Today I’m grateful for two groups of people. One, the people over at Oriental Trading who sponsored this post by providing me with supplies for my fall home decor. And also, my new blogging friends who are getting together to host the “Thankful at Home” blog hop! Scroll down to see links to all the other blogs joining in. This post is a little outside my normal post but hang with me for a minute… I usually blog about crafts or DIY projects. In doing my research and sharing on social media I spend a LOT of time on Pinterest. Which is usually fun. But sometimes it gets a little depressing. Do you know what I mean? I see all these bloggers with large, beautiful homes and wearing the latest fashion. They’re always wearing makeup and their kids are happily creating fun little projects. Doesn’t look like my home… even though I AM a blogger. It’s not long until I’m complaining about my dark, little townhouse, my clothes, or my kids.
That’s one of the reasons I started celebrating the 30 Days of Thanksgiving years ago. It was a time for me to readjust my thinking, from complaining back to contentment. You’d think I’d be better at it by now but I still need that one month out of every year to focus on being grateful.
So today I’m going to share some things that have helped me be more grateful and show you some of my inexpensive fall home decor. Remember, most of this came from Oriental Trading. And, if you’re interested, I’ll share a photo at the very end of what my house looked like BEHIND THE CAMERA! Do I dare?
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10 Things to do to Live a More Grateful Life
Get Your Eyes Off Yourself || This is sometimes more easily said than done. So the rest of the list will be more practical things that you do. But just realize that sometimes when you aren’t feeling or being grateful it’s because you are concerned about what’s happening to you. When I start to have a pity party I have to remind myself that there are always people who are hurting more than me, going hungry, don’t have a home, etc, and that they’d love to be in my place. Pretty soon I ask myself, “Why are you complaining?”
Start a Journal || Start a Thanksgiving or Gratitude Journal. Set aside a time every day to list 3-10 things that you’re thankful for. Make it a goal to write 5 things every day for a month. Don’t just write “my kids” or “my mom” every day.This will make you really think about everything in your life. Thank God for some things that you’ve NEVER thanked Him for before! Looking back at my last thanksgiving journal I included things like “rain”, “Skype”, and “my refrigerator”.
Also thank God for the things He will do in the future. And if you’ve had hard times in the past, thank Him that He brought you through it.
If you’re still having trouble, here are some links to articles I wrote about things I’m thankful for. I was trying to think outside the box for these!
Would you like to see some of my old thanksgiving journals?
Do Something for Someone Else || This doesn’t have to be something huge. Here are a few ideas:
- make a meal for a family with a new baby or sick kids
- visit someone in the hospital
- visit a senior center and read books or paint fingernails
- babysit for a tired mom
- take someone who doesn’t have a car shopping
- take a family member you haven’t seen in a while out to dinner or coffee
- help someone clean their house or clean out their garage
- mow someone’s grass or rake their leaves
- put together a basket of goodies, leave it on someone’s doorstep, ring the bell, and run!
Pray for Others || Set aside a few pages in your thanksgiving journal to pray for other people. Thank God for them and pray for their needs.
Give Your Stuff Away || I’m not sure it’s possible to be ungrateful and truly generous at the same time. Go through your closets and donate to your local thrift stores or if you see something that reminds you of a friend or family give it to them.
My list is getting long so I’ll take a break here and share my blogging friends’ posts, too. Check them out, then continue on to part two of my list!