This is my favorite week of the year. I love Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday. I love that it’s all about being thankful. I love that it’s the start of the holiday season. I love all the get togethers and seeing friends and family.

I love that it’s not a gift giving holiday. I don’t love getting gifts. I have everything I need. There is nothing I really want. I don’t like people to make a fuss over me. I’d rather have that money used for somethings more important. But I love to give gifts. So don’t think I’m anti gifts. I just don’t want any.

I love that Thanksgiving is the calm before the storm. I originally wrote that sentence as “calm before the store”. Freudian slip?! We ease into Thanksgiving. And then once its here, things start to get crazy. The rest of the year flies by and is usually a blur to me.

Why is gratitude important?

We all have so much to be thankful for. In today’s atmosphere of more we sometimes forget. We get caught up in the negative aspects of life and forget to count our blessings. We dwell on things like not getting a promotion when we should be thankful we have a job.

Gratitude Journal

Have you ever heard of a gratitude journal? It’s a pretty new concept for me. Sure, I say the things I’m thankful for when I pray at night. But those are only things that are currently on my mind. I can barely keep track of what I’ve done in a week. There’s no way I can remember all the ways I’ve been blessed with in the last year.

I could paraphrase this article but you should really just read it. It has a lot of great information about gratitude journals.

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Some Things I’m Thankful For

  1. I’m thankful for the support of my audience. From the people who read my blog to the people that come see me do comedy. I wouldn’t get to do what I do if I didn’t have people to do it for. I love what I do.
  2. I’m thankful for all the amazing people I’ve met and gotten to work with. Stand-up comedy is male dominated. Many shows are all male or have one female on them. It’s important to me to have a strong, supportive network of women comedians. I’m so glad I have that.
  3. I’m thankful for all the blogging events I got to go to this year: Go Blog Social, MN Blog Con, and Blog or Die. I learned so much from these events. I also met some cool and inspiring people.
  4. I’m thankful that I’ve never been a Black Friday shopper. I don’t love shopping. I don’t have the patience or the enthusiasm for it to put up with Black Friday insanity. I love a deal. But I hate crowds and lines.
  5. I’m thankful for my Toastmasters journey. Being part of a club filled with people I like and admire is huge for me. They help me learn and grow every single week. It can take a while to find a club that works for you personally. While I was apprehensive about this group because I knew the people in it would push me hard and expect a lot out of me, it was exactly what I needed.
  6. I’m thankful for parents who were really good cooks. My parents both loved to cook. We always had home cooked meals.A  high school friend said that she loved Thanksgiving because her mom made real mashed potatoes and stuffing. Any other time of the year it was from the box. I grew up not even knowing you could get potatoes and stuffing from a box.
  7. I’m grateful that I haven’t had any major migraines. I haven’t had to go to the emergency room for them this year. Migraines can be so debilitating. They knock me out for entire weeks. In a few cases they’ve taken up two week periods where I haven’t been able to do anything.
  8. I’m thankful I haven’t had anaphylactic shock this year. I still have no idea what I’m allergic to that causes the anaphylaxis for me. I’ve been diligent about carrying Benadryl, an Epipen, and my inhaler wherever I go. I haven’t had to use my Epipen this year. Don’t get me wrong, I like the burst of energy I get from the Epipen. But not enough to endure the near death experience if I don’t have to.
  9. I’m grateful for my voice. Last year at this time I lost my voice due to allergies. I struggled with it for more than six months. Because the voice problems dragged on for so long, it made me question whether comedy and speaking was something I could continue to do. If I didn’t have a voice, how could I continue to do these things? I know now that I have to be persistent with my allergy treatment. I’m proactive with my allergies now.
  10. I’m thankful that my husband still finds my migraine med side effects as funny as I do. One of the pills I take causes sleepwalking and hallucinations in less than 1% of patients. Anytime a medicine says it rarely causes certain side effects you can bet that I’ll be the one experiencing them. It’s not a nightly occurrence. It maybe happens a couple times a month. But it definitely disrupts his sleep. When we were in Duluth, I woke up in the middle of the night convinced that the hotel room was filling with bees. I jumped out of bed and started to make a move for the door. My husband stopped me, thankfully. It would be easy for him to get frustrated with my sleep issues. But he still finds them funny. I’ve given him permission to record me when they happen.
  11. I’m thankful that I’ve learned to set boundaries. I’ve been able to eliminate some really toxic people from my life. I use to put up with it for the sake of keeping the peace in the family. I don’t like conflict and it was easier to just put up with people doing horrible things than it was to put my foot down and stand up for myself. Life is too short to deal with awful people, even if you are related to them.
  12. I’m thankful for my health. I’ve lost 50 pounds this year. I don’t talk about it a lot because I’m not a bragger. Also, because I know I’m going to regain that weight. Some people get rid of all their “fat clothes”. I had them dry cleaned. They’re just sitting in a drawer waiting to come out of retirement. I want to start my weight gain with a clean slate. And by slate I mean, clean clothes that I can use as napkins and bibs.
  13. I’m thankful that my weight loss has made me more active. I get out and move every day, whether it’s going to the dog park or the health club or both.
  14. I’m thankful for Caesar’s health. He’s 10 and at the age when problems start creeping in. I love that he still has energy. He still wants to go to the dog park every day. He loves playing and exploring. If he didn’t, I wouldn’t spend so much of my time at the dog park. I’m grateful that he helps keep me active. I put his exercise needs ahead of mine so thankfully he likes exercise more than I do.
  15. I’m thankful for my husband. We’ve been together since we were 16. He is so supportive. He is always encouraging me with comedy, blogging and speaking. He’s really the best!
  16. I’m grateful that my husband loves his job. He’s always been my inspiration for having a job you love going to. As a cop, currently a detective, it would be easy for him to get jaded with all the shit he sees and deals with every day. But he doesn’t. He’s also the inspiration for a lot of my jokes.
  17. I’m thankful that I am surrounded by amazing friends and family. I feel their love and support every single day. I don’t know what I’d do without it!

And now I’d like to close with some really corny slogans

  • Before you dig into the dressing, count your blessings!
  • Before you make a toast, say what you’re thankful for most!
  • When you’re feeling kind of hateful, remember to be grateful!
  • Before you help yourself to another serving, say why you’re so deserving.
  • Instead of being hateful, get a little grateful.
  • Savor the flavor of thankful behavior.
  • When you’re feeling low say what you’re thankful for.

What are you thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks for stopping by! Julie

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