I hope wherever you are and whatever your holiday celebrations have brought you this year, that you're happy, healthy, and enjoy yourself some good food!
This day is traditionally a day focused on gratitude, so I'll follow suit. I'm sure you'll readily agree that this has indeed been quite a year. For better or worse, it has brought challenges none of us could have foreseen or anticipated, yet here we are. We've nearly completed it, and now we have the opportunity to celebrate all the things that we love and are grateful for. It's been a year of growth, of loss, of struggle, and of triumph. It's been a year of adapting and adjusting, of moving on from plan B all the way to plan Z. We've found our faces covered, our voices unheard, and our hearts broken, yet here we are. And I guarantee, though it might be hard to see, we're better off now than when we started. The key to feeling that way is by simply having gratitude.
Gratitude creates one of the highest energy vibrations in our body and has many physical, mental, and emotional benefits. Living with a grateful heart doesn't solve all our problems, but it certainly does increase our ability to love, to look outside of ourselves, and to spread that peace to others.
I challenge you this Thanksgiving holiday to take some time to reflect on the things in your life you are grateful for, then share them! Text your family members, call a friend, offer thanks to a teacher or mentor. Write down everything you can think of. It's been said, "You get what you give," and I believe that once you start expressing your gratitude, you'll find that the things you are grateful for just keep multiplying.
The Top 4 Things I'm Grateful For:
- My health - My bout with COVID was something I truly wish on no one. Though I've about made a full recovery, it was rough. To be in good health most of the time is a blessing I will never again take for granted.
- My children's school - Teachers are amazing. Amazing. Enough said.
- My community - They say it takes a village, and I am eternally grateful for the village that continually supports me and my little growing family.
- My family - They are crazy and exhausting, frustrating and hilarious, but they sure have a way of making all that chaos worth it. I'm grateful for all five of my kiddos and my husband, who continually supports my crazy ideas and need for adventure.