A Bay Area grateful list on this holiday

For many of us in the United States we celebrate Thanksgiving today.

I try to remember to be thankful and grateful every day in my life.

And today  I am going to write about it.

One of the GFG! November Monthly Challenges is the jar project.

Throughout the month I have been adding slips of paper every day to my mason jar (see picture to the left) with positive things I have experienced.

Most of the things I have been grateful for this month have been small. But it’s the small and simple things that we sometimes forget about.

Since this will be my last Thanksgiving in the Bay Area (as we are heading to Portland in the new year) I thought I would focus today’s grateful/thankful list mostly on the Bay Area.

(That doesn’t mean I am not grateful for my family and the friends who don’t live here and lots of other stuff. I am just getting nostalgic about leaving the Bay Area.)

I am grateful/thankful for:

Getting grateful this month

Wow, we are now entering November. Can you believe how quickly this year has gone by?

Since it is November (and Halloween has passed) it means we are thrown into the holiday season.

I love the holidays.

But there is also a part of me that is glad when the holidays are over. This time can be so stressful and overwhelming.

And then there are all the temptations of overeating, so much sugar, lots of alcohol, parties, potlucks, etc.

At the beginning of this year I started a the jar project challenge for myself and shared it with all of you.

I did OK with adding slips of paper in the jar until sometime in April. Though I sometimes felt like I was playing catch up.

I went on vacation and never picked it up again.

We should be grateful all year around of what we have (instead of focusing on what we don’t).

But since it is November and the month most of us celebrate Thanksgiving, let’s do the jar project for the month of November as part of the GFG! Monthly Challenge.

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Challenging myself and you

At the launch of the new year I made a decision to not continue Go Fit Girl’s Monthly Challenges. At least in the temporary as I had to give up something in all the things I have going on.

That being said, I am still trying to occasionally come up with a quickie challenge here and there on Go Fit Girl! Challenges Facebook page.

And I thought since I have a few going on I would do a post about them so my readers who aren’t on Facebook could get (and even give) some ideas.

I did write about The Jar Project, which is a year-long experiment for myself. When something good happens, which I am grateful for I put it in the jar. Such as seeing a beautiful sunset; an anonymous person left a parking paid stub for me to use so I didn’t have to pay for parking; I got to visit my family for a long weekend in Tucson; getting a much-needed massage and day to relieve myself of exhaustion. OK, you get the idea.

Another Challenge I posted was to work on giving up a bad habit for the month of February. Trying it … Continue reading

Positive experiences in a jar

So I said in my Happy New Year post that I wouldn’t be posting GFG! Monthly Challenges each month. But I would post occasional challenges on the Facebook Challenge page.

This is a challenge I am doing for myself for 2014.

And I decided that more than Facebook Challengers needed to know about this one.

Throughout the year I plan to fill the mason jar pictured to the left with little pieces of paper with positive things that I experience.

I think this is a great practice for anyone.

The things written down can be something small or something huge. Think … I saw a gorgeous rainbow today; I got a promotion; I had a baby; I became an aunt; I had the most delicious meal; I traveled somewhere glorious; I planted my garden; I read a beautiful poem; I woke up; I made a scrumptious meal; I told a joke and got a good laugh; I got paid; I watched a funny movie …

As long as it is positive it can go in the jar, hat, bucket, basket or whatever you are holding your positive notes in.

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