Welcome to another round of Life List Friday. This week, I’m both happy and thankful to be once again hosting the most awesome Jess Witkins . Once you’ve visited with Jess here, hop on over and see me and my pink house at Marcia Richard’s place. Then just keep following our sidebars to visit the other Life Listers for more inspiration on meeting your goals and achieving your dreams.
Happy Friday! Take it away, Jess!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, but I try to practice it every day. Not the mass consumption of food covered with gravy, no, if I did that I’d look like this!
But I do try to be thankful every day for at least five things. I started a gratitude journal about 2 years ago. I make a list each day for the five things I’m most grateful for and somehow, no matter how awful the day may seem, I can be glad that those five things occurred.
But let’s be honest, sometimes we have really bad days! And when you work in retail over the holidays, holidays? What are holidays? Don’t they mean sweater folding and stocking stuffer towers? Ah yes, it’s good to have some key things you can do to survive any day.
While I would love for all my gratitude journal days to look like this:
1. Watching Eat, Pray, Love with my bestie (a fave book of ours!)
2. A blogger commenting on how good a recipe I posted was
3. Having Rose Wine with dinner
4. Wearing a top I bought when I was in Toronto
5. Reading in bed
There are days where I have to be thankful for the little things:
Too Many Days to Record them All, These Items Appear:
1. Ice Water
4. My Journal
5. Clean Socks
And number 6 if I must reveal would probably be: calling my mother. Ok, mom, I admitted it!
If nothing else, those five things can usually give me just enough of a relaxing moment to be thankful once more. I encourage everyone, especially during the holidays, to find the things you are most thankful for, even the little ones, and write them down. It’s a great feeling to end the day with. And let’s not forget what the Thanksgiving holiday was really about, coming together and celebrating a union. So find ways to let your friends and family know you’re thankful for them.
Maybe for your gratitude journal you record the five secret acts of kindness you did during the day (like fixing supper ahead of time, or giving a coworker a ride home, or making a mix cd for a friend who’s dealing with a difficult situation). Whatever you decide to do, remember to be thankful, even for just a little bit each day, you’ll thank yourself you did so!
Happy Thanksgiving from your fellow Life Lister,
Bio: Jess Witkins claims the title Perseverance Expert. She grew up in a small Wisconsin town as the much younger youngest sibling of four, she’s witnessed the paranormal, jumped out of a plane, worked in retail, traveled to exotic locations like Italy, Ireland, and Shipshewana, Indiana, and she’s eaten bologna and lived to tell about it! She deals with it all and writes about it! Come along on her midwest adventures; Witkins promises to keep it honest and entertaining. Go ahead, SUBSCRIBE, you know you want to.
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