Thankful November

Hi friends!  Well, now that it is November, it’s officially the start of the holiday season.  The holidays are the perfect time to reflect on everything that we are grateful for and although I am probably not alone in saying that Thanksgiving means a time for turkey and pumpkin pie, it is also a time to give thanks.  So this month I’m focusing on ways to be thankful and the things I am thankful for.  I think this is especially important when we are faced with difficult people or tough tasks at work.  Those things are so small in the overall scheme of life and so rather wasting time stressing over inconsequential things, it’s time to think of all the good we have!  So join me this month for Thankful November! 

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Things I am Thankful For

1.      My family and friends. I literally have the best family and friends ever.  Wouldn’t change thing.

2.      My health.  This blog focuses so much on healthy eating and exercise but really none of that would be possible if I were not healthy to begin with, meaning that I am lucky not to suffer from any debilitating diseases or injuries.  Even having my elbow out of commission for a few weeks really opened my eyes to how much I take for granted the fact that I am healthy every day.

3.      Happiness.  I finally feel like I’ve gotten to a place where I am happy with the things I have going on in my life.  I like my job, I love my blog, I have a great family (see above) and the world is as it should be.  Of course I still have future goals but I don’t feel like anything in particular is weighing me down.  This is HUGE!

4.      Food. I just love it.  I love cooking and I love eating.  Food is awesome.

5.      You all.  I love all my readers, each and every one of you.  I couldn’t do this without you so thank you!

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Ways to Be Thankful

1.      Volunteer for a cause you believe in.  As you can probably guess, I am pretty passionate about helping people get active.  Last year I volunteered with Achilles International to help children with disabilities spend some time being active through fun games.  This year I was in California when they had their volunteer day so I’m looking for a new way to volunteer.  I think I have an idea and will keep you posted!

2.      Do something nice for people you know.  A little gesture can go a long way.  Get a co-worker coffee.  Do the dishes at home.  Send someone a card. 

3.      Say thank you.  Say thank you to everyone- the teller at the bank, your waitress, your spouse.

4.      Donate to charity.  Now’s the time to send a little monetary love to your favorite charities.

5.      Take a time out.  Just sit, relax and think about all the good stuff that’s going on.  Don’t think about negative things.  Just reflect.

Readers, what are you thankful for this month?  Do you have any plans to show your thanks?


  1. So so soooo thankful for this amazing blogging community! And food of course:) I’m hoping in the new year with a different work schedule I’ll have more time to volunteer.
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  2. This is great! I was thinking about writing on a related topic. I’m thankful for my health, the people in my life and that have everything, and more, that I could possibly need to live a full, happy life, Thanks for this!
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  3. Great post! Just found your blog. I did a post about being thankful just a few days ago too. Love the focus. I’m so thankful for my family, pups, health, a solid job, and the opportunity to go back to school to pursue my passions soon. Excited to read more of your posts:)

  4. I am thankful that I can buy flaxseed at Walmart now. It makes me giddy. I am working on being more positive. I think it will help me appreciate everything else more.

  5. This is great!! Your post is so positive and uplifting!! I am thankful for good friends and family who genuinely care about me πŸ™‚ Such a blessing!
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  6. I am thankful for so much, especially after this weekend. I too, have the best family and friends, they are my biggest supports and so positive. I plan on doing an extended post closer to Thanksgiving of everything I’m thankful for. πŸ™‚
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  7. This is so great Brittany! There is no better time than November to reflect on the things we are thankful for. It looks like you have a lot to love in your life! I love this reminder; thank you!
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  8. I am thankful for my wonderful family and friends- which includes all of my favorite bloggers! πŸ™‚

    This was a great reminder to show others how I’m appreciative so thank you!
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  9. Everything you are thankful for, I am thankful for too!!!!!!!! I am so thankful for the roof over my head, I am so thankful for my supportive family, I am soooooo thankful for my working car (it didn’t work this weekend thanks to a dead battery)… I am just so thankful and happy!!!! πŸ˜€

  10. I love counting my many blessings, and I love this post! I’m thankful for everything you mentioned, and feel especially grateful to have the people I love in my life and good health….and of course food! πŸ™‚ I love volunteering and usually volunteer at the Humane Society, but I’d like to volunteer at a food pantry or something along those lines sometime during the holiday season.

  11. I am thankful for all the wonders that I am able to experience and observe–animal, vegetable and mineral–and especially the animals in my family.

  12. I totally agree with the volunteer thing. I volunteer 4 hours a week and I always feel so good after I do.

    PS: I know that this was in your last post, but so cool how you can see the NYC Marathon from your window!
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  13. I love this post. Right now I am thankful for my new job and my family. πŸ™‚
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  14. I’m thankful for my family and friends – they are the best! I love the idea of paying it forward – doing something kind for someone and hope that they share the goodwill with someone else πŸ™‚
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  15. Great list, both of them! It is such a blessing to be in good health! I haven’t made my plans for the holiday, but my Sunday School class usually does something like Xmas cards to the sick an dshut in or feeding the homeless for Thanksgiving,. We’ve done many other things specific to each holiday. I guess the time to make plans is now. .
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  16. I love everything that you are thankful for! I have to agree with your items, I am especially thankful for a great support system in and out of the bloggy world πŸ™‚

    • It’s funny because I had no idea there even was a community when I started blogging and then when I realized how amazing it was, I had a whole new reason to blog!

  17. #3 on Ways to be Thankful- heck yes! I was taught this as a child and it’s never left. Now I find myself saying it for others or prodding my husband “DID YOU SAY THANK YOU?!”. Happy almost Thanksgiving, sweets!

  18. i agree, whenever people feel down in the dumps, i think the best thing to do is volunteer.
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