Have you ever noticed that as you get older, the number of things you’re thankful for at Thanksgiving grows and grows?
As kids, it’s pretty cut and dry: you’re thankful for a day or two off school and a really big meal (with pies and desserts abound.)
In high school, you’re thankful for home coming weekend, the home coming game and the dance in the school gym. And the fact that you’ll probably sneak in a beer or two that you hope mom and dad will never find out about. And then you’re super thankful when they don’t.
In university, you’re thankful to go home to your hometown for the weekend, see all of your friends from high school that didn’t go to the same university and attend the parties that will surely follow. A very lucky few are thankful they weren’t hit by the Freshman 15.
It’s not until you’re out of school and noticing that first grey hair in your late twenties and early thirties that it really hits you - Holy shit, I have a lot to be thankful for….
This year, my 30th year, I’ve truly realized how insanely grateful I am for the life in front of me.
It has been nothing short of an amazing year, better than I could have ever imagined, but these past few months alone have truly been the cherry on top for which I couldn’t be more thankful for if I tried. Trust me, when I wasn’t fighting off tears of happiness in Paris, I was thanking my lucky stars for all they’ve done this year.
From my incredible family and my amazing, talented, and inspiring friends – to getting to proudly say I work for Onboardly every day, a company I love with all my heart. I am blessed and today and every day – I make sure to remind myself of this.
Because if there’s one thing that becomes painfully obvious the older we get, it’s that life’s short.
Stop sweating the small stuff.
Don’t let anyone hold you back.
Book that vacation you never thought you would.
Take that shameless selfie.
Make every second count.
And never stop being thankful.
So this Thanksgiving, here are 5 little things that are so small but bring so much joy, that I’m grateful for this time of year.
1. Brisk Nights
The cool air and that Autumn smell. I’ve been absolutely loving running every evening and crunching fallen leaves on the ground as I go. Fall nights are a gift: appreciate them.
2. Festive Fun with Friends
Last night, friends and I hit up the local Corn Maze and Zombie Wars. As always, we had so much fun. If you’re on the East Coast and love a good October night out, gather some friends and make sure to visit the Green Pig Country Market’s Zombie Wars. It’s a freaky good time. And we kind of saved the world from next zombie apocalypse. No big deal.
One can never have enough pumpkins and that’s all I have to say about that.
4. Salted Caramel Anything
Spoiler Alert: I’m not a fan of the pumpkin spice latte but give me a salted caramel anything this time of year and I’m a girl in love.
5. Fall Drives
Sure you could book a trip out of the East Coast this time of year. Or you could go for a drive and see the endless beauty of nature within your own province or seaboard. Just get in your car and drive.
I’d love to hear your five things in the comments below.
Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. It’s turkey time!
x C x
ps: In case you were wondering, my home made apple pies turned out fantastic. Thanks for all the tips & tweets!