I can’t believe it’s the holiday season already!  This year has felt like it crawled and was on warp speed at the same time.  But here we are!  And every year around this special time, we stop to think about what we’re grateful for.  This year, it feels like so many of us have turned to focus in on the simple things in life – what’s really important.  In my reflection, I’ve jotted down my humble list of things I’m so grateful for in 2020. 

I’ve talked about my Gratitude Journal before, but…

First, Did You Know THE BENEFITS OF GRATITUDE With Just 5 Minutes a Day?


  • Being Grateful Makes You Happy and Improves Self Esteem.
  • Gratitude Reduces Stress. (so does this.)
  • Grateful People Sleep Better. 
  • Gratitude Improves Mental, Emotional and Physical Health.
  • When You’re Grateful, You Have Enhanced Empathy and Decreased Aggression. 
  • Gratitude Improves Relationships.





Ok, raise your hand if you are one of the many who have mastered the art of baking bread this year!  I couldn’t believe how easy it was, and why I didn’t start this years ago.

In the attitude of being grateful for the simple things in life, bread couldn’t be more fitting. Making sourdough bread is both a practice in mindful meditation and a delicious base for family meals.

The best part is you can use it for soup in bread bowls or in your stuffing this year!

Follow this recipe for a how-to guide on making sourdough.


Finding Gratitude for Sourdough Bread in 2020
Finding Gratitude for Vegan Butter in 2020



Trust me, I’ve tried them all and this is by far the best tasting, most flavorful plant-based butter! Award Winning  Myoko’s Creamery has nailed it by using a perfect combination of non-dairy recipes made with age-old cheesemaking techniques.

Seriously, it’s the best butter I’ve ever tasted, and what makes it even better is the philosophy behind the company.

They say “It Tastes Real Because It’s Made Real.”  It’s organic, non-GMO, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free and Palm Oil Free.

You can find it at most grocery stores.



If there’s one thing this year has taught us all, it’s the importance of family and those close to you.

Family means something different to everyone.  It may be the family you’re into, your extended family, or those special friends who feel more like family than anyone else.

I’m so grateful for the support, experiences and unwavering love that my family has given me.  They know me best and love me unconditionally.  I wouldn’t be who I am without them.



Finding Gratitude for Family in 2020



I’ve reached a point in my career and life where I am so lucky to do what I love and work with people who I’ve known and loved for a long time now.

Every day, I work side by side with my husband Roy at SoCal Contractor, and Sara, who has become one of my best friends.

And because the schools are working remotely, I’ve been sitting next to my daughter, Elle, too.  You can image how we each have to work together while both on group calls.

I’m also extending this friendship gratitude bubble out to our specialty trades and clients, who have become close friends over the years.

Being surrounded by people who trust and love each other make our projects work better each and every year.




Have you seen the Matrix?  Where Neo has a choice between the Red Pill or the Blue Pill.  The Blue Pill represents living in a comfortable existence, where as The Red Pill opens him up to a whole world of information and truth.

Today, we have information at our fingertips, and it’s our responsibilty to not only take the time to look into the information we’re presented, but to sharpen our critical thinking skills by asking questions and then talk to each other.

I recently discovered a series call Red Pill University,  which lightlighted new ideas about old things.  It was a reminder of the ways we used to live that we have become more and more removed from.  Ideas like building community, being an active participant in defending our life and liberty, and how to stay safe and healthy without big business.

Finding Gratitude for my Home Garden in 2020



Home Gardens have bloomed this year, and it’s been incredible to watch.  We’ve known the importance of organic foods for quite some time, and now more than ever, we value the accessibility of having a grocery store in our own backyard.  Food that can also be used as medicine.

Marjory Wildcraft, of The Grow Network, has created this incredible resource with the goals of stopping the destruction of the earth’s natural resources, highlighting herbal techniques that treat infections without pharmaceuticals, stopping the torture of innocent animals through big agriculture, saving extingtion of seeds and animals, and ending modern diseases.

I’m so grateful to have found her organization to add to my wealth of information resources.  We talked a lot about the health benefits of our food, HERE.

Wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksigiving weekend. I’d love to hear what made it on your list of Gratitude!
Lori Dennis on Finding Gratitude in 2020