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I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving holiday yesterday! Mine was spent in our regular traditional fashion: baking, spending quality time with family and relaxing. As always, I feel blessed to have so much to be thankful for, but this year was a particularly special one. I said goodbye to my NYC apartment, traveled often and started my own business. None of these were easy every single moment, but with the incredible support of family, friends and this network, I was able to navigate through the tough parts. So, I just want to say thank you, and I’m thankful for each and every one of you.
Even though Thanksgiving was yesterday, I still wanted to publish this post because I think it’s important to keep up the gratitude all throughout the holiday season. For yourself, your community and those all around us who may not be as fortunate. Here are some ways:
Add thank you notes to your holiday cards – If you’re someone who traditionally sends holiday cards this time of year, before you mail them, add a personalized note to each recipient. Let them know how they impact your life throughout the year. It’ll make you smile as you write it, and them as they read it. I’ve used these cards in the past!
Gift those who make your life easier – Think about your mailman, doorman, coffee shop hero and security guard at work. Every day, you connect with these people. Surprise them with a little treat, whether it’s a simple message with a gift card, or pretty-packaged treats, like Sugarfina or Treat House.
Spend time volunteering in your community – Holiday season can be a whirlwind: busy and chaotic but filled with joy. For some, it’s a different story. Find the local chapters of different organizations, and consider volunteering and helping them out at least once between now and Christmas.
Make donations part of your gifting – Instead of spending $100 on a gift, for example, consider spending $50 and making a $50 donation to an organization in the recipient’s name. If everyone did that for everyone, imagine the give?! If you can’t (also understandable!) you can make a donation in your own name on Giving Tuesday to your favorite charity. Every dollar counts for these organizations, especially this time of year.