Happy Thankful Thursday!
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 each other.
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:
- Leslie Wibberley — the minute I saw this article I knew I needed to read it. Frank definitely knows all sorts of things that I don’t know. First of all, his ears are so big, I’m sure he can hear things going on in California from here (we live on the east coast). But, more to the point, Frank sits and stares into my husband’s office at night, and sometimes barks in that direction. I am convinced that there’s a spirit living in my husband’s office. It’s been going on for years. Anyway, if you are a crazy animal person and would like to join in on this conversation, please check out Leslie’s article here:
2. This piece by Guérin Asante, I’m not even sure where to start. The original artwork, poetry AND a musical accompaniment of this piece are stunning. We should all feel blessed that Guerin willingly shares his talents with us. And we should be inspired — we should all be sharing more of ourselves with each other. Enjoy Guerin’s beautiful artistry here:
3. Tre L. Loadholt shared this open and honest piece yesterday. It’s a peek behind the scenes, but one that I found myself relating to, and nodding my head in recognition as I continued to read. Tre’s vulnerability is refreshing and motivational. It’s difficult to share those inner thoughts, but Tre does so with beauty and resilience. Read her story here:
4. With the intent of spreading awareness of domestic violence issues and prevention, Christina Ward 🍁🌲 published this poem. There is a trigger warning, so I will warn you here as well, but if you feel you are able, it is worth the read. Perhaps even if you are unable to read it because it’s too triggering, you could support Christina with claps, or a response. I know that’s what I do sometimes when a piece is just too triggering for me to actually read, and I know I want to provide support. But, this is a beautifully written poem with an important message. Read Christina’s work here:
5. Just from the title of this piece when I saw it come up on my Medium feed, I knew I was going to love it. And I did! Tess F. Stevens gives practical tips about becoming a witch, and what it means to be a Wiccan. Since I was about 12 years old, I have had an interest in Wicca. I have memories of reading introductory books on the beach and by the pool — I’ve never been a normal, average kind of reader, or person come to think of it. Either way, I’m starting to feel like this is perhaps a synchronistic sign that I should dust off my own books again. Thank you Tess for writing such a powerful and poignant piece that I see as an inspiration. Read her article here:
6. I love this poem by Tammy Breitweiser. In this poem, Tammy’s voice and truth shines. It is a vulnerable look inside, and it is beautiful. Tammy is reflective, and she makes it easy to empathize with her creative and personal journey. Read Tammy’s poem here:
7. I have had the pleasure of chatting with Daryl Bruce through my new role as “managing” editor of the Partnered Pen. As a brief aside, I mentioned to Daryl that I was in Disney World when he messaged me, and he asked me to take a picture if I found Goofy since Goofy is his favorite. So that became a fun game while I was away. At any rate, this article is wonderful. It’s exactly the kind of piece I love seeing on Medium. I also do gratitude journaling, and I have seen similarly positive results. Please read Daryl’s article below for more information on the power of keeping a gratitude journal:
4 Ways My Gratitude Journal Changed My Life
Keeping a daily gratitude journal has rewired my pessimistic mindset into a positive and high functioning one.
8. I love the whimsy in this piece by Andrew Knott. He makes the magic of story time come alive. It reminded me of the scene in You’ve Got Mail where Meg Ryan’s character is reading to the children in her wonderful little book shop, The Shop Around the Corner. It’s one of my favorite movies, and I insist on watching it at least once every year around this time of the year. As always, Andrew did a fantastic job with this piece. Read his article here:
I Took My Kids to Story Time at the Library and It Forever Changed Me
Life is full of surprises
9. When I first read this poem by Greg Prince I told him that it was my favorite poem I had read of his. And it is. I know that feeling so deeply of seeing someone you used to love, particularly on social media, and having those emotions boil up inside of you. My description will not do his poem justice, you simply have to read it for yourself:
10. I’m sneaking this one in here, even though technically I published it, but it is truly a collaboration between Tapan Avasthi and myself. Tapan and I have become friends mostly as a result of being in Christina’s facebook group Poets on Medium. Quickly, Tapan has become one of my favorite people, and we talk frequently. We were having an awesome discussion about faith a couple of weeks ago, and the idea to do this poem was born. It was a pleasure working with Tapan to challenge ourselves to not only tackle a difficult topic, but to also do it within the form of a sonnet. I encourage you to follow Tapan if you aren’t already, and read our collaborative sonnet here:
Thank you to those who are a part of Thankful Thursday Post 12! 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. I talked about my trip to Disney World, which was a blast. I also talked about having an awesome conversation a few days ago that brought me some clarity around becoming a life coach. And lastly, I talked about being grateful for my creative inspiration when it comes to my artistic work. I have a lot of sculpting to do for the holidays, and I am very much looking forward to it!
If you’re interested in watching the rest of the video, you can see it here:
One thing I did not mention in my video because I was unaware at the time, was the passing of Elijah E. Cummings. I am grateful for the service of Mr. Cummings to Baltimore, and to our country. It is a great loss to our community here in Baltimore, and he will be sorely missed.
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