When we first moved to Denver, I found a summer job working as a barista at the neighborhood coffee shop. It was a nice way to fill the time before the school year began and it gave me an opportunity to meet nearly everyone in the neighborhood. The shop had only been open a few months before I began working there and it seemed like every day business was improving. When I asked the owner what his plan was to increase business his response was simple: Just make more next month than he did this month.
Worked for me.
I've been thinking about that model a lot lately as it pertains to this blog. I began writing here more than 6 years ago as a way to chronicle our new life out west as a young married couple and then as a family. I didn't really care who read my blog. It was my digital diary. When I shifted the focus to 365 days of thankfulness as a part of my process for healing from post-partum depression, something changed. I do care who reads what I have to say. I care that by finding one small moment in each day to be thankful for, it provides a completely different perspective on how I continue to push forward. I care that my thankfulness is impacting the lives of others.
I am grateful for each and every day. That can be contagious, right?