Monday, December 2, 2019

#Giveaway - Gratitude Journaling -Why it's the New Resolution

GIVEAWAY OVER - WINNER CHOSEN.

By Angie Turner of Have a Deadly New Year (Farm to Fork Mystery series) by Lynn Cahoon

Hey guy's, it's Angie. I'm the co-owner and chef of The County Seat in River Vista Idaho. This holiday season is crazy busy. The good news for a restaurant is people like to eat special meals at special places. The bad news? It's a lot of work.

Felicia was in charge of decorating the dining room and it's beautiful. Red ribbons, green holly, and white lights sparkle around the room. I love just turning off the main lights after we get done with a shift and just sitting watching the room sparkle with magic while I drink a cup of cinnamon spiced hot cocoa before driving home.

We even have an outdoor tree although it's more minimalist since we'll have snow here in Idaho soon. It may not stay the first few times, but when it does, it will be here until spring. I have to say, I love the holidays.

Especially New Years. I'm big on resolutions. Goal setting, looking ahead, planning the restaurant's growth as well as my own. This year I'm trying something new. A gratitude journal.  My plan is to write in it first thing in the morning, before the day gets away from me. A note about the way the barn looks in snow. Something crazy Precious, my not so baby goat, did. How smart Dom, my St. Bernard is. Maybe even some of the challenges.

I'm even thinking I can put what I'm reading in the journal. As long as I don't treat it like my high school journals, filled with teenage angst and notes about one particular cute guy - Yes, I'm talking about you, Ken Forrey.

The kitchen crew, Felicia and I are all heading to Sun Valley for new years. It's our first out of town retreat but we have a catering job to do for one dinner. Then we're on our own for a few days. I know Matt and Hope are going to want to do some skiing or snowboarding while were there. I'm just hoping for some quiet time by the fire with the book I'm bringing. Just in case.

Have a happy holiday season. And if you start a gratitude journal, shoot me a line. I'd love to hear how yours is going.

Angie



HAVE A DEADLY NEW YEAR releases December 3rd, 2019




Chef Angie Turner of The County Seat—Idaho’s finest farm-to-table restaurant—is preparing a private dinner in the mountains during ski season, but the trip’s about to go downhill . . .

It’s a rockin’ New Year for Angie and her crew as they cater a bash for a famous band—and as a bonus, they’ll get to stay at the singer’s Sun Valley house for a whole week once the party’s over. But there are hints of discord, and the event hits a sour note when one of the musicians is found with a drumstick in his chest.

Is this a case of creative differences turned lethal or is there another motive at play? Angie’s jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire as she and her fellow foodies try to solve the case before the killer comes out for an encore . . .

Meet Lynn - 
Award-winning NYT and USA Today best-selling author, Lynn Cahoon, pens several cozy mystery series. The Tourist Trap series is set in central coastal California includes ten novels with six holiday novellas. She also pens the Cat Latimer series (set in Colorado) available in mass market paperback. The Farm to Fork mystery series is set in her home state of Idaho. No matter where the mystery is set, readers can expect a fun ride. She lives in a small town like the ones she loves to write about with her husband and three fur babies. Sign up for her newsletter at www.lynncahoon.com

#Giveaway rules - Tell Lynn and Angie if you have a gratitude journal.  What's your process? One random winner will win a Dream Journal along with an early copy (ARC) of A Field Guide to Homicide (Cat Latimer mystery #6) Comment below for your chance to win.  

Winner will be chosen on Friday December 6th. 

46 comments:

  1. I do not have a gratitude journal but I did participate in several authors' "what I am thankful for" during the Thanksgiving holiday. I don't think I'd do very well. I'd make entries for a few days, then would forget about it. dbahn(at)iw(dot)net

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  2. I do not have a journal. I have started them but then forget.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. I’ve tried journaling off and on and tend to be sporadic in my writing. A gratitude journal sounds like something I’d have more luck with!

    Jill
    Jwhite410(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  4. Do not have a gratitude journal. I have thought of doing one but never got around to doing one. Lois Rotella - rainonlois@aol.com

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  5. I gifted a gratitude journal during my pregnancy and have jotted memories of the day's events & also my wishes. Yes, even on the bad days of exhaustion lol. My email oohllala(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I've never heard of a gratitude journal before. It is a wonderful way to end each day with thoughts of who or what we are grateful for. This is definitely a great gift to start the New Year off. robeader53(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I do not have a gratitude journal, but every night I count my blessings before I go to sleep. I really should get a gratitude journal, though, because I know I could fill it up! Thanks for your giveaway! bobandcelia(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  8. A gratitude journal sounds like a beautiful and precious idea. I have done a journal but this would be even better since there is a great deal to be grateful for and I know that I would benefit greatly. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  9. I don't have a gratitude journal but I realize how helpful this is and I can appreciate each day and the things which I feel grateful for. Ruth. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  10. I don't have a gratitude journal but it sounds like something I would love to use. Thanks for the chance to win. kayt18 (at) comcast (dot) net

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  11. I do journal. Not every entry is always filled with gratitude but I work on that. Thanks for the giveaway.
    sallycootie(at)gmail(dot)com

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  12. I do not have a gratitude journal. I have had gratitude lists. Thank you for the contest. Catherine

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  13. I don't have a gratitude journal. It sounds like a fantastic idea though. acate9(at)utk(dot)edu

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  14. I have tried to journal over the years, but without much success.
    libbydodd at comcast dot net

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  15. I've never tried it before but it sounds like a good idea. Might have to start.
    kozo8989(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. I have kept a journal since the 1980's..I have found that when I put everything down on paper,whether it is good or bad or even the weather report I feel so much better..And it is fun to go back and read them.vadershepard(at)embarqmail(dot)com

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  17. I had a gratitude journal years ago and I used to write down 5 things that I was grateful for every day. Some days it was a real stretch to find five things I was grateful for, but I haven't done that in awhile. Maybe I'll try doing it again. Thanks for the great giveaway. Happy Holidays!
    diannekc8(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. I've never had a gratitude journal - sounds like a good idea.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

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  19. I don't have a gratitude journal, but a few years a go I made a Happy jar. Every time anything good happened I wrote it on a piece of paper and put it in the jar. Then on December 31 I emptied the jar and read all the wonderful things that happened during the year. I oftentimes do gratitude exercises with my patients at work.

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  20. Although I don't have an actual gratitude journal, I do try to think of at least one thing that I'm genuinely thankful for each day. I believe it's important to be thankful more than just one or two times a year. At times, when things aren't going so well, it maybe hard to come up with something, but I've found that all I have to do is look around and see others worse off than me to realize how fortunate I am and to be grateful for. I've never thought about writing them down in a journal, but I do think it would be a really nice thing to look back on at the end of the year to see how we have progressed in our life and our way of thinking. At the end of the year if you were able to read over the whole year, it would give one extra thought on how fortunate one really was.

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a Dream Journal AND an ARC of "A Field Guide to Homicide"!
    2clowns at arkansas dot net

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  21. I don’t have a gratitude journal but that is a great idea. Thanks for the chance.
    Jess
    Maceoindo(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. I do not, but I really need to have one. Maybe something to try for the new year. Thanks for the chance to win. mcastor07(at)gmail(dot)com.

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  23. The month of November I did a grateful posting every day. It makes you think and realize what you have.

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  24. I’ve done gratitude journaling in the past, but not right now. Legallyblonde1961@yahoo.com

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  25. No, I haven't done gratitude journaling! Thanks for the giveaway, I'd love to read your book.

    marthalawson8 (at) gmail dot com

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  26. I have not done a gratitude journal before now. However, I met with the mother of Dylan, one of the shooters at Columbine as a local library. And health system presented her book. She was journaling long before the Cllumbine shootings. She was a good mom...anyway, i have had three major surgeries this year...and everyday i wake up being glad i am awake and breathing, able to walk even if it is slowly, and that my older son is still alive...he could have been a shooter....hes learned to control his demons and there but for the grace of God go I. So I just began writing little sentences about how thankful i was for a smile, someone saying thank you instead of "no problem," and zo on. Each day it grows longer and i can see that i, too, am changing my ways, so i am more grateful and thankful to others. My great grandson is almost ten. The other day, we were in the store and he thanked the clerk for checking us out...she was suprised..and he said well, you shouldn't be because I'm thankful for you checking us out and being so friendly...and she had tears running down her face and said no one had ever told her thank you for doing her job before...so we are working on the theory of each one reach one and eventually this world will be a better place.

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  27. Oh and my email address is LaFonRC@aol.com

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  28. Having a gratitude journal sounds like a wonderful idea. However, not right now while I'm doing daycare for my 3 month old granddaughter. She seems to take most of my time and energy. Thanks for the chance.
    ematoc (at) comcast (dot) net

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  29. I have a gratitude journal that I managed to keep up with for about 3 months this year and then it got pushed to the side. I may pick it up again in the new year.
    journeybound2010(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. No I do not have one, but I am thankful everyday and say so in my prayers. Thanks. nani_geplcs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. I love the idea but currently I am not keeping one! lindaherold999(at)gmail(dot)com

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  32. No, I don't have a gratitude journal, but I like the idea.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  33. I am poor at any kind of journaling, but I do try and be mindful of what I have to feel gratitude for.
    browninggloria(at)hotmail(dot) com

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  34. I am not keeping a gratitude journal right now but I have kept one in the past. I wrote in it at night and the longer I did it the more things I noticed I was thankful for. It amazed me that I could find 10 or 11 things to be thankful for on just an ordinary day. You have inspired me to get back to keeping a gratitude journal again Lynn. Thanks for the reminder of what an uplifting experience it was! suemngirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  35. No I don't journal but am thankful everyday for so many things. doward1952(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  36. No I do not have a gratitude journal. But I am thankful for all I have every day.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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  37. I don't journal, gratitude or otherwise. schmokercarol(at)gmail(dot)com

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  38. I think I need to get a gratitude journal and start writing...during one of the recent Author 30 day events I realized I don't think about this enough...
    Marilyn ewatvess@yahoo.com

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  39. I do not have one but sounds like a wonderful idea!

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  40. Forgot my e-mail tWarner419@aol.com

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  41. I do not have a gratitude journal but I like the idea. I might try it for the new year.
    jwisley(at)aol(dot)com

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  42. I have a gratitude jar, each day adding something I am grateful for. I'd like to do a journal, but I'm not always good at keeping it up to date! Thanks for a chance to win. ljbonkoski@yahoo.com

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  43. I don't have a gratitude journal as such, but I have a large clear jar , that during the year, I put a little note what I am thankful for in the jar. Not all days, but here and there. Then on New Year's Day I pull all the notes out and read them. queenvictoria50 (@) aol (dot) com

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  44. I don’t have a gratitude journal . But I might start one now.
    xzjh04(at)gmail.(dot)com

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  45. When my hubby died in 2004, my daughter and I started a gratitude "tree". I started it mainly as a means of helping her to deal with our loss. We would write what we were grateful for on a 'post it' note and stick it one the refrigerator door. The Kitchen is the hub of the house. You cannot reach any room without passing through it. Thank you for the spur. I had thought about doing something like that. Since our frig is drowning in 'post its' I just had not exerted myself to do so. I will follow your suggestion and tell my daughter we need to clean up the fridge. Especially since it is frustrating to pick the older notes in particular, off the floor each day. It is past time. deepotter at centurylink dot net

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  46. I don't have one, but like the idea. anajs95(at)gmail(dot)com

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