When November starts, the holiday season is upon us. That stresses so many people out. You might be one of them. Thanksgiving in the US is three weeks away, and you feel anything but thankful. Christmas is a little over seven weeks away, and you feel anything but merry. You wonder how some people are so freaking happy during the holidays while others are miserable. You want to be one of the thankful, but right now, you’re one of the stressed. That’s part of the reason for this 30 days of thanks invitation. Years ago someone invited me to participate. I did and it changed my view of the holidays and life in general. Notice, this isn’t a challenge. It is merely an invitation to participate. You play, you win.
Why 30 days of thanks?
Everyone has challenges, especially during the holidays. Some rise to them. Some whine through them, and some run from them entirely. The problem with whining and running is nothing changes. The same challenges show up over and over until we deal with and master them. Have your ever noticed that? We imagine a perfect holiday season, and then we look at hour our finances, our home or our relationships and the perfection we imagine seems impossible which sends us spiraling downward. The truth is that everyone has challenges, but changing our approach to the challenge can be the difference between a holiday season of stress and angst or one of peace, joy and thankfulness. 30 days of thanks helps me have more peace and enjoy the season more than I thought possible.
When it isn’t all fun and family
Listen, failure, stress and angst happen. As someone who loves the holidays, I decided years ago to write a book about it and proceeded to have some of my worst holiday seasons ever. It took three tries over three years to write Happiest Holidays about the journey from disastrous to delightful holidays. Am I a failure? Some might say yes, but they don’t understand the journey. It was during that time I started doing 30 days of thanks, and the vision for the book got bigger. That’s why I kept postponing it. I wrote other books instead, and I honed my holiday skills so I could write from a place of authority. That’s real life. I’m thankful for it, and the book is better because of it. I even included a section to help you create your own 30 days of thanks because I think it’s that important.
So how does 30 days of thanks work?
Quite simply, this works any way you want it to. Maybe you take a few minutes each morning or each evening to think about the things you’re grateful for. Maybe, like me, you begin to write them down. For me, that started as a personal journal entry that turned into a daily post on my personal Facebook page. The year I launched the Moving Toward Better Facebook page, I started posting a daily graphic with my gratitude statement for the day. I continue to do that each year, hopefully with better posts each year. They may not all resonate with you because I try to stay away from the obvious husband, children, and friends posts. I do hope they inspire you to be more grateful about things in your own life because that’s what the 30 days of thanks is designed to do, to help everyone to appreciate their own life more.
Your personal invitation to join 30 days of thanks
Consider this your personal invitation to join the 30 days of thanks for this year. I hope you find peace, joy, love and grace every day of this season. Will there be issues? Of course. Will people still get under your skin? Probably, but maybe not as much or as badly. This season is about you having your best holiday season possible. That’s what I wish for you not only for the next 30 days, but for the next several weeks and the rest of your life. Want a step by step guide to get your through the holidays? Start by joining the Moving Toward Better email community and get your free copy of 7 ways to reduce holiday Stress right away. While you’re waiting for that to reach your inbox, check out some of the recipes from the Happiest Holidays Book to give you an idea of some of the awesome holiday gifts to come..
Your Thanksgiving bonus
As a little bonus, here are several recipes to make Thanksgiving easier and more streamlined. No matter what your plans, you can use one of these recipes and add some deliciousness to the Thanksgiving table. Choose from turkey, stuffing, gravy, mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes and butternut squash, baked apples and grain free pumpkin pie or check them all out at one time in our Easy Thanksgiving Recipes post. This is only the beginning of the holiday season so look out for more goodies and holiday success secrets. Get your 7 ways to reduce holiday stress above and below and see what else you get access to in the process. It is always our mission to encourage people to live their best life and let the rest go, but never more so than during the holiday season. Everyone deserves to have a happy holiday season, including you. Look for the daily gratitude posts on the Moving Toward Better Facebook page and for today I am thankful for you!