grateful heart monday

A Grateful Heart (+ weeklong linkup!)

December 29, 2014
Hi and happy Monday!! Do you guys realize this is the last Grateful Heart Monday of this year?? This linkup began almost exactly a year ago – actually, it will be a year old tomorrow, and when it began, it wasn’t even a linkup. I started sharing my own grateful heart with this space randomly, on a Monday, with the thought that the beginning of the work week didn’t have to be a bummer of a day.
At the time, this blog was only a few weeks old and my new blogging friend Anne commented on my very first GH post, telling me she loved the idea and wanted to do it too. Believe it or not, she was the only person to comment and I’m pretty sure she was the only other blogger reading my blog at the time πŸ˜‰ I think back over this past year and am so grateful for what this idea/series has turned into… I am so thankful for all of the people I have met through this now linkup. I smile when I think of how Anne was my very first blogger in my “Tribe,” and I am excited knowing it will only continue to grow through this next year as Grateful Heart continues as well.
So, today – I am grateful for this linkup and for all of you who take part in it with me. I am grateful for each and every post that is shared in this space and for each and every heart that gives thanks, especially on a Monday πŸ˜‰ Continuing on with my Grateful Heart: KINDNESS from the last couple weeks, this week I am grateful for the kindness all of you share as you read and comment on the other GH posts with such genuine and sweet words. I love visiting a “new to me” blog to read a GH post and seeing familiar bloggers in the comments sections πŸ™‚
Today may be the Monday after Christmas (aka: especially dreaded for many), but it’s also the last Monday of 2014, and I think that is all the more reason to make it a great one. So, if you’re feeling a little “ugh” today, pick yourself up, think of at least one thing you are genuinely grateful for, ask the person next to you what they’re grateful for, and watch your Monday improve. I’ll see you all in 2015 πŸ˜‰
What areΒ youΒ grateful for?

Link up below and join the rest of us in starting each day this week with a grateful heart. Not enough time to write a Grateful Heart post today? No worries!Β This linkup will be open until Friday!Β 

1. Link up to your Grateful Heart post, not just your blog’s homepage, andΒ please link your post back to Ember Grey (via link or GH button) so that others can link up too! *Any posts that do not have to do with this GH topic or those that do not link back up to this blog will be deleted.Β 

2. If you use #gratefulheart on Twitter, tag me and I will retweet! @embergreyblog

3. Carry on and be grateful! XO!
Ember Grey: Grateful Heart


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  • That is such a sweet story about the start of the linkup! I am so glad that you created it. Happy Monday and see you in 2015!

  • Doesn't it seem like just yesterday? If all the things blogging has brought into my life it is the people (and my tribe) that I love most. Thank you so much for bringing all of us together and for uniting us in gratitude! XO

  • Lindsay

    So glad I found your blog and this linkup! Thank you for hosting every Monday; it really does start the week on the right foot!

  • I agree with Lilnos, it was nice to hear how it all started. I typically try to keep my focus on the future, but really, it's always nice to reflect on how far we've come.

    Happy Monday! I didn't write a post for GHM but I'm grateful that my sister has come to visit me for the next few days. Today, we're off to have a nice lunch and do some after Christmas shopping!


  • Em, I love you and your beautiful heart!! Happy Monday doll!!

  • I am so glad you started this! I'm pretty sure you and Anne's linkups is how I found so many amazing ladies! <3 <3 Happy Monday sweet friend!

  • Thanks for hosting. Such a nice way to begin each week! Grateful for the weekend and all the little things. Enjoy the rest of 2014!

  • I'm so happy I found your blog and this link up. It has been the best part of my Mondays since I started linking up. Happy New Year Emily!!

  • This is definitely one of my favorite linkups! I think i'ts a great idea and a great way to start the week. <3 your blog Emily!

  • SO glad you started this linkup and I found it! I love starting my week with a grateful heart! πŸ™‚

  • I'm so glad you made this a linkup and I have loved reading the other posts and sharing my own gratefulness. It really helps keep my thinking more positively about things rather than dwelling on the negative. I'm so so glad to have "met" you sweet friend and I hope you guys are having a wonderful time settling into your new house.

  • Liz

    I love this! You have built such a wonderful community of other bloggers, and I think we all look so forward to Mondays with you to start each week off in the right way. I also love that you tried to give everyone a little pick-me-up, reminding them that even though a lot of people are back to work, there is still much for which to be grateful!! xo

  • Holy moly it's been a year?!?! Lord the time flies doesn't it? I'm grateful for your heart and passion in finding the beauty in everything πŸ™‚

  • Happy happy new year! I don't have a link for this week but the GH project has reminded me several times to seek out the positive when I've felt down. I love that you do these linkups!

  • I am grateful for this link up and grateful for you too, Em!! πŸ™‚ Can't wait to start the new year off with a grateful heart πŸ™‚ XO

  • I'm looking forward to another year with everybody! πŸ™‚

  • It really DOES seem like it was just yesterday – crazy! Go us, right?! ha! XO!

  • aw, thanks Lindsay! So glad to know you too!

  • Hope you had the best time with your sis!! What all did you pick up on your shopping adventure?!

  • Meg, this note from you was like a virtual hug!!! Thank you, hope you're having a great week! XOXO

  • <3 <3 So glad I know you! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you, Sarita!! Have such a wonderful NYE! πŸ™‚

  • So happy to know you too, my friend! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year!!

  • aw, thanks Ashley! πŸ™‚ I'm so glad – I love doing this with everybody!

  • yay!!! Me too, Faith! πŸ™‚ XO!

  • You KNOW the feeling's mutual! πŸ™‚ (Since your card already made me cry, ha!) XO!

  • It was really nice thanks. The shopping was more for her. She hadn't been shopping for herself in over a year! Loads of sales at the moment so she did really well. Macy's was a madhouse!

  • I'm so glad you started this link up! It has been great reading different things others are grateful for as well as sharing my own. It has help me appreciate the little things within each day of the week. Some weeks are easier to share than others, the more I strive to be grateful every day the easier it gets to find something or someone to be grateful for. πŸ™‚ Anne is amazing, I met quite a few bloggers through this link up this year.

  • Thank you, Liz!! So, so nice of you to say and I'm really happy you've become a part of my Tribe! πŸ™‚ Happy New Year to you!

  • I know!! FLEW by, I can't believe it. You make my heart happy, thank you for your sweet note, Kel!

  • So glad, Kira! πŸ™‚ Hope to see you again this next week! Happy New Year!

  • XO! So excited for 2015 with everyone!!!

  • It's helped me too, Felecia πŸ™‚ Glad to hear you met other bloggers through this. Happy New Year to you!

  • Jae

    Heeey! I'm glad to have been part of this link-up in 2014! I may have started out late, but it's been a refreshing take on appreciating the things that matter the most. Thanks, Em! Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

  • So glad to have met you in late 2014, Jae! Hope to see you again this next year! πŸ™‚

  • Jae

    I may not have linked-up as often, but you're definitely going to see me around here every now and then. Sending you some blog love from Manila!