Thursday, 8 October 2015

We need a little Thanksgiving. Right this very minute.

Thanksgiving is here again (in Canada), and I am so grateful. I needed a gratitude reminder. My stress levels have been at an all time high this fall, and I think it is time for me to take a deep breath, and relax with my beautiful family and friends this weekend. Focus on food, fun, and gratitude.

Today I went to Costco with my twin sons. Mr. G and Mr. L are 2 and a half, and among the most delightful people I have ever met. I had anticipated a busy store, as we are approaching Thanksgiving weekend, but my estimation as to how busy was WAY off. There were traffic jams with carts all over the place. One particular jam was bad enough that a man stuck in the middle started yelling, "grid lock! Grid lock!" He seemed to have reached a point of pure desperation. I also saw two women fighting, people exchanging cross looks and a lot of head shaking. Basically, we got our turkey and got OUT OF THERE. On the way out, the boys were getting grouchy (it is catching), and there was no line up at the concession before the exit (a miracle). I decided to "splurge" and buy them a 90 cent drink, since they had been complaining about being thirsty. My smallest funniest boy is obsessed with pop, thanks to his Daddy. He rarely gets to drink it but he loooooooooooves it. I filled the cups half way with root beer and handed them to the boys. Mr. G was so overcome with emotion, "Tank you Mama, Tank you Mama! MMMmmmm dink (we are working on the R's). Nummy!" He was so grateful! For that little cup of pop. So sweet.

It is easy to forget to be grateful. Good things happen everyday, most of the time they might even go unnoticed. It is often easier to see the negative as it can feel like it demands our attention. Most events in a person's life are small, but that does not mean that they are not significant. Taking time to notice all that there is to be grateful for is the greatest gift that a person can give themselves. When we are grateful we are feeling peace. It is impossible for fear and gratitude to exist at the same time. Creating a habit of gratitude can also help when dealing with anxiety or depression.

If you are having trouble feeling thankful, write a list. A list is my answer to everything...

What I am grateful for today,

1. My husband/best friend/favourite person. He is always top of my list.

2. My children. They have changed my life completely, how I view the world, what matters to me.

3. This salad that I picked up at Wendy's and finally sat down to eat at 2:30 pm. Apple Pecan Chicken with blue cheese. SO delicious. Notice I have not cleaned up the table from the kid lunch. Still grateful!

4. A long weekend.

5. That as soon as my son gets home from kindergarten, I can change into this.

6. My baby sister is visiting with her adorable fiance for Thanksgiving! I cannot wait!

7. The beauty of this season. Driving and walking around Ottawa this week has been taking my breath away!

8. Friends. I have some amazing friends in my life, people that I can be myself with and who are there for me.

9. Chocolate. Always.

Still not convinced? Gratitude can improve physical and psychological health, enhance empathy and reduce aggression, improve self esteem, improve mental strength, and even help you get a good night's sleep. Write a gratitude list and see what happens!

Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. Thank you for these words. I needed to hear them and re-evaluate my own perception of this season. You are an amazing woman and even if you don't feel it at times, you are changing the world.

    1. You are a sweet lady and sister. Thank you for your kind words. I miss you!

  2. I had Ethan pause his show and everyone stop what they were doing to listen to your adorable pop story.

  3. Lovely post! In the U.S., Thanksgiving is the forgotten holiday. Sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, it is the quiet, reflective, thankful holiday that gets kicked to the curb. Each year I can tell by Hobby Lobby in July there are plenty of pumpkins and witches, Christmas trees and Santa, but not a Pilgrim in sight. Loved all your photos. I don't know how you do all you do, but glad you keep on doing it! p.s. Thanks for the Wendy's tip. That is my favorite salad I make at home. Would love to buzz through a drive thru and treat myself to lunch on a big grocery shop day. Will think of you now every time I go to Costco!

    1. I love Thanksgiving. I remember being so surprised when I found out that Americans celebrate Thanksgiving in November!
      The Wendy's salad is a delicious treat, although I bet that your homemade version is better.
      Have fun at Costco!