Why I must continue

Focus on Possibilities, Not ProblemsFor the past year I’ve written about #OneGoodThing every single day. It wasn’t easy; it was a great challenge — both in daily writing and in positive thinking.

There were plenty of nights that I turned to Mama and said ‘what the hell should I write about today?’ And then there were days when I had multiple good things in the day from which to choose. Ultimately, it feels like I’ve slowly rewired my brain to search out the silver linings in any given situation.

It’s been a process, but it doesn’t feel done. When I looked back over the 366 good things I wrote about in 2016, I still remember what I else I went through that day to find some bit of good. I hope that by the end of 2017, I can further the process and focus more on possibilities.

Daily DeclarationMy self-imposed guidelines for my first year were that I had to post each day by midnight and that I would avoid repetition. I found a variety of good things within food, style, art, health, friends and more. Some of my favorite posts were about bringing a smile to someone else. This year, I’ll continue those same guidelines, and I intend to include some new ones. For example, I hope to share a book I’m reading at least once a month. I plan to share a fellow blogger I find inspiration each week. I also pledge to make mitzvot (good deeds for others) a regular part of #OneGoodThing. Essentially, I intend to make more good things happen, rather than just notice something good.

Today’s #OneGoodThing is beginning another year of #OneGoodThing. Many thanks to my loyal readers who’ve been following my journey. YOUR comments help keep me going each day!

Day 1 of 365. Happy New Year!

1 year ago today: #OneGoodThing in 2016

3 years ago today: Top Posts of 2013

4 years ago today: Top Posts of 2012

These are the top 10 most popular Nosy Parker blog posts (by views) during 2016:

  1. Sharing our B12 stories makes us all feel less alone
  2. Not just a vitamin — Raising B12 awareness
  3. DIY Easy & Inexpensive Cupcake Stand
  4. Bringing our baby home
  5. At age 33 I learned why I’d been sick all my life
  6. Our beloved Campiello del Remer
  7. A movie about a nurse who could save your life
  8. How physical therapy has helped my B12 deficiency
  9. Incredible Resources for B12 Deficiency
  10. Introducing Paisley
  11. Grateful for every moment together

Since two of these posts (#3 and #6) were not actually written/published in 2016 and were not part of my #OneGoodThing project, I thought I’d share the 11th most read blog post of the year as well. It’s about having to say goodbye to our sweet Abby.



  1. Dear Gabriana,

    I’m so glad you are continuing your blog. It has become a regular part of my day and I was going to miss it.

    I love the quote for the day, “When you focus on problems, you’ll have more problems. When you focus on possibilities, You’ll have more opportunities.”

    Happy New Year to you and your mom.


    More Diane >

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  2. […] Our sweet Paisley has been super cuddly and snuggly through it all — comforting both Mama and me. Today she curled up under my comforter against me and just stuck her face out. It reminded me so much of how our Abby used to burrow into blankets and then just stick her face out. I find it beyond adorable — and today’s #OneGoodThing. […]


  3. […] These last few days, as my “anniversary” date approaches, I’ve been overwhelmed with the rollercoaster of feelings and so I reached out to my B12 buddy, Laura. She has faced some of these same battles, and she was so understanding and supportive. She helped me to feel less alone and to find hope for a future — and that is today’s #OneGoodThing! […]


  4. […] We have it most mornings for breakfast and we love it! A case usually lasts us a little more than a month so we’re slowing getting to know the market staff. They greeted me like old friends when I went in today; it was very sweet. And now we have a freezer full of turkey bacon — woohoo!!! That is today’s #OneGoodThing! […]


  5. […] But the strawberries were truly delicious. Plus, a sweet woman working in produce (who I now visit with each week while shopping following her shy inquiry of where she could get a face mask like mine for her granddaughter, a recent transplant recipient) kindly put together a bursting box without any bad berries for me. It really touched my heart and made my day. The strawberries and my experience getting them were today’s #OneGoodThing. […]


  6. […] The meeting was all about the Affordable Care Act and what will happen if the Republicans succeed in repealing it. The information being conveyed was horrifying and scary (because I’m alive thanks to the ACA), but it was heartwarming to see so many people engaged. The outrage was palpable. The crowd was standing room only. There was cheering, booing, and many thoughtful questions. We felt proud to be Californian and proud to be a part of the resistance. This stirring display of civic engagement was today’s #OneGoodThing. […]


  7. […] Today was the first we really got to know each other, and we had a wonderful time together! We shared a delicious meal and lots of laughs! It was such a joy to make this connection and welcome their family into our home — and that is today’s #OneGoodThing! […]


  8. […] This photo was my first s’more of the season (from our wonderful party a couple weeks ago). We had such fun laughing and making s’mores with our friends around our backyard campfire. Tonight I did the lazy version and made a s’more by roasting the marshmallow over the stovetop. It was still delicious — and today’s #OneGoodThing! […]


  9. […] Several important errands that needed to happen, didn’t. And our super fun plans for this evening had to be scrapped due to exhaustion. In some ways, the day was frustrating and disappointing, but it all worked out ok. Even if nothing went according to plan. And so I yell “PLOT TWIST!” and call our adaptability #OneGoodThing! […]


  10. […] This year’s digital collage includes snapshots from our wonderful celebration of life parties this year and last year, as well as photos of our beloved Abby and sweet Paisley. I’ve also included a nod to a few special places, meaningful quotes and projects, and some of my favorite tastes. It’s so me and I love it — and it felt really good to take the time to do this for myself. And that is today’s #OneGoodThing! […]


  11. […] It may be dangerously hot outside, but we’ve got clean clothes, fresh food, clean dishes and a clean house. And thanks to an earlier heat wave this summer, we’ve got a portable air conditioning unit! So although we are miserable in this heat, I am grateful for all this that we have and that is today’s #OneGoodThing. […]


  12. […] It felt good to be able to do something. Mama and I have felt helpless during these fires. We wanted so much to help, but weren’t sure what we could do. We donated money to fire recovery funds, but we wanted to do more. Tonight we had the honor of helping a fire survivor in some small, tangible way. And that is today’s #OneGoodThing. […]



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