Joy List Monday -- Inspiration, Gratitude and Glorious Sunshiny Days

Hello, friend. Happy Monday!

I have been feeling extra grateful lately. And joyful, too. Maybe it's the sunshine.

marigolds, autumn, garden, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

And the flowers still blooming in my garden. Some things have wound down, but others are still going strong.

black and blue salvia, garden, autumn, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

I've been coming across many inspirations lately, things that resonate with my soul.

This blog post with its affirmation of taking time for spiritual nourishment (and spending time away from the internet).

This book, serendipitously discovered at the library,

A Woman's Shed, Gill Hertz, Studio, Inspiration, books, tea, watercolor, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

a reminder not to give up on my dreams.

This article by Melanie Falick in issue 31 of Uppercase Magazine,

Uppercase Magazine, Melanie Falick, studio, watercolor, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

reminding me that rejections come to everyone and that it's important to slow down and be present (no matter how busy I am).

This quote:

"Be an encourager. Scatter sunshine. Who know whose life you might touch with something as simple as a kind word."
                              --Debbie Macomber

Are you with me?

And this. Here. Finally.*

Artful Blogging Magazine, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

I have so many ideas in my head and I need to carve out some time and space to nurture them. And I need to remember to spend some time just soaking up the sun, like the plants in my garden photosynthesizing.

red gem marigolds, garden, autumn, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

It's far too easy to rush through the day without taking the time to savor life's beauty and joys.

I hope you're taking time for them.

Joy List Monday: 

a weekly ritual
a reminder to stop and pay attention to the little beauties and graces that make life magical and to set aside time for gratitude each day

watercolor, botanical watercolor, roses, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

Today's list:

  • sunshine, sunshine, sunshine
  • a wonderful customer review on a recent sale
  • an infant idea for a collaborative project
  • the afterglow from a lovely weekend
  • seeing my mom and her award-winning quilt in the newspaper
  • Matthias, feeling good and brewing beer
  • putting the finishing touches on my next Skillshare class
  • Monday morning in my studio -- quiet, sunny and full of potential
  • YOU reading this blog

quilts, Sharon Butera, Sallymom Sprouts, Viroqua, Vernon County Broadcaster, Anne Butera, My Giant Strawberry

What's on your list today?

*I'll be sharing more about my article in Artful Blogging Magazine soon.


  1. Thanks for the links to all your inspirations lately Anne. Well done to your Mom on her prize winning quilt - it is stunning! Well done to you too Anne for all your achievements so far this year.

    Today's joy list:
    joining a group of like-minded women for an autumnal walk
    this evenings dinner already prepared ahead
    a book from the library to read
    a skin care regime that seems to be working
    A week ahead full of potential

    1. Thanks so much, Simone!

      Your list is lovely.

      Hope your week has been (and continues to be) splendid!

  2. Now THAT is a fine list!
    At this time of year my list is so long that it drags on the floor!

    1. Thank you, Karen. :) I know you love this time of year and I'm glad that the joys and gratitude have been abundant lately!


  3. Hello Friend,
    Having a different week here. Busy and unexpected LIFE happenings.
    Thank you for the reminders.
    xx oo

    1. Well, LIFE does have a way of happening in unexpected ways. I hope you're finding joy in whatever challenges are coming your way!



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