As an update to our 30 Days of Thank You, I am humbled and overwhelmed by the response! We have over 300 ladies participating, which I would have never imagined. If you would like to join our Facebook group page for our 30 Days event just click here. Happy writing!!

November is almost upon us, and of course our thoughts turn to one of my favorite holidays … Thanksgiving! It’s a fabulous time with family and friends centered around food, reminiscing and of course, thankfulness. Recently I have seen ideas on Instagram and other places about taking photos of what you are thankful for, which I think is a wonderful idea, but when I really thought about it, all that does is encourage your Instagram followers … I am all for that, but for me this year, I want to really express gratitude.

Lately I feel that I have been selfish in so many ways. I LOVE what I do with my businesses, but frankly, starting up a new venture is daunting … it’s on my mind almost constantly with the pressure of deadlines, coming up with new stories, connecting with advertisers, making sure we have a great distribution … etc. All of that is great, but in a way I feel like I am investing a lot of time and energy into something that has caused me to be a lot more “me” focused than I want to be or am even used to being.

During the month of November, I want to be more others-focused, and yet in the busy scheme of life (yes, with deadlines and holidays and life in general), I wanted to keep it simple yet relevant. So, what I have decided to do is have 30 days of Thank You, and I want to know if you will join me.

30 Days of Thank You is simple … grab a pen, some stationary (archaic, I know!) and some stamps (I believe they are 45 cents each now?), and get ready to write and express yourself to those you are thankful for. I know we do live in a day where we send emails and texts, but I know that I get VERY excited when I go to the mailbox and find a letter or a card … it can truly brighten my day in an instant that someone thought about me enough to thank me for a gift, send a funny card or just take the time to say “hi”. 

For each of the 30 days in November, I will be sending a card to those to whom I would like to express thankfulness or just say “thank you” in general, and basically for no other reason besides the fact that they are in my life and to praise them for who they are.

Here are some ideas of who you can send your notes to:

  • Parents and grandparents (even aunts and uncles) and other relatives who have shaped you to be who you are today
  • Spouse … I think they would fall over if you send them a wonderful note to their work address!
  • Siblings (yes, siblings … I am an only child, and I would certainly write to ten siblings if I could, so please write your siblings)
  • Children … they will squeal with delight when they receive a letter from you (unless they’re an adult, and then it will just be VERY meaningful for them!).
  • That teacher from long ago who really had an influence on you and choices you made
  • Neighbors … have they cared for your pet, kept an eye on your house while you were gone, or been a listening ear over coffee?
  • Co-worker (imagine their surprise when you tell them that you are thankful for what they do!)
  • Friends … we all need them in our lives, and they make us laugh and even help us think through life’s circumstances.
  • Service people – the UPS man who takes the extra time to thoughtfully place your package in a hiding spot when you are not home or others that go the extra mile, or those who protect us … firefighters, policemen/women, those in the military
  • Those in authority … maybe this is your boss, your pastor or another that you are thankful for in their leadership and guidance

Well, those are just a few that I can think of for now. How about you? Will you take this challenge with me? I would really love for you, too. Frankly, I am excited to break out my stash of stationary that has sat dormant for so long besides the occasional thank you note over the years.

I really am looking forward to encouraging those that I am thankful for and letting them know how grateful I am during this month of thankfulness. Feel free to post other ideas below because it may be tough by day 20 to keep coming up with people to write notes to … I would love to think creatively on this.

Love to you all!

~ Jennifer 

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