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Happy Links: From a Giveaway to Gratitude

My Morning View

{Every week, I publish a series of inspiring links. Enjoy!}

I’ve received so many sweet emails and comments about my new book. I appreciate each note and all the support! Thank you so much!

To celebrate the launch of My Morning View, I decided to giveaway a photography package.

The package includes:

To participate in the giveaway:

  • Simply leave a comment at the bottom of this post and fill in this sentence: “I’m grateful for . . . ”
  • Leave your first and last name in the comment form, along with your email address. If you win the package, I need a way to contact you.
  • I will announce the winner on March 28, 2014.

You can help spread the world about “My Morning View” by:

  • Sharing this post with friends, family, and on social media sites.
  • If you are inclined, and have the time, please leave a book review on amazon.
  • If you are a blogger and want to interview me about the book, send me a note: [email protected]

Thanks for your help!

Now onto this week’s happy links . . . .

Meeting pain with compassion.

I’m not sorry for being sad.

Minimalist travel capsule wardrobe.

Beautiful posters.

Shining too bright.

Lake Tahoe.

Shooting in “The Zone.”

Books I’m loving: Find Momo and Daily Rituals.

When gratitude is harmful.

Be well,

Please note: Comments are closed. The winner will be announced on March 28, 2014.

Comments on this entry are closed.

  • Sandra Pawula March 20, 2014, 3:44 pm

    I’m grateful for timeless wisdom!

  • Teri Clifton March 20, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Thank you Tammy for listing the On A Dime Adventure Tahoe link! The inclusion of your favorite places along with your stunning photography was such an amazing addition and “made” the article. I am beyond grateful! Best always, Teri

  • Linda @ Notes from the arena March 20, 2014, 3:59 pm

    congrats on the new book, Tammy!

    I am grateful for my photographic eye, my journals, spring flowers, sunshine, encouraging conversations, meditation, blogs I love (incl yours).

    email address is on the comment submission, twitter is @lbstef

    Awesome giveaway, thank you!

  • Abbe March 20, 2014, 4:22 pm

    I’m grateful for the birds chirping during this morning’s snowfall.

  • Sherry March 20, 2014, 4:48 pm

    Congratulations on the new book – it looks lovely! Your ‘morning view’ images have been my favorites of your images.
    Personally (today) – I’m grateful for Spring…that the seasons never fail to change – just when we don’t think we can take any more winter, small signs of spring appear out of nowhere.

  • Kim Root March 20, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I’m grateful for my amazing family!

  • Alysha March 20, 2014, 4:50 pm

    I am grateful for YOU!!! Tammy, I still think it’s fate that we actually met the way we did and that we had our grief in common. You are such an inspiration to me in so many ways! When I read the Synopsis of your new book it gave me chills. Thank you for sharing with us!!!

    • Tammy Strobel March 20, 2014, 5:11 pm

      Alysha – It is SO good to hear from you. And, I agree. Our paths crossed at an interesting time in both our lives. Sending you love & hugs. Please stay in touch. 🙂

  • Mary Huang March 20, 2014, 5:13 pm

    I am grateful for life, to be able to wake up, go to work, come home and enjoy the evening with family. Sometimes I need to not overlook these simple little things.

  • Sophia March 20, 2014, 5:13 pm

    I am grateful for friends and family.

  • Lisa Freeman March 20, 2014, 5:28 pm

    I am grateful for all the love and encouragement that I get from the special people in my life. I am doubly grateful that they allow me to love and encourage them too <3

  • Melissa Johnson March 20, 2014, 5:37 pm

    I am grateful for my dad. He died suddenly in November and I miss him so much! Thank you for all your great work.

  • Vic Vincent March 20, 2014, 5:42 pm

    I am grateful for SPRING, & dreams coming true!!!

  • Robyn March 20, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I am grateful for spring coming in, the beautiful weather, and all the inspiring blogs I get to read everyday! 😀

  • Meghan Arnold March 20, 2014, 6:01 pm

    I’m grateful for the plasticity of the human soul. I’ve had a hard year and I don’t know what I would do without the ability to adapt and grow in spite of hard times. I think you can relate. 😉

  • April Gilbert March 20, 2014, 6:13 pm

    I’m grateful for the ability to be grateful even in the face of disappointment.

  • April Klich March 20, 2014, 6:13 pm

    I’m grateful for the life I’m living and the people I’m able to share it with.

  • hillarie furman March 20, 2014, 6:20 pm

    I’m grateful for my husband to be home from the hospital after six very long weeks.

  • Rich Walkden March 20, 2014, 6:26 pm

    I am grateful for every single crappy feeling experience I have ever had in my life and my ability to find a lesson from every single one of ’em. I am also grateful to my friends and family who are the keenest of people.

    Thank you for everything Tammy. Congratulations on birthing this wonderful book.

  • Sheryl Satorre March 20, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I am grateful for everything LIFE has given me. I am thankful for LIFE’s gifts, the experiences, opportunities and surprises, every single day. These gifts make me human.

  • Alandis Johnson March 20, 2014, 6:52 pm

    I am grateful for sunshine peeking through the clouds, my sweet kitty curled up beside me, a cup of coffee and a good book, and time apart from doctoral coursework during spring break! 🙂 Thanks for sharing your work with us, Tammy!

  • Jenna March 20, 2014, 7:01 pm

    I’m grateful for the people I now have in my life after having my daughter and losing my dad a few years ago. For the longest time there, I thought I’d never find my footing. Now things are better, in large part to my loved ones.

  • Lisa @ Lisa Living Well March 20, 2014, 7:04 pm

    I’m grateful for my husband, our three cats, my parents and my health.

  • Tara March 20, 2014, 7:08 pm

    Congratulations! I very much enjoy seeing your daily shots, I’m sure the book is just lovely. I am grateful for time in Florida, and that spring is on its way to Chicago.

  • Linda Walker March 20, 2014, 7:12 pm

    I’m grateful for my family and friends. They are what life is truly all about.

  • Bree March 20, 2014, 7:16 pm

    I’m grateful for my son. He teaches me, daily, how to be a better person.

  • Ron Nilson March 20, 2014, 8:10 pm

    Hi Tammy – I’m very grateful to friends on and off-line who have helped me see the world in more authentic, creative and meaningful ways. Thanks!

  • Amber Marie March 20, 2014, 8:16 pm

    I’m grateful that I was able to begin a relationship with my long lost sister this past year. It unfortunately took our daddy’s death to finally bring us together but it’s been a beautiful friendship that has aided in the grief that followed.

    Ps. Thanks so, so much for featuring my link this week. I feel very honored to be included!

  • Allie Fischman March 20, 2014, 8:30 pm

    I am grateful for finding great blogs like yours to help guide me through my minimalist journey! Also, for having the means to travel and see the world.

  • Debbie Roes March 20, 2014, 10:18 pm

    Congrats on your new book, Tammy!

    I’m grateful for my wonderful and supportive husband and our two adorable and loving cats. I’m also grateful for my blog and the connections I’ve made with my readers and other bloggers. I’m grateful to live near the water in San Diego and to be able to go on long walks with my husband many times per week. And I’m grateful for the small pleasures in life, which are even more meaningful to me lately in the midst of health challenges. Life is a blessing!

  • Vivian Varela March 20, 2014, 10:34 pm

    I am grateful that I just heard I’ve been granted tenure at my college!

  • Jessica Rudder March 20, 2014, 10:38 pm

    I’m grateful for the support of my amazing family.

  • Yvonne Davila March 21, 2014, 1:20 am

    I am grateful for friends who have supported me since my husband died suddenly last year.

  • Kate M March 21, 2014, 1:47 am

    What a lovely post and giveaway. 🙂
    I am so grateful for the opportunities that have come my way – to be with my amazing husband, study what I love, and see beautiful things.

  • Michelle March 21, 2014, 2:02 am

    I am grateful for having all our loved ones at our wedding day 1,5 year back. It was the most perfect day, where everybody was happy, not knowing what was about to come in the next year…..3 of our closest relatives (mother in law, godfather, grandfather) passed away. But the beautiful memories and happy pictures of that day stay forever.

  • Sina Hein March 21, 2014, 2:30 am

    I’m grateful for the beautiful cherry blossoms flowering in our garden.

    Congrats on your new book Tammy!

  • Indika De Fonseka March 21, 2014, 5:03 am

    I am grateful for the gift of gratitude. It helps me remember how blessed I am and brings me even more things to be grateful for.

  • Patricia Tyrrell March 21, 2014, 6:06 am

    I am grateful for my 3 wee kitties, who always make me laugh with their antics, especially now as I’m battling depression and PTSD. It’s nice to know I can still have moments of joy, and I have faith that I will have more and more of these moments as time goes by. Oh, and I’m REALLY grateful that the snow is finally staring to melt!

  • Natalie March 21, 2014, 6:20 am

    I am grateful most of all (to tears, frequently) to God, for helping my mother beat breast cancer last year and to still have her around to spend quality time with, laugh with, cook for and even to annoy me because I would miss everything about her, even the frustrating things.

  • Amanda Andros March 21, 2014, 6:35 am

    I’m grateful for discovering this blog and the book You Can Buy Happiness about a month ago, it has inspired me to make some needed changes, and is giving my life a new light! I am now finding my true self and what makes me happy, which are my family, boyfriend, friends, traveling, and our journey into a new way of living!

    This is a re-post because I forgot to put my last name.

  • Ashley Grimes March 21, 2014, 6:45 am

    I am so grateful for the beautiful sunrise this morning! And my morning cup of coffee 😉

  • Cheryl March 21, 2014, 7:12 am

    I’m grateful that this winter is finally on its way out! The book looks wonderful. 🙂

  • edenz March 21, 2014, 9:00 am

    I’m grateful for so many things but right at this moment the amazing creativity of the home sewing community.

  • Mariah Ford March 21, 2014, 9:08 am

    I’m grateful for early mornings: the morning star, the sunrise, and the quiet and peacefulness of those moments before the day rushes in.

  • Lisa March 21, 2014, 9:25 am

    I am grateful for the mountains in Oregon, that remind me how big and beautiful the world is even when things are falling apart in my life.
    Lisa Ohland [email protected]

  • Sara March 21, 2014, 9:27 am

    I am grateful for the inner journey i have done and still am doing, it has taken me to your blog for examle, and to your writing class and I don´t regret a thing!

  • janet March 21, 2014, 9:29 am

    Congratulations Tammy! You have gone through a difficult loss of someone with whom you were very close to, and were inspired to move forward: the result being a beautiful book. Bravo!

    I am grateful for my relationship with my daughters and their husbands and my circle of close friends.


  • Kristen Byrnes March 21, 2014, 9:30 am

    Today I’m grateful for waking up to red roses by my bed that I found last night on top of the florist garbage can and “rescued”, the fact that it’s warm (enough) to have the window open a bit for our two cats, the text from my DH checking on me, and one of my new business acquaintances wanting to drop by some gluten-free energy cookies that she baked with me in mind. Oh, did I mention it’s also Friday? Life is so good.

  • Karyn March 21, 2014, 9:31 am

    I’m grateful for inspiring websites and newsletters like Tammy’s. They give me a feeling of happiness and hope that there are simpler ways to live.

  • Karen Pickering March 21, 2014, 9:31 am

    I am grateful for family and friends and the kind people in the world (some that I have met and some that I will never have the opportunity to meet). Although I lost my beloved mom 18 months ago, I am very grateful for the love, kindness and humor that she brought to the lives of her children, grandchildren and friends. I’m also very grateful for nature’s beauty and all creatures great and small.

    Congratulations on your new book Tammy and all the best to you and your family.

  • Cynthia Dunlavy March 21, 2014, 9:33 am

    I’m grateful for photography!
    Congrats on the new book Tammy!

  • Amanda Cisco March 21, 2014, 9:33 am

    I am grateful for the opportunity to teach my journaling classes and that students sign up! I feel very fortunate.

  • Gary Kirk March 21, 2014, 9:40 am

    I’m grateful for your celebration. And I’ll be even more grateful if I win your celebratory gift. Most of all I’m grateful that I can feel grateful.

  • Laurie March 21, 2014, 9:42 am

    Such an exciting time for you! Thank you for your generosity of this wonderful giveaway! I am grateful for the chance to spend an upcoming week in Florida visiting my mom with my (adult) kids (and grandson!). We live across the country from one another (Seattle, St. Louis & Sarasota!) so we only get to ALL be together about every 2 years or so. My kids and I have not been to Florida together since they were young teens (they are 25 & 29 now!), and my mom has not seen my son for almost 2 years, so I am really excited and oh-so-grateful for this time together!

  • Amanda Adams March 21, 2014, 9:44 am

    Hello there Tammy,
    Your blog, and life, is such an inspiration and a shining example of how wonderful our lives can be even through trying times. Your photos are beautiful and I wish I could afford to buy a copy of your book. My husband and I are so broke right now we can barely afford groceries. It is up to me to start monetizing my website and as soon as this snow lets up to start getting more modelling and photography gigs, so that we can save to build our very own tiny house and have a little bit more financial and literal freedom. Thank you for being you, for sharing your wisdom, and for your beautiful photos.

    I am grateful for all of the experiences that life has given me. I haven’t been on Earth in this body for very long, but I have continued to grow and learn from each passing day, each love and loss, every triumph and heartbreak, and most of all from the wisdom of other people. I am grateful for life and everyone in it. <3

    <3 (^..^)~V7Stick
    http://www.v7stick.com (NSFW)

  • Katie Goetz March 21, 2014, 9:45 am

    I am grateful for this blog! Seriously, whenever I’m having a rough day, I look at your photos and those cats put a smile on my face! Your pictures evoke such peace, they really help to calm me. While I already bought your ordered your book, an extra one would be a great gift for a friend and the photography course would be super fun!

    Have a great day!

  • Nichole Sadowski March 21, 2014, 10:09 am

    I’m grateful for the courage to take leaps of faith.

  • Gennifer Carragher March 21, 2014, 10:14 am

    I am grateful for all of your beautiful photos! Sometimes I scroll through Instagram before getting out of bed in the morning, and I always smile when I see your pictures.

  • Susan Desrocher March 21, 2014, 10:27 am

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to win this giveaway! 🙂 LOL.

    I’m grateful for my wonderful friends, and the opportunity, each and every day, to learn, grow, and create.

    Life is good.

  • Jay March 21, 2014, 10:28 am

    I am grateful for having met you and Logan in person, and for all the great things I have learned and connections I have made through your writings and social media postings – I am no doubt smarter and more interesting to talk to as a result!

  • L Wong March 21, 2014, 10:47 am

    I’m grateful for the feline friends in my life who show me how to live life one day at a time.

  • Annette Dusa March 21, 2014, 10:57 am

    I’m thankful for the ability to read! Just this morning in my quiet time, I was thinking how wonderful it is to have the ability to read and how difficult life would be without it. I could look at pictures but words fill in so many blanks and make life complete.

    Thanks for your wonderful words, Tammy!

  • Emily Tanke March 21, 2014, 11:02 am

    I’m grateful for discovering that a simpler world brings a freedom that money could never buy. I’m grateful for reading other people’s stories and the comradery of those of us searching for meaning and purpose beyond any “thing” we own.. 🙂 have a sweet day!

  • Kathryn Roskow March 21, 2014, 11:12 am

    I’m grateful for the people who love me even when I’m in a lousy mood and behaving like a cranky 2 year old. I’m especially grateful for my two sweet pups, who think I’m wonderful when I know I’m not.

  • Beth Duron March 21, 2014, 11:14 am

    I’m grateful for my husband.

  • Lynn B March 21, 2014, 11:28 am

    I am grateful to God for all the many blessings he bestows upon me everyday! I have plenty of pity parties, but he reminds in many different ways to stop and look around me for all I have to be thankful for.
    I have not had the pleasure of looking at your book, but it looks awesome. I know it is inspiring! thank you for this wonderful opportunity to win.

  • Gretchen Neer March 21, 2014, 11:44 am

    I’m grateful for the support of my family through my recent health crisis and the time I have to heal.

  • Steven Carbaugh March 21, 2014, 11:48 am

    I’m grateful for my stepdaughters and their mother.

  • Sheila March 21, 2014, 11:50 am

    I am grateful to have been given life on this great Earth.

  • Sheila Schell March 21, 2014, 11:51 am

    I’m grateful for warmer weather in wisconsin, yoga and a big bright sun in the sky.

  • Deena Schoenfeld March 21, 2014, 12:02 pm

    Congratulations Tammy on the release of your new book!
    I’m grateful for the imminent arrival of spring after a looong Maine winter, for the unfettered creativity and honesty of my children, for the simple pleasures of good food and time with loved ones. And for chocolate. Because chocolate deserves its own category.

  • Katie March 21, 2014, 12:05 pm

    Hey Tammy, a massive congratulations on your book! I can’t wait to get my hands on it. I grateful for doing work I love, and being able to do something I love. I teach French to English people, and all my students are so motivated and enthusiastic, and improving loads, it’s so rewarding. Sending big hugs, Katie. Xx

  • Amber March 21, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Thank you again for sharing your experiences and talents. Your blog and books are very encouraging and help me keep a positive energy and motivation for pursuing my own dreams and keeping life simple.

    I am grateful for life itself and all of the small things I find in each day to enjoy. When we take the time to stop and enjoy the small things they really help us cope with the difficult things. Too many times we exist waiting for the next big moment or event, but the real joy is in the little things each day. I am grateful my life experiences have taught me this. I am also grateful for friends and family who remind me of it, and blogs like yours that do the same.

  • Cathy March 21, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity, Tammy! I am grateful to live in the little town in which I grew up. I am grateful for clean air, big pine trees, and the ability to hike a national forest right out of my backyard. I am grateful that the things that make me happy cost me nothing financially, but everything emotionally and spiritually.

  • becky garcia March 21, 2014, 12:59 pm

    hi Tammy! I’m grateful for YOU! your blog, your books, your photos, your give away! I’m so happy for you and can’t wait to check out your new book. your photos are amazing always but I also love your words, fresh and always honest.

  • Amanda Townsell March 21, 2014, 1:10 pm

    I am grateful for self care and rejuvenation. Without those things I cannot help anyone else♥

  • Griet March 21, 2014, 1:35 pm

    I’m grateful for the journey that my life is, the good and the bad. One would not exist without the other.

  • Caitlin March 21, 2014, 1:41 pm

    I’m grateful for my boyfriend, snuggly dog, books, coffee, yarn, and the fact that spring is almost here in New Hampshire. Thanks for the giveaway and congratulations on your beautiful book!

  • barbara techel March 21, 2014, 2:05 pm

    I’m grateful for all the authentic, creative women who are leading the way in living from their hearts which inspire me on a daily basis to live from mine.

    Congratulations on the publication of your photo book, Tammy!! So happy for you!


  • Jeff Ray March 21, 2014, 2:08 pm

    Especially today, so grateful for spring! Blue sky, bright sunshine, windows are open & blowing out winter’s stink, and the birds just can’t quit celebrating too.

  • Pat Donovan March 21, 2014, 3:10 pm

    I am grateful for having found Rowdy Kittens and the Tiny House- it’s so much fun to look at and dream about having a tiny house of my own someday. For now I have to “make do” with an Airstream parked on my parents’ property in the Adirondacks. Your blog is inspirational!

  • Kathy March 21, 2014, 3:40 pm

    Congratulations on your new book. I have viewed your previous blogs and feel your book will be a great photo experience. Your view of scenic California interspersed with views of your coffee mug and cats captivate me. I hope your book will grace my coffee table as well as many throughout this nation as well as my own

  • Juan Lopez March 21, 2014, 3:47 pm

    I am grateful for each new day.

  • Lindsay Okamoto March 21, 2014, 4:08 pm

    I’m grateful for little graces, like walking and telling with a dear friend, listening to the laughter and chatter of my two girls, and my sweet husband who is bringing home dinner!

  • Millie Steckler March 21, 2014, 4:31 pm

    Millie Steckler

    I am grateful that Spring is coming! (I live in cold and snowy Minnesota!)

  • kyenne williams March 21, 2014, 5:22 pm

    i’m grateful for learning to count my blessings, because it turns my spirit to all the grace and beauty in my life, the love of friends and family, and reminds me that all we have is now.

  • Michelle Cline Libby March 21, 2014, 5:55 pm

    I am grateful for being healthy and having made it this far in my life. I am grateful for encouragement of friends and family.

  • Beverly Youngman March 21, 2014, 6:11 pm

    I am grateful for this beautiful Spring – new blossoms and spots of color .

  • Peggy Acott March 21, 2014, 7:17 pm

    I am grateful for earlier light in the morning; when I can step outside first thing and see the details of the garden and hear the exquisite and varied calls of birds in the surrounding trees.

  • Rachel Graham March 21, 2014, 7:24 pm

    I am grateful for every moment of happiness that comes my way.

  • Wanda Shook March 22, 2014, 4:39 am

    I am grateful for having cancer in my thirties because it taught me the true value of my life and how not to take anything for granted.

  • Vanessa van Duijn March 22, 2014, 5:38 am

    Dear Rowdy,

    Your article in Flow magazine was so inspiriational. I’ve never been a real materialistic person, but you’ve inspired me to take another look at what I have and own and especially what I don’t need.
    I am grateful for the fact that I’ve learned from my mistakes which helped me grow even more into the person I am today and who I will be in the future. My girlfriends do share a big part in that. It’s amazing how friends can turn into the family you’ve always wanted.

  • Stacy McCoy-Rose March 22, 2014, 8:08 am

    I am grateful for the chance to change my attitude.

    Tammy, love viewing the “Beautiful Posters” site.

  • Melanie Hein March 22, 2014, 8:15 am

    I am grateful for having the possibility to become everything I want to be

  • Kathleen March 22, 2014, 8:30 am

    I am grateful for the fact that today is the first day of the rest of my life and there are endless chances to begin again with each passing moment!

  • Kelvin Belfon March 22, 2014, 8:56 am

    I’m grateful for my new born twins! My baby boy and girl are both doing well.

  • Emily March 22, 2014, 9:28 am

    What a lovely giveaway 🙂

    I’m grateful for all the beautiful inspiration I find on the internet. Always come across something that brightens my day! I must say, I’m unexpectedly grateful for the comments in this post – what beautiful reminders of the important things in life. x

  • Leslie Wolf March 22, 2014, 10:05 am

    I’m grateful for Miraculous Medals and the faith that empowers them. I rescued a sick dog from South Carolina and got some very bleak news from my vet. I decided to attach a Miraculous Medal to her halter, say a prayer and let it rest for the weekend. On Monday, an ultrasound was done and they could find nothing wrong!! She is now a vibrant little beagle romping around my house with her poosie cat brothers.

  • Anita Verdegaal March 22, 2014, 10:05 am

    Hello there,

    I bought the magazine ‘Flow’, and read your article. Inspiring!!!

    To answer your question; I am basically grateful for life. Life gives me everything I need, and more. It’s time we learn to appreciate everything life gives us, and not take it for granted. Life can be difficult, hard, emotional, but above all it inspires us to conquer the ‘bad’ things, make ’em into good things. Because sometimes you think you’re at the bottom of a well, and then there’s a tiny tunnel ahead…


  • Angela Mrozinski March 22, 2014, 10:51 am

    Congrats!! Thx for the giveaway. I’m grateful for a life filled w/ small blessings. A decent job, loving partner & family, & relatively good health all around. Plus a nephew on the way!!

  • Natalie Bakody March 22, 2014, 12:09 pm

    I am grateful to be living. You have to admit, it is hard to narrow it down – there are countless things to be grateful for when you stop to think about it. Great question to pose.

  • Penni March 22, 2014, 2:01 pm

    I am grateful for my husband, who loves me so much and lets me know each day!

  • Lois Middleton March 22, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I’m grateful for being in a sunny, warm part of the country. I love the sun and it’s wonderful to be in it.

    Congratulations on your book, Tammi!

  • Ashley Shain March 22, 2014, 2:50 pm

    I am grateful that my stepdad’s ongoing illness has brought us closer rather than farther apart–even if we still live in different states. While I was in college, I would call home to talk to just my mom and he would hand the phone over to her– which made me think he never wanted to talk to me. Now my mom has to steal the phone from him sometimes to get a chance to chat with me :).

  • Mollie Herambourg March 22, 2014, 5:45 pm

    Hi Tammy!
    I am grateful for your sharing and writings as they give me hope that all will be well for me too. Nearly two years ago I lost my home, then my job. I had placed my belongings except for some clothes and a box of personal belongings into storage. I ran late on payments, but the managers worked with me only one day their auditor showed up and since I was behind she held an auction and I lost everything I had owned in my life. One week later, my husband took his own life. It takes a lot of courage to keep going and your beautiful photos uplift me. I look to nature for comfort, as well as to horses. I found a place to live in a place that boards horses! 🙂 If you can find hope and strength and purpose in your grief than I can too and I am grateful you shared your journey! Blessings to you!

  • Tenzin Chaktar March 22, 2014, 6:06 pm

    I’m grateful for friends and others who share their time and talents to teach others. From learning how to write to learning how to drive a car, we all needed someone to care enough to show us what we can accomplish with some effort and interest.

  • Sophie March 22, 2014, 6:29 pm

    the first spring egg.

  • Clarissa March 22, 2014, 6:49 pm

    I’m am grateful for my husband and my children! And so many other people! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  • Amy Choffin March 22, 2014, 6:51 pm

    I’m grateful for my fantastic friends and family!

  • Thu Pham March 22, 2014, 7:35 pm

    I am grateful for my amazing, loving husband who makes me delicious food each day, wakes up before the sunrise because I have to, and supported me throughout law school, unemployment, and sadness.

  • Amanda Akers March 22, 2014, 8:29 pm

    I’m grateful for family, for love, and for finding daily inspiration in the little things.

  • Yvette Pow March 23, 2014, 1:49 am

    I am grateful for my cycle and train ride to work each morning that keeps me sane in an insane job! Your blog inspires me in so many ways I have decluttered, downsized, given up constant tv, travelled light and now I am back on my bike. All since finding your blog in January last year 🙂

  • Cindy Talbot March 23, 2014, 2:54 am

    Congratulations on the book Tammy. I have been following you for some time but haven’t commented.
    I am grateful for the like-minded tiny house people who help me realize my big dreams of living small can come true. I am also grateful for being “there” for my mom when she needed me most at the end of her life. I have no regrets, but I have many questions and have also picked up the phone wanting to call, even after 4 years. [email protected]

  • Sara Overbeck March 23, 2014, 4:13 am

    I am grateful for a close-knit family!

  • Marcy Pivin March 23, 2014, 6:14 am

    I’m grateful for … this moment, this time, in this space. I am grateful for TODAY.

  • Laura N. March 23, 2014, 8:33 am

    I’m grateful for everything that has led to THIS. This moment. This life.

  • Roland Stolfa March 23, 2014, 9:43 am

    Encouragement comes in many forms. Photographic messages are among the best.

  • Emmy March 23, 2014, 9:55 am

    I’m grateful that we can almost always start over!

  • Dennie White March 23, 2014, 10:46 am

    I am grateful for my boyfriend. He is also my carer and helps me control my anxiety and depression. He seems to instinctively know when i’m “not right” and makes himself available whenever i need some support.

  • Kaylin Lydia March 23, 2014, 12:19 pm

    I am grateful for this weekend (time spent with friends, yoga, diner breakfasts) re-energizing me for another week within the job I love but often stresses me.

    Kaylin Morrissey @ [email protected]

    : )

  • Rebecca Jean March 23, 2014, 2:20 pm

    I am grateful for the opportunity to pursue a PhD without fear and without debt 🙂

  • sara March 23, 2014, 2:58 pm

    thank you Tammy! I’m grateful for love and health these days! 🙂

  • Andrew March 23, 2014, 6:24 pm

    I am grateful for simple technology that empowers us all to create such wonderful legacies.

  • Michelle Ryan March 23, 2014, 7:22 pm


    I glad you found a way to help you thru your grieving process. Thank you for sharing your photography and thoughts.

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to live in the country with so many wonderful creatures that have helped me learn how to deal with life’s joys and sorrows, as well as being surrounded by nature. It is a wonderful classroom and sanctuary. I’m also grateful for family and friends that are supportive.

  • saloma March 23, 2014, 9:01 pm

    I am grateful for my friends, family and and everyone

  • Klaus Gottschalk March 23, 2014, 11:51 pm

    I am grateful for the grace of god.

  • Dani March 24, 2014, 12:33 am

    I’m grateful for the fact that you came on my path , sharing your little lights from your life with us !, feel blessed , thank you <3 !

  • Vicky White March 24, 2014, 12:37 am

    I’m grateful for the magic in life.

  • Delicia March 24, 2014, 12:40 am

    I am grateful for each now moment of this magic journey called life, the highs, the lows and all the in-betweens.

    Congratulations again on your new baby book! xxx

  • Andrew Mitchell March 24, 2014, 1:38 am

    I’m grateful for my amazing girlfriend who is supporting me as I take a big cut in wages and massive increase in working hours to leave my soul crushing job to persue my dream of working in a small brewery. She is, quite simply, the best.

    Thanks Tammy, for all your inspiration in sorting my finances, decluttering and helping me realise what is truly important. You rock.

    Andrew x

  • Christien - ZIZOlabel March 24, 2014, 5:45 am

    Hi Tammy,
    I read about you in the Flow magazine and curiously went to your website. Just yesterday I was thinking how grateful I am for some nice conversations and contacts I had had that day. They caught me by surprise and made me happy!
    bye, Christien

  • Sherone Taylor March 24, 2014, 6:23 am

    I am grateful for sunny afternoon, crocs, Chihuahuas, Labradors, Blue Heelers, cats and the live of my love……Hunky Hubby of 33 years!

  • Eve Greene March 24, 2014, 6:26 am

    I am truly greatful for my morning view. Waking up to a beautiful south Florida day, enjoying the many butterflies that visit my garden daily and for the amazing people that will touch my heart throughout my day.
    Thank you Tammy for sharing your beautiful pictures with me.

  • Amanda March 24, 2014, 6:31 am

    I’m grateful for mornings!

  • Joseph Hansen March 24, 2014, 6:48 am

    I am grateful for those with timeless wisdom. who are selfless enough to share with others. They invest there time, money, and emotion into it. Expecting nothin back.

  • Jennifer March 24, 2014, 7:26 am

    Love this!! I’m so grateful for a healthy body and the ability to exercise and run outside. Thank you for all of your wonderful posts!! Jennifer – [email protected]

  • Camila Rodrigues March 24, 2014, 7:45 am

    I’m grateful for each loved person that is present in my life, making me strong to fight for my dreams and supporting me in these fights. I’m mostly grateful for having the chance to make every day a better day!

  • Aura March 24, 2014, 8:17 am

    I am grateful for finding genuine resources like this one at this exact time. I came across your site as I was searching for help/inspiration dealing with profound loss and was drawn by the sweet, personal way you share your talents. I was moved by your story about creating this book – what a beautiful way to make a tribute to your stepdad. Thank you for the inspiration!

  • Tricia Jennewein March 24, 2014, 8:20 am

    I’m grateful for my family.

  • Sabrina Mueller March 24, 2014, 10:35 am

    I am grateful for your blog. I love reading it and find inspiration.
    And I am grateful for all the wonderful people in my life!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  • Kathy March 24, 2014, 2:41 pm

    I’m grateful for the chance to begin a new day with the Lord in a place where I can flouish and enjoy His presence.

  • Shannon March 24, 2014, 4:06 pm

    I am grateful for quiet Sundays.

  • Mel Goodsell March 24, 2014, 4:49 pm

    Congratulations on your new book Tammy and for the opportunity to receive a copy.

    I’m grateful for all the little things that keep me happy – hot tea in a pretty cup, snail mail in my letterbox, my little veggie patch in the backyard that helps to feed our family and being able to find spare pockets of time to create nice things.

  • c brice March 24, 2014, 5:20 pm

    I am grateful when I am able to get up each morning and feel good and take each day as a new gift and try to live it the best I can and be the best person I can be to others that day .

  • Stephanie Nieland March 25, 2014, 5:53 am

    I’m grateful for every day my terminally ill father in law is still with us.

  • Traci Sabia March 25, 2014, 11:12 am

    I am grateful for the health and happiness of my 9 and 4 year old girls. They are my whole heart and my world.

  • Monica Nebe March 25, 2014, 11:15 am

    I’m grateful for my dad coming through open heart surgery so well. It was a scary time for me and my mom. I’ve read the intro to your new book and it left me teary eyed. Thank you Tammy for sharing your journey. Your previous book has also inspired my husband and I and are hoping to embark on our own tiny house journey.

  • Michele Fowler March 25, 2014, 11:15 am

    I am grateful for sunlight and bright skies…my husband who supports and encourages my wild ideas…and that first (and second) cup of morning coffee. Thank you Tammy for the work that you do and your willingness to share it with the world. Your courage and creativity inspire me!

  • Brittney March 25, 2014, 11:20 am

    Hi Tammy, congratulations on your new book! I am grateful for your frequent posts, because they are always beautiful, inspiring images! I am also grateful for my family, because they make me feel loved and are a blast to be around. I am grateful for LIFE!
    Blessings, Brittney.

  • Eliza March 25, 2014, 11:21 am

    I’m grateful for the beauty in ordinary moments and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

  • Eliza March 25, 2014, 11:22 am

    I’m grateful for the beauty in everyday moments and finding inspiration in unexpected places.

  • Fenne Kustermans March 25, 2014, 11:28 am

    I am grateful to experience life, my furry friends, frozen mornings and sunny dog walks. For beautiful nature and the people who fight for a better world. For a cup of tea on a winter day and a cold lake on warm summer days, for long talks with friends and the sounds of campfires.
    And now for the sound of my sleeping dogs, one of them is snoring 🙂 (i love that sound)

  • Annemiek van Duin March 25, 2014, 11:31 am

    I’m grateful for my memories, I collect them 🙂

  • Erin Kline March 25, 2014, 11:32 am

    I’m grateful for my husband, my dog, my cats, my cozy living room and coffee.

  • Allie March 25, 2014, 11:38 am

    I am grateful for my husband, daughter and cameras to capture the fleeting moments!

  • Anna Puhakka March 25, 2014, 11:44 am

    I’m grateful for the beautiful retreat center I am staying at right now.

  • Amanda March 25, 2014, 11:49 am

    I am grateful for the support of my family and friends in chasing my dreams to graduate Nursing school. Despite the difficulty of finding an job as a new graduate, I have to willpower and strength to embrace the littlest of things; a good cup of coffee, making someone smile, connecting with other women through blogging. I am grateful for life!

  • Kyeli March 25, 2014, 11:53 am

    I’m grateful for your friendship and the magical internet that enabled us to find each other! I’m grateful for being able to be a photographer even in the face of my disabilities. I’m grateful for my iPhone and all the magical apps that make my photography easy and fun. I’m grateful for this life, this day, this breath. <3

  • Hannah Corson March 25, 2014, 12:07 pm

    I’m thankful for Mountains. They remind me that there are bigger things in life than ME and my life 🙂

  • Leanne Emberton March 25, 2014, 12:22 pm

    I am grateful for YOUR daily posts on both Facebook and Instagram that remind me of how beautiful life really is 🙂 thank you Leanne

  • Jillian Schweitzer March 25, 2014, 12:23 pm

    I’m grateful for the safe space I’ve carved out for myself, in each part of my life. I treasure the little pieces of happy in my daily life because I didn’t have those growing up.

  • tracie eastman March 25, 2014, 12:24 pm

    I am grateful for…. today & everything that comes with it.

    Congrats on your book. 🙂 Looking forward to picking it up soon.

  • Alane O'Hagan March 25, 2014, 12:26 pm

    i’m grateful for being able to breathe out of my nose; i’ve been sick w/a cold and today my nose is finally congestion free! 🙂

    thank you for this great offer; it’s always fun to play along. best wishes for much success. xo

  • Ivonne March 25, 2014, 12:40 pm

    I am grateful for language. For having a voice. For having the chance to communicate and express my ideas in a verbal, graphic and written manner. For having the chance of hearing what people have to say and be able to share with everybody.

  • Brittany March 25, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Congratulations on the release of your book! I have always dreamed of becoming a writer. I am taking a year off to travel this summer, and plan on trying my hand at creating my own piece of art.
    I am grateful for…the ability to be grateful! I suffered for depression for over 7 years, and as many know, it can be challenging to be positive and grateful during those times. Developing a gratitude and mindfulness practice was a major contributor to helping me find the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.
    Happy Tuesday!

  • Hillary B March 25, 2014, 12:47 pm

    I am grateful for growth. I just started jitterbug/swing dance classes with my husband just this month, in spirit of trying one new thing each month this year.

    One of the things on our list this year is taking your photography e-course! I’ve had classes high school/college but am rusty and my husband has never taken a formal class. We think it would be a great “growth” experience, fingers crossed we win! Bonus is getting a copy of your work, I’ve been a fan for a long time 🙂

  • Anna Maria Boland March 25, 2014, 1:00 pm

    I’m grateful for my life as it is and for my husband who’s my biggest supporter on my way to change my life.

  • Rizzi March 25, 2014, 1:04 pm

    I am grateful for my wonderful and supportive family.

  • Amy Good March 25, 2014, 2:00 pm

    I enjoy your weekly links! Thank you for posting. I am grateful for my parents. They are very generous people that have helped me, my siblings, and countless others. Through their generosity I have been able to persue the career I want and will be able to do so without the dark cloud of debt hanging over my head.

  • Michelle Y March 25, 2014, 3:13 pm

    I’m grateful for the new doctor I met this morning, who took the time to talk to me, listen to my questions and laugh at my nervous jokes, even though they were terrible. She made me feel safe and that is a wonderful thing when you aren’t feeling 100%.

  • Heather Varga March 25, 2014, 3:15 pm

    I’m grateful for the chance to grow and learn. When I saw that the give away included a class on photography I jumped right in. I am horrible at taking pictures. I feel so bad for the people whose head’s and other body parts I have cut off over the years, the blurry faces and the just strange looking people I have tried to capture. So I’m grateful that I could get better at a skill that I just don’t have naturally.

  • Cindy Corum March 25, 2014, 3:32 pm

    I am grateful for books that inspire me to be my best self.

  • Paula March 25, 2014, 3:58 pm

    My book arrived….love it! I’m grateful for so much…my photography, internet friends, that I have more than I need and that I am learning I need less!

    • Tammy Strobel March 25, 2014, 5:21 pm

      Yay Paula! Thanks for buying my book. Please consider leaving a review on amazon too. Thank you! Thank you! 🙂

  • Lexie Greer March 25, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Today I am grateful for hot tea poured from a 47-year-old teapot, two pups sleeping by the fire, and the delicate whispering of gentle snow flakes.

  • Elizabeth March 25, 2014, 4:51 pm

    Hi Tammy, congrats on the new book!
    I’m grateful to have done your “Writing in the digital age” course last Fall. I can say that the course was a landmark in my life. The habit of journaling and blog has changed me. I can say that I’m another person, a better one. Thanks!

    • Tammy Strobel March 25, 2014, 5:20 pm

      Thank you Elizabeth! That was such a sweet thing to say. You made my day! Hugs.

  • Stephen March 25, 2014, 5:27 pm

    I really enjoy your blog posts! My wife and I are looking forward to building our own tiny house in the next couple years. Today I am grateful that my mom’s neck pain seems to be showing signs of relief.

  • Alasha Brito March 25, 2014, 5:29 pm

    I am grateful for a friendly smile, the sun shining through the trees, and the comfort of a simple cup of tea.

  • Tamara Peters March 25, 2014, 6:28 pm

    I’m grateful for our first child, born last month, and for all the wonderful and caring friends and family in our “village” that have nurtured us with their love and cooking!

  • Melissa Moore March 25, 2014, 7:11 pm

    I am grateful for long afternoons spent at the park with my son.

  • Jen Chantrill March 25, 2014, 7:28 pm

    I am grateful for the chance to wakeup every morning and shout out loud “It’s a beautiful day to change lives!”

  • Mary Bonfiglio March 25, 2014, 7:46 pm

    I’m grateful for a cup of hot tea and a snuggly cat.

  • Geneva Wilson March 25, 2014, 7:48 pm

    I’m grateful for still being able to hang in there despite the nay-sayers. I have a roof, such as it is, over my head; a car that gets me from A to B; food in the critter dishes and on my table too and I have a job I enjoy. (My blog is much out of date but hope to fix that soon.)

  • Michaela Gawlyta March 25, 2014, 8:34 pm

    I have found you on IG and I am so glad I did! Love your posts and always look forward to them very much. I am grateful for having had the strengths and perseverance and privilege to complete a degree in nursin and that I’ve had so many people around me help me celebrate my success. The nursing program has really defined my life for the past four years and I am really happy to see what’s next now that I’ve got that under my belt. Congrats on the book launch – it looks beautiful!

  • Buffy March 25, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I’m grateful for my health. Having recently sprained my ankle and needing to slow down to heal has given me a new appreciation for healthy mind, body and soul.

  • Robin Deering March 26, 2014, 12:06 am

    I’m grateful for having woken up early, allowing me time to do things for myself before the ‘real’ day at work begins. I’m grateful finding this website amongst the online maze, which has brought me inspiration, admiration and a few smiles…

  • Kat Kanan March 26, 2014, 1:06 am

    I’m grateful for my hands and my feet. Seriously you have no idea how difficult life would be if you didn’t have those.

  • Maaike de Boer March 26, 2014, 1:31 am

    I am grateful to have read your story in Dutch magazine Flow. I am decluttering my house haha and realise I have held on to stuff far too long. So I am grateful for learning to let go.
    Oh, and I am grateful for my dog 🙂 Besides the loud snorig, the smelly farts and following me around ALL day, she is the best thing that ever happened to me. Pugs rule!

  • Marja Eppink March 26, 2014, 7:18 am

    I’m grateful to have found your blog and book today. Grateful that I still have my sweet husband around, six months after we were told by his doctors that it was unlikely he’d live until christmas. Grateful that we can celebrate every day we’ve got together, grateful that I can stop my worrying on most days, grateful that I can say life is good and mean it.

  • Deborah Ercole March 26, 2014, 7:32 am

    I am grateful for my entire life recreated!

  • Angelique Smith March 26, 2014, 8:32 am

    I’m grateful for the very important lessons I’ve learned from making my own mistakes.

  • Linda Levine March 26, 2014, 8:49 am

    I am grateful for life, for learning (just a few years ago) that miraculously, I am in charge of living my life. Me! Do you have any idea how exciting that can be? Yes, I imagine most of you can, but it was news to me. I am grateful for the happiness I can CHOOSE. I am grateful for the smile on my face and the joy in my heart. It doesn’t happen naturally, too many years of conditioning, and, through practice, I can turn that around in an instant, so so grateful I stayed in this life to discover happiness is internally created and not dependent on my circumstances!

    • Linda Levine March 26, 2014, 8:50 am

      And hey, thanks for asking, was good for me to write this down!

  • Carol Bates March 26, 2014, 10:57 am

    I’m grateful for my ability to be afraid and take a chance anyway.

  • Lauren Hummert March 26, 2014, 12:33 pm

    I am grateful for my little man, who just turned 1. I am grateful for my family and the support that they provide. And, I am always grateful for my first cup of coffee in the morning to get my day started!

  • Jammie Hungrige March 26, 2014, 1:07 pm

    I love your book, I have it on kindle and would love a signed copy. I also love your classes and will share your book on my fb page.
    Jammie Hungrige

  • Heike Herrling March 26, 2014, 3:15 pm

    Hello, first time commenter, long time lurker.
    I’m grateful for discovering the concept of gratitude, because it orientates me when I need it most. I am grateful for the blue sky and sun shining, because it means I will soon be out and walking on the beach. I am grateful for the way the light is hitting the scrubs outside my window this morning, because it fills me with joy and hope.
    Thank you.

  • Nicole Gardner March 26, 2014, 4:32 pm

    I am grateful for lifelong learning, for sharing the joys and challenges of each day with my homeschooled children, for inspirational books, for the bounty of spring (stinging nettles, chickweed, fresh herbs and salad greens), and for community – family, furry family, friends. Thank you, Tammy!

  • Angie Gonzalez March 26, 2014, 7:43 pm

    I feel there are many things to be grateful for in my life. Too much for a single comment.

    I am so grateful for the wonderful people I’ve met along my travels. Those who have helped to guide me through this crazy place we call life. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am today.

  • Arlene Ehrlinspiel March 26, 2014, 7:47 pm

    I am grateful for God’s grace every day, for my husband, and family, all who have walked with me on this life’s journey.
    Thank You Tammy, for your creativity, your joy, and your strength in sharing. God Bless

  • Hannah March 26, 2014, 9:17 pm

    I’m wildly grateful for gratitude <3

  • Jenny @ Ohjoh March 26, 2014, 9:42 pm

    I’m grateful for my family – even when we drive each other bonkers – and for the memories of those that aren’t here anymore. I’m also grateful for the handwritten recipes from my Mum who passed away last year. Her hand writing makes me smile and the familiar food that we cook keeps her close.

  • Syamim Hashim March 27, 2014, 12:29 am

    I am grateful for my lips, and its ability to curve a smile. Because of that, many of my friendships begin. A smile works best to greet a person, especially when I am too shy to say ‘Hello’.

  • Hilary Horn March 27, 2014, 7:12 am

    I’m grateful for my family.

  • Neens B March 27, 2014, 7:13 am

    I’m grateful for my dog Albert, who has been a constant source of encouragement and support to me during the past two years. He is one of my guardian angels, there is no doubt about it…

  • Susan March 27, 2014, 7:15 am

    I am grateful for my children!

  • Julie Hobbs March 27, 2014, 8:14 am

    I am grateful for each and every new day and the excitement that it brings me to as I strive to downsize and minimize and live a more simple life for myself, and my family

  • frannie ferrara March 27, 2014, 8:15 am

    i am grateful for today, and all the days i get a chance to grow and change and learn and love and laugh.

  • Mike K March 27, 2014, 2:27 pm

    I am grateful for my two year old daughter. “Daddy I love you” is the most amazing thing to hear.

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