2-4-6-8- Who, What, Where, When, Do you APPRECIATE?!

Once again I have been inspired by my favorite blog, that is not ours :), The Lettered Cottage.  One of their posts was about choosing your "word of the year."  A word that helps you throughout the year and motivates you.  Their words (the husband and wife team) are "up" and "reach".  They have some beautiful notes from some of their family and friends about their own "word of the year," so I have been inspired to have my own.

My 2012 word of the year is.... Appreciate.

By definition, appreciate means:
 1. to be grateful or thankful for
 2. to value or regard highly; place a high estimate on
 3. to be fully conscious of; be aware of; detect
 4. to raise in value
Yes, there may be times when you don't feel much appreciation, but there is always a chance to be thankful, even in the worst of situations.  Don't you feel better when someone says "thank you"?  Shouldn't we put a greater value on whatever it is we find important in our lives?  Don't you like it when a person in your life is more aware of who you are and what you are saying?  And, what could be better then to raise value on anything?  If we do a little more appreciation, we just might get some more back in our lives.  Leslie and I have received so much positive feedback from customers over the fact that we include a hand written thank you note in each package we send out.  It is because we are truly appreciative.  Trust me, your hand gets tired after writing several in a row, but it is so worth it.  We are so thankful for the support from every customer.
I am truly appreciative for so many things in life.  Some bad moments that I have overcome, some great moments I never want to forget.  Every day I wake up I am lucky and every day I go to bed I am lucky.  I appreciate myself.  If you appreciate yourself you can be a more positive person, someone people want to be around, love, and appreciate.  So with this new year I promise to be more positive and even more appreciative then I ever have before.
I appreciate Jarret for being my best friend and a supportive husband.
I appreciate Dexter for being my "little guy" and the best pup!
I appreciate my parents for raising me to be the best person I can be and giving me everything they could.
I appreciate my brother for being the best older brother a sibling could ask for.
I appreciate Jarret's parents for raising such an awesome person.
I appreciate Leslie for being an awesome "bestie" and being a great business partner.
I appreciate Leslie's family for having me invade their home and their wife/mother.
I appreciate my friends, Neverland Nook customers, and you (reader of this blog).
Being appreciative can start with a simple "thank you."  If it wasn't important, they wouldn't have made a holiday surrounding "thanks." 
Thank you for reading!

PS - If you'd like.. leave your word of the year on our blog or on our facebook.. We'd love to be inspired by you guys!!!   We'd appreicate it.. Sorry, had to geek out on you :)

The Lettered Cottage


  1. Appreciation, gratitude - they bring true joy!

  2. Following you from Layla's word party-Stop by for a visit!