Journal with a pen on top and a family picture in the backgroundIt’s November, and before we jump straight into decking our halls and playing our favorite holiday songs, I hope we take this special time of the year to reflect on all that we’re grateful for and the blessings in our lives. Whether you’re hosting a packed house full of friends and family for Thanksgiving, or you’re grabbing dinner with an old friend and catching up, this holiday time is the perfect chance to reconnect with the loved ones we haven’t seen in a while. I encourage everyone to take some time and remember the grounding, inspiring forces in our lives.

Personally, one way I like to extend the Thanksgiving gratitude year-round is to practice daily gratitude. Start your morning with a positive mindset or close out each day with a feeling of appreciation. Keeping a journal of all of your thoughts during this meditation is a great way to be able to look back throughout the year and be reminded of all the good in your life. And remember to share your gratitude! Often times we assume that everyone dear to us knows how thankful we are for them, but it’s important that we are sure to vocalize our thanks. After a while of doing this daily, you’ll not only start to see your own spirits lifted but perhaps even notice it in those around you as well.

If you are attending or hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, I hope it’s filled with all of your favorite, hearty dishes. If you’re not planning on doing anything big, maybe take this time to cook (or order in) your favorite comforting meal. For those of you looking for a fun way to participate in the community, check out Bainbridge Island Turkey Trot and run for a noble cause as proceeds go towards the nonprofit Helpline House and its mission to provide food and services to those in need. If running isn’t your thing, then donating goods (be sure to check Helpline’s website for what they’re in need of) or volunteering at the event to park cars, register participants, or set up the course is a rewarding way to get involved!