Thanksgiving and Counting My Blessings
Count Your Blessings
A Month of Thanksgiving
This month I have been taking part in the 30 days of thanksgiving challenge and I have been enjoying it so much I thought I would create an article discussing in detail the many things I am thankful for. We have so much to be grateful for in this country, let’s all remember to count our blessings this holiday season.
- Eat more fruits and veggies
- Eat less chocolate and carbohydrates (This is difficult because when winter hits all we want to do is eat bread, pasta, and hot chocolate.)
- Exercise Daily (Also hard because if there is snow on the ground you can’t workout outside, and the cold makes it more difficult to get to the gym.)
- Try getting some sun, say outside for a little bit or try a tanning bed for a very small amount of time.
- Staying positive by counting your blessings
Feeling Depressed? Colder Weather Can Bring You Down
It’s the holiday season which means it is time to be jolly right? Actually, for many people the holiday season is a time of stress, anxiety, and even depression. Why is this? It is supposed to be “the happiest time of the year” according to the Christmas song? Well according to Adam K. Anderson, Ph.D., “Part of the problem is the bombardment of media during the holidays showing images of smiling families and friends.” But along with this, I believe these feelings of depression are also caused because of the colder weather and the lack of sunlight called Seasonal Affective Disorder. According to WebMD, “winter depression is still a mystery to scientists who study it. But researchers agree that people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder are particularly sensitive to light, or the lack of it.” The winter months have less sunlight and that can affect people in a negative way. Now, I know this is hard but these are some very simple ways you can combat wintertime depression (tips to the right).
I included this section because I struggle with feelings of sadness when he weather turns cold and the sun is nowhere to be seen. But I don’t want to wallow and feel depressed I want to be happy and grateful. So, out of all the tips listed (to the right), I would say remembering to count your blessings is one of the best ways you can pull yourself out of a winter time funk.
- My God
- My husband
- My son
- My Family
- My good health
- Our jobs
- Our Apartment
- Working vehicles
- This Country (Those Who Protect It)
Staying Positive and Counting My Blessings
I’m going to stay positive this winter by; trying to eat more healthy, working out every day, and remembering to count my blessings.
1. My God
First of all I am thankful for a God who loves and cares for me and my family, a God who does not sugar coat things, and a God who does not stop me from riding a bike/falling/and scraping my knee but will comfort me when I fall. My faith sustains me, gives me hope, and keeps me going even when times are hard. As I go through this life I have learned that the closer I become with God, the more happy I become.
2. My Husband
My husband is my best friend, he is a great blessing in my life and I will be eternally grateful for him. There are so many things I could say about my husband, here are just a few of his awesome qualities and why I am thankful for them:
My husband is a sweetheart; he does the little things like tell me I am beautiful/pretty over and over again. He never goes a day without telling me that he loves me.
I can usually count on having a good laugh at least once a day; my husband keeps me laughing which helps me to be happy.
My husband does not need to be told to do service. When asked to serve he is there and when the opportunity presents itself he is usually there to volunteer.
Sometimes my husband knows what I want or what I need before I do! He is observant and thoughtful, so much so that he anticipates needs and helps make my life a happy one.
My darling husband helps me by watching our little 4 month old so that I can get some much needed rest.
My husband is a faithful/spiritual giant; he hardly ever misses a morning or night of family prayer (even when I almost sleep through it). He leads our family in scripture study and motivates us to go to church and to do what is right.
Currently my husband is studying to take the LSAT so that he can go to law school. This is a very hard test and I am so grateful that he has the motivation to continue to study every single day.
Even when he has difficult things to tell me, my husband is an honest man and I am so incredibly grateful for that. This quality helps us to trust each other in our relationship.
Though he may seem a bit coarse and sarcastic to others, my husband is sweet, kind and loving. Through small acts of kindness he shows me that he loves me each and every day.
My husband is incredibly selfless, he puts me and our son first all day every day and I appreciate him so much for this.
When the house is messy he helps me to make it clean again, he does not distinguish between his and her jobs and he helps whenever and wherever he can.
Though some couples may find burping contests funny, I do not and neither does my husband. He is very polite and though that may seem like a small thing, I am grateful for it.
Being romantic doesn’t mean you have to get flowers every single week, being romantic means remembering to do the little things constantly so that your girl knows that you love her. My husband is great at remembering to do the little things.
- A Great Father
My husband and I are still pretty new at the whole being parent’s thing, but my husband has jumped right in and he is a great father who loves his son and enjoys spending time with him and caring for him.
- A Fantastic Husband
In my completely biased opinion, I have a fantastic husband.
3. My Baby Boy
I recently became a mother and in my opinion there is nothing more exciting, exhausting, stressful, or satisfying in the entire world. I love my little bundle of joy: he smiles, he coos, and he has just started laughing that cute little baby laugh. I am thankful for my son he keeps my life interesting and happy.
4. My Family
My husband and I recently moved and we are lucky to have so many family members living nearby. Our son has both sets of grandparents and most of his aunts and uncles living close by and that is awesome. I love my family and even if we didn’t live near them (or if we moved in the future) I know we will always be close.
5. Good Health
So far I have been very healthy this year (other than being sick while pregnant) and I’m hoping that will continue throughout the winter season. For now, I am thankful for my own health and the good health of my baby and my husband.
Here are some tips for staying healthy this winter:
- Use your own pens (using that communal pen at the bank is a good way to pass/get germs)
- Bring hand sanitizer to places like the store
- Wash your hands a lot
- Get some light
- Exercise regularly
6. Our Jobs
I work with Online Content Authors and my husband works with Myler Disability I am able to do my work from home which is amazing because I prefer to be home taking care of my baby. Though Myler is not the career my husband hopes to have in the future, but it pays the bills. We are grateful for our jobs because they allow us to buy food, rent, clothing, etc.
7. A Place to Live
Our apartment is kind of small for all of the stuff we accumulated after getting married then having a baby; but it is cute, it’s comfortable, it’s clean, and almost more importantly it is affordable.
9. Working Vehicles
Before my husband and I were married we each bought a vehicle and after we were married we were able to pay both of them off which was and is a great blessing. Both cars have held up pretty well and they continue to work well today.
I am veeerrrry thankful for food, I like making food, smelling food, and eating especially eating food. Mostly I’m thankful for chocolate.
I think education is important and I am thankful I had the chance to go to college and that I will now have the chance to help teach my own child.
I am grateful I live in a day in age where technology is sweeping the nation and helping to connect people from all over the world.
12. This Country (and those who protect it)
We just celebrated Veteran's Day, I won't ever be able to express how grateful I am for my Country and for the people who give their lives so that I can be free.
How are you going to stay healthy/positive this winter?
© 2014 Maddi