I missed my typically Monday post with words of motivation and inspiration… but with this week being Thanksgiving and all, I didn’t want to skip it entirely.
Saturday we went to a friends surprise party and it was so fun, he was so surprised… I love that! Sunday was a day filled with relaxation, organization and a water main break. Monday morning we woke up to brown water, which they kept saying we didn’t have to boil, but like hell am I going to drink or bath in water that is actually brown. gross.
Yesterday was a day filled with client visits and project reviews. By the time I got home, made dinner and ate, fed the dog, walked the dog and then had to walk up to the corner store to buy water, it was late and I was tired, so I decided to just go to bed.
That said, I have to say I feel so blessed and thankful for water. The fact that this is the first time this has happened and I have had to worry about if I can drink the water, or take a clean shower, really goes to show you just how fortunate most of us are. There are so many people who don’t even have the option of fresh potable water… and that is awful. So I have taken Sunday and Monday as a water conservation day for our house, using just what we needed. Today the water looks good again, and I can’t wait to hop in the shower!!
I love this quote from John F Kennedy about gratitude and appreciation and I have been saving it for this week. (Shared on Farrow & Ball’s “Eating Room Red” a very Thanksgiving appropriate color and color name.) This is definitely a time when we are all expressing our thanks a little bit more, but I think this is a great point that our actions will always speak louder than our words. So those friends and family members you are thankful for, make sure you find a way to show it. Help with the dishes Thursday night to show your appreciation to your host. Hold the door for the strangers rushing into the shops on Small Business Saturday. Put your phone down and make polite chit chat with the clerk at the store. And when you feel yourself getting a little burnt out emotionally or physically and start to feel the frustrations perk back up again, take a minute to breathe, shrug off the bad and soak up all the good.
These are all reminders for me just as much as they are for you. This time of year has a tendency to be stressful when dealing with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. So give yourself a break when you get tired and don’t forget to appreciate yourself and all that you do this holiday season.
Check back tomorrow to see a little Thanksgiving decor around our place and get some easy last minute tips on welcoming your guests if you are hosting, and how to be a good guest if you aren’t.
PS, the contest winner for the Chalk Lots placemats was contacted privately, thanks so much for playing along!