I know it’s December now, BUT, this is a good reminder as the warm fuzzies that we felt around Thanksgiving give way to stress and frustration in those few weeks before Christmas.

 I believe in counting my blessings every chance I get, so I decided to make the entire month of November a month of Thanksgiving. If December gets to be a whole month of Christmas, then why can’t Thanksgiving stake its claim on an entire month?

So on Facebook, each day for the month I posted something that I am thankful for. Here’s the list, directly quoted from Facebook, starting with November 1st and moving down to the 30th:

1. I know I did this last year, and so I am sorry for the repeats, but in the month of November I like to post everyday one thing that I am thankful for. (The posting on Facebook helps keep me accountable, and plus, I like spreading positive energy.) So today, I am thankful for my flexible work schedule that lets me sleep in a couple of days a week. 🙂

2. Today I am thankful for the cozy home I live in. Every day when I pull into the driveway, I get warm fuzzies.

3. Today I am thankful for the people who work all of those unsexy jobs that make sure that we have power, running water, trash pickup, gas, etc.

4. Today I am thankful that I get to have dinner with my awesome family every Sunday night. ♥

5. Today I am thankful that my “hard day” of the week consists of 12 hours of talking about writing, teaching writing, and Alice in Wonderland. I am blessed to have a job that I truly love.

6. Today I am thankful for those brave women of the suffrage movement, and today I am proud to exercise my right that they fought so hard for.

7. Today I am thankful for Facebook’s “hide” feature– it is really preserving my sanity today. While I welcome political discourse and love that I see a variety of opinions expressed on FB, I have no time for hurtful comments and logical fallacies. Sorry.

8. Today I am thankful for my international students. Not only does their hard work inspire me, but their questions and perspectives challenge me to reconsider, well, just about everything.

9. Today I am thankful that I was raised by such a strong, independent woman. Love you, Michelle Murphree!

10. Today I am thankful that I get to drive the car I always wanted, a black Mini Cooper. She may not always get along with my wallet, but I love love love that car.

11. Today I am thankful for all of the brave men and women, past and present, who have served our country. Thank you, vets, for keeping us safe!

12. Today I am thankful for my good health, and to show my body gratitude, I’m going to treat it to some yoga. 🙂

13. Today I am thankful that I can watch my favorite shows whenever I want on DVR.

14. Tonight I am very thankful to have a belly full of nutritious food. I know that I am often guilty of taking that for granted.

15. Today I am thankful to have a dishwasher. Seriously, how I lived in an apartment so long without one is beyond me.

16. Today I am thankful for hardships that I have endured that make me emphatic to others.

17. Today I am thankful for lazy, rainy Saturday afternoons spent with college football, sweat pants, and my man.

18. Today I am thankful for my loving, hilarious, inspiring grandpa.

19. Today I am thankful for the quality education I received, and thankful that many more will since we passed prop 30.

20. Today I am thankful to have such an awesome brother who I can always count on to make me laugh and teach me something new.

21. Today I am thankful that Cliff insists on having a maid service come a couple times a month to clean. It’s okay to feel a little spoiled now and then.

22. Today I am thankful that I get to spend this holiday with the people that I love all under one roof! I truly am so blessed! I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! ♥

23. Today I am thankful for my second family, the Fornwalts. We make a pretty fun group!

24. tonight I am thankful for heartfelt toasts and opportunities to dress your best! Cheers to Harry and Claudia!

25. Tonight I am thankful that the Zombie Apocalypse has not yet happened.

26. Today I am thankful for my co- Writing Center Supervisor, Beth Saur. I think we make a pretty awesome team.

27. Today I am thankful for a well stocked medicine cabinet and a pharmacy down the street. Suck it, flu!

28. Today I am thankful for news sources like PBS, NPR, BBC World News, and The New York Times that report the important stories in a credible manner.

29. As this month winds down, I am thankful for all of YOU, Facebook friends. Thank you for being a friend… (I’ve traveled down the road and back again; your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant…)

30. And last, but certainly not least, I am thankful to have the best boyfriend in the world, Cliff I am so blessed to be in love with my best friend. Thanks everyone, for putting up with my month of thanksgiving! Love you all!

As you can see, I have A LOT to be thankful for! 


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