From candy corn and pumpkins all the way to the sparkly lights of ringing in the New Year, these are hands down my favorite few months. I love the progression of moving from holiday to holiday, celebrating with the people you love the most.It is basically an extroverted event planner’s dream. My favorite holiday falls right in the middle of it all: Thanksgiving. However, I have noticed lately that this special day often gets skipped over. You girls know what I am talking about. It’s like the day after Halloween all of the candy is on the 75% off rack and Target has already taken over each commercial slot with their super fun Christmas ads. Pumpkins are thrown out and Christmas trees are put up. And, while I love Christmas so much, this makes me sad for Thanksgiving. So, I have decided that from now until November 27th, I am going to fight for Thanksgiving. This is my plan of attack: Step 1: No Christmas music until the turkey has been served. Step 2: All fall/pumpkin decorations stay out until my roommate & I return from the break. Step 3: Write thank you notes like they are going out of style. I have so many things to be thankful for in this season of my life. Most of those “things” are actually people. People who love me, pour into me, are patient with me, create memories with me and do life with me. I know for a fact that I do not tell them enough just how much they mean to me. So, I am taking out my pen and putting it to paper. For me, the best way to accomplish this is to make a list of the people I want to send one to and then check them off one by one as I complete their notes. It helps hold me accountable to follow through with what I say I am going to do. I want to challenge all of us girls to not let this month go by without making a conscious effort to thank the people in our lives. It doesn’t have to be via a hand written note. It can be an e-mail, a text, or (if we want to get really old fashioned) a phone call. Imagine how many people we can encourage over the next few weeks by simply pausing and thanking.
I once heard that “what we appreciate, appreciates.” Such a simple quote, but it has stuck with me. May we be girls who never miss an opportunity to show gratitude to the many people who surround us in our day-to-day lives.