A Picture of Gratitude: 2012

As I continue to live with less, life seems richer, brighter and it’s even more challenging to acknowledge everything and everyone I am grateful for. I love the people in my life and that includes you. Thank you for being part of my life and letting me be part of yours.

2012 pictures of gratitude

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012winter whites

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012the most wonderfully complicated part of our simple life

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012exploring cities

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012the work

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012the meals

A Picture of Gratitude: 2012the moments in the middle

It’s hard to believe that this is only a glimpse of what made 2012 so special, and that there is still another month to love deeply, give freely and live fully. There is a line in this song that speaks to me everyday … “people think you’re lucky, but you know it’s grace.”

I know this is grace and am so grateful.



  1. Andi says

    I love these photos, Courtney.
    I read your blog at work, and it inspires me to enjoy the simple pleasures in my work day. Keep it up!

  2. Kathy Mader says

    Love all your pictures Courtney, especially winter landscapes and the food! Do you have recipes for those delicious looking dishes? Thankful for YOU today!

  3. Joe says

    Hi Courtney, I love your column and your pictures for 2012. I read your column when it crosses my RSS feed and have adopted many of your suggestions in living a simpler life. It is my opinion that our world is too driven by must haves and consumerism in general. The pictures in this article are what life is really about. The people close to you and all those around us. The joy they bring into our lives and the goodness they share with our world.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and the insiration you give those of us who read your works. You’er part of what makes life wonderful.

  4. says

    Very nice pictures! A lovely way of showing gratitude and remind us that it’s the “simple” things in life that is important.

  5. Beckie says


    Thank you for sharing so many thoughtful inspiring words with us this year. Your blog is something I look forward to reading. Thanks for all you do!

  6. Jennifer says

    Thank you Courtney, I have so enjoyed enjoyed reading your posts this year :-) I make a point of forwarding them onto my sister and we always make time to discuss them. And this is particularly nice as she lives in France and I’m in the UK so we don’t see each other very often. Season’s Greetings to you & yours and good things for 2013 xxx