A Little Post About Gratitude & Link Up On the Edge #50

Today started out to be quite dreadful. It began with a feverish and vomiting child, miserable PMS getting the best of me in every possible way, a broken toilet, and gray rainy weather. I succumbed to the misery for a brief moment (well maybe for a good 6-8 hours), but as I am writing this I have decided to change my perspective. The child is starting to feel better, nothing serious but a mild stomach bug. The toilet has been fixed by my incredible husband. The PMS and the rain are still persisting, but these things shall pass.

So enough of all that nonsense, instead I want to talk about gratitude. I am so very grateful for many things. I am grateful for this space I have to be creative and to share my stories. I am grateful for all of you lovely readers who visit me here and interact and join my discussions. I am grateful for those of you who consistently share thoughtful comments on my blog posts. And I am especially grateful for those of you who share your sensitive experiences with me. I know that putting yourself out there can be intimidating and even plain old scary, and I thank you for feeling comfortable enough with me to share your stories despite your possible fears.

I am grateful for the support I receive from family and friends and even from acquaintances. I am grateful for all of you who stop by every week (sometimes multiple times a week) and add your posts to my link ups. I am grateful for the brands who have reached out to me for collaborations and I am grateful for my blogger friends who also reach out to work on projects together. Without all of this and all of you, I would probably have discontinued this blog a long time ago.

So thank you for keeping me going. Thank you for inspiring me. Thank you for validating me. Thank you for appreciating what I do and what I say. And thank you for reading, for listening, and responding. I am ever so grateful.  My gratitude is overflowing and that makes me ever so happy.  Thank you.  Thank you.  Thank you.

Outfit Details
Dress: Women’s Tiered Woven Maxi with Crochet Straps – Knox Rose™ for Target.
Jacket: Really Old.
Sandals: Old from Target.
Necklace: Burlington Coat Factory.

Now for your favorite posts from last week.

Tif of Bright on a Budget shared a beautiful Cold Shoulder Top with Ruffles.

And Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style shared 3 lovely ways to style capris in How to Wear Your Capris for a Dressy Event.


Feeling grateful on the edge,

Shelbee

Linking up with these Fabulous Link Ups.

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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

58 Responses

  1. Can I tell you that I get so excited when you showcase my blog on your linkups, Shelbee??? That’s my gratitude ten thousand fold!!
    Thanks and have a fabulous weekend—now don’t get sick!!
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Oh, Jodie, that just gave me the biggest smile this morning! I am so glad that you get a thrill from a feature on my little ole blog! It makes me feel great to know that I have made someone’s day a little brighter just with one simple little act of kindness! Thank you for being so wonderful!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  2. I really like you dress, there’s something about that material that I love! Gorgeous colour on you Shelbee. Thanks for hosting. Jacqui
    http://www.mummabstylish.com

  3. What a cool post! So sorry to hear the start to your day was this dreadful – but you’re right, perspective can change our mood drastically. You look so gorgeous in this pink dress and I love how you put it on over a t-shirt!

    Xx, Lora | Cherry Cola Style

    • Lora, thank you so much for very kind comment! It is amazing how easily one’s mood can change with just little tweak in perspective…I wish everyone could do it. Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  4. Dear Shelbee, you look amazing in red. I love the first picture 🙂
    We can be gratefull for all. our problems are often luxusproblems.
    I am gratefull we are all healthy. It’s a great thing to be healthy.
    I wish you a nice weekend, Tina

  5. I hope that virus doesn’t spread and all is ok. And your looking fabulous in that dress Shelbee! Have a great weekend xx
    http://www.vanityandmestyle.com

    • Thanks so much, Laurie! And I, too, hope the virus doesn’t spread. The little guy crawled into bed with us last night and was all nuzzled up against me for the night…so it may take a small miracle for me to escape it!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  6. I love this color on you! You look joyous (even though I know the day your wrote this was a tough one)!

    • Thanks so much, Cathy! Actually, the day I wore this and took the photos was a pretty good day. I never even got to take a photo the day I wrote the post! It was too crazy!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  7. Well, you certainly have got the right attitude!
    Enjoy your weekend dear Shelbee!

  8. I love this post! I am a huge fan of Brene Brown. I highly recommend her books. Gratitude is so important. I love your maxi dress. The color is stunning on you!

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

    • Kathrine, thank you so much! I will have to check out her books. Gratitude has been my go-to word, so to speak, for the last few years. It is so important and it definitely keeps things in perspective!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  9. I’m grateful for so many wonderful things in my life – one of which is to have the most amazing blogger pals such as yourself, Shelbee. Thank you for being you <3
    Suzy xx
    http://www.suzyturner.com

  10. This is a great reminder that there are always going to be little bumps in the road and when things aren’t going our way we should try to remember all the positive things in our lives. Love your tiered maxi dress! The color is so pretty on you!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

    • Jill, thank you for this lovely comment! I find that if we keep it in perspective, too, the days go a lot more smoothly and I am in general a much happier person! Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  11. There really is so much to be thankful for and it is easy to miss it in the day to day challenges of life. Good reminder to look at the good things… and I have found that it is a better way to live every day, no matter what. I am so thankful for my family and the blessings God gives. 🙂

    • It really is a better way to live, Joy! I simply cannot live in a place where I am focused on the negative. It is much too depressing and there are too many wonderful blessings in this life to ignore them and allow the negative to overshadow them. I choose joy and gratitude every day and I am much happier and more peaceful for it! Thank you so much for stopping by and sharing your beautiful perspective. I wish you a very blessed weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  12. Oh your maxi is so cute and I love how you styled it! Thanks for joining Ladies Who Link Up today! Peace!

  13. I love this red maxi dress, and it’s perfect for the 4th! I hope everyone is feeling better, and love your positive thinking! Next time I’m down, I will remind myself for all the things that I’m grateful for!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

    • Thank you so much, Rachael! I would totally wear this dress this weekend, except it has a big hole in the front and I am too lazy to mend it! I will get it to eventually. And I am so glad that you will keep my little tip in your self-help arsenal for the next time you may need it! Have a beautiful weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  14. Ohhh Shelbee you first made me smile and then almost made me cry ! Thank you for reminding us to be grateful, it makes us look around a really see that we have so much going on.
    Today I am grateful for life and for the never ending ability to dream.
    Hugs.

    • Lorean, thank you for this lovely comment! I didn’t want to make you cry! But tapping into our emotions is ever so important, too, isn’t it? I adore your attitude of gratitude and your ability to always dream. Have a fabulous weekend, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  15. Shelbee, I am thankful for all the wonderful bloggers out there and that includes you! Gratitude is the best attitude! Thanks for hosting the link up! Have a great weekend and a wonderful 4th! – Amy
    http://stylingrannymama.com/

    • Amy, thank you so much for this lovely comment! And I agree that gratitude is the best attitude! You’re awesome and I appreciate you! Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  16. Grateful that you are hosting this great party-Thank you very much. I hope that you have a wonderful and safe weekend.

    • Why, thank you vey much, Patrick! Thank you so much for stopping by week after week and linking up and always adding a super kind comment! Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  17. I’ve had to work hard on my gratitude this week – but it really does help turn things around! This is such a lovely dress, and a perfect color for you. I hope you have a great weekend!

  18. This was my first visit to your blog! Glad I stopped by for such an uplifting and encouraging testimony of gratitude.

    Blessings,

  19. THis is such a great post! I hope your child feels better. I love your dress!

  20. Ohh… recently I’ve had many days just like yours. When I’m on the verge of freaking out I make myself take a step back and think to myself that it’s not worth going down that path. Hopefully you have something fun planned for this holiday weekend! Thanks for hosting and for sharing with my party.

    • That is a great method of pulling yourself out of a bad day freak out, Paula! We do have lots of fun plans all weekend, so I am looking forward to that. Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your experience! Have a fabulous weekend.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  21. What a beautifully written, personal post, my darling. We’ve all been there, those days that everything seems to be going wrong. Those are the days, we think about wrapping ourselves in bubble wrap and sitting on the sofa so we don’t break a leg, etc.

    But an attitude of gratitude has the power to change everything. It looks like even the sun shone for you. Xo Jonet

    • Thank you so much, Jonet! On days like those, I often find myself wanting to answer the question “How are you today?” with a grumble of “I’ve been better.” But then I realize that I have also been much, much worse…and that is enough to turn my attitude around and be thankful that I am actually quite okay. And sometimes being quite okay is actually a wonderful thing!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  22. I had to pop by one more time to tell you I’ve added your fab linky part to my Fashion Link Up Party List. Love your website, doll! Xo Jonet

  23. Great post my friend. Sometimes it’s hard and we have to remind ourselves to be grateful for the many things that we do have. I’ve been in a dark place the last few days and have been kicking my own ass to knock it off and be thankful for what I do have. That’s usually all it takes…a good ass kicking from myself…lol!
    Debbie
    http://www.fashionfairydust.com
    PS…Red is definitely your friend!

    • Thanks so much, Debbie! I am so sorry to hear that you have been in a dark place…it is sometimes difficult to get ourselves out of those places. And this often dark and unkind world filled with people who love negativity makes that much more difficult. Those are the times we have to kick our own asses to get out of it…because no one else will! So keep kicking your own ass right back into a sunny place! You will get there (if you haven’t already). And remember…we are all so much prettier when we smile! (That’s a little taste of my mom’s wisdom right there. Haha.)

      And also…I just bought the prettiest bright red sheath dress. I can’t wait to share it on the blog!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  24. I am glad things are looking up for you and your family! Sometimes when it rains it pours when it comes to problems. I hope your weekend looks good for you!

    • Thank you, Lanae! Actually, things were not all that bad, just a bunch of little nuisances piling up. Which is why gratitude was necessary! The weekend has been great so far. I hope you are having a fabulous one as well!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  25. Denim jackets and maxi dresses are such a wonderful combo. The color and tiered style of this maxi makes a wonderful statement! I really like it layered over the tee, as well.

    • Thanks so much, Jennie! I love denim jackets over any dresses really! And I absolutely hate when my bra straps show, so adding the tee under a sleeveless dress is a must for me.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  26. Gratitude is so important and so powerful. I’ve been quite overwhelmed in the past few months, and it’s easy to have a pity party…. I always try to remember that there is always something to be thankful for. On some days we just have to look a bit harder.

    Thanks for a great post! I always appreciate your honesty and willingness to share! I hope to be able to visit a bit more again now that I finished the spring quarter…

    Great maxi dress!

    • Andrea, thank you so much for this thoughtful comment! And it is those days when we have to look a bit harder for the good things that it is most important to find them! I hope things are calming down a bit for you so you have the opportunity to rest and regroup.

      xoxo
      Shelbee

  27. Looking great in a Maxie, the color is perfect for you!
    Thank you for sharing on #OMHGFF this week!
    Happy 4th of July!!

  28. Love your style and your gratitude. I so understand. Big hugs to you!

  29. It’s so easy to get down in the dumps when things stack up against you, and it takes a big effort to pull yourself out of it but there’s always plenty to be grateful for. I love your maxi dress with the denim jacket.

    Emma xxx
    http://www.style-splash.com

    • Emma, thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful words. Gratitude is a necessity…especially on those down days! I hope you have a wonderful day, my friend!

      xoxo
      Shelbee

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