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30 day gratitude photo challenge (2012 edition)

Gratitude Challenge 2012

Last year on November 1, I launched the 30-Day Gratitude Photo Challenge (see here) and it was such a hit! People loved taking part in a challenge that helped them to feel more grateful -- and I really loved seeing all the photos here on Flickr. This year I decided to revamp it a bit and launch another challenge. The premise of this one is the same -- take photos of the things on the list in order to stay more present and grateful -- but I've changed some of the items and added some new ones. Here are the things you need to know about the challenge: 


  • You don't need to be a photographer or even all that interested in photos to participate. All you need to be is interested in staying present and focusing on things you're grateful for. 

  • It's not so much a "challenge" as it is something to inspire you to be present. Don't let the word "challenge" scare you and prevent you from participating. There's no reward, no punishment -- just an opportunity to be more present. 

  • You can take your photos anyway you want to -- with your phone, with a digital camera, with a DSLR, Holga, Instax, SLR, Polaroid. Anything goes when it comes to your photos!

  • Feel free to start the challenge at any time. You can start on November 1 and do it for the month of November -- or start any day of the year!

  • If you post your pics online, feel free to share the links in the comments section. Or if you post them on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, etc., use the hashtag #Gratitude30. You can also join the Flickr group here.  

  • I printed out the challenge for myself and posted it on my wall. If you want to print and post the challengedownload 2012 Gratitude Photo Challenge print out here.


Over the years, I've realized that being grateful for the things around me -- both big and small -- really does help me to be more present and more positive. If you're struggling with gratitude (as I sometimes do!), I'd highly recommend taking part in this challenge -- or creating one of your own. Having a challenge like this serves as a reminder to focus on being grateful and the more you practice the art of gratitude, the more it will become an effortless part of your thought process.  


Speaking of gratitude... I need to give a shout-out to my boyfriend, for whom I am extremely grateful for. Yesterday we celebrated our third anniversary and I'm so thankful to have him in my life. He is amazing, wonderful, fantastic, incredible, and every other positive adjective you could possibly imagine. I am so thankful for him and for the three awesome years we've spent together. xo


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This sounds really fun!! I think I will join you and try it out for the month of November! Thank you for putting the gratitude challenge together!

Happy Anniversary!!

Jenn - It's definitely a fun way to focus on gratitude. Much more exciting than a regular ol' gratitude list. Thanks for the anniversary wishes!

Can't wait to get started!

Maria xx

What a fun project idea! I think I will give it a try, I love taking photos and this will give me plenty of ideas on what to photograph!

just posted my day one pic! looking forward to 29 more day of gratitude!

After looking for a photo challenge I am so glad I came across this one! I am excited to start!

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Maria - Yay! I'm glad you're going to join in for the challenge.

Chelle - Thanks! It was a lot of fun last year and I have a feeling this year will be even better!

Nicole - Awesome! You're on top of it!

Ally - I'm so glad you found this photo challenge too! Glad you're going to join in!

Sounds like fun! Normally I make a list of things I'm thankful on my blog, so this year I'm gonna try this. Thanks!

I am definitely doing this this year! Read the blog last year and wasn't very present to start it. I am working on being more present and grateful. Can't wait to get started! Just printed it out! Stay blessed.

Awesome! I participated at the start last year and fell out of habit. Came in search today to see if you had a new 2012 list. Determined to make it through the month this go round! :)

I really enjoyed the 30-Day Photo Challenge last year, and was so excited to see you are doing it again! Can't wait to take part, thank you for the inspiration!

Bobbi - I hope you enjoy it! I'm a big fan of keeping a gratitude list (one year I even did 100 Things and posted it here), but the photo thing is really fun too!

Michelle - Awesome! When you first read the list, it might seem overwhelming, but it really isn't too much. And you can always do it at your own pace. I missed it so much at the end of last November that I created a holiday challenge for December and then a 365 challenge for the whole 2012 year. It really helps me stay present - and I hope it helps you too!

Sarah - So glad you came back to check out this year's list. I've been spotting it online (especially on Pinterest) and realized that people really seemed to enjoy it so I thought a new 2012 version would be fun. This one's more general so it might be easier to stick to!

Jessica - Yay! So glad you're back again for this year's challenge. I'm so excited that readers like you are just as excited about it as I am. Glad to have you as part of the challenge! :)

Love this idea and can't wait to be apart of it!

Thank you so much for posting this! I am hoping to reflect along with everyone else, and it will be so fun to do with my family. Thanks for sharing!!

Hello there! I absolutely LOVE this idea. Do you have a link somewhere to join in?


Thank you so much! This was just what I needed...Day 1 down, 29 to go.

Victoria - Awesome! So glad you're going to take part in the challenge.

Erin - You're welcome! I hope you (and your family) enjoy going it!

Laura - You can post your photos on Flickr here: or on Instagram / Pinterest use the hashtag #gratitude30.

Jenn - You're welcome! So glad this is what you needed! :)

saw this on FB today and joined on Flickr. What a great idea! So much to be grateful for.

Janet - Great! I'm so glad you found this via FB. And I'm excited you joined in on Flickr too. Yay!

Congrats to you and your BF! I am excited to do this challenge. :)

Katie - Thank you! :) So glad you're joining in on the challenge!

I started with last year's Challenge, then realized that there is a 2012 version! I think I'm going to merge the two options to make the most sense to my life as it is now. LOVE THIS!!! I have days 1-4 already blogged.


I know I am a little late with the challenge, however I don't think we are ever too late to start practicing gratitude are we? I will gladly be joining this challenge from today forward. Thank you so much for posting this excellent list, such a wonderful way for me to keep myself grounded in gratitude despite some very busy weeks ahead :)

Heather - So glad you found this year's challenge. I love your idea of combining the two! :)

Amy - It's never too late to be grateful! You don't have to start on the first of November. Any day will do. So glad you're joining in on the challenge! If you post on Pinterest / Instagram / etc., don't forget to use the hashtag #gratitude30 so we can see your pics!

Just found this and printed out the 2012 challenge, will you have a list for 2013. I am looking forward to photo challenges to 2013 to keep me on track with taking photos.

I did join Positive Presents flickr group.

Jo - I received such a positive response to this list that I most likely will do a new one for 2013. Stay tuned!

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