Who is excited for Thanksgiving week? ME! We get a short work week, quality time with those we love, yummy food, naps without guilt and time to focus on what we are truly grateful for. I’m looking forward to sitting on my mom’s couch, turning off my brain and catching up on magazines together. Have I mentioned how much I love being in Texas and able to jaunt down to Houston to see my folks? This Thanksgiving Day marks our 2 year anniversary living in Dallas.
Time has flown.
So much has happened.
Amazing doors have opened.
My heart is full.
I have to say, this is one of the greatest gifts I am grateful for this week. Like any big move, we’ve had our share of wonky moments- but Dallas has become home and we are grateful for the beautiful souls in the city who have embraced us with open arms. It proves stepping out into the unknown is always rewarding.
Thanksgiving week is the perfect lead in to the holiday season and end of the year. What’s better than ending the year full of gratitude?!? This mindset and practice will set you up for success in the new year. Hello 2016!
Does expressing gratitude come easy to you or do you find it difficult to focus on your blessings in the midst of your burdens? Practicing gratitude has become a daily part of my life, but it wasn’t always that way. I was a chronic complainer and my life was a reflection of it. I was a mess, my life was a mess and my thoughts were a mess. It all starts with your thoughts so if you need a little help getting started on living a life of gratitude and changing the way you think- keep it simple with an A to Z list. We all have so much to be grateful for and the more you focus on those things, you’ll unlock an abundance of blessings to flow to you and chase you down.
Join me in creating a fun list. I am grateful for:
A- Accessories. They are my obsession and add an exclamation point to any outfit.
B- Bible. My favorite ‘self help’ book! Joyce Meyer has a great amplified version:
C- Coats. They keep us warm on chilly days like today. (If you live in DFW, please drop off your gently worn coats to the Campbell Agency on Oak Lawn & Blackburn for their coat drive)
D- Dogs. My little Zoe has been the best companionship. She’s also been in a pain in the butt, but I love her. She’s a bundle of love.
E- Encouragement. Just this morning I received the most heartfelt email from my Spiritual mentor. Not sure what I would do without her encouragement! #GodSend
F- Faith. Without it, we remain in a hopeless state. Being filled with Faith gives you strength to face each day.
G- God. Without Him, I would be a drug addict, dead, depressed and totally defeated.
H- _________________( fill in the blank)
I- Independence. At times I can be too independent, but I’m so grateful my parents raised me to be an independent woman. It’s important to know you can rely on yourself!
J- _________________(fill in the blank)
K- Kale. It makes my morning smoothie super yummy and packed with antioxidants.
L- Love. My life is overflowing with it. #Blessed
M- ________________ (fill in the blank)
N- Naps. I love them and will take them any time I can!
O- “Oceans”. My all time favorite song by Hillsong.
P- Patience. I’m always running low on it, but getting better with age. Being patient takes away so much stress!
Q- Quinoa. It’s healthy, yummy and a great rice replacement.
R- _________________(fill in the blank)
S- Sisterhood. The women in my life who love me just as I am, call me out on my s@&*, help me shine brighter and pray for me when I’m weak are the sisters God let me choose. Also, this SOS Sistahood has changed my life!
T- Truth. Authenticity and honesty in people are the most attractive attributes to me. I’m always so grateful for people who keep it real!
U- Underwire Bras. Go ahead and LOL… gravity is taking over and they help the “girls” stay cute and perky! Here’s my favorite daily bra by DKNY:
V- ________________(fill in the blank)
W- Walks. My natural anti-depressant. I started taking long power walks around 12 or 13 when I was approaching my treacherous teen years. Helps keep me sane and organize my crazy creative thoughts.
X- ________________(good luck with that one..fill in the blank)
Y- Yellow. One of my favorite colors. Brightens even the most dreary day.
Z- Zzzz’s. Did I mention I love to sleep? I’m so grateful when I can catch up on sleep on the weekend.
You’re probably thinking,
“Only on Tiff’s blog can you talk Bibles AND Bras !!”
Hey, I keep it real. They are 2 things we can’t live without.
Please share your ideas and what you filled in the blanks with!
Wishing you all a very blessed Thanksgiving week.
I am grateful for YOU!