Celebrating with Immense Gratitude

“It’s a Romanian tradition, on its first birthday a child has to pick three things. Whatever it reaches for, describes its destiny.”~ Mariana Voicu quotes~

One whole year. WOW! I cant believe its been a year already. I can think about it from all angles and only come up with one word- AMAZING!

Do you know what I wrote in my first ever blog post? Here it is, totally unedited:-

“Hello world! {April 3, 2009}
Wow! I have actually and finally started Blogging in the true sense of it.  I have been twittering for a while now…and i do love it, but actual blogging is what can stir up your creative juices!
Since this is my first posting…will keep it short and simple.But with all the world going places..i am sure this blog will too…:)
Will be back with lots of Positivity and Happiness!”

So according to that post, where I am hoping this blog will go places and that it will spread positivity and happiness…I am surprised to see that maybe, just maybe, I have done it. Atleast a little bit. What do you think?

In addition to having the hope of spreading positivity and happiness, I have met so many wonderful souls since I started this blog. Learning so many wonderful things along the way, about the world and about me. The journey has been nothing short of miraculous. Who knew there were so many like minded people I could connect with? Who knew this tiny blog would actually be read by people who actually liked it? I sure didnt!

As this is a kind of milestone, for me and my blog, I will share with you three things I aim for in the coming year, which will in-turn shape the destiny of this blog:

  1. Write and Publish more often. Articles that will help you the reader heal mind, body, heart and soul.
  2. Write more Ebooks so that the readers can truly benefit from it and infuse their lives with happiness and positivity.
  3. Learn more. Do more. Feel more. Hear more. Help more and most of all Love more.

So there you have it my three wishes for this blog for the coming year.

And my “6 Ds” approach to achieve these plans:

  • DESIRE…………………..Intense
  • DEDICATION…………..Total
  • DIRECTION……………..Clear-Cut
  • DEVOTION………………Absolute
  • DYNAMISM…………….In Action

My deepest gratitude to all the readers and fellow blogging friends who have made this blog what it is today. I hope and pray for your health, wealth and happiness.
May this connection we have made with each other last eternally.

To show you my gratitude, on this 1st birthday I present to you my very first ebook:

The Best Of ~Positive Provocations~ Ebook

Essential Positive, Motivational, Inspirational and Loving Articles for Happier Living.

It has the best articles that were published on this blog, including all the guest articles I have written for other blogs. Almost 50 articles and 100 pages!

Share it. Gift it. Read it.

Yes its FREE!
Just Download and Enjoy!

with love Zeenat

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52 thoughts on “Celebrating with Immense Gratitude

  1. Hi Zee!
    Happy Blog Birthday!!! What a great day. You know, I have no idea when I started my blog and will now go and check it out.
    I just downloaded your ebook and will check it out – what a great idea to be giving gifts on your own birthday 🙂
    Oh and for Mac users, they need to right click and Download Linked File 🙂
    Take care

    1. Hi Mimi,
      Am glad you liked my little gift. Hope you enjoy the book 🙂
      And youre right about the Mac users….I dont use a Mac so am a little rusty in that department 😉
      I look forward to your blog birthday too…so much fun to celebrate with friends 🙂
      Much Love~

  2. Many happy congratulations, Zeenat! You’ve become a powerhouse, a dynamo and if you disbelieve me, just look at your first post and now this beautiful e-book. What a year of progression! And, yes, indeed, you have and do spread positivity and happiness—by the boatloads. You are a dear treasure to all who know you, and I’m SO glad to be one of them. 🙂 Love, ~Julie

    1. Oh Julie,
      You make me smile so wide everytime i read your comments 🙂
      Dont shower me with so many lovely words..I might get used to it 😉
      As fro progression, I think if we dont progress in life then going backwards or staying stagnant is truly no way to live..
      Big hugs and lots of love to you for coming here and sharing my joy 🙂

  3. You definitely have done it Zeenat, thanks for spreading happiness and positivity. This World so needs you! Congrats on the ebook, it looks awesome, I am downloading right now. Happy Birthday! And I love your new pic, you are truly beautiful inside and outside!

    1. HI Lana,
      You make me blush…:)
      Glad you like the book. DO read it..and share it with your friends. The more the merrier 😉
      Thank you for coming here, sharing in my joy and saying such beautiful words. Made my heart smile 🙂

  4. Zeenat,
    Your heart and soul shines through so brightly in all that you share. Everywhere that I see your name, I know there is some wonderful joy that will come from reading your words. So, a resounding YES!!! YES, you DO spread so much positivity and happiness!

    Happy One Year to you and your blog!!! This space you have created is filled with much love, care, and compassion.

    Much love to you, dear friend,

    1. Hi Lance,
      Ahh…you have just brought tears of joy to me…thank you for your immense support this past year. It has truly been a blessing to have you come here and encourage me and read my words.
      I hope you downloaded the ebook….I just know you will love it 🙂
      Much Love to you to my friend~

  5. Zeenat,
    Wow! I agree with Julie–look at your first blog post and now here you are celebrating one year by sharing your first e-book:) Wondrous:) I cannot imagine all that you can do with that energy as you move forward to this next year.
    Your six D’s can be applied to anything in life–thank you for sharing them.
    Lots of Light to you as your heart celebrates all that you receive through your blog 🙂

    1. Hi Joy,
      You know i do use those 6 D’s in everyday goals too. They do work like a charm.
      And thank you so so much for coming here and sharing in my joyous celebration. I am so glad we have connected this year….hoping this connection will last for years to come 🙂
      Much Love~

    1. HI Farnoosh,
      Thank you so much for your lovely wishes. So glad to have met you this year. I ma hoping to make our connection stronger this year….You’ll be seeing a lot of me in the near future at your blog 🙂
      Much Love~

  6. Zeenat, your articles have been a joy to read over the last year and your presence shines wherever you leave a comment. I have no doubt your ebook will go down a storm. I wish you all the best with it and will help in any way I can. I am so glad you kept blogging, not a lot of blogs hit their 1st birthday 🙂

    1. Hi Steven,
      Its awesome people such as yourself who have made me go on inspite of a few set backs. Your encouragement has meant the world. Thank you so much for being there always 🙂
      Much Love~

  7. Congratulations Zeenat! Wishing you happiness, success, and prosperity for the coming blog year. Thanks for your positive contribution to the world.

    1. HI Sandra,
      Its nice to see you here. Thank you fro your wonderful warm wishes for me and the blog. I truly appreciate it.
      May our connection go deeper this year 🙂
      Much love~

  8. Hello Zeenat, this is fantastic. You made it a year (I’m just a bit over a year). I’ve watched you for much of this year and I have to say your writing has really changed and grown a lot. I think you must have too. It’s so wonderful and your beautiful attitude comes shining through all of your articles. I’m downloading your ebook. You mention meeting all of the wonderful souls through blogging. I think that is the part I’ve enjoyed most too. Who knew there were so many amazing people out there just waiting to connect with you?

    Congratulations and looking forward to another great year 🙂

    1. Hi Stephen,
      Youre so right…meeting these great people has been the highlight of this blogging experience for sure.
      Youre wonderful support all through this year has meant a lot to me…and you should know I have learnt a lot form you and your blog. What you see as a growth in my writing is actually my internal shift 🙂 Youre smart for noticing 😉
      Thank you for your beautiful wishes here .Appreciate it.
      Much Love 🙂

  9. A Hundred million thousands congratulations to you Zeenat… It soo nice to show gratitude it breeds more blessings to you… May all your dreams come to pass.. And least I forget you look pretty in dat Pic … Happy Holidays…. 🙂 :):)

    1. HI Fatima,
      Wow! Those many congratulations are making me very very happy 🙂 Thank you so much. And thank you so much for your support..I hope we can connect further ….
      Much Love~

  10. Congratulations, Z! You’ve definitely made the blogosphere a MUCH brighter place with your wisdom and positivity. I’m so glad that you started blogging, and even more glad that you plan on continuing. The whole world is better off because of you and Positive Provocations!

    1. Hi Jay,
      Thank you for your awesome compliments! Make me feel so so special…:)
      And how can i not continue blogging when i have such great pals like you to encourage nad inspire me 🙂
      Much Love..and thank you for all your support this past year.

  11. Gratitude is such a powerful tool. In the book The Art of Power, Tich Nhat Hanh discusses the “seeds” that are present in the store consciousness. Gratutde is one of the positive seeds, that if watered and nurtured will manifest more in our lives. What we dwell on and think about is what is manifest. I would rather start my day with a meditation filled with gratitude than anything else. Thanks for this wonderful post. I’ve written several posts about gratitude and I would love your feedback on the tools I am sharing on my blog, Daily Spiritual Tools. Namaste, Sherry

    1. HI Sherry,
      I am so glad you stopped by at this lovely time on the blog 🙂 Gratitude does sow the seeds for such amazing goodness…
      I will definitely stop by soon and check out your posts.
      Thank you so much for the lovely invitation and your beautiful comment here.
      Much love,

  12. Dear Zeenat,

    Congratulations for the wonderful achievement in Blogging!

    Since I came across your blog, you have grown so much!
    One year, it is a big step in your growth, spreading the Positive Provocations among blogger community-Wishes for much more success for future blogging… 🙂

    Spring Blessings,

    1. Hi Zuzanna,
      So sweet of you yo shower me with such beautiful words. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I truly appreciate it.
      Please pray I can do more positive work…
      Much Love and Spring Blessings to you too~

  13. Just a quick note to say CONGRATULATIONS on your Blogiversary! I bet it’s a really, *really* good feeling. Cheers to you and many more days/months/years of blogging to come!

    P.S. I really like your list of words that you’re using to motivate you to accomplish more writing.

    1. Hi Ricardo,
      Welcome to my little blog 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful wishes. Appreciate it.
      Those 6 D’s do truly work in all walks of life..glad you like them.
      And the feeling..oh its Awesome!! 🙂

  14. Hi Zeenat .. that is absolutely wonderful .. happy happy birthday & many many congratulations. The ebook looks wonderful and when I’m a little freer – I’ll be back to look properly: I love the front cover – looks so good.

    Glad I’m here – and in contact that’s the important thing for me .. I can read your uplifting words at this short challenging time in my life .. I’m sure you’ll be finding lots of new opportunities out there – it’s a wonderful world!! Here’s to a brilliant 2nd year .. with love and hugs – Hilary

    1. Hi Hilary,
      I am so glad this blog helps you in some way…that is what I write for…If you ever do need to vent or chat further..just drop me a line…
      Big hug fro all your support this past year. I truly appreciate it.
      Much Love~

    1. HI George,
      Youre so sweet! Thank you fro your lovely wishes and your support this past year.
      Many many years of blogging I hope…:)
      Much love~

  15. Happy Birthday to you, Positive Provocations! While it is true, Zeenat, that I’m new to your site, this does not diminish all the joy and happiness I wish for you and the journey that lies ahead of you in the coming year. I look forward to being one of your faithful readers when Birthday #2 gets celebrated. Am very happy to have found you.

    1. Oh Sweet Chania Girl,
      Arent you the sweetest…! I am so glad I found you too….And we share the same blog birthday..that makes us share a special bond too 🙂
      Thank you fro sharing your infectious joy here on my blog..I love it.
      Lots of Love and big hugs to you~

  16. Hi Zeenat,

    Congratulations and Happy Blog Birthday! And congrats on your first ebook!

    Hard to believe that a year has passed already. Wow…time sure flies when we are having fun!

    May the next year bring you all that you desire and more! I have no doubt you will achieve your goals! 🙂

    1. Hi Nadia,
      Thank you fro your beautiful wishes for me and my blog 🙂 And thank you fro being my “spiritual fix”! I seriously am so glad we connected and pray our connection grows deeper over the coming years…we do truly have fun na! 😉
      Big Hug and Much Love~

  17. Beautiful Zeenat!

    I cannot believe your blog is only one year old. My gosh… You’ve done so much with it in such a short amount of time. You’ve certainly opened my heart wider with your wisdom, as well as the compassion you consistently offer just by being YOU!

    Happy birthday to your blog, and best wishes for continued success well into the future!

    (big hug)

    1. My Joyful Angel,
      Youre my shining star….really..over the past year you have been such a strong support for me, by just being here every-time i post. I am so glad we met, connected, shared and loved the way we did this past year. You have been an immense joy to know and experience.
      I hope we can only grow together further in the years to come.
      Thank you fro all you do and thank you fro your lovely wishes here today.
      Bug hug and lots of love~

  18. Hi Z.
    Happy happy birthday! You’re so inspiring and amazing…I love your plans for your 2nd year and wish you all the joy and happiness back that you’ve given to so many!

    1. Hi Tess,
      Thank you so so much fro your support and encouragement this year
      I am just overwhelmed with all this love….thank you so so so so much! You’re awesome!
      much Love~

  19. Congratulations Zeenat for this amazing achievement of 100 posts in 1 year.

    This is my first ever visit to your blog – how could I have missed such inspirational writing?

    By the way, I found you via Amit Sodha’s blog.

    Good luck and keep up the amazing work.

    1. HI Arvind,
      Thank you so so much for your lovely and warm wishes. Appreciate it.
      That Amit is a hoot….I am glad you found me from his site. I will be coming over to your blogging world and reading you soon 🙂

  20. My 1 year blog anniversary is fast approaching as well (I only have 2 weeks or so until it hits!) and I’ve also set similar goals as yours. I try and write at least 1 full fledged article each day, network with other bloggers, and enjoy the content I’m able to deliver to readers!

    With that being said, congrats! Glad to see you’ve made it this far, and hopefully things keep moving along steadily for you.

    1. HI Travis,
      One year for you too! Wow and YAY!
      It is a milestone isnt it….
      I am glad our goals are similar …great minds think alike 😉
      Thank you fro your lovely wishes and compliments. Appreciate them so much 🙂

  21. Divya


    Am happy to have come across your blog recently.. It s a pleasure to read thru your postings..

    Thanks..Keep up the good work..

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