The Writing Life: Thanksgiving

Today is Thanksgiving and as such I’m guessing that most people in the USA have unplugged and are busy spending time with family and friends. Or, maybe spending time with family and friends is driving you to distraction and you found your way here. No matter what you find yourself doing today, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

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K & B, May 1997

This year, I am grateful for so much in my life. Last year at this time, my husband was living away from us as he cared for his dying father. It was hard to watch my father-in-law’s decline, it was hard for my girls to have their father away for so long, and it was hard for me to balance everything on my plate without my partner and best friend. This year, while we are all saddened by the loss of my father-in-law and all of our deceased loved ones, it was a joy to see my family gathered together on the holiday.

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K & B, 15-year anniversary

My husband has been my biggest champion and supporter. I tend to a be a person who wanders from the beaten path, and my husband has always helped me clear a new trail and encouraged me to keep trekking. When I first told him about my desire to write, he pushed me to follow my dreams. Each day he makes it possible for me to work on becoming the writer I want to be through his continued support and enduring belief in me. I am truly thankful to have found such a wonderful life partner.

I am grateful for so much else, I feel it would be impossible to write it all down in a post. And as we talked about being thankful today, and my girls and I decided to keep gratitude journals through the rest of the year (with an option to continue into the new year – I felt like biting off a smaller chunk of time helped make the concept manageable for the younger ones). The girls voted to keep the list for each day to five items, and today I feel the challenge of narrowing my long list to such a small number. But I am grateful to be doing this exercise with my children. As we face many personal challenges and changes in the next year, focusing on the positive aspects of life feels like the right way to end 2015 and begin 2016 – and what better day to begin than Thanksgiving?

Here is my entry for today:

Today I am grateful for…

  1. Time spent with my family laughing around the dinner table
  2. My husband’s unwavering love and support
  3. My writing tribes, including the amazing #PlatChal peeps
  4. Vegan pumpkin pie with coconut whipped cream
  5. Fleece-lined tights with cozy, comfy feet

Do you keep a gratitude journal? Or have specific things you are grateful for today? I’d love to hear about them and/or the ways you record their presence in your life! 

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. DMGbyrnes says:

    A wonderful post, thank you for sharing. I’m sorry for you and your family’s loss of your father-in-law, I’m can imagine that entire situation must have been extremely difficult. My father traveled every month for about two weeks for the better part of two years when I was young, for work, and it wasn’t easy for me, or my mother.

    Also, you are so very blessed to have found someone who supports you and your dreams so much. That kind of encouragement doesn’t come often to creative types, and so to have found someone who freely gives it, and is your best friend to boot, that’s pretty amazing.

    I hope you’ve had a fabulous Thanksgiving, and don’t give yourself too hard a time about needing to catch up with NaNo. You can do it. I love the gratitude journal you and your girls are doing, it’s always good to remember the things you have to appreciate. Thank you for sharing. 🙂 Best wishes.

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    1. Kat says:

      Thank you for the kind words and the encouragement! 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

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