Happy Thankful Thursday!
I am excited that this is the 10th Thankful Thursday post!
It feels like a little milestone. I said in this morning’s live Facebook video, which you can watch recorded below, that I am grateful that I get to practice gratitude in this way. I get to curate my most favorite and inspiring pieces of writing each week. I get to encourage my friends and my community — at least I try. I get to show you all how much I love you and I love what you’re doing.
Thank you for being a part of my life.
For those of you who are new to Thankful Thursday, welcome!
I put together a post each week on Thursday to express my gratitude. Here is my video explaining Thankful Thursday. I feel like a video is more genuine than quoting myself in writing week to week. Take a look at the video recording, below:
In short, just in case you can’t watch the video (or it doesn’t work), each person, story, publication, etc. I select based on making me feel like I want to express gratitude. If you don’t want to follow me or what I write, I’m totally fine with that — that’s not the point of this. But, I love it when you support eachother.
Love you all — just trying to spread the love!
Also, if you’re on Facebook and would like to see my live Thankful Thursday updates, please be sure to follow me at: “Sam Kimberle Writer, Creative Entrepreneur.”
Be sure to check out my video from this morning below if you’re interested.
Of course, I’m grateful for reading stories and meeting people through Medium that inspire me every day.
Here are my ten selections for this week, in no particular order:
- I am so happy for Leslie Wibberley, who found her Literary Agent this week! Leslie is such an incredibly talented, and kind person. Whenever there are group posts on Facebook about mentorship, Leslie’s name always comes up as being a fantastic mentor in the community. I am thankful to Leslie for all of her generosity, and I am so excited for her with this next big step! Read about Leslie’s journey so far here:
How I Found My Literary Agent
After reading countless stories from countless writers about their own journeys, it feels surreal to finally be able to…
2. Christina Ward 🌼 wrote this hilarious poem about the “hang tight” messages we have been receiving lately with increased frequency. If you need a good laugh from a smart, well-written piece of poetry, you need to read Christina’s poem here:
3. I love this post from Kristi Keller this week. Not only did it make me laugh, I agreed with pretty much every assessment of these allegedly “inspiring” places to write. And, I too would much prefer to remain in my PJs, on my couch. Read Kristi’s post here:
4. James Knight wrote this beautiful and inspiring poem from a place of wisdom and compassion. It was truly moving to read each of these bits, which each inspired me to reflect. Thank you for sharing this, James. Read his poem here:
5. Jessica Archuleta wrote this article about a friend of hers who is a teacher. It is a beautifully written article, but it is extremely sad that we live in a country where a teacher feels she must turn to art for protection. To me, this is a must-read piece. So, please read it here:
Art to Protect Students from Guns
A beautiful mural on a classroom window has a devastating reason to exist.
6. Bringing beauty into the world, Dennett shared this wonderful poem about the stunning nature scene. Dennett’s original photographs look like painting by Monet — they are gorgeous. And for more magnificent works inspired by nature, be sure to follow Dennett’s publication “Weeds & Wildflowers.” Read Dennett’s poem here:
7. It has been a while since I’ve read a poem that nearly got me to cry. And it’s not surprising to me that such a poem would be written by Guérin Asante. The love that Guérin has in his life is radiant. It’s the kind of love you cherish. We are lucky that he shares his reflections on this love with us. Read Guérin’s poem here:
4 revolutions ago today, there was zero way I could have known that you would blow beyond the arbors, harboring a…
8. Yes Darcy Reeder! We need more pockets! I hate not having pockets in everything I wear. My favorite quote from this article: “No one should have to choose between twirling and rock-collecting.” I cannot agree more — well, except for this fact that I’m more likely to collect snacks in my pockets than rocks. I don’t have a daughter, but I love wearing dresses, and if they don’t have pockets, I’m not thrilled. If you love pockets as much as we do, read Darcy’s article here:
The Tyranny of Pocketless Women’s Fashion
We deserve functional pockets, and so do our daughters.
9. Ah! Jessi Roman is quickly becoming one of my favorite Poets here on Medium! Her dark style speaks to my little goth girl heart. I had trouble choosing one poem to include here, but I think so far this is my favorite. Check out this poem, and all of Jessi’s other poems on Medium so far, here:
10. Matthew Smith, founder of The Bad Influence, The Write Free Project, and The Trash Heap, is starting a curated list based off of submissions in these publications. I am honored to have been included in his first list. I always recommend to new writers on Medium to join Matt’s publications. They are each a bit different, but the common thread is allowing yourself to write without inhibition (but within the limits of not getting kicked off of Medium). Check out Matt’s curated list with the theme “Peacock” here:
Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 10! Thank you to each of you for putting your work into the Medium community, allowing me to read it, and making my life a little brighter. You are wonderful — I am thankful for you.
Please read and support each other’s work — that means the world to me.
Also, here is my Facebook Live video recording from this morning:
In case you don’t want to watch the video or it doesn’t work, I talked today about being thankful for the premiere of The Good Place tonight (let me know in the comments below if you’re planning to watch it and you’re as excited as I am!), loyal friends, and moments of self-acceptance and self-love.
That last bit is related to the fact that I am constantly questioning why I have made the shift in my life to become a full-time creative person, especially since I was progressing well in my last line of work. When I read this quote by Maya Angelou this morning, it felt enlightening:
“If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”
So, today I’m grateful for this time to explore. I’m grateful for the opportunities that come my way. When I feel crazy, I’ll try to remember that I can’t reach my full potential without living outside of the box of “normal.”
Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week.
Thank you for reading!
Sam Kimberle is a Writer, Poet and Artist. Her primary creative mediums are words and clay. She received her B.A. from Dickinson College in Religion and Philosophy, M.A. from Temple University in Comparative Religion, and J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Instagram: Sam Kimberle, Facebook: Sam Kimberle, Writer Creative Entrepreneur