A Month of Thanksgiving

Every November I like to shout out all the things I’m thankful for. This month will be no exception: a month of thanksgiving, where I acknowledge countless things to be thankful for in my life. I’ll add to this post each day throughout this Thanksgiving month.

My 30-day challenges are usually about my physical health. This one is for my mental, emotional, and spiritual health, which is just as important.

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Nov 1 – First and foremost I am thankful for my daughters, Sass and Laughs. They came at time in my life when I needed them most. Even though I struggled so much those first few years, I wouldn’t change any of it. They have made me better in every way and as I continue on this journey of growth, they are both my motivation and my biggest cheerleaders.

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Sass and Laughs in Pre-K (2013)!

Nov 2 – Today is my one and only brother’s birthday! I am thankful to have been blessed with such a wonderful guy to have has a sibling. He is the father figure my girls need and he never hesitates to help them out when needed.

Nov 3 – I’m a teacher and it is an extremely stressful job some days. But I love what I do! I love coming into work and seeing the smiles on my students’ faces. I’m thankful to have a job that I don’t mind waking up before 5 a.m. for.

Nov 4 – I am thankful to have completed my first 30-day challenge. Giving up coffee was such a big deal for me and I’m proud of myself for accomplishing a goal.

Nov 5 – I am extremely thankful for the amazing support system I have. These friends believe in my dreams and encourage me every step of the way. They are the ones who told me they couldn’t wait to read a blog I wrote, so now I’m doing it.

Nov 6 – I’m thankful to have a good work-life balance. I love my job, but I love my children more. It’s important that I find a good mix of time for both. 

Nov 7 – I’m thankful that my daughters go to an amazing (and free) school. They are learning so much and they are excited to share their knowledge with me. Go KIPP!

Nov 8 – I am thankful to finally let coffee go for good. Even though I’m currently suffering from trying it this one last time, I know that I’m truly done. I never want to feel this way again. And honestly, I’m proud and happy to finally let go of this dependency. This doesn’t mean I’ll never drink it again, just that I won’t ever be addicted to it again.

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No more coffee addiction

Nov 9 – I’m thankful to have a awesome coworkers. They make the day go faster and I enjoy my time there.

Nov 10 – I am thankful to have a little bit of a crafty bone in my body to finish making costumes for Sass and Laughs’ literacy day parade at school.

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Pinkalicious and Clifford for their Literacy Day Parade (2015)

Nov 11 – Happy Veterans Day!  I am thankful for everyone who has served this country. 

Nov 12 – I don’t talk much about my dating life, but I’m thankful for all the love and all the loss I’ve experienced. Being able to experience such a wonderful feeling is a blessing. And as Lord Tennyson stated, “‘Tis better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.” I am thankful that The Dude accepts me flaws and all.

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Well, it is true

Nov 13 – I am thankful for my parents. They are the biggest factor in my single mom village and without them, I wouldn’t have been able to do nearly as much as I have.

Nov 14 – I am thankful for the strength to push through being sick and still taking care of business.

Halfway Through Thanksgiving Month! 

Nov 15 – I am thankful to enjoy watching Sass and Laughs grow up with their cousin. They are so close and she’s basically like their sister. I hope they always have that bond.

Nov 16 – I am thankful that I know at least one person in the world that benefits from reading my blog and she was gracious enough to tell me.

Nov 17 – I’m thankful my director taught the entire staff to meditate. I have been practicing it every single day and I feel the difference in my soul.

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Doesn’t this look peaceful

Nov 18 – For a long time I would go against this small voice I would hear and usually end up in bad situations that could have been avoided. I’m thankful to have finally learned to listen to this voice which I can only believe is God speaking to me. I’m thankful the voice has gotten louder. Does that mean my faith has also grown?

Nov 19 – I’m thankful to have gotten not 1, but 2 glowing reports about my daughters at parent-teacher conferences last night! There is no better feeling than to hear people tell you that they know you’re doing a great job as a mom because it reflects in your children’s demeanors, work ethics, and overall personalities. The struggle is worth it!

Nov 20 – I’m thankful for the simple things… Like Fridays, weekends, and the opportunity to sleep late. 

Nov 21 – I bought my first suitcase ever today! That’s crazy right?! I’ve gone places, I’ve just always borrowed someone else’s luggage. I’m excited for it to motivate me to go somewhere, anywhere. I’m thankful for the ability to travel. 

Nov 22 – I’m thankful for all the people that tell me this blog inspires them (and the ones who keep it to themselves). I’m just a girl telling her story and overcoming her struggles, and I’m happy that I can help anyone. 

Nov 23 – Even though today was a little too cold for my liking, I am thankful for each day that my kids and I are blessed to wake up.

Nov 24 – I’m thankful that so many of my school families believe I make a huge impact on their child’s life and have spent the last 2 days thanking me for what I do. 

Nov 25 – HAPPY THANKSGIVING! The holiday that is the inspiration for a month of thanksgiving. I’m thankful to be able to afford food when there are so many people who can’t get this basic need on a regular basis. Today is a two-fer: I’m thankful to be able to spend this holiday with my family.

Nov 26 – I’m thankful for leftovers. Oh yeah… Fry up the ham for breakfast. Turkey sandwich for lunch. Grab that mac and cheese, collard greens, and roast beef for dinner. Mmmmm mmmmmm mmmmmm!

Nov 27 – I’m thankful for holidays in general. As commercialized and greedy as they’ve become, they’re still a good reminder to spend time with your loved ones. 

Nov 28 – I’m thankful that Laughs is still a kid at heart and cares more about quality time doing things she loves than getting material things. Her birthday is Wednesday, so we celebrated with the extended family by going bowling.

Nov 29 – I am thankful for this vacation time at work. My brain and body both need a break. 

Nov 30 – I am thankful to begin my kid-free vacation. It’s my 30th birthday present from my parents to give me a week off. I am forever thankful to them. 

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View from the hotel room

I look forward to next November and doing another month of thanksgiving. It’s refreshing to see the bright side of things and giving thanks for stuff that often gets overlooked.

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