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The 2015 Grateful Challenge

By: Gini Dietrich | November 24, 2015 | 

The 2015 Grateful ChallengeBy Gini Dietrich

I have just now decided that we will not run blog posts tomorrow. We were definitely not going to do it on Thursday and Friday, but I am taking tomorrow off and, if my email is any indication, most of you are already off.

Besides, it’s not really fair to a guest blogger to run at 1:00 ET on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving so we’ll save her for next week when everyone will be back.

Today’s blog posts will be the end for the week (and I’m sorry there will not be a Gin and Topics because there are two really great Thanksgiving videos out right now that will just have to wait until after the holiday).

To that end, it’s time for the annual Grateful Challenge.

I first learned about this from Judy Dunn (and see she also is repeating it this year) and Jennifer Devitt has since kept me accountable to doing it.

The Grateful Challenge

The challenge is this: Set a timer for 10 minutes and write down all of the things you’re grateful for—or things that you love—as fast as you can. The goal is to get to 99 (last year was 67 and the year before was 82…perhaps I’m getting less grateful with age?).

So here goes!

  1. SNOW (the snowiest November in Chicago in history!)
  2. Kelly Dietrich
  3. A Small Child
  4. My momma
  5. Jack Bauer (my dog, not the TV character)
  6. My sister, who shares great kid stories daily
  7. Horace, my bread starter who has been alive since March and doing quite well, thank you very much!
  8. Freshly baked bread
  9. Making bread in my self-constructed steam oven
  10. Tulips
  11. My bike
  12. My iPhone
  13. My iPad
  14. Alexa
  15. Movies
  16. Reading
  17. Riding the lakefront as the sun rises
  18. Downhill skiing
  19. All of the little faces who call me Aunt Gini
  20. All of the siblings who call me older (but not bigger!) sister
  21. My friends (if I get desperate, I’ll list them out)
  22. The Arment Dietrich team
  23. The Spin Sucks team
  24. Walking down the stairs on Christmas morning to watch the sheer joy of Santa’s leave behinds
  25. Nieces piling in bed with me when they visit
  26. Law & Order SVU
  27. Wine
  28. Almond croissants
  29. Chili con queso
  30. Freshly painted fingernails
  31. Lipgloss
  32. Cooking
  33. Just sharpened knives
  34. Decorating my house for Christmas
  35. My birthday
  36. The Rocky Mountains
  37. Writing
  38. Crystal stemware
  39. Will Ferrell in “Tight Pants”
  40. Jimmy Fallon
  41. Robert Downey, Jr.
  42. The Nova Scotia weatherman
  43. The relationship I’ve rebuilt with my dad
  44. Grandma Dietrich
  45. Kelly’s sisters
  46. Pop and EMIL
  47. Boots
  48. Hats (aka toques)
  49. Shirts that have thumbholes in the sleeves
  50. Sephora
  51. Taking bubble baths
  52. Winter
  53. Wind chill
  54. My Jawbone UP
  55. Having everyone over for Thanksgiving
  56. The quiet in the pre-dawn hours
  57. High heels
  58. Cashmere
  59. Super Hero t-shirts
  60. Kelly’s Indian accent
  61. The community at Spin Sucks
  62. Building a company
  63. Taking entrepreneurial risk
  64. Candy
  65. Meeting social media friends IRL (in real life)
  66. Eavesdropping to make up stories about people
  67. The smell of the salted caramel plugins
  68. Salted caramels
  69. Sharpie pens
  70. Winning
  71. Really bad storms
  72. Canadians
  73. Making Kelly laugh a good belly laugh
  74. Black licorice
  75. Jelly beans
  76. Going to the movies
  77. The El, which allows me great stories because I ALWAYS miss my stops
  78. Nancy, the crossing guard in front of our house
  79. My Starbucks barista
  80. TSA pre-check
  81. Pinterest
  82. My cooking journal
  83. Being in charge of my own destiny
  84. Making enough money to give my team raises and bonuses
  85. My pink Camelback
  86. Working with my coaching group (one of my favorite meetings of the entire week)
  87. Our newly launched online course
  88. My hair stylist, who I fondly refer to as the Hair Nazi
  89. Moleskin
  90. Biotin (it really works for stronger nails!)
  91. Jessica Jones (totally into this right now)
  92. Narcos (and this)
  93. The private Facebook group we created for the course students (which is way more fun than any other work)
  94. Clients who make lots of money because they take our advice and learn from us (and because they’re smart)
  95. Remote deposit
  96. The Peloton app on the iPad
  97. My Wolf range (I mean, I really love this thing)
  98. My new chest freezer (who would think one would get this excited about a freezer?)
  99. StitchFix (I mean, love)

I did it! To be fair, I cheated a little bit because I had two lists to work from and repeated some things from both. But still…I got to 99!

I’m also ridiculously grateful for each of you. For those of you who leave comments here almost daily. For those of you who share our content. For those of you who send me private messages. For those of you who read and apply lessons to your jobs. For those of you who participate in some of our products. For those of you who have kept our passion alive for this blog.

Thank you. Thank you to each and every one of you.

Your Challenge

Now it’s your turn.

Set your timers for 10 minutes and get to work!

If you publish your list, post the link in the comments here so I can share all of the grateful posts for the next week or so.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

image credit: Pixabay

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • Immediate reactions to things we have in common: TULIPS (yes!), SHARPIES (I’m going to send you a post I wrote which featured Sharpies), and THUMBHOLES (yes it does get cold enough here to need them!). I’ll do this, and link to it. I won’t forget my parents this year (OOPS).

  • I need a thumbhole shirt. Think I’ll make this part of my day tomorrow and see how many I can come up with. Even better… I think I’ll make the GIRLS do it.. that should be interesting 😉 Happy Thanksgiving, Gini!!

  • whitney_fay

    Ahh! Jessica Jones! My friend is the assistant writer on that show and I am so happy for him! He worked really hard chasing that dream. 🙂

  • KristenDaukas You do! They’re a runner’s dream! Probably other people too, but runners for sure!

  • biggreenpen KristenDaukas Cyclists, too! And girls who are cold all the time.

  • biggreenpen LOL!!! Maybe you should put your parents first, just in case.

  • KristenDaukas You should make the girls do it! I’ll be interested to see what they come up with!

  • whitney_fay Oh, man. I am JEALOUS!

  • ginidietrich biggreenpen They shall be the default number one for all “grateful” posts from here on out.

  • whitney_fay

    biggreenpen ginidietrich I wrote every single person down EXCEPT for my dad until almost the end… I added a couple of exclamation points in case he ever stumbles upon the list so he won’t feel bad… WHOOPS!

  • How is it possible that Robert Downey Jr. is 41st on your list and 17th on mine? That’s crazy. 

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

  • whitney_fay biggreenpen ginidietrich I cheated and went back and edited my parents in. Biggest Faux Pas Ever.

  • I can neither type nor handwrite that fast, so unless everything I’m grateful for is a 3-letter word, there’s no conceivable way I’d make it to 99 …

  • RobBiesenbach You can’t type that fast? You could dictate it to me!

  • Word Ninja LOL! He really should be first.

  • whitney_fay Bahahahahah!

  • Word Ninja LOL!

  • Can I have three as number one??? 
    83 – Being in charge of my own destiny, hits home with me. 
    Have a Very Happy, Wonderful Thanksgiving!

  • Corina Manea Thank you! Thanks for all of your help these past six months. We couldn’t have done it without you.

  • ginidietrich Thank You! I love working with you! <3 <3 <3

  • Corina Manea LOL

  • biggreenpen ginidietrich The only place I run is to get more wine. But I could see how a shirt like that would keep my wine hand warm 😉

  • ginidietrich I’m doing it and will take notes on who grumbles about writing about gratitude the most…

  • Happy Thanksgiving for to Gini and everyone from AD on the Spin Sucks team, and to all the crazies who write some of the most interesting blog comments around.

  • EdenSpodek Happy Thanksgiving Eden!!

  • MoninaW

    99? I couldn’t hit 50! Happy Thanksgiving, Gini!

  • I’ve done this since the first time you posted it and I love it—not just because it’s a nice reminder of all the little things big or small we have to be grateful for, but also because it’s an amazing way to measure a year. What’s changed? What’s the same? Who is new? Who is always there? How your priorities have changed. What matters to you most. It’s fascinating because sometimes it’s not what you expect.

  • LauraPetrolino  “It’s fascinating because sometimes it’s not what you expect.” – This is so true!

  • ginidietrich whitney_fay I actually had to Google what “Jessica Jones” was….

  • ginidietrich whitney_fay I better be on that huge list of people Whitney….Please scan it to me so I can make sure you are doing it right (aka: Including me)

  • biggreenpen ginidietrich I’m a tulip girl too. Always my favorite. So happy!

  • I like this enough to watch it 99 times. Does that count?

  • BillSmith3

    Happy thanksgiving Gini and the Arment Dietrich team!

  • KevinVandever

    That was much harder than i thought it would be. I probably could have broken out certain selections into multiple items, but I would have had a tough time explaining to my daughters why one was listed before the other and why both came after my back scratcher…and wine.

    Happy Thanksgiving ginidietrich and the rest of the Crazies!

  • Suze Carragher

    Reminiscent of that classic Monty Python skit involving the Penultimate Supper, with only 12 disciples and 1 Christ.

  • KevinVandever Kelly wanted to know why he came after snow. You just can’t win, Kev!

  • Danny Brown I’m not really sure what just happened.

  • BillSmith3 Thank you, sir!

  • ginidietrich Yeah, I made it to 13!

  • BillSmith3 Happy Thanksgiving Bill!

  • SavvyCopywriter

    I love this idea!! I only got to 75, which seems kind of measly. Such a great exercise. Thanks for sharing ginidietrich ! Here’s my list (since you asked :))

  • MoninaW It’s hard! I have three years of lists to use to get to 99.

  • EdenSpodek xoxo

  • SavvyCopywriter ginidietrich It’s totally NOT measly! It’s hard to do in just 10 minutes.

  • MoninaW Of course the pancakes are on here. LOL!

  • LauraPetrolino Thanks Laura! Can I take the day off too? xo

  • ginidietrich <3 and I’m going to take the challenge too!

  • Can I have twenty minutes? I don’t type that well/ 🙂

  • Nancy Davis

    I got into the 60’s. That has to suffice.

  • Better late than never! I even remembered my parents this year and didn’t have to edit them in after the fact!

  • biggreenpen Yay! I’ll go take a look!