November 1st marked the end of #spookyszn. While it’s sad (to me at least) in many ways, it’s also exciting because it kicked off #turkeyszn, #holidayszn, and most importantly: #thankfulszn.
This year should be the year I lack gratitude. Everyone is always shocked to hear it, but this year I surprisingly feel the most thankful. I’m thankful for my job and my incredible boss, my family, and my friends. I’m thankful to be able to blog and to work. Thankful for all the hard lessons I've learned in 2018. Thankful for all the people I’ve reconnected with this year. Thankful for all the love, support, and opportunities that have been thrown my way the past couple of months. Thankful I found my way back to happiness. (And let’s be real, how can you not be at least a little happy when there’s only two weeks until you’ll have some Thanksgiving food on your plate while surrounded by people you love and who love you unconditionally? #blessed)
If you look up the definition of Thanksgiving on google, it's described as: ‘the expression of gratitude.’
Whatever your thoughts on Thanksgiving are, I’m sure we can all agree that feeling thankful is sometimes hard to come by in this day and age. I’ll take a moment of gratitude whenever I can get one. I haven’t always been a “look on the bright side” type of girl. I used to be so negative, always complaining about a problem instead of looking for a solution. Always dwelling on my mistakes, missed opportunities, and bad decisions that caused bad outcomes to happen in my life. Where does negativity get you? I’ll say it yet again for the people in the back: life is short. Don’t spend your life dwelling on things that have already happened, or dwelling on things out of your control. Being happy is a choice, and I think you should choose it. I think you should choose to be thankful for being able to wake up today, for your significant other, for your friends, for your family. Choose to show your loved ones how you feel. Express your gratitude to them because one day, they won’t be here. Whether it be through words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service - just express your gratitude to someone you’re thankful for. I can’t tell you how much it means to me when someone just says ‘hey, good job!’ I’m betting you will light up your loved one’s life with some words of affirmation, or even just a hug.
The Holiday season is all about love, gratitude, and of course - Fall traditions.
Here’s what I’m excited for this #holidayszn, and some ideas of what you can add to your ‘to-do this Fall with people I care about’ list, too!
-Annual Christmas themed baking day
-Board & card games at Thanksgiving & Christmas Family get togethers
-Seeing Christmas lights at Prestonwood (You have to go if you can! Best lights in town!)
-Friends coming home & getting Holiday themed coffee together
-Apple picking & pumpkin patches
-Saying what we’re grateful for at Thanksgiving
-Setting up the Christmas tree with family
-Sitting & roasting marshmallows by the fire
-Jamming to Pentatonix’s Christmas albums
So, what are you thankful for this year? What does Thanksgiving mean to you?