ton of joy to my life.  That happiness and joys builds up and is what is at the core of this blog.  It’s easy to be thankful when there is so much joy all around me every day.  Becky keeps the smile on my face and the happiness and love in this blog.

As you can easily see, Becky is the foundation of my blog.  Her love, strength, and support keep this going more than most anyone will ever see.  More important than the blog, I’m so thankful for the way she keeps me going every day.  Each day I spend with her is another day in which I strive to be a better person, to be the best possible version of myself.  She really brings out the best in me.

So here we are, 1,000 posts on a long journey.  Over the past almost three years there have been so many things that have happened and changed, but there have been a handful of constants that have helped this blog endure.  Constant reminders of my parents and the values they instilled in me.  The ongoing inspiration from and for my boys as they drive me to work to be the best dad I can be.  The love and support of Becky, who is also a major source of the joy and happiness from which this blog flows. Being with her raises me up and puts a smile on my face every day and constantly fills my heart with love.  Lastly, the ability of gratitude to shine a light of joy and happiness in even the darkest situation and to enrich even the happiest of moments.  1,000 days of thankfulness down, many more to go!

Thanks!!!

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