Wednesday 27th October 2021

Gratitude In My 70th Birthday Month*. 43/51 #LifeThisWeek. 107/2019.

Gratitude In My 70th Birthday Month*. 43/51 #LifeThisWeek. 107/2019.

Yes, dear blogger, “this” is the optional prompt *Your Favourite Book As a Child for this week but I have gone on another direction leading up to November.

Here’s more about why!

P.S. Favourite book as a child was definitely the Folk of the Faraway Tree (and its spin offs by Enid Blyton)

Having embraced the notion of turning 70 at the end of November, I wanted to make it a special one via my Instagram feed (which also goes to Facebook and Twitter) so

G R A T I T U D E 

is my go-to for expressing appreciation for my life…to date!

It’s now something I am far, far more aware of as a healing tool for me. I used to dismiss my husband’s “wise words” about gratitude as my head was not in the right space back in 2015- early 2017 to feel anything other than a far bit of fearBut, over time, and with a cancer diagnosis, I got more into understanding the need to express gratitude and to feel grateful. Two things…not just say, but actually feel.

The photos below have helped me remember gratitude. And to express it!

Earlier this year I wrote 4 posts in a series about gratitude which were part of my linking up with Min here for Zen Tips Tuesday.

Post One. Post Two. Post Three. Post Four.

Now for my birthday month, I am celebrating with an instagram post expressing my gratitude.


A good idea for coming up to 70 I think!

Celebrating love..and US. Grateful for over 49 years together.



I am suggesting if you wanted to follow along, and you are on Instagram (ask for follow, @denysewhelan1 if you don’t already), then these would be the hashtags:



I am going to list a large number of prompts (I made it to 70!) and *my husband is referring to mine (as above!) with no order nor even suggesting how they are used.

It is up to you!

  • my husband*      nature      food      creativity       skills
  • kindness       health     simplicity      out & about 
  • colours     the sea   my life    friends    water
  • thought    change   life stage   travel    movement
  • connection   community    seen   felt   hearing
  • smelled    tasted   world   spirituality    art
  • photography     weather    seasons    social media
  • birthdays    blogging    freedom   recognition 
  • books   music    fun    time    coffee   
  • contentment    cake    singing    life    shopping
  • education    career   health professionals    study  
  • curiosity    relaxation   mindfulness   painting 
  • my country of origin    language   history   games
  • grass    air conditioning   my car   family
  • our children    our grandchildren   learning 
  • socialising    enough money   shelter   cancer treatments

Just in case you would like some inspiration too: A few pertinent quotes:

“The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” —Dalai Lama

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” —William Arthur Ward

We learned about gratitude and humility – that so many people had a hand in our success, from the teachers who inspired us to the janitors who kept our school clean… and we were taught to value everyone’s contribution and treat everyone with respect. – Michelle Obama

I don’t have to chase extraordinary moments to find happiness – it’s right in front of me if I’m paying attention and practicing gratitude. Brene Brown

source for all: Brainy Quotes.

Have you avoided, then changed your mind about celebrating a milestone birthday?

I admit I took some encouraging to get ‘with it’.


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  1. Glad you are looking forward to it now! I think it’s interesting your comment about looking up. I often find myself looking up and then delighting in the new angle of the ‘usual’. I will try to do a few of the insta shots…

    • Thanks Lydia, pretty sure your comment about celebrating special birthdays resonated…so ‘it’s all good’ and I look forward to being 70 now.

      Denyse x

  2. Your idea to express gratitude in your birthday month is a great one, Denyse. Every day is a new day. I always look forward to celebrating my birthday, and try to do something memorable for the milestone ones.

    • Thanks Natalie.
      I know some people talk of their “birthday month” and party on…in my case, that isn’t me but reflecting and being appreciative now after the last five year of not-so-good times makes me WANT to share the joy and love I am feeling.

      Denyse x

  3. I have very fond memories of The Faraway Tree – and the others. It was a world that seemed to be endlessly summer – but a summer without snakes and humidity lol, but rather meadows and flowers and everything jolly. I remain amazed that you’re about to be 70 and love that you’re now looking forward to it.

    • Oh yes, wasn’t it brilliant and we all wanted to eat that food….so descriptive.

      I tried reading it again as an adult and sadly it just wasn’t the same.

      Thanks Jo, those words are very kind about me getting to 70…nearly!!

      Denyse x

  4. Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. I love that Brene Brown quote. I think every day is a good reason to be grateful and every birthday should be celebrated, especially the milestone ones 🙂 I’m thrilled that you’re embracing the birthday bonhomie and and expressing gratitude – so many reasons to be happy!

    • Ah Sammie, one of the reasons I believe I did not ‘want’ to really celebrate before was about ‘worthiness’. I can do all of this for others but when it came to me, nah.

      Having come through so much in the past few years, it was time to apply my growth skills and get on with it.

      So here I am proud to be well and nearly 70!

      Denyse x

  6. What a beautiful way to observe your birthday month, Denyse!

    SSG xxx

    • Thank you so much SSG.

      I may not be having a holiday away or a big lot of parties but I “am” celebrating in a month all of what comes to mind to be grateful for. Gifts far beyond price!

      Denyse x

  7. A very happy birthday to you Denyse and I always enjoy reading your wise words. I celebrated my 70th birthday half heartedly but quickly realized that it made not a jot of difference. I colored my hair all over for the first time and decided to get on and do things rather than put them off. In other words to ENJOY and CELEBRATE every day – I have so much to be grateful for.

    Pamela xx.

    • Thanks so much Pamela.

      These past few years my blog, and having to express some of my challenges in life, have really been good lessons for me to learn.

      I like that they are enjoyed by others such as yourself.

      It is so good to connect via our similarities around the world which is at the heart of blogging.

      Loved reading about your response to 70 too.

      Thank you.
      Denyse x

  8. Hi Denyse, I thought I was following your blog with my email, since I read many of your posts. When I checked again, yesterday, I noticed I needed to refollow? Thank you for the connect on Instagram. Fun to share:)

    My favourite book as a child was “Heidi.” I have noted “Folk of the Faraway Tree.” I love reading all sorts of books and I welcome suggestions, including literature for children. I read “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” for the first time this Fall.

    Congratulations on your birthday and thank you for sharing your gratitude and your wisdom:)

    • Thanks so much Erica, I am glad you enjoy my blog posts.

      I am pleased too we are now connecting via Instagram: thank you Jo for that!

      I have an email setting here that is directed to bloglovin. My posts appear there but I also link up on Wednesdays with Sue & Leanne for Midlife Share the Love.

      Isn’t is good remembering the stories we loved as kids.

      Thank you for your kind wishes.

      Denyse x

  9. Husbands are very wise at times and I’m so happy to see you both – you look great! I’m all for celebrating big birthdays, bring it on I say!! I have a countdown for my 60th late next year just so that I don’t miss it 🙂 . You have a lot to celebrate Denyse and I wish you a fun filled month ahead and I’ll be following on via Insta 🙂

    • Thanks so much Deb. Next year will be quite the celebration for you and I am glad I am learning to embrace the unique birthdays..ending in 0.

      I hope you might join in the #gratitude instagram series for November as it is such a good way, as I am learning, to counter fear.

      Denyse x

  10. What an exciting month for you Denyse and I love the relationship you have with your husband. Celebrate your life and make it a month long celebration because you deserve it. Looking forward to the photos. #lifethisweek

    • Thank you kindly Sue, those words are lovely.

      I certainly am grateful for the life lived with my husband. Even after 49 years there are still hiccups but they are resolved very quickly and often through humour!!

      Denyse x

  11. Love the plan for your birthday month! I have been following your gratitude posts in Insta for a while now and it’s so inspiring. I think for 2020 I might do something like 365 days of gratitude. I have fallen off keeping my gratitude journal since going away on holidays but my weekly gratitude posts definitely still help. I’ll try and join in on Insta in Nov but if not, you know I’ll be following for sure!! 🙂

    • Yes you already know the value of gratitude but it really does require focus to keep it going.

      I find I am like that with my nightly journal entries. I wish I could be more consistent because it is something I value when I want to see how I am going.

      Looking forward to what 2020 brings for you and me too!

      Denyse x