365 GRATEFULS - xanthe berkeley
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My 365 grateful journey back in 2009/10 has changed my life forever. Firstly it disciplined me to have my camera with me all the time, teaching me more about photography and what I love to shoot…

More importantly it taught me to look for the beauty everyday, embrace moments, and to find something to be grateful for, especially on those days when it’s the last thing you want to do. It showed me that an image doesn’t have to be perfect, or what my perception of “perfect” was, if the photo means something to me, that if there’s a memory waiting to be stored, that’s enough.

It taught me to be happier, or at least find happy moments. The 12 months of my 365 were tough in lots of way – a huge financial pressure for us as a family, work struggles for us both and life as a parent of two young boys, can be wonderful and tough at times… the constant fighting of young boys, “rough & tumble” gets you down. I switched something in my brain to be more thankful and thoughtful… and not to dwell on the bad stuff or rubbish things happening. I feel much lighter now and being able to channel creativity everyday was a blessing.

I discovered Hailey’s work shortly after I’d finished my 365 project, not knowing she had started the 365 gratefuls movement. I shared my project with her and we’ve stayed in touch online ever since.

Last year, Hailey asked if I would contribute some of my images to her book celebrating her 365 grateful… and the book is here! With 5 of my images in it… very grateful indeed!

It’s a beautiful collection of Hailey’s polaroids and from other photographers all around the world, each sharing their grateful moments. It’s totally inspiring and uplifting… a cute little book full of so much goodness.

I’d love to share this little book around… so I’m giving one copy of this beautiful book away… so just tell me what you are grateful for lately by leaving a comment and I’ll pick a random winner next Friday 10th May so you’ve got a whole week to find your gratefuls…

I’ll send it anywhere in the world… everyone is welcome to enter!




  • Aimee
    Posted at 01:32h, 10 May Reply

    I am grateful for love.

  • Jack
    Posted at 21:33h, 09 May Reply

    I’m grateful for all the amazingly inspiring material to be found on the internet. Finding sites such as yours, curated by kindred creative souls has not only sparked a new career for me, but a new way of looking at the world! Thank You.

  • Samantha
    Posted at 00:33h, 08 May Reply

    I’m grateful that spring has arrived! I’m grateful for small moments shared with my son – reading stories, cooking dinner, taking walks in our neighbourhood. I’m feeling very blessed!

  • Juncal
    Posted at 19:14h, 06 May Reply

    I am very grateful for the sunshine these days, the gardening done and the contact with nature!:) as well for baby being well after my sickness 🙂 thanks!:D

  • Ani Leja Burge
    Posted at 18:59h, 06 May Reply

    I am grateful for a loving family. I am grateful for the fact that I’m finally embarking on the path of self discovery, at the ripe age of 44. Thanks for sharing your beauty, Xanthe.

  • Sarah Gude
    Posted at 02:54h, 06 May Reply

    I’m grateful for the opportunity to be living/working in Kodiak, Alaska for a month. Such a beautiful, magical island.

  • Johanna Mueller
    Posted at 17:16h, 05 May Reply

    I am grateful for my friends and family.
    For the strength and support they give me,
    when times are tough. As well as the smile
    on my face, when I see a new post on your blog.
    Thank you very very much.

    Johanna Mueller

  • Sheetal Thakker
    Posted at 12:38h, 05 May Reply

    I’m grateful for that flicker of light in moments of darkness when i least expect help, God shows up. Eternally grateful for His love

  • Deborah Cinnamon
    Posted at 12:13h, 05 May Reply

    I am grateful for the Lord Jesus Christ! And the beauty of creation.

  • Johanna
    Posted at 22:27h, 04 May Reply

    I am grateful for my awesome husband! He supports me in many, many ways. He’s the one who bought me my first dSLR, he is an amazing parent, and just today he came to cheer for me in the rain as I ran my first 5k race. I’m so grateful!

  • Emu Izaki
    Posted at 12:28h, 04 May Reply

    Hello Zanthe, I love your blog and your positive and tireless attitude to find beauty in every day life, and I think you are sharing your secret here with us.
    I’m grateful for lots of things. My little daughter, she teaches me to find simple pleasures every day. This beautiful autumn in New Zealand, good books and music, and the fact that another day is nearly over in peace. Things I have now are not something to be taken for granted.
    Last, but not least, I’m grateful for the inspirations I get from bloggers like you. It really affects my mood in positive way. Thank you for reminding me to think and be grateful.

  • Colette Rose
    Posted at 22:58h, 03 May Reply

    I’m grateful for my new haircut.

  • Colette Rose
    Posted at 22:58h, 03 May Reply

    I’d love a copy of this beautiful book.

  • Michelle
    Posted at 21:26h, 03 May Reply

    This is soooooo beautiful Xanthe, I would LOVE to get my hands on a copy of this!!
    I’m grateful for getting older…because every year my life just gets better in ways I never dreamed it would 🙂

  • Lisa Ottosson
    Posted at 20:02h, 03 May Reply

    I am so grateful for finding love again so soon after my horrible divorce.

  • Lisa Ottosson
    Posted at 20:01h, 03 May Reply

    I would love to win a copy!

  • Jeri_Taira
    Posted at 19:44h, 03 May Reply

    It took getting sick 7 yrs. ago, to slow me down. I never know when symptoms will surface. So, I’m thankful for my everyday moments that cause me to pause, really see, and breathe in whomever and whatever is gifted to me in it.

  • Annie
    Posted at 16:54h, 03 May Reply

    I’m so very grateful for my life coach, Lisa, who is showing me how to get through the hurdles in my life. Because of her, I’m well on my way to achieving my dreams.

  • Elke Sewöster
    Posted at 16:27h, 03 May Reply

    I`m grateful for a lot of things lately… but that spring has arrived at last after this long and dreary winter is something I´m watching with growing joy and gratitude

  • Heather Koshiol
    Posted at 16:09h, 03 May Reply

    I’m deeply grateful for living my heart’s true path, for helping my kids find their own ways through life and for being surrounded by compassionate and supportive people–in person and online!

  • Naomi
    Posted at 15:53h, 03 May Reply

    Totally grateful for my children’s education. It has been very present on my mind this week and something that I need to quit taking for granted.

  • Vanessa Maxham
    Posted at 13:53h, 03 May Reply

    Thank you for the opportunity! I am grateful for the changing of the seasons, because I am really appreciating spring after a long winter. I am also grateful that we live in a place where we don’t have to lock our doors, and that our children feel safe and loved. So very grateful for my immediate and extended family…and finally, grateful for my health and wealth and so much more. Thank you!!

  • sara (moshimoshiii)
    Posted at 13:05h, 03 May Reply

    lovely idea, and lovely reminder. only this morning i was talking to myself in the mirror and felt grateful for my health, my age, and time. feels good to out in writing too! thanks

  • Ourania Strogily
    Posted at 13:02h, 03 May Reply

    I am grateful that iand my family live in a greek island and enjoy the best things that are free : the aegean sun and sea … life …

    (Always inspired by your blog …)

  • Katherine Lightner
    Posted at 12:17h, 03 May Reply

    What a lovely book and important reminder to be grateful for all the small little moments that make up our lives. Lately I’m grateful for friends that have made me feel like I’m at home in my transplanted country.

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