For our November write up we’ve been posting what we are thankful for to correspond with the Thanksgiving holiday.
Admittedly this is one of the more difficult posts for me to make all year. I am not predisposed to positive, grateful thinking. Don’t get me wrong, I know I am blessed and have many blessings, gifts and privileges many people in the world will never see. I am simply not an “OMG thank you so much!” type of person. Again, I know I have much and thus much is expected at times. Just know this is not an easy off the cuff list/post for me to make.
A good friend of mine encouraged me a few months ago to sit down at the end of each day, think about my day, and write down at least one thing or event from that particular day I am thankful for. It was a great idea and I did make the effort, for a day or two. The idea is to bring positivity into your life by acknowledging and realizing what you have, instead of pondering the things you feel you are lacking.
I also wanted to make this post different from last year’s post. I posted 30 things for 30 days of gratitude last year. This year I figure why not use the alphabet? It’s a great helper to keep me on track.
A: Acts of kindness. Performing or receiving, there is blessing for all.
B: Books. As nice as technology is and helpful to finish listening to a book, there is still something comforting about curling up on the couch (winter) or sitting out in the sun (summer) with a good book physically in hand.
C: Christmas Carols. Yep I’ve been listening to Pandora’s Christmas channel for a few weeks now.
D: Democracy. Yes our governments are a mess but life could definitely be A LOT worse.
E: Electricity. I know this one sounds silly but with the experiences we’ve had living in the north east, electricity is definitely an invention I’m thankful to have in my life.
F: Family. As dysfunctional as we may be at times, my family is mine.
G: Grass. Remember when you were a kid and running around the front yard with no shoes on feeling the fresh grass on your feet? My kids don’t either… we have no grass here in the rocky, weed growing woods.
H: Home-based businesses. I am part of Younique but I also LOVE supporting and being able to purchase from my friends who also are working from home. Direct sales companies or crafty people.
I: Indoor plumbing. Oh Em Gee Becky. The privacy of my bathroom and ability to turn a faucet on to get water in my house.
J: Jesus Christ. My savior and redeemer.
K: Kid kisses. The pure love from a child’s kiss to mom is so healing!
L: Love languages
M: Mothers. Especially my own mom and Grandma.
N: Nature. I have not appreciated nature in the beginning of my life as I do now living in the woods.
O: (adult time) The big O (not Oprah). Please don’t ask me to go into further detail.
P: Pregnancy. It isn’t an easy 10 months, but I am blessed with the ability to carry and birth my children.
Q: Quiet moments. With 3 kids, a dog and a cat; quiet time is few and far between. When those moments do come I cherish the quiet.
R: Ring. More specifically my wedding ring. (sappy alert) It is my constant reminder of how lucky and loved I am.
S: Snuggles! When I don’t feel good, (physically or mentally) a nice snuggle on the couch sure helps me. ok the kids too when they aren’t feeling well.
T: Tribes. I’ve written a few posts about my different tribes (such as this one), we all have them and all need them.
U: Underwear! Yes more laundry but man what a blessing it is to have undies for everyone in my family, and multiple pairs!
V: Vocal Cords. Talking, singing, even yelling at the kids.
W: World wide web. I am able to find so many answers, reach out to friends and family across the country and pretend I know the latest kid craze thanks to www!
X: (ya I’ve got nothing here)
Y: Younique. I’ve been able to meet a lot of fabulous women and learn more about my own inner beauty by being a part of this company.
Z: Zumba!! Great music + friends + dancing = a fat burning workout! Doesn’t get much better than that.
What are you thankful for? Do you have a daily gratitude journal? Share your blog post with us and link up below or put a few things you’re thankful for in the comments.
Next month join us for the last link up of the year and share a holiday recipe.