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right now i’m grateful for…

Oh Joy and Ruby

Oh Joy and Ruby

…getting past the stage of being super self-conscious about my body. I'm surprised, but glad, that stretch marks and post-baby breasts have made me get over those body issues I obsessed over in my teens and 20's. It feels freeing to accept yourself for who you are.

…having this blog for nine years now (this was my first post). I am grateful that I still enjoy it, and that you all still come by to read it.

…your words of encouragement and support about my gestational diabetes. After crying a good tear over missing my sweet treats, I've learned about how to better balance everything out till baby comes 😉

…being a resident of New York City thirteen years ago when the world changed forever. I am grateful to have seen how a city and a country could unite together and to have been spared the injuries and loss that struck so many.

It's nice to stop for a moment and think about what we really have to be grateful for—on crappy days when nothing seems to be going right…and especially on days when things are feeling too good to be true.

So, tell me friends, what are you grateful for?

{Photo by Casey Brodley for Oh Joy}


  1. I’m grateful for being a housewife, at the moment, even though it’s sort of not an option to be anything else (still waiting for my visa to come through over here in England). Some days I think I have to much free time, and that I’m absolutely useless, but today I baked bread from scratch and the family can’t get enough. I’m grateful for free time, because I’ve found something new that I enjoy and that I’m good at.
    <3 dani

  2. i LOVE this post. just adds a jolt of positivity to the week. I am grateful for my husband and our beautiful little flat. It took us ages to find a place to live and it is so nice to have somewhere we love (and in our budget!)

  3. I am extremely grateful for my health. The fact that I can get up everyday, go for a walk and breathe deeply is something I don’t take for granted. If I have something as simple as that functioning in my life, everything else falls into place.

  4. Hi Joy, I really liked this post. I am 19 weeks along and have not seen any stretch marks yet. Friends will say, “Go you! Hope that lasts!” I smile, but to be completely honest, if I were to see marks appear, I’d feel initiated. This is my first child, and I feel like stretch marks are an emblem of sacrifice and a beautiful, pure thing. I don’t know where my thoughts on that come from since I’ve been raised in the self-aware, perfect-beauty society, but I’m grateful I feel that way! You look stunning!

  5. There is so much all of us should be grateful for and thank you for today’s post. I am grateful that you still enjoy posting on FB and Instagram. Your pictures always bring a smile no matter what the topic.

  6. I am grateful for my friends and family. I was diagnosed with breast cancer just over a month ago and had my mastectomy on Friday. I have been surrounded by love and support and can’t imagine doing this alone. If you’re interested, I started a blog about my experience, No pressure but I’m trying to spread the word, especially for young women who are diagnosed and underserved. I love reading your blog and look forward to it every day.

  7. Of course my kids and hubby. But honestly, 3 years ago I took a leap and launched a company to foster creativity in girls bc creativity=confidence. I spent 2 years researching it prior. Now, I look and see girls all over the country designing, creating and expressing their own style with my line. I am sooo grateful to still be in business after bumps and ups and downs and now feel particularly grateful to the girls and moms who have been huge supporters and fans. You have to dig deep to do what you love, even in the toughest moments! I am grateful to have that passion still.

  8. I’m grateful to be a new pregger and have your blog to read for inspiration on how to dress your bump!
    If I may ask, where is this grey dress from?

  9. I am sorry you have gestational diabetes. I had it with no 2 too. Was bad not having to eat as much as I could especially when pregnant and always hungry! And having to watch my portions and do 4 finger prick tests each day! But I got through it and you will too! It’s all worth it for our baby’s sake. 🙂
    I am grateful for my two precious boys. And thankful each day that I can cuddle up with my almost 2YO and enjoy all his cuteness at this stage. Grateful to have healthy loved ones. Grateful to be in wonderful Australia. There are so many blessings to count if we really start counting! 🙂

  10. I’m grateful for my sweet husband and baby Camdie. They are my hearts. Life doesn’t get sweeter than this. Best of luck with #2! So happy for your growing family. I almost had GD, but managed it with diet and I remember it was a huge sacrifice but something that had to be done. You look stunning, mama!

  11. Congratulations on nine years! That is so awesome! I hope to be able to say the same thing about my blog someday!
    Today I am thankful that I am able to stay home full-time with my son. It gives me more time to recover from my c-section and I won’t miss a minute of my son’s life as he is growing so quickly during his first year 🙂

  12. Such a beautiful post! I got twins 15 months ago, so my body has been through a lot, but I’m so grateful for having two amazing and most adorable girls! I forgot how I was and I came to accept who I am: a happy and proud mum!
    Congrats Joy for your 9 years blogging!

  13. You both look so happy in this photo and your daughter is such a stunner! I put on lots of weight during my pregnancy and did not really care about towards the end.
    Regarding being grateful, I love my family and how close I am with my partner and my daughter. They are my rock!
    Wow 9 years blogging…that’s fantastic 🙂


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