I can’t believe that tomorrow Thanksgiving! This year is flying by! I know that many of you are traveling or just busy in general preparing for a day full of food, festivities and family but I wanted to share a quick message with you all about the true meaning of Thanksgiving and the art of practicing gratitude everyday.
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I’ll be honest (and I might get shunned for this), I’ve never been the biggest fan of traditional Thanksgiving food. I’m just not a turkey, green beans and mashed potatoes kind of person. When I was younger, I cringed at the thought but now that I’m older, I appreciate Thanksgiving for a different reason (and luckily, my husband family is Mexican so we have tons of great food options ha!).
This has been such an interesting year for me and as we near the end and start a new chapter, I can’t help but feel a bit introspective. I think that most people normally feel this way at the end of a year. We reflect on the old and start the new with fresh eyes, an open mind and big goals. But I’ve learned that we don’t have to wait for the new year to make a change and we don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving to give thanks.
Something I’ve been practicing a lot over the last six months or so is practicing gratitude everyday, even for the smallest thing. Instead of dwelling on what I don’t have, I truly appreciate what I do have and I feel an abundance of gratefulness. This might sound too “woo woo” but it works for me and has helped me move past a lot this past year (including my family situation which only seems to intensify during the holiday season). In a fast-paced social media driven world where we constantly compare what we have, what we don’t have, who we are and who we aren’t to strangers on the internet who seemingly have better lives than us (spoiler: they don’t), practicing gratitude everyday can be a simple source of enlightenment that brings peace and understanding. When you’re truly grateful for what you have, you somehow feel like everything in life is that much better.
This season, I want to remind you to slow down and really be in the moment. Holidays can be incredible stressful and often times, we find ourselves just going through the motions without even knowing why. We’re hard on ourselves for not getting things just right, we’re slightly annoyed if something goes “wrong” and we’re overwhelmed with planning and executing a 5 star event. We all feel these pressures but it’s important to slow down and enjoy these moments as well (even if they don’t go as planned).
My challenge to you:
Share one thing you’re grateful for in the comments.
For me, I’m grateful for YOU!
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