What Are You Grateful For?
I consider myself a generally positive person, so when I begin to think about gratitude, I get overwhelmed. My mind swells with joy and excitement for all the things that I can count myself lucky for, including but not limited to: the cafe au lait I'm sipping on, my West Elm couch that I got on a floor sale, the fresh flowers in my apartment, my husband, my parents, the cashmere robe Val got me that I wear every day.
The best part of Thanksgiving is arguably the no-strings-attached policy of the festivities. All you really have to do is get together with your family, cook a lot, eat even more, drink a bit, laugh, and enjoy the time with one another. However, I like to take things one step further, and physically write a list of what I'm grateful for, kinda like they made me do in kindergarten. It's a nice way to stop and smell the roses, or I guess in this case, the sage + apple stuffing.
So if you want to give this list a shot, I highly recommend you handwrite it on a notepad or piece of paper with a pen. Remember how that works? Avoid using your iDevices (phone, laptop, tablet, etc.)There is something very satisfying about dragging a pen across paper and then reflecting back on it later. Try to gather your thoughts before writing and get as specific as possible, even if that feels silly. While it's not necessarily bad to simultaneously think about the macro and the micro, I find it more helpful to get very granular. Doing this allows me to appreciate things more closely, and it also opens up my thoughts to what can be improved in the future. The basic template I use goes as follows:
I am grateful for (noun)_______, because _______
I am thankful for my (noun)________, which allows me _________
To give you a better idea, here are some of the things on my list this year:
I am grateful for my puppy, because he is always excited to see me when I come home, and that brings a smile to my face!
I am grateful for my good health, because it means I can do yoga when I want to de-stress.
I am grateful for my blog, which allows me to express my creativity and connect with other like-minded women.
I am grateful for my husband, because he walks the dog at 6AM so I can sleep in, and brings home ice cream when I've had a crummy day.
I am thankful for all the chaos in my everyday life, because it keeps things exciting and interesting!
How do you feel about this idea? Will you give it a shot before Turkey Day tomorrow? If you do, please feel free to share some of your thoughts + feedback! You can share your list with me on Facebook, Instagram, or of course in the comments below.
Have an amazing time and remember to stop amidst all the craziness, take a deep breath, and be thankful for all that you've got!