Thanksgiving Is Here And We Have Got To Start Celebrating

It's Time To Sit Down, Eat The Pumpkin Pie, And Start Your Gratitude Journal

Thanksgiving is so close, I can almost taste the turkey.

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It's November 2nd and as I strolled into Starbucks this morning, I was SLAPPED in the face with red and green.

Don't get me wrong, I am an AVID Christmas music listener (we're talking middle of August and "JINGLE BELLS" is blaring from my car speakers, ok?) I am clearly, ALL for it.

However, if you are reading this from the US, you are likely aware of the consumerism that the holidays bring. While I love a good peppermint mocha and all those crazy sales that take place just hours after the turkey is consumed on Thanksgiving day, we have got to take a second and pause. It is time to stop and remember what we are thankful for, not just on the day, but all month, heck, all year long.

What better way to do this than with a gratitude journal?

That's right ladies and gents, it is time to document those things. Not just once, but every day.

DO IT.

Wake up and set your heart in the right place.

Write down what you are thankful for and remind yourself of all the beauty that is around you in this crazy world.

I wish I could tell you that I leap out of bed each day with a grateful heart.

The truth is, I just don't.

Life hits ya, you get knocked down, and man, oh man, are there some tough days.

However, remembering what we have to be thankful for each day, is one of the many ways we could be more positive human beings.

In case you need me to get you started, here are a few reasons to feel the gratitude of this holiday!

Shoes on your feet

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We don't think about something like the shoes on our feet very often. We get ready, slip those bad boys on, and run out the door! It turns out, these little feet protectors are pretty valuable. Not everyone in the world has access to these gems, take a peek into your closet and be thankful for your shoes today and all of the cool places your feet can take you because of them!

Clean water

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Yes, my friend, clean water is oh so important! We actually NEED to be hydrated. Holy bananas, I am grateful to live somewhere where we have access to this! It is something I know I take for granted each day. It's time to be grateful for this!

Food on the table

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I think this is one that we do actually hear every Thanksgiving. However, I often forget that so many people have to travel far for their meals. Some don't get meals at all. Yet, all we have to do, most of the time, is wander through a grocery store.

The ability to get an education

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School is something so valuable. The ability to read and write and do some math can take you SO far! I had no clue up until a few years ago that many people don't get access to an education! This is something that should hit us hard! It is such an honor to get an education!

There you have it, 4 simple things to start off your gratitude list! Even if you don't have all 4 of these, find 4 that you do! This world is full of good things when we look for them!

You are loved!

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40 Small Things That Make College Students Happy

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1. When class is canceled.

2. When the coffee shop you stop at five minutes before your 8 a.m. has a short line.

3. Coffee, coffee, coffee.

4. Open note tests.

5. Or even better, take home tests.

6. The unofficial assigned seating process that that takes place after the first week or so of classes.

7. Thursday nights. (because in college, Thursday qualifies as the weekend.)

8. Sales.

9. Or once again, even better, free things.

10. Specifically free food.

11. Dogs.

12. Dogs on campus.

13. Tailgates and Saturday afternoon football games.

14. Finding an already completed Quizlet for your exam.

15. Having an extra 30 minutes for a nap, and if you're lucky, an hour.

16. Netflix.

17. When your roommate takes out the trash.

18. Weekends after test weeks.

19. The rare blessing of a curve on an exam.

20. Getting out of class early.

21. How in college, it is socially expectable to wear a t-shirt everyday.

22. Being able to walk from class to class or eat in the dining hall without having to see anyone you know. (and thank goodness too because you probably don't look too good.)

23. Crossing things off of your to-do list.

24. Your best-friends that you make in college.

25. A full tank of gas.

26. Seeing a new face everyday.

27. Crawling back into bed after your 8 or 9 a.m. (or after any class that ends with a.m.)

28. Care packages.

29. No cover charges.

30. When adults tell you that it is okay that you have no idea what you want to do with your life yet. (regardless of what parents or your advisor may say.)

31. Pizza.

32. Finding out you weren't the only one who did poorly on the exam.

33. Deciding not to buy the textbook, and never needing it.

34. Finding the perfect gif to express how you're feeling. (Michael Scott just get it.)

35. Weekends at home because...

36. Pets.

37. Mom's home cooked pie and Dad's steak dinners,

38. Spring Break.

39. Road trips.

40. When it finally starts to cool down outside so you can show up to class dry instead of dripping in sweat.

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I am done putting others before myself, and I am not going to apologize for it.

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I am done making my life choices based on other's opinions of what I should do.

You know what? This is between me and the good Lord! I am finally putting myself first, and I've never felt more at peace. Am I worried about what other people may say or think? Sure, I am, but I am not going to let other people make my choices for me. I am choosing me. I am choosing my thoughts and opinions over others because I am doing what is best for me and my mental health. I seek happiness on the daily, and I am going to do what is going to make me happy. I am going to do what is going to be better for me in the long run. If God wants me to go, I'm going to answer the call. I'm not going to put it off any longer — if you aren't going to support me in my adventures, you might as well go on. I am not making any more decisions because others say I should — if I want to do something that will better myself, I'm going to do it.

Honestly, you should too. If someone doesn't support you, they obviously aren't the one for you! You should know your worth before letting others in on the decision making. I now know my worth. I now know that my life is for me to live and for me to happy. It is not for others to make my decisions for me or for them to make me miserable in the process. There is obviously pros and cons to every decision you make, and letting others give you advice is a great idea; however, once you start letting them decide what you should do, you will be miserable. Moral of the story is I am done making decisions based on what others want me to do, I am living my life for me.

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