But, to be honest? I think I write about this so often, already, and giving thanks shouldn’t be a once a year thing, (Lindsay also points this out, I loved it, just as my sis did!), it should be an everyday thing.
Instead of chronicling everything that I am thankful, grateful, and blessed for in my life, I am going to internalize them, think about them, and say them to those I love. Today, tomorrow, this weekend, and more often every single day. I tend to assume that others know how much they mean to me, but clearly, that isn’t always the case.
So, in showing my thanks, I am going to pay it forward…say it more often than think it or write it. Do things for others more often than for me (I get much more joy giving to others than to myself…it is such a great feeling to see someone’s eyes light up when you hand them a gift for no reason, no birthday, or holiday, or anything), and trying to put forth a little piece of the gratitude that I have overflowing in my life, to others.
So, I guess I did write about thankfulness, huh? A blank slate…and this just came to me.
Friends, I wish you all a beautiful holiday, and if it’s not technically Thanksgiving in your area of the world, I hope you take a minute, take a step back, breathe, move away from life’s complications for a moment and just think of one thing that makes life just a little better. I’m going to try to do this more, daily, if I can, because no matter what, it brings a smile to my face.
I’m excited to celebrate my second Thanksgiving with M, as well as with my family. It feels entirely different than last year, even more full and happy than it did then.
Off to Maine I go for some much-needed time with my grandparents, and then back to my neck of the woods for dinner with M’s family.
(I joke that tomorrow is my ‘superbowl’ of making healthy choices for the day and not blowing it outta the water as in years past! I know I can do it, and still enjoy the day, the food and the people!)
And then? A few days of continued celebration, downtime, and of course, shopping. Wheee!
(on another note? one of my closest friends had her baby boy today…how fitting. I cannot wait to meet him, hopefully sometime this winter, given they live in Florida. The fact that she went through divorce, just as I did, and met the man she was meant to be with is so inspiring for me. Love you friend!!)