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Shot@Life’s Blogust Campaign Saves 10,000 Children From Preventable Diseases

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We did it! We just saved 10,000 lives. How? Who? Let me share...

Over the past 30 days, I participated in the United Nation Foundation's Shot@Life's Blogust: Blog Relay for Good. Thirty-one bloggers each took a day to write a blog post. Yesterday's, for example, was written by my friend Stacey Ferguson and tomorrow's is by the fabulous Jim Lin. For every comment on each post, $20 was donated to Shot@Life (up to a maximum of $200,000). Why $20? Because, $20 is what it costs to give one child four life-saving vaccines to help protect them against measles, pneumonia, diarrhea, and polio—preventable diseases that account for the deaths of millions of children worldwide ages five and under.

The great news? Yesterday, we hit our 10,000th comment. Thanks to all the thousands of people who showed their support through commenting. That's 10,000 children saved. Saving that many children's lives is something to be amazingly grateful for.

Gratitude: The Key to a Happy, Joyful Life

And on that note... Let's talk about gratitude for a second.

Throughout this campaign, I've been pondering a lot about gratitude. I find it very appropriate that we hit the 10,000 comment mark yesterday, just in time for me to share my thoughts.

Raise your hand if you want to lead a happy and joyful life?

These children do. They live in a slum in the heart of Nairobi and are the minority... children receiving an education. Look at their smiles. Aren't they beautiful? Their gratitude and joy was almost tangible.

Kenyan Children in School

Brene Brown shares that the secret to joy is gratitude. Could it be that simple? I didn't think so. I mean, people endure so much suffering. Life really isn't fair in so many situations. How could gratitude really be the answer? Here's what Brene says...

We can spend our entire lives in scarcity . . . just waiting for for the other shoe to drop and wondering when it will all fall apart. Or, we can lean into the uncertainty and be thankful for what we have in that precious moment. When I'm standing at the crossroads of fear and gratitude, I've learned that I must choose vulnerability and practice gratitude if I want to know joy.

How to Have Joy in the Midst of Pain and Suffering

Last summer, I went to Africa. Kenya to be precise. One of the places where many children never make it to their 5th birthday due to preventable diseases.

While there, I discovered a lot of pain and suffering. Children on the brink of death. Families facing hunger. Communities living in crowded quarters without bare necessities. I thought I had seen a lot of that in my previous travels. But what I experienced there was different... more dire, more desperate, and more hopeful. Yes! You read that right. More hopeful.

Kenyan Women Dancing

I scratched my head at the joy I saw and wondered how, in the most dire of circumstances, the Kenyan people could exude emotions like peace, forgiveness, happiness, and joy when they were facing hunger, ups and downs in terms of civil unrest, insufficient medical care and education. Oh! And I forgot to mention... death.

And that's when I discovered it was Brene's quote in action: Gratitude! Evidence of it was everywhere—in the light of the children's eyes and oozing out of every move and from every sound in the welcome dances and songs. I didn't get the sense that the Kenyan people didn't realize they were hungry or were simply pushing their dire circumstances under the rug so to speak. They were just able to recognize all that was beautiful in the midst of all that was painful. And because of that, they were beautiful, amazing, happy, and hopeful.

3 Keys to Leading a Grateful Life

What I learned from the Kenyan people about gratitude was:

  1. Kenyan Children in the Countryside Find joy in the details. Happiness doesn't depend on life being perfect. In fact, things can be downright difficult, almost unbearable. I'm not encouraging anyone to skip the grieving process as it plays such a vital role in moving through life's toughest times. But whenever possible, really look to find joy in the smallest of details. They are there... in Africa, in the US... and in the corners of your home where you work through your darkest days and take joy in your brightest hours.
    Stop for a moment. Look around. I'll wait. What detail in your life are you most grateful for in this moment?
  2. Have a gratitude practice. Regardless of where you live, time is a precious commodity. Our lives are busy. Make time for gratitude, which can be shown in many ways: through prayer, writing a gratitude journal, reflecting on your blessings, and sharing with others what you're grateful for.
    What can you do today to practice gratitude? 
  3. Give back. Serving others helps you focus on another's needs and can cause you, even if for a small moment, to forget your own troubles. The very act of lightening another's load can lift your spirits. As evidenced by the Shot@Life campaign this month, you do not need to go further than your own front door to make a HUGE difference. What started with a single blog post and a single comment just gave 10,000 children a shot at life. Talk about gratitude!
    Now, think of someone who has done something kind for you recently? Who was it? What did they do? Have you thanked him or her? How can you give back to someone in need? 

Let's wrap up this campaign this week with even more comments. Here's one question you could answer... gratitude practice in action:

What are you grateful for?

Help us keep the power of Blogust going by visiting today. Thank you for being here. Thank you for caring. 

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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


199 responses to “Shot@Life’s Blogust Campaign Saves 10,000 Children From Preventable Diseases”

  1. Chrysula says:

    I am grateful I’ve been able to travel the world, as it has opened my mind and heart and imagination.
    I am grateful for incredible men and women in my community, online and offline, who serve their guts out for other people.
    I am grateful my mother, who lives 10,000 miles away, got through her surgery OK and that we could talk on the phone this morning.
    And I am grateful you were the one to write today — it must have been meant to be. xo

  2. I’m grateful for the basics, as we all are, but I’m also grateful for modern technology and the opportunity it allows us to comfortably and conveniently become involved in each other’s lives and causes and the chance it gives us to connect and learn from one another.

    I think Kip said it best. “I love technology, but not as much as you, you see.
    But I still love technology, always and forever. Always and forever.”

  3. C.C. Chapman says:

    A beautiful post straight from the heart. I love it!

    I’m grateful for so much, but the biggest thing is that I have a happy and healthy family around me that supports me in everything I do. I could not be the man, doing what I do, if it wasn’t for them and their support.

    My wife is my best friend and lover and without her I’d have none of what I do.

    That is what I’m grateful for!

    SO happy that we reached out goal with this. I had no doubt because of all the passionate and caring people involved!

  4. Jill Houk says:

    Amazing post on finding gratitude in every day life! I love how you found an inspiration for gratitude in the most dire of places. The joy on these children’s faces is so beautiful. Great post for a great cause, Jyl!

  5. Liz says:

    Although our lives aren’t always perfect (far from it, in fact) my husband and I have tried to raise our kids with the mantra of family first. So, I am grateful to witness whenever our kids support each other when times get really tough. Also, I am so honored to have participated in this awesome campaign with you, Jyl!

  6. Mr Lady says:

    I love this project, I love this post, I love those smiles, I love ALL OF IT.

    I am grateful for being a part of #Blogust. It was truly an honor and one of the highlights of my blogging career.

  7. Jeannette says:

    Jyl, such a beautiful post. I also believe in gratitude as the key to finding joy. I am so grateful to know you. Honest. xo

  8. Kathie says:

    Great post! I have a sign right by my front door for many years now that says “Begin each day with a grateful heart.” I need to start a gratitude practice to back that up!
    Thank you for writing this today!

  9. I love that! I need to get one of those. xoxo

  10. You too, Liz! And yes! Family first!

  11. Aimee says:

    I could not agree more! 🙂

  12. Ahhhh! So grateful too that your mom is OK! Thanks for all you do, Chrysula! xoxo

  13. Fadra says:

    This is so cliche but I am grateful for my family. I love my extended family but my joy and gratitude (and insanity) comes from knowing that me, my husband, and my little boy – we’ve created something that only we will ever truly understand.

    They are my world and for that I am eternally grateful!

  14. This is a lovely post, really uplifting! I’m grateful for so many things, my list would be very long. I totally agree that gratitude is the key to happiness.

  15. Maybe cliche, but true. Family is a tremendous blessing! Thanks so much for your comment, Fadra! xoxo

  16. Mom101 says:

    What a beautiful post Jyl, thank you. I have so much to be grateful for relative to so many people in the world, I am hard-pressed to pick just one. I’m grateful for my family, I’m grateful for wonderful kids, I’m grateful to make a living doing what I love, I’m grateful for the most incredible friends and acquaintances in my life that I’ve ever had at any time.

    With posts like this, I am also grateful I can count you among them. Thank you.

  17. I am grateful that I woke up this morning and my family is happy and healthy.

    Great post, Jyl! So glad I was able to experience Kenya with you last summer. You’re right – in the midst of so much despair was immeasurable joy in everyone we met. Amazing people!

  18. Deb says:

    Grateful for my family. Grateful that organizations like Shot@Life are doing the work that they do. And grateful to all the blogger who have participated in this amazing campaign!!!

  19. Living a life of gratefulness is key to paying it forward. You can only see the value of helping others when you sit in a gratefulness space yourself. Shot@Life is an amazing campaign that I am happy to be a Champion for. Thank you for helping in the fight to save children.

  20. CecilyK says:

    I am grateful for so much, but here I want to say how grateful I am for you, Jyl, for having the internet bring me such sweet friends and connections. You are one of the shining lights in my life, and I am thankful to know you. 🙂

  21. bbs says:

    I’m grateful for love, health, prosperity, and the freedom to use these gifts to life life to the fullest!

  22. Emily says:

    What a great post! The list of things I’m grateful for is long, but I’ll just sum it up and say that I’m grateful for life!

  23. Kami says:

    What a powerful post, Jyl! I could not agree more. I am a big believer in gratitude. I’ve found that personally if I focus on all the good and by being thankful for all that I and we do have life is just better. Thanks for such a Great reminder.

  24. Sarah says:

    I am so grateful for the technology that allows me to travel and learn through others, grateful for my hardships and the many ways I can cope. Thank you for your post!

  25. Denise says:

    Im grateful for family, friends, faith, and health. Thanks for your great article.

  26. WSW says:

    Grateful for a beautiful day and plenty of love in my life.

  27. what a beautiful, inspiring post Jyl! i believe Brene is dead-on with the concept that gratitude leads to joy. I recently took Karen Walrond’s Pathfinder course and was encouraged to put that practice of showing gratitude daily into motion through a journal. i want to continue showing gratitude because, truly, I am so blessed. it was AMAZING working on this campaign with you! xo

  28. Julie Marsh says:

    I just love this. I know it, I practice it, I accept and return the kindness, but it is powerful to see it written out here as you have.

    Thank you, Jyl. You are always such an inspiration.

  29. Nick says:

    Grateful to be getting old without totally falling apart (yet) and for amazing kids who are out living their own lives and doing good things in the world.

  30. nakedjen says:

    I wake up every morning and am truly grateful to be alive. True story.
    I also, honestly, am grateful for you and your family. You have embraced me and made my life in Utah just that much better. I am a better person for knowing you and am blessed and lucky, truly, to know you.

    Thank you for being exactly who you are.

  31. I’m grateful for women like you, Jyl, who make a real difference in the world. I loved this post and this campaign. Love you and all you stand for and all you do, my friend.

    Hooray for Shot@Life!!!

  32. Tasha says:

    It is so heartwarming to see what you do. It’s an inspiration and makes me want to be a better person. Thank you!

  33. What a wonderful campaign Jyl! I am grateful for “time”. As a mother who has had a child pass away when she was 2 weeks old – time is sooooo precious! EAch day is a blessing and we all have 24 hours in a day to fill it with whatever we like and make a difference!

  34. Michelle says:

    I’m grateful for the internet. It allows me to work at home and be with my kids. So grateful for the life I have and the life ahead of me.

  35. Carissa says:

    My family of course. But lately I’m very happy for friends. One can never have too many friends. And I tend to have 20-30 friends where ever I live and now in the online world I live in… more like thousands!

    Yay for Shot@life. YAY for THOSE 10,000 kids!

  36. I am thankful for this campaign and the opportunity to serve from my own home simply by leaving a comment! Now, that is powerful!

  37. Morra says:

    Jyl, Thank you for reminding me that life isn’t about waiting for the other shoe to drop.
    I’d love to hear more about how to “institutionalize,” if you will, a daily gratitude practice with one’s kids that isn’t necessarily prayer. We are trying by starting to go to Church as a family this fall (tough in our blended religion family) but I’d love to take a moment each day.

    Anyway, that’s what you got me thinking about with your beautiful post.

  38. Jyl, what a beautiful post. I am grateful for so much – for my family (big time), for the amazing people in my life, for the work I get to do day to day, for living in this time when the web is opening up so many unbelievable opportunities, for being here right now, reading your post and getting to enjoy the peace and quiet of the moment. And I’m so very grateful for my friendship with you and the life-changing experiences we’ve shared together.

  39. Emily says:

    LOVE this campaign. Truly, I do.

  40. Becki King says:

    I’m grateful for the health of my family, especially my daughter who was exhibiting symptoms of diabetes (but who tested just fine). I’m grateful that my husband, who lost his job in April, had another one by August. I’m grateful that we got a buyer for our house so that we can go and join him in the state where his new job is. And I’m grateful for the wisdom and support of so many wonderful women on the Internet.

  41. I’m grateful for my family and their relative good health. I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve had in life. I’m grateful for a job that I love. I’m grateful for a patient and supportive husband. And I’m grateful for the blogging community, which has provided me with friendship, support, and inspiration.

  42. IlinaP says:

    I am so grateful to have been a small part of this amazing effort.

  43. Jeannine says:

    Beautiful! I am grateful for my family. my kids. you. and my girlfriends who boost me up.

  44. Jenjen Furer says:

    Thank you for YOU. Simple steps yet very powerful.
    I am thankful for my family. They are the reason why I have a happy life. I’m also thankful for the wonderful people that I get to meet every day, be it in person or “virtually”. They pump up the various veins that make me LIVE a happy and simple life.

    Thank YOU.

  45. Janet Hayden says:

    I am so grateful to have a roof over my head, food to eat, a comfortable bed, and a new start of a new day!

  46. CariThompson says:

    I am thankful for a wonderful husband. I’m thankful for a place to live. And I’m thankful for great friends.

  47. Amen. Love feeling grateful. When we’re grateful we’re happy. CHEERS!

  48. Amy Graff says:

    I’m grateful for Jyl, a friend who has brightened my life! And this campaign—I feel so lucky to have been a part of it. 10,000 lives! That’s just awesome! And every day I feel blessed to have two children, a thoughtful and caring husband and many friends who make me laugh!

  49. Jess_C says:

    I’ve held a gratitude practice for years… it was a large part of my anger management routine (still is). I’m especially grateful today to be a part of this worthwhile effort and ‘meet’ yet another thoughtful blogger.

  50. Amen, glory hallelujah! Gratitude, I think, is not only the key to happiness, it is the key to everything. If we’re grateful for what we have, we take care of it better. We learn so much about ourselves and others when we are good stewards of our blessings.

    I too am unspeakably grateful for my husband and sons, who are my world. I’m grateful for having had the opportunity to live in countries less fortunate than ours (though not as poor as Kenya) so that my eyes could be opened to all that we have here and all that can be done elsewhere. I’m grateful for our home, our health, our “toys,” our safety. The longer I live, the more I am acquainted with people who’ve had some of those kinds of blessings taken away, and the more I realize that they could be taken away from me at any moment.

    So much to be grateful for…

  51. Jillian Hess says:

    Thanks for your contribution to the great Shot@Life initiative. I look forward to hearing how this program has helped kids in Africa and all over the world get the vaccinations they need.

  52. Don Crowder says:

    This is a wonderful thing. Wish I’d discovered it sooner.

  53. sue says:

    Thanks for the great post!

  54. Diana says:

    I’m grateful my mom is ok.

  55. ~j. says:

    I’m grateful to have been a part of #Blogust. I’m grateful for the unbelievable opportunities which have been presented in my life, all at the right times. I’m grateful for a strong and supportive community with wise and giving friends. I’m grateful for my husband and my kids. Thanks, Jyl.

  56. Vanessa Barker says:

    I love everything about this campaign. Thanks do much for doing your part to spread the word!

  57. I’m grateful for YOU, friend. 🙂

  58. Jessica Adlars says:

    I am grateful for many things, but today it is for my healthy body and that right now all of my family members are healthy and strong. What a blessing it is to be able to say that! Thank you for a great reminder!

  59. I know preventing against pneumonia is a cause near and dear to your heart, Jessica. I’m so glad that you and your loved ones are all happy and healthy!


  60. Right back at you, Karen! No words to express that gratitude adequately!


  61. Me too!!!!! Thank YOU for commenting and making a difference. 🙂

  62. You exude gratitude, Jenny. It’s one of my favorite things about you! xoxo

  63. Me too! Sending good vibes she continues on a good path. xoxo

  64. So glad you discovered it now! Thanks for dropping by!

  65. I’ll have to write a follow-up post with more details about the lives this has impacted. Great idea!

  66. Beautifully said as always, Jamie! THANKS!

  67. And I’m grateful for not just your amazing friendship, but your awesome cooking. Seriously… you are REMARKABLE! Loved sharing one of the best experiences of my life (the trip to Kenya) with you!


  68. Did you forget to say Irish Jigs and red curly wigs? Just wondering! LOL! But seriously… I’m thankful for your awesomeness!

  69. I am grateful that there are programs like this that help people who need it. Without the generosity and hard work of caring souls, so many others would suffer.

  70. So awesome to be grateful for the basics… sometimes the easiest things to forget, right?

  71. Ahhhh! You’re welcome. I love that: “The wonderful people that I get to meet every day.” I consider that one of my greatest blessings as well. xoxo

  72. YOU…. I am grateful for you too! So glad our paths continue to cross and cross and cross in only the best of ways. xoxo

  73. Grateful to have run the relay with you! xoxo

  74. All amazing things. Ditto. Ditto. Ditto! 🙂

  75. Wow! Sounds like you have had a lot of scares. I’m so glad that it sounds like things have worked out. 🙂

  76. We’re twins!!!! Thanks for stopping by, Emily! xoxo

  77. Tears!!!! I heart you, Emily! xoxo

  78. Ahhhhh! We need to hop on a call. Let’s share, brainstorm, and just chat. I love this topic!!!! xoxo

  79. Right??? I love that too. And Kim: You are amazing! Thanks for ALL you are. xoxo

  80. You are the friend magnet… so true! Because you’re awesome. I’m still mad you moved away from me, but the reality is that we probably “see” each other more now than we ever would have here. Can’t wait to catch up in September. We still need to plan a trip… I still want to come to Oregon. xoxo

  81. I’m grateful for your mad skillz, Michelle, and your willingness to share them. You rock!

  82. Beautiful, Meg! I didn’t know this. I’m feeling like a lunch date is calling our names. Let’s plan! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. xoxo

  83. You are an awesome person for leaving a comment, Tasha. THANK YOU! xoxo

  84. Thank YOU for all you do, Lindsey! You brought such a great spirit to evo. You are so talented. I hope you know how amazing you are. xoxo

  85. Tears, Jen. And likewise. We LOVE you!!! We have a garden because of you. Your laugh is contagious. You are so positive and we just love being around you. Thanks for all you are! xoxo

  86. Wow! That’s a lot to be grateful for. Thanks for sharing that and for stopping by. You must have modeled that behavior for your kids. 🙂

  87. I can say the same about you, Julie. And… I’m reminded that we don’t get enough time together. Let’s change that! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  88. I couldn’t have written this post without Karen. We had a great and long discussion about gratitude. She’s a terrific example of gratitude in action. Thanks for being the awesome leader you are. You are making a difference! xoxo

  89. Love that! It IS a beautiful day… I write from 30,000 feet. Wow! I need to hurry and take a pic. Thanks for reminding me to notice and to be grateful for that. 🙂

  90. I’m grateful for your example of dedication, Denise. It has helped me in more ways than you know. You are a fabulous person, Denise. So glad to call you my friend! xoxo

  91. I always think it’s weird to be grateful for my hardships, but I agree, Sarah. They teach us so much. It’s important to recognize that and to be grateful. Thanks for the reminder. xoxo

  92. Gratitude oozes out of you, Kami. I love being around you and feeling it! xoxo

  93. So simple. So important. THANKS, Emily!

  94. Likewise, Cecily! Who knew that dinner in New York years back would be the start of such a fab friendship. You are such a great example with a huge soul and heart. Soooooo glad to know you. xoxo

  95. So true… love how gratitude helps us pay it forward. 🙂

  96. Me too, Deb! So grateful for family. And for your comment. THANKS!!!

  97. Ahhhh! Thanks, Liz. So glad to Isabel for encouraging us to meet. You amaze me with your talent and kindness! xoxo

  98. I took a flight to Cincinnati from Salt Lake City once where I wrote from take off to touch down all of my favorites… favorite number, food, city, state, country, elementary school teacher, crayon, you name it. I captured 300 favorites in my journal during the flight. I was overwhelmed with gratitude when I landed that I had that many things in my life I could list… that I even knew of those things or had had opportunity to visit them or taste theme or enjoy things like education and have elementary school teachers.

    Listing all we’re grateful for would take forever, but I agree… simply having a grateful heart is the key to happiness. Thanks for sharing! xoxo

  99. I am grateful for health in my body. Every time I strap on my running shoes it’s a reminder of God’s grace and mercy. I’m grateful that my business and my purpose are connected and it allows me the flexibility I need for my family.

  100. Kathy says:

    I love that we’ve reached the goal! What a great project. It’s been a blast to be apart of.

  101. Adrian says:

    Just watching Jill on KSL. She is doing a great job of promoting this cause. Had to be sure and leave my comment for today. I think I’ve posted around 50 comments on blogs during the month – I hit some of them twice. It’s such an easy way to help!

  102. Amy says:

    I like your quote from Brene Brown. I lover her concept of vulnerability–awesome! I’m thankful for friends and family who support me!

  103. Ana Flores says:

    At this moment I am grateful that I read this article and that I could hear your voice while reading it. This is you in the flesh.

    My girl and I will say our prayers every night, in our own way, and it´s all about giving thanks. We always find our favorite thing that happened to us that day and we give thanks for it. It’s always a beautiful moment that I will always be grateful to have.

  104. I am so grateful for everything that I have in life, the support of my family our health and the friends I have.

  105. Becky says:

    Happy to help save a child!

  106. Rachel Fox says:

    I look around everyday and feel an abundance of gratitude for the life that I live. Something though that has resonated with me over the last several years is watching individuals from different backgrounds, religions, and political parties really come together to address the issues of extreme poverty. The innovative ideas like Blogust ’12 to all of the successful programs like GAVI that are saving lives give me hope, but it is the compassion and love that I feel radiating around the world that lights me up. I will be forever grateful to the women I met in Africa for teaching me how not just to show appreciation, but accept it, and experience it!!

  107. All of us here at the United Nations Foundation are so grateful for you Jyl, and all the other bloggers that have been a part of Blogust.

    It is amazing how social media has brought so many people together to make such a huge difference and such lasting change.

    As a new mother myself, the thought that we have helped to change 10,000 children’s lives through Blogust, is incredible!

    You are truly all an inspiration.

    Elizabeth Gore

  108. I am grateful that I can work from home and be able to spend time with my kids when I need to without having to leave my house to do so.

  109. I picture you dancing on a Kenyan potato farm when I read your comment. Love you, Rachel. You have such light in your eyes. And your passion is contagious. So glad our paths crossed in Africa! xoxo

  110. Thanks to UNF for giving us the opportunity to take part, Elizabeth. So honored! I’ve always shared that changing the world happens one small step at a time and this is evidence of something small that resulted in something huge… amazingly huge! 10,000 children. Wow! THANKS!

  111. Appreciate your comment, Becky! You are always so supportive! xoxo

  112. A supportive family is one of my greatest blessing. I soooooo feel you on that! xoxo

  113. Ahhhh! So sweet, as always, Ana! I love having you as a friend. And that you let me be an honorary Latina. Now… let’s plan that trip to El Salvador. 🙂 Thanks for your comment. xoxo

  114. Ahhhhh! You made it past captcha… the beast! Thanks for sticking with it. I always love your words of wisdom. And yes… Brene is awesome. You would love her. You’ll have to meet in person sometime. You two would totally get along. 🙂 Thanks for your friendship and example, Amy! xoxo

  115. You are AMAZING, Adrian!!!! Thanks for your support, your energy, your passion. I always love being around you online or off! xoxo

  116. I didn’t call you yesterday, Kathy. But… I’m grateful that I know you understand and that I can call you today or tomorrow LOL! You are so wonderful and talented. I love the time I’ve been able to spend getting to know you. Can’t wait for more of that in our near futures. xoxo

  117. I’ll add to that… and sit in my yoga pants without a bra on with no judgement… especially not from myself LOL! But yes! Working from home has been a huge blessing. So fun to be in this space with you guys. xoxo

  118. AmyLu says:

    I am grateful for three happy, healthy children, and so grateful to have been a part of this opportunity to help so many of the world’s neediest kids life healthy, happy lives too. All through the magic of blogs and comments, connecting strangers around the world. Thanks for your lovely post.

  119. I am so grateful to live in a country where I am free to follow my dreams 🙂 Thanks for ring a great example of that Jyl!

  120. Kent Rasmussen says:

    Good Work! Thank you.

  121. Angela says:

    Grateful for so many things – thanks for sharing!

  122. Elena says:

    I am grateful for a family that supports me pursuing my passion and for the laughter of my daughter.

  123. Emily says:

    Way to go, Jyl!! I am proud to be part of this effort. I am grateful that I don’t have to worry about losing my babies to preventable diseases.

  124. Ginny wolfe says:

    Thanks for doing this. Terrific program terrific you!

  125. Brooke says:

    WAHOO! I love this post and you, sissy.

  126. Gillian says:

    What a lovely piece and thank you for sharing this great campaign with us, giving us all a chance to make a difference too.

    I’m grateful for my loving husband and my 2 adorable daughters, my supportive extended family and my many amazing friends.

    Supporting you in getting your fitness and nutrition back on track

  127. Leanne says:

    This is such a great cause. Thank you for all your hard work in spreading the word. I’m grateful for so many small things that make my day amazing.

  128. Isn’t it amazing the fabulous opportunities we can take advantage of through this online world? So awesome! 🙂

  129. You’re doing a great job all on your own, Meli! You’re so talented. Let’s hurry and get together and catch up. Miss you! xoxo

  130. Thanks, Kent! So awesome seeing your comment here. Family is the best! 🙂

  131. Me too! Hard to list them all. Thanks for your comment! 🙂

  132. I enjoy the same blessing. Aren’t we lucky? Love it! Thanks for your comment, Elena! xoxo

  133. You know what I’m grateful for? Having such a great sister in law. I count you as one of my greatest blessings, Emily! xoxo

  134. Thanks, Ginny! So much gratitude for you and all you do to change the world. xoxo

  135. No… I love YOU!!!! Sisters FTW! Thanks for being YOU. I love you, Brooke!

  136. Jyl, So glad to be part of this with you. What a great team we have! I’m really proud that as a group we were able to save 10,000 lives.

    ~ K

  137. Friends and family are the greatest treasures, Gillian! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  138. Thank You for leaving a comment. And me too… it’s all about the small things, right? Today… from 30,000 feet, it was clouds. So pretty! Simple, but so grateful to have had the opportunity to see them from that angle/perspective. Not everyone does. Awesome!

    Thanks again for stopping by! xoxo

  139. Right??? So amazing! So grateful! And so glad to participate in it with you, Katherine.


  140. Cari McBride says:

    I LOVE the picture of the African school kids! Hard to believe they are in the minority because they get to attend school! My kids just went back to school and I’m grateful they have so many opportunities ahead of them. I hope to raise them so they believe they can make a difference in the world. And that they go out and DO IT!

  141. I just found out about this and I think it’s amazing! Great job to all of you!

  142. GCarroll says:

    Oh Jyl! This is perfection! PERFECTION! So to answer your question: I am grateful for so many things. I had a thought last night while pondering this Blogust effort, which was this: Those of us who are participating in this relay have the luxury to do it. It has been a joy and a revelation. But it is a privilege to be able to devote this time and these efforts for others. Giving back is not just what you do when you are privileged, it is a part of the privilege. So I am thankful for the privilege and the opportunity to be in this community. I am grateful to you and every other amazing blogger who shared his or her blog and thoughts. And I am grateful to all of our friends, readers and supporters for their awesomeness, too.

  143. Gerb says:

    I am so grateful for women of strength who are an example to me of the good that can be accomplished in this world when we work together. I love this campaign, and that you are a part of it.

  144. Nancy Lee says:

    I’m grateful for a job that allows me to be creative every day, and build time in for things that matter, like family and other human beings, fresh food and caring for and about my environment.

  145. I love this so much. I am going to keep this post forever to remind me of the grace and beauty in my life–and of wonderful people like you working to bring blessings and health to the people that need them.

  146. Jeff says:

    God bless us all.

  147. Jill Greenlaw says:

    I have the wonderful privilege of working for momitforward. I am so thankful for Jyl’s leadership, example, and kindness. She is doing amazing things in her life and with this business. I am blessed to be a part of it each and every day. I love working in a community with uplifting, positive people. Thank you Jyl for helping each of us realize that being grateful is a gift. If we embrace it, our lives will be blessed more than we can comprehend.

  148. Love it. Let’s save as many lives as we can.

  149. Beth says:

    It has been a pleasure being a part of this event. Thank you for your reminder today to be thankful/grateful for all we have.

  150. So happy to leave a comment and keep the good work going strong!

  151. Lynda says:

    I want to be included next time something like this takes place! Thanks!

  152. Patricia H says:

    My aunt has been going through rough times since my uncle passed away and I have been helping her get her life back together. Recently I received a card in the mail from her with wonderful praise and thanks. It really touched me. I am grateful for her unconditional love and that of my family’s as well. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you are words I grew up with. I believe in those words.

  153. Annette D says:

    I am grateful for my wonderful family and my sweet and loyal dog. I am truly blessed!

  154. This is such a wonderful cause to be involved in!

  155. So grateful to Jyl and Mom it Forward to bringing attention to this campaign and the efforts to give children everywhere a shot at life.p

  156. Emily Chambers says:

    I’m grateful for my children, and this opportunity to help another child have a shot at life thru this campaign!

  157. Mandi says:

    I am so grateful for my family’s health. Thank you for spreading awareness and helping to prevent diseases.

  158. Crystal O. says:

    I am grateful for my new family. I married a man with grown children and with grandchildren. We now have a new baby girl grandchild. I got to babysit last weekend and it was such s joy!

  159. Stephanie says:

    This is amazing! Thanks for the inspiration!

  160. Wende says:

    Our family has not had health insurance for 3 months due to my husbands job change. The stress that it has brought us was crazy, but our situation is STILL nothing like these children. I know if we NEEDED medical attention, we could have received it. This really puts into perspective how blessed we are to have so many things that not only enrich our lives, but save them. So, today, I am thankful for my healthy children and the doctors who care after them, and my insurance that is starting in 3 days!

    Love you Jyl and all you do, you are such a great example to me!

    -Cousin Wende

  161. Wow, what an inspiring post! I am also a Shot@Life Champion who has been working tirelessly with the program before its launch. I have a passion for travel, advocacy and global volunteerism and have seen first hand the experiences of others living in impoverished nations. It was a life changing event for me and if everyone of us took the time to give back, no matter how small, the world would truly be a better place! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to following your blog! thirdeyemom

  162. Monica says:

    This is such a great thing! Thank you for sharing!

  163. Cambria VandeMerwe says:

    I am grateful for helpful and willing hands when you realize you can’t do everything yourself. Also as conceited as this may be, I am grateful that I have the compassion to give and care. There are some people that just don’t care about the miseries of others. I think I would feel bad for not feeling bad! Perfect focus Jyl!

  164. Yes!!!!! Thanks for your help with this. xoxo

  165. You are so welcome, Beth! I needed the reminder too :).

  166. We love having you drop by, Coryanne. Thanks for your sweet comment! xoxo

  167. We are hoping to do some more fun and meaningful things this fall. Wait for more information… coming soon. Thanks for your interest and today’s comment! 🙂

  168. Love this post. Sounds like your aunt is getting through her tough time with your help. So nice of you. And wonderful of her to practice gratitude by sharing how grateful she is for you.

    Thanks so much for sharing this comment.


  169. Ahhhh! Love that, Annette. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! xoxo

  170. Thanks, Ellen! It has been a great campaign. I appreciate your part in it through this comment. xoxo

  171. Thank YOU for supporting this campaign, Danica. I love that our friendship has its roots in social good. We need much more time together. xoxo

  172. Children are the greatest blessing, aren’t they? Thanks so much for stopping by and making a difference through your comment, Emily. 🙂

  173. I was just thinking the same thing. We haven’t always enjoyed amazing health, but the past few years have been good to us health wise and we are also grateful for that.

    Thanks for your sweet comment! xoxo

  174. Ahhhh! My grandma was my favorite person in the universe. I bet your grandkids heart you!

    Thanks so much for commenting and for supporting this cause! xoxo

  175. Thank YOU, Stephanie! xoxo

  176. Thanks for leaving a comment and supporting this campaign. It’s awesome to see my family in this thread of comments. 🙂

    I am so glad you’ll be getting insurance soon. I know how those types of things can be stressful. I’m glad your kids have enjoyed health in the time you’ve had to wait to get it. I’m sending good vibes your way that everyone can continue to be healthy until the policy is in place.

    Love you! And YOU are the example :).

  177. I can’t wait to get to know you better, Nicole! It sounds like we have a lot of the same interests and passions. Keep in touch and let’s partner on some upcoming social media for social good projects.

    Thanks so much for leaving a comment!


  178. You are welcome! Thank YOU for stopping by and commenting. xoxo

  179. You are amazing, Cambria! I LOVE having you be part of Mom It Forward. Your giving spirit blesses the lives of so many. xoxo

  180. Kristin says:

    I am grateful for the loving family I have. I look around at my daughters and am so happy to be here with them living this life. My husband is supportive and loving, he’s my best friend. I am grateful for this life.

  181. So true, Kristin! Family really is one of our greatest blessings. Love that! Thanks for your comment. 🙂

  182. Kristine says:

    Great cause. Thanks!

  183. Such a wonderful campaign! I am so grateful for modern medicine (like vaccinations) because two of my children would have died during their newborn months from rare conditions if they didn’t have the testing and medicine they needed. Such a blessing to live at this modern time and near medical facilities.

  184. Felisa Hilbert says:

    What inspiring blog! I am grateful for living in a country where people united her efforts and work together to support and help their fellowman. I am a former nurse that was born and raised in a developing country and I saw poverty and many children sick because lack of vaccines. I am grateful for all of you and your voices to help the ones who can’t speak from themselves. I am grateful to the United Nations Foundation for their shot@life campaign.

  185. Kim says:

    These children are beautiful, and so happy, in spite of their challenging circumstances. A great lesson for us all!

  186. Lauren says:

    This is a wonderful thing to be a part of!

  187. jani lebaron says:

    This is such a great campaign. The idea that one comment can save a life – I marvel at this blessing!

  188. traceyclark says:

    seriously amazing.

  189. Sarah Lewis says:

    I am thankful for parents who get their children immunized to be honest. We just had a case of pertussis at our elementary school and nothing bothers me more than to know that it could have been prevented if their parents would have just gotten them immunized instead now hundreds of other children in our schools are at risk for getting it. So many children have no access to these types of life-saving measures and then we have parents who don’t utilize them. It annoys me 🙂

  190. An outstanding post, Jyl 🙂 I am grateful for this community… for the difference we are able to make… And I am grateful for what you shared. Daily life wraps us up in the daily tasks and it’s easy to lose sight of how very much there is to be grateful for… and today I am especially grateful for my children… they are healthy and happy… and they are my heart’s delight 🙂

  191. Mimi says:

    I’m so glad you’re partnering with this organization! I’m so thankful for the little things in life and when i can give back to others, it makes my life so full and joyful. As a mom I’m entirely aware of how important immunizations are.

  192. Jyl you were one of the first bloggers I met and still to this day, one of the realest people I know. God Bless you! I am grateful to know you.

  193. I am grateful for my immunized children!!! Great program, great story! Thank you for sharing.

  194. Camille says:

    I hope I’m not late – I love this organization and what they’re doing for immunizations! Let’s save lives!

  195. Camille says:

    I hope I’m not too late. I love what this organization is doing for these children! Please count my vote!

  196. You’re so cute, Camille! You can never be too late. I appreciate you stopping by! xoxo

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