I’m not complaining, but there are noticeably fewer 30 Days of Thanks posts in my social feeds this year. Is it no longer trendy? Do we have less to be publicly grateful for?
Whatever the case, I’m wishing each and every one of you a blessed Thanksgiving and hope you all have much to be thankful for.
Whether you’re fortunate enough to be with family or having your own Friendsgiving; whether you’re avoiding shopping at all costs or braving the Black Friday crowds for that ultimate deal; whether you’re a hardcore vegetarian or meat maniac, I hope you’re able to enjoy the holiday and time with people you love.
Until next time, here’s an all-too-true take on how Thanksgiving changes as you grow up.
Gobble till you wobble, y’all.
Thanksgiving Day has come and gone — hopefully your holiday was spent with good food and even better people. Here’s the conclusion of the 30 Days of Thanks series:
- 22. A functional car, as Jimmy has been pushed to his breaking point and I’m rocking Magz’ sweet hatchback Focus while he gets fixed.
- 23. Supermarkets, which accommodated many last-minute stops and continue to provide a platform for charitable donations throughout the season.
- 24. Weekends, for reminding us to take a step back and breathe. Sleeping in doesn’t hurt, either :).
- 25. Laughter, because it makes my world go ‘round. I have a loud, unapologetic laugh, and I adore anyone and anything that brings it out.
- 26. Sportsmanship, which I relied upon after losing nearly every board and card game played this weekend.
- 27. You, for inspiring me to keep going (even when writer’s block sets in). I appreciate each and every person reading this for their support of this creative outlet.
- 28, 29 & 30. Faith, hope and love — the greatest of which is love. I can’t imagine what the world would be like without the simplest gestures of compassion and care.
It’s absolutely a goal of mine in this next year to remember more things like these 30, rather than the things that get me down. Look around — you may be surprised how many blessings surround your life.
A month of thankfulness continues, and it couldn’t come at a better time. Something about Mondays just crushes my soul, as I recap the past weekend and wish 48 hours wouldn’t pass so quickly.
So, here’s the next installment of things I’m thankful for:
- 15. Hand turkeys, because who doesn’t love a craft project that brings you back to childhood? Side note: I already made one this year (suck it, 2010).
- 16. My grandpa, who is a hero in so many respects and recently celebrated 30 years of being sober.
- 17. Tailgate parties, which make even the crappiest of gamedays fun and worthwhile.
- 18. Hugs, because they’re sometimes all you need to keep it together when you’re falling apart.
- 19. Pinochle, which will be the highlight of my holiday season … I will FINALLY win our family’s annual tournament.
- 20. Daytona, as it makes the trip to my parents’ casa quick and easy — even if I am desperate to move away from Florida someday.
- 21. “Breaking Dawn Part 1” being released, because it means there’s only one damn movie left in that series to hear about. I hope.
As Turkey Day approaches, I hope you all have safe travels and are able to spend time with the ones you love. If not, there’s always room at the Wittyburg fortress in the good ol’ Dirty D.
*Not my hand turkey.
It’s been an emotional week in the Wittyburg world, so forcing myself to think of things I’m thankful for has proven quite cleansing. Presenting seven more little bits of gratitude:
- 8. Veterans, because we owe them a lifetime of gratitude for their service.
- 9. Fall candles, which are keeping my apartment smelling as cozy as ever.
- 10. The Target Lady on SNL, because she loves “cayn-dles” and I love her for it.
- 11. My closest co-workers, who help me to find the silliness in everyday situations.
- 12. Pinterest, for keeping the attention of this self-diagnosed A.D.D. sufferer. (Let me know if you want an invite!)
- 13. USF, for FINALLY getting a Big East win this football season — praise it!
- 14. “Dumb and Dumber,” because it’s the one movie that will make me laugh no matter what I’ve gone through.
I’m hoping the roller coaster of emotions I’ve recently experienced is coming to an end soon. In the meantime, watching Harry Dunne, Lloyd Christmas and Target Lady will just have to do (darn).
As the holidays approach, there are plenty of stressors and to-do lists that keep us busy and bustling. Following suit from some friends who’ve done the same, I’ve taken a step back to reflect about what I’m thankful for this year.
I’m thankful for …
- The big G keeping me grounded and reminding me that some things are just out of our control.
- My mom, who is a constant source of support and strength. I’d be lost without her.
- My dad, who has taught me how to overcome life’s obstacles and curveballs with determination and poise.
- Brother and his fiancée — for their hospitality and adorable dogs, among many other things.
- Friends who can make me smile when I just want to cry.
- Opportunities I’ve been granted, allowing me to advance in personal and professional circles.
- Music, which gets me through killer workdays and workouts.
This will be a weekly feature here each Monday in November, so stay tuned for more!