November: gifts of gratitude

November: gifts of gratitude, celebrating your own thanks and giving as a gift to yourself

November kicks off the holiday season.  Thanksgiving is around the corner and plastic Christmas trees have sprouted in the big box retailers. We have Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday to buy anything our hearts (or those of our loved ones) desire.   

In this day of Facebook, Instagram and every other social platform, when was the last time you sat down and wrote a thank you note, showering your recipient with gratitude.  

You don’t have time you say?  Really, you are not making the time.  Here’s a few ways to help you get it done and to give yourself the best gift of the season:

  1. Make a list of the special people in your life and why you are thankful for them.  Have fun with your list: do you have a bestie from college that you’ve been thinking of? Friends you don’t see as often? Your spouse? Parents, in-laws or who ever helped you grow into the person you are today.
  2. Now go find their addresses. Hopefully not too hard in this day and age. Then save them somewhere if you don’t already have a list of address going.
  3. Download stamps at  This one’s beautiful:
  4. Seek out stationery that makes you happy – think about how you would feel if you received this note…google “stationery shop” in your area and you might discover a new favorite store.


“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”