We asked for your brightest smile and the reasons (not weight-related) that you are grateful as we start this new decade. If you want to feel lifted up and see the many ways people find to be grateful in spite of the cards life has dealt them, read on!
We know that we can all use more gratitude in our lives!
Our Cover Model: Natasha Whitefield
“Grateful for my husband and his endless support!”
We were sooooo moved by these:
Cheryl A. Porter
Madison Sky Jones
Annette Stieffenhofer Foster
Chasity Hope Darnell
Many of us expressed gratitude for family and children:
Shannan Jessee Steele
Kasey Richelle Miller
Karen Grace Steward
Megan Naughton Hodges
Vanessa Erin Marcum
Joyce Hajvert Goeman
Beverly Schmidt Squitire
Some of us were grateful for professional advances:
Beverly Lehman Brady
We struggled with depression, PTSD and other mental illnesses, but still we found a space for gratitude:
Jessica Vess Greene
“I am thankful for 2020 because 2019 was the worst year I’ve ever had. I battled depression and suicidal thoughts and no one seemed to notice. I have found a new me and I am much happier now. My soul just feels happy again. I’m grateful for my husband for being there and talking me through the worst times of my life. When I say the worst, I mean I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to feel what I felt. Seriously. I can attach a picture of me when I hit rock bottom. I’m making a promo to myself to NEVER EVER let anyone or anything make me like that again. To go through what I’ve been through and to find a new me is so much more than any gift. I just want to share my story, not really to win anything. Thanks for reading! Hello 2020!”
Tina M Carroll
We escaped abusive relationships. Go us!!
We are marrying wonderful men. Life is good.
Amanda R Criner
We are grateful for fresh starts and lessons learned.
Jill Cross Jasper
Lisa Delamater Bentley
Stacy R Patterson
Whitney Nichole White
Victoria Victoria Victoria
We are grateful for a higher power.
Lori Blume Long
We are grateful for finding ourselves, being who we are ... at last, and living an authentic life.
Linda B. Seidel-Payton
“I am grateful for finally accepting myself as being perfectly imperfect. I am comfortable being me. What I will teach myself and others in 2020 is that we are WORTHY!”
We are thankful for our Moms and Grandmothers.
Aurora Elizabeth McBride
We are grateful for cupcakes ... always for cupcakes.
But our gratitude doesn't stop there.
We are grateful for ourselves, our independence and our ability to celebrate ourselves.
Ashley Yvonne Stone
Melba Griggs Todd
Rhenitha LivingFree Johnson
Leslie Ann Powers
We are overflowing with gratitude for friends, family and so much more.
Lauren Brianne Worthley
Amy Marksheffel Balenzano
Cindy Hunsinger Dobash
We are grateful to be role models ... and to have role models.
We express gratitude for new life.
Christina Ann Moxey
We are grateful for everything.
“I’m grateful for everything.” ❤ – Nichole Siegle
We are grateful for our health.
Carrie Jean Hendrix
We are grateful for happiness, hair and more.
Lara K. Barber
Our gratitude is unending.
Kelly Keen Burns
“I’m thankful that I’m alive. Eleven years ago I lost my dad and mom to a house fire. They both died, so it was my older sister, younger sister, and me who survived. Then on October 3, 2019, I lost my older sister to heart failure at 49. Hurts me so bad. I’m lost without her. So it’s just me and my little sister left in the family. I hope 2020 will be better for us.”
“I am thankful for my daughter’s successful brain surgery last year. She has many daily challenges, but she gets through them. She has returned to work! She has found love this year. Love knows NO sizes! Love this page.”