Thanksgiving is a US holiday that is based on a historic dinner with the Pilgrims and the "Indians" that we all grew up learning about in school. This is a great time for us to spend with family and friends, reflecting on the things that we have to be thankful for.
Gratitude can be a powerful force in our lives. Taking time to reflect and be thankful can have a profound effect on our mental wellbeing. It is also great to take time to bring the ones we love close, and show our appreciation for them as well.
This year has been a big growth year for me, and I feel like my life is overflowing with things to be grateful for. My long-time wish for my oldest daughter, Atlantis, to live with me full time has come true. She has also brought her partner into our home, and having another child is great too! My daughter River is growing from a toddler into a smart kid, with a huge personality. My partner, Gary, has been supportive of me on my writing journey, as well as with my personal journey. I took a wonderful coaching program with Tanvi Chadha that has helped me turn my mindset around and deepen my spirituality. I am grateful for the opportunity to write both the blog and my book, and to connect with all of you!
I am greatful for all of the wonderful people in my life that have supported me through a lot of hard changes in the last couple of years. There were times that I struggled, and having friends who were there for me really makes a difference. I am grateful for the love, support and forgiveness that I have received from so many people.
All in all, it has been a great year, and I have so much to be grateful for! In ahonor of Thanksgiving, I have asked some family, friends, and fellow writers what they are grateful for this year. Here is what they said.
"There have been a lot of changes for me on the personal and professional front this year and I couldn’t have made it without my family and friends. I am thankful to have such supportive people in my life and excited to celebrate an important life milestone with them next year. I love connecting with readers and writers and being in a good place thanks to my family, I have been to put more time towards making meaningful connections. While I do not know the faces of everyone who visits my blog, I feel loved and happy that there is a little place on the Internet that is mine that people like to visit. Thank you to you, Nicole, for being one of those connections and I am honoured to be on your blog today. "
~Kriti , Blogger at Armed with A Book
"This year I am thankful for so many things. Some of the things I am so thankful for is first my health, my family, my blog. This year I made the choice to try to write a blog post each week, and try to promote my blog and connect more with the blogging community. It has been a great year. I am thankful for all the comments, shares, direct messages and just getting to know more of my fellow bloggers. I am thankful for all the support and love. I look forward to blogging more and getting to connect ever more with the blogging community."
~Deborah, Blogger at Headphones Thoughts
"My name is Kris and I am very grateful for my little girl who came into my life unplanned this year. Because being a mommy is the most beautiful experience, and I am in awe of her every day. Honestly, I wonder how I ever lived without her. But the experience of becoming a mom, however, has also taught me how much I want to spend with her without having to rush back to work ever. This is why I started my blog anymommycanmakemoney.com to help other mommies make money online too, so they can stay at home with their kids as well."
~Kris, blogger at anymommycanmakemoney.com
"There is a lot to be thankful for this year. Despite the fact that my 60+ year-old mom is stuck in Kuwait due to false criminal charges against her since 2019, I am thankful for the person who invented video calling. We are blessed to see my mom, talk to her and pray with her every single day through this mode of communication (from India). I am also thankful to God who gave us friends who helped us financially during the pandemic. We were spending our savings since 2016 and actually living hand-to-mouth since the lockdowns last year, until my husband got a job a couple of months ago this year. Though we had put my daughter in an expensive school and did not want to pull her out of there as she had gotten used to it, we are thankful to the school management for being lenient with the fee payments since last year. Finally, since my husband got a job this year, our old electronic items have been collapsing one-by-one (washing machine, refrigerator, car, etc to name a few), but thanks to the Almighty, it did not happen when we were hard on cash and the main items were repairable so we did not have to buy new ones. So, yes, I am thankful that we got through it all. Alleluia!"
~Cindy D'Silva, blogger at A Woman's World
"I’m grateful for my husband and my children. I appreciate our lazy mornings, our busy afternoons, and our late night snuggles. I’m grateful to have the time to spend with them at home with my husband. I’m grateful for the time I get to spend with my family, sharing my children with my loved ones. I’m glad that I made the choice and put in the effort to stay home with them instead of going to work. I’m happy for all the things I thought I wanted or needed that didn’t work out that led me here. And I’m grateful for all of the people and things that supported me and continue to support me on my journey. And of course I’m grateful for you Nicole and having made a new friend in you!"
~Shea Hulse, blogger at https://www.sheahulse13.com
"This year has been such a year. With the craziness that has been going on, I find myself even more thankful for some of the small things and small moments in my life. This year, I am most thankful for my cozy home. I love having my home comfortable and each area is personalized for just how I use it. With fall storms coming, I am looking forward to warm and cozy nights at home while the storm rages outside. I will be hosting a small Thanksgiving gathering with my parents and 3 friends this year and am so glad that I have a welcoming home to host people in. I am so thankful for a warm, cozy, and enjoyable place to call home."
~Katie Van Wyngarden, blogger at www.kaybeelives.com
"I am so grateful that I live in a gorgeous, rural setting and I can step outside and ground myself with nature everyday. But honestly some days I’m so caught in my head that I need to stop to breathe and remember all that I am thankful for. Reflecting on it now, I am grateful first and foremost for my family’s health and safety - so often we take for granted what others struggle for. I am also grateful that we took the plunge this year and now I work from home and my husband chose a new job that is physically easier yet still mentally challenging (fun). I am grateful that I am able to follow my dreams: raising my children in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont on our hobby homestead; we are almost about to publish our first book; and we experience all sorts of natural beauty and awe around us!"
~Rachel Roy, Blogger at www.secondtimearoundhomestead.com
This year, I am thankful for being able to spend more time with my parents. Previously, I was so focused on being out and about and living out my 20's and it was a blessing in disguise to have Covid force me to be more indoors. I got to cook with them, go on walks and other adventures with them, and just talk about life. I feel like this year has made me more wise and knowledgeable after spending more time with my parents and I'm thankful for the time that I got to spend with them. Always remember all the sacrifices your parents went through in raising you and how much they love you and be grateful!
~Chloe, blogger at https://offhourhustle.com
This year has been interesting for many of us as the pandemic continues. With that said, I have so much to be truly thankful for. One specific thing I would like to share is how thankful I am that my family and I have had daily provision. Working from home caused us to make major adjustments and we have become more aware of each other’s schedules. To see that every day we have had food on the table and all our needs taken cared of causes me to not only be thankful but completely grateful. I thank God for taking care of all our needs daily.
About me: Over time, I have come to realize that we must take pauses or we are just experiencing life passing us by quickly! Every day there are several moments we can perhaps all talk about and be an encouragement to someone else with.
~Blessings Pastor Natalie
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"When I was asked to write about what I'm thankful for this year, I didn't have to think too long. A year ago, I was reborn, and since then, I'm grateful for every new day. You could say that I was at the wrong place at the wrong time. I couldn't move after a van hit me whilst I was crossing the road, but I was glad that I could still at least open my eyes. I was in terrible pain as I woke up in the morning in the hospital, after a couple of hours of sleep. I had tears rolling down my cheeks when I first tried to move my legs due to the pain, but at the same time, there was also relief that I could move my legs.
After almost two weeks in the hospital, I returned home. Sitting in my car on my way home, I felt exhausted, scared and in pain yet also happy at the same time. A couple of weeks later, I was diagnosed with PTSD. But I was at home, had my caring husband looking after me and was determined to do whatever it takes to recover. The recovery was a rollercoaster and still is, but I'm so thankful for all the support I've received. For all the help, care and understanding from my hubby, my support circle, employer and professional help as well. It was the hardest year of my life, but I'm alive, and this is what I'm most thankful for. Thank you, God. "
~Katy, blogger at https://journeyofsmiley.com
"Wow, what a year it has been! It’s so easy to get caught up in the stress of the pandemic. Between feelings of hopelessness and sadness over the division of this country (speaking as a USA citizen), it can be difficult to focus on the positive. Practicing daily gratitude has definitely become a priority for me. Without it I would be stuck in a sea of anxiety and negativity.
I am thankful for so many things but if I had to pick the thing I am most grateful for this year it would definitely be my mental health. I have been really working on myself this year. I’ve been seeing my therapist weekly, regularly checking in with my psychiatrist, working on daily gratitude and exercise, and doing a lot of reflecting and writing. I still have plenty of hard days and truthfully I have a ways to go still in my wellness journey, however I am proud of all the work I have been putting in to myself. Self-care is so important and when I am my best mentally, I am my best physically and spiritually too. I am a better wife, mom, and friend. I am a better human and for that I am grateful. Creating my women’s mental health and wellness blog ReelChat has been a major motivator for me to stay healthy. I think it’s so important to talk about the hard things in life and make sure we are surrounding ourselves with a supportive and uplifting community. Cheers to 2022! If you don’t already, I would suggest writing down 5 things each day you are grateful for. It will transform your life and your 2022! Also I suggest lots of kitty snuggles!!"
Love, Caitlin, blogger at ReelChat
"This year has been a wild ride. From lockdowns to traveling for three months, from feeling stuck to feeling aligned, there’s been a lot going on. I am especially grateful this year for the chance to travel and reconnect with old friends, for new work opportunities, and the chance to be involved in big things professionally. But most of all, I am extremely thankful for my spiritual journey, and being able to realign with my higher self, take care of my mental health like never before, and be open to all the good things the world and life has to offer. And because of the growth in my personal development, I’ve been able to launch my coaching course and mentor amazing women - and even MEN - and really make an impact on people’s lives. That’s something that fuels me everyday, and makes me feel alive and purposeful, for which I am grateful beyond words. It’s the ultimate reward to be able to make a difference in someone’s life every day, and I consider myself extremely blessed to be able to do that."
~Tanvi Chadha, Mindset Coach at https://wewearwellness.com/
"When I reflect on the past year, and bring to mind the things I am grateful for, I would have to say that I’m enormously grateful for the events of the year itself and the new awareness that they’ve given me. From Covid and the shutdowns, I’ve learned a new appreciation for my health, how to slow down and become more mindful, I’ve learned to appreciate the small things and what is truly important. I even learned how to bake a killer banana bread from scratch! The controversies over the election, and the vaccine, and all of the other major events that have happened over the past year or so have taught me to protect my energy and how to set up healthy boundaries with people who see the world differently than I do. But also how to accept and respect them, and leave them where they are. Other peoples’ opinions are none of my business.
Although there has been a lot of pain as a result of these events, there has also been a lot of good. That’s what I choose to focus on today."
~Valerie Borkovich, blogger at www.lightindarkspaces.com
My family and I also put together a video for you, talking about everything we have to be grateful for. Check it out here.
I hope that you all have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving my friends! There is so much to be grateful for. Let me know in the comments what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving!