Little Things To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

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By Becky Houdesheldt

I love the fall. The leaves start to change, the temperature starts to drop, and I can feel the change in the air. It’s the season for football, sweatshirts, potlucks, and pumpkin-flavored everything. Cool crisp air, beautiful colors, bonfires with s’smores and hot drinks. It is, by far, my favorite time of year.

Fall can get a bad reputation – either it is too warm or too cold, it doesn’t last long enough, it’s a precursor to winter or it’s the end of summer. But when I think of fall on its own – everything about it is wonderful. It is also called the “start of the holiday season” which, I think, is a bit absurd because quite frankly there’s a whole month from the time fall starts to the first fall holiday (hello Halloween). Continue reading

I’m Done Crunching Numbers

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By Christie Page

Standing in the middle of a path lined with wild flowers with the sun blazing unforgiving on my face I took the deepest breath of my life. I inhaled pine and palm, sky and lake. I concentrated on the beads of sweat dripping into the small of my back and acknowledged the pain in my right calf after too many fractures and Achilles ruptures.

I gave thanks to my body for surviving me. I gave thanks to my mind for surviving me. I gave thanks that I was able to stand in this place, at this time and take in that deep breath and I exhaled and forgave myself for the last year, for my failures, for everything I put myself through, because I seem so fundamentally broken at times. Continue reading

5 Habits That Help Me Cultivate Gratitude Daily

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By Kate Kole

I always enjoy learning about people’s morning routines and bedtime rituals. In part, because they offer a glimpse into the little details that I wouldn’t otherwise ever know, but more so, because I’m a big believer in the significance of our daily habits. I’m in the Gretchen Rubin camp that “what you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while.” And I think that importance of every day commitment applies to so many areas of our lives. Of course, it has to do with the obvious things we consistently do and consume outwardly, but I feel like it also applies to the power of our thoughts and the mindful practices we keep. Continue reading