My name is Joan and I’m a working mother, aspiring baker, longtime blogger and hopeless existentialist. I started this blog as a resolution for 2012. I consider it a “gratitude project” of sorts, and I hope it will keep me mindful of the moments in my life — small and large, profound and pedestrian, life-changing or often life-sucking — that make me wonderfully human. I’m surrounded by blessings, as are all of us, whether I choose to observe them or not. I invite you to join me on a journey in 2012, a journey on which I contemplate and repay my debt of gratitude for the beauty, grace, joy and love of this earthly life and its wondrously diverse (and maddening) fellow travelers.
What is a debt of gratitude?
For more than two decades, I’ve built a career in philanthropy. Some people call me a fundraiser, but that seems like an inadequate label for a job that is built around human relationships. “Debt of gratitude” is a phrase I use often in my professional life to describe the obligation my organization has to its donors for recognition and thanksgiving. Recently, I turned the concept inward and began to contemplate the debt of gratitude I owe to the universe — for the abundant blessings I receive every single day.