Grateful Monday: 10 of the best quotes about gratitudeApr. 27th


“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh    

“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.”
Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman’s Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia    

“Acknowledging the good that you already have in your life is the foundation for all abundance.”
Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose    

“My expectations were reduced to zero when I was 21. Everything since then has been a bonus.”
Stephen Hawking

“Some people grumble that roses have thorns; I am grateful that thorns have roses.”
Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden    

“When you are grateful, fear disappears and abundance appears.”
Anthony Robbins  

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings…”
William Arthur Ward

“[Gratitude] turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity…it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”
Melody Beattie

“What separates privilege from entitlement is gratitude.”
Brené Brown

“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.”
Dietrich Bonhoeffer


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Grateful Monday: Grateful For LearningMar. 25th

They say learning begins in the womb. Others say it begins at home. Some stay learning stops when you leave school. I think learning is never ending. As children we are told to get up and go to school. We are told to pick a college, and pick a career. We are told to learn as much as we can while we can. But what does “while we can” mean? I am almost 29 years old and I think I learn more and more everyday. I am so grateful for living in a society where my learning never stops. We have so many chances to learn. We learn from our parents and grandparents, our friends, other family members and most importantly from our own mistakes and triumphs. 

Recently I was given an opportunity to spend a weekend learning more things about my passion. To me nothing is better. I got to listen to people I admire and look up to speak “my language.” I am so grateful for living in a country that allows women to learn. We dont realize how lucky we are to have such continued opportunities our whole lives to learn and grow in positive ways. 

We are at a place in time where people can change careers, go to graduate school, take classes at local community college completely focused on their passion. You can start a business and learn as you go. You can use the internet if you cant figure out an answer. 

Learning never stops until we let it stop. Learning is ongoing, learning is part of life. If you aren’t learning you aren’t growing as a person.

My goal in life is to learn something new each day and today I challenge you to do the same. 

Grateful Monday: Grateful for SpringMar. 11th

Spring has Sprung according to daylight savings time, and a good portion of the country. I love to think of Spring as a chance to start anew. They don’t call it Winter, Fall or Summer cleaning to they? 😉 

In Spring you can rejuvenate your life, your schedule, your plans, your outlook. Spring is about shedding the Winter and in some ways maybe shedding bad habits, or that Winter funk. 

Another wonderful thing about Spring is that it stays light later. To me that means early evenings runs, outdoor time with family after work, picnics for dinner or just dining on the back patio. It means yummy Spring veggies you can grow in the garden. Tons of natural light brightening up your home and a chance to clean and have that whole “out with the old” saying put to good use. 

I am grateful for Spring because you really feel like in some ways you can start over. You can eat healthy salads and veggies that you can grow yourself or buy from local growers because maybe during the Winter months you weren’t eating so well. You can spend time outside getting amazing nutrients and staying healthy with your family. 

There is so much to be grateful for with Spring. I for one am glad Spring has sprung. 

Are you as grateful for Spring as I am?

Grateful Monday: Grateful for GratitudeFeb. 25th

I know it almost sounds silly being grateful for being grateful. But think for a second about that concept. Being grateful. 

Something I think a lot of us take for granted is recognizing when we are grateful for things. Be it a person in our life that treats us well, having a parent or family member to lean on when things get tough, having those few friends that are always there for you even when you dont realize you need them. Even a beautiful day when you really need one. 

Its a funny thing being grateful. We all think we are grateful for everything in our lives but stop and think about it. I sure did. I realized I was focusing on the minuscule parts of life that weren’t that great instead of the ones that were great. The bad days instead of the good days. The dark clouds instead of the beautiful sky. 

Stopping in those moments to be grateful even for the tough parts in life make us stronger. Life is hard and knocks us down from time to time but we should all be grateful for every part of life, even the kind that isn’t always pretty. Those are the times we should be the most grateful because those are the things in the end that make us the people we become. 










So this week lets be grateful for gratitude. Lets focus on gratitude. 

Grateful Monday: What Are You Grateful For?Jan. 14th

What Are You Grateful For?*

Quite simply, today (and her I am speaking for myself and Bryan,) we are grateful to be alive.  Yesterday, was a strange day to say the least.  A beautiful celebration of our daughters’ 8th birthday…

Lily does her ‘Walk around the Sun’ with Grandpa & Meme.




…which was immediately preceded by the most intense car crash of both of our lives:

We walked away.  Needless to say, we are grateful to be alive, no serious injuries, and feeling like ‘our work here is not done!’

Beyond that, kind of speechless.

What Are You Grateful?*

Stay Playful, Playful Karen

 *Questions provided by Cafe Gratitude and their daily ‘Question of the Day’ program that helps facilitate ‘clear and present’ employees at their amazing Cafes.

What is the Key To Raising Healthy, Balanced Kids? Grateful Monday-What is Inspiring you?Dec. 10th

Hi again from Rani! I’m back with a Grateful Monday Post and asking What Inspires You?

The other day I was perusing Playful Planet’s Playful Tube Videos and was simply in awe by the genuine words of caring that came from these celebrity and expert interviews. Here is a quick screen shot of their front Playful Tube Page.

There are some fantastic people being interviewed! Please take some time to listen to what they have to say….about the environment, our children, our future!

One of them is Cesar MIian…yes..the Dog Whisperer! In this piece he discusses the need for children to have and find balance through exercise, discipline and affection. The idea is not to work against the nature of things…be it a child, a person or an idea.

I was struck by the simplicity of this notion and yet how meaningful and real it is. Applying it to my own girls means finding time to play, be outside and making that a natural part of our everyday living!

Please share what inspires you? A cool video? Nice art on Facebook, nature itself….or a person….

Thanks for reading and sharing!

-Playful Rani!

Grateful Monday- Grateful to have a wonderful old Post to share!Oct. 30th

With the holidays coming up and life moving fast, it is important to take the time to be grateful for what we do have! We are grateful to have some wonderful content to bring back to life…especially with these busy times! So enjoy Switch Witch below. And rest assured we will be back next Monday, grateful as ever!

Last year a friend of mine told me about an amazing solution for doing away with TOO MUCH CANDY as a result of Halloween trick-or-treating. The TRICK is to get your kids on board with inviting The Switch Witch to come on Halloween night and switch out all the candy they grabbed in exchange for a toy.Halloween_candy

The way Ive heard it told is that one of the benefits (in a kids mind) is they get to eat as much candy as they want on Halloween itself, and then before bed ALL the REST of the candy gets put out for the big switcheroo. As they sleep, The Switch Witch (not unlike the Tooth Fairy or Easter Bunny or any of those other middle of the night visitors,) comes in and replaces the candy loot with one brand new toy.

I had never heSwitch_Witchard of this brilliant solution before. In the past, my little dollys stash had stayed in a high cupboard to be slowly doled out and usually joined by Easter Bunny booty several months down the road. But as I thought about sharing this great idea here, I thought I best look into it and come to find out, there is some Switch Witch lore out there. Theres actually The Switch Witch book(!) that I have not had the pleasure of reading yet, but it looks really great. And a Facebook page to go along with it.

Now I would be remiss if I didnt suggest that Storyland Yoga might be a great Switch Witch gift, but I would also like to offer another solution. Seek out a fun toy or game (or if your child is anything like my child, a beautiful new outfit might be the thing, ) at a store you can feel REALLY good about buying from, like Summer for Kids in Montecito, CA. They carry only products that are safe for kids and environmentally friendly, offer online purchasing and are you ready for this 100% of proceeds go to kids charities. That is NOT a typo 100%. Check it out for yourself and see.

Im looking forward to a new tradition in our household. (Now the only trick left is how to get that candy out of my hands before it ends up on my thighs!)

Grateful Monday: What Do You Love About the Sun?Oct. 15th

What Do You Love About the Sun?*

Today, what I love about the sun was the warmth it provided on a mid-October, early release from school Monday!  To put things in context, although we live in California, we live in a coastal climate where the average temperature never goes above 69 degrees.  So, a day like today ~~ that reached 88 degrees, well it is unusual to say the least, and very welcome! 

There are so many more things to love about the sun (energy, plants, life!) but for today, I will bask in the glow of sunny warmth.

What Do You Love About the Sun?*

 *Questions provided by Cafe Gratitude and their daily ‘Question of the Day’ program that helps facilitate ‘clear and present’ employees at their amazing Cafes.

Stay Playful, Playful Karen

Grateful Monday: What Are You in Service To?Oct. 9th

What Are You In Service To?*

I find myself, one more time, writing my ‘Grateful Monday’ post too late in the day.  After Lily is asleep, and when I would really like to be in ‘relax’ mode, but when I think about today’s question, it makes sense that this is how it works out.

I am in service to raising my beautiful daughter right now.  And what that looks like is I am busy alot.  Busy working on two businesses, busy being available for family time, busy helping with schoolwork, and tonight, busy with bringing her to her very first 4-H project meeting. 


Lily has been excited about the idea of 4-H ever since she started hearing some classmates talking about it last year.  Last year, I couldn’t quite figure out how to fit it in, so when I knew it was starting up again this year, I made it a priority to make sure she got signed up.

Tonight was the meeting of the Nutrition group.  Okay, so perhaps the Apple Dumplings they were making aren’t the EPITOME of my version of ‘nutrition,’ but they had a blast.  And, they did get a cool sheet with Fun Facts about apples (BTW, did you know that apples are related to ROSES? I didn’t!)


Anyway, for now, my Grateful Monday posts come at the end of the day.  And that is fine.  I am in service to a magnificent little girl who won’t be little for long, and I am grateful I get to be in service to raising her up!

What Are You In Service To?*

 *Questions provided by Cafe Gratitude and their daily ‘Question of the Day’ program that helps facilitate ‘clear and present’ employees at their amazing Cafes.

Stay Playful, Playful Karen

Grateful Monday-Who Are You Inspired ByAug. 14th

Hello From Playful Rani! I’m delighted this week to guest post for Grateful Monday! Here is today’s question:
Who are you inspired by?

This was easy for me, as I came up with several answers: women-in general, my mom, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Indira Ghandi, my friends, Emily and Jen, Donna and Jodi. Then there are the men- my husband, Dr. Martin Luther King, Mr. Rogers…..really the list is endless. So I started to really think about it for awhile. While in the car, running errands, the girls were in the back, laughing and giggling and making the most of having to run around with me! As I listened to them, I was simply struck by their total immersion in playing and goofing around. The giggles were very contagious and I found myself smiling. I liked that feeling!

What I realized is that the simple act of laughing was having an effect for us. But more important, because it was my girls, getting along and having fun, in the midst of doing something mundane, they made the event, extraordinary!!! I was totally smitten and inspired by the both of them! I am inspired by my girls! They remind me to play, laugh and smile…something I realize that can be easily be overlooked. It’s amazing how they can make something so simple, become so beautiful!!!!

Please share your thoughts…who inspires you?