30 Days of Thanks

With October slipping through our fingers, we’re quickly pushed into November. What does this time of year look like for you? Perhaps lots of traveling, cooking, eating, and time well spent with loved ones? In our family, November is a month of remembrance and gratitude for what fills our lives with joy. It’s a month of life and loss, rebirth, and a time to be together to celebrate Thanksgiving.

This year, we’re doing things differently. We’re staying home for Thanksgiving. And while I feel somewhat guilty for not traveling to see my extended family, I can’t ask my daughter and husband to sit in a car for most of the long weekend when we have a lovely little space to begin our own traditions.

In an attempt to live more simply, we are traveling less on the holidays and making time for family visits during less-hectic parts of the year. For us, simple, minimalist living means parting with the things that cause stress and anxiety in our lives. And sometimes traveling on the holidays causes more stress than joy.

So, since we aren’t traveling, I will miss my family greatly. On my dad’s side, my grandmother started the tradition of the turkey leg picture. And while I’m vegan and no longer eat turkey, I still hop in the picture. I think my husband and I pretended to bite into a crown of broccoli last year. I’m hoping to continue her tradition.

This year, I want to take the time to fully celebrate each day during the season of thanksgiving and reflect on 30 things to be thankful for. Lots of people write about thankfulness and gratitude in November. In the past, I’ve thought about participating in in daily reflection and journaling. This year, I want to delve into 30 different topics, one for each day of the month.

My list of 30 topic ideas below is meant to be adaptable to people of all backgrounds. You’ll notice how husband, child, parents, etc. aren’t listed. Using terms such as intimacy, family, children (in a broad sense), etc. are much more relatable.

I’ve also included the elements – earth, water, fire, and air – on four separate days, because they are key components to life, for which I am thankful.

Lastly, the Sacred has several different meanings and can be interpreted in a variety of ways. Some find sacredness in a church pew, while others find it on a mountaintop.

Join me in celebrating November by reflecting on the things in your life for which you are thankful. Thankful for something not listed? Discuss it with me in the comments below. I’m eager to learn from you!

Follow me on Instagram @littlehouseonazalea, where I’ll be discussing these topics further.

30 Days of Thanks

1. My Body
2. Independence
3. Opportunity
4. Humor
5. Music
6. Elements – Earth
7. Seasons
8. Technology
9. Art
10. Change and Growth
11. Education
12. Elements – Water
13. Food
14. Farmers
15. Family
16. Clothes
17. Intimacy
18. Elements – Fire
19. Stillness
20. The Sacred
21. Senses – Touch, Taste, Sight, Smell
22. Mountains
23. Old Friends
24. Dance
25. Free Will
26. Animals
27. Travel
28. Elements – Air
29. Children
30. Home

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