Happy Week-of-Thanks, Dear Celebrationists!
In honor of this week before/of Thanksgiving, I wanted to write a special post with ideas about how to jump-start your Thanksgiving mindset, if you’re having a little trouble getting there. I know sometimes I can feel blocked from a headspace of gratitude when the things in my life that seem less-than-great are outshining the things that are. When I get trapped in a mindset of comparison and lack, it can be really challenging to celebrate many little bits I have to be thankful for. And I bet I’m not alone! Here are some ideas to get you ready for a week of giving thanks! But first…
- I am grateful for a certain special visitor today : )
- I am grateful for Christmas music. Yes, I’ve started.
- I am grateful to be a part of Katie Berger’s reading of her new musical Full. If you are in Florida, you should come check it out on Monday, Dec 15 at freeFall Theatre. It’s FREE, and you’ll be really moved by it, I promise. 7pm. 6099 Central Ave, St. Petersburg, FL.
All right friends. Some fun ideas to get you in the spirit : )
1. I’ve mentioned this book before, but seriously, go pick up a copy of Cami Walker’s 29 Gifts. I can’t think of another book that will get you in the spirit of Thanksgiving like this one will! http://www.29giftsbook.com
2. Make a list of non-blood-related family members who have become family to you. Revel in this list for a bit. The families that we build can be just as meaningful as the ones we were born with. Take a moment and tell a few of these folks how much they mean to you.
3. Make some art. Who says coloring is just for kids? This is something I’ve been finding really therapeutic in the last month or two. I have this incredible Mandala coloring book –http://www.amazon.com/Mandala-Coloring-Book-Inspire-Creativity/dp/1440569983/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1416846486&sr=1-2&keywords=mandala+coloring+book shading in those beautiful patterns is really soothing to me, and also a neat reminder of the fact that we always have the freedom to create, play, and make the choice to use our time in a way that just “feels good.” When we allow ourselves that opportunity, it’s an act of self-care. And I think that’s definitely something to be grateful for : )
4. This little Josh Groban tune always gets me, and puts me in a mindset of gratitude. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9wgeokEsOc Whatever your musical equivalent might be, listen to it on repeat for awhile : )
5. For as much as material items aren’t the reason for the season, take a look around you at the things you have. For as much as most of us have moments of feeling broke or poor, and frustrated by the things we “can’t have,” take a look at the things you do, and recognize that your own hard work, fortitude, and the job that you may or may not adore is responsible for the books you love, shoes that carry you from place to place, and snuggly blanket you get to curl up with every night. That’s more than a lot of people have. That job is more than a lot of people have.
6. Whether you find yourself in good health or not this holiday season, take a moment to celebrate the parts of yourself that are in alignment/aren’t experiencing dis-ease. Maybe it’s your healthy mind, your strong arms or legs, your eyes that can see, hands that have sensation and can feel things, etc. I think our health is probably one of the easiest things to take for granted until we don’t have it.
7. Reach out to a friend who is really struggling with the season. The holidays are hard for a lot of people for a variety of reasons. If you’re a person who is fortunate to experience the holidays as a joyful time, see what you can do for that friend who is struggling to find the light of the season.
8. I love walking. Walking is a really enjoyable, meditative activity for me, and when I need to refocus, blow off steam, etc. there’s nothing I’d rather do. If walking is your jam, go take one, and as you walk, see if you can challenge yourself to list 10 things you’re grateful for, and you can use the walk itself to inspire you. As you pass a park you might feel thankful to live near a bit of nature, when you pass your favorite coffee shop, you might express gratitude for the baristas who know your name and drink order, etc.
9. Volunteering is obviously a great way to remind ourselves of everything we have to be grateful for. NY-ers, I’m such a fan of https://www.newyorkcares.org. But wherever you are, there are opportunities to be found through the vast powers of google! Even if you don’t make it to a soup kitchen though, there are opportunities to volunteer your time every day. Help a friend edit a paper or resume, with a home project, ride, or just offering your listening ear when needed most.
10. Have a party! To be honest, I don’t love big groups of people or lots of noise, but what I do love is getting small groups of people I adore together. Whatever size group you most enjoy, get a treasured group of friends or family together and remind each other that even when life gets hard, no one is alone. Celebrate the season by celebrating your tribe.
Happy Thanksgiving, Celebrationists, more next week!