Why I'm Thankful Year-Round (& YOU Should Be, Too!}

Folks, you're probably expressing a lot of thankful-ness this time of the month, aren't you?

I knew it.

You're the one writing down one reason you're thankful each day for the last 27 days. Or, you've probably prepared a fun activity with your children to teach them about being grateful and appreciative. You might even be writing in your journal tonight about all of the things you appreciate in your life.

But once December 1st hits, will you still consciously think of all the amazing things in your life that you are thankful for?

Me neither.

I have a tendency to forget about the gratitude I should be devoting to those people in my life, especially when the full swing of holiday consumerism gifting hits. There are so many reasons to be thankful, and not just around the holidays, but all year long.

For one, we live in a first world country. No matter how hard you think your life is, or how bad you have things, there are millions of people elsewhere on our planet that have it harder in one way or another. When I chew on that statement for a while, my problems really do seem trivial. For this, I am extremely thankful.

I have my parents, grandparents, siblings, and a huge extended family with me on my journey through life. Some of you might not have the same circumstances, but that doesn't mean you are alone on your journey. Who are the people in your life that mean something special to you? A neighbor? Co-worker? The sweetie-pie barista who makes your morning coffee? Be thankful for all of these souls, because they make your life pretty kick ass, don't they?

I am thankful all.the.time that I have a little homestead in the city, which my husband and I are enjoying together. We learn, sweat, cry {ok, maybe just me on this one...}, build, grow, and relax on this little space.

But that's not the point.

The point is, my husband and I have this space of our own to work with, and you have space to work with, too! You might have a windowsill in your apartment, or a small patch of grass in the front yard, or several acres in the country. You have space, you just have to see it and use it!

A few days ago John and I looked at a property for sale about 20 minutes from our current home. The property {and ranch-style home} is in a small, unincorporated town and is on one acre of land. The sellers are avid vegetable gardeners, keep chickens and sheep, planted fruit trees and bushes and have a huge greenhouse that stays with the property. The price is great, too. After looking at it and thinking on the issue a bit, we decided that we just aren't ready to buy. The place was amazing; exactly what we would like to own, but further away from my family and John's. Plus, we have so many plans for our space in the city, and love our home and community. We realized something amazing would have to cross our paths before we'd really, seriously consider moving. We're content with what we have, and are excited for our future here.

If you want a bit more information on homesteading where you are, with what you have, read this post by The Prairie Homestead. It will help you get on your merry way, friends.

Today, more than ever, making mistakes is an acceptable way to learn. Be very, very thankful for this. I am.

Have you ever stopped to think about that? You know, that trial and error is an awesome way to figure things out? I am so thankful that the people I surround myself, and our homesteading society in general, looks at mistakes as a way to go from not knowing to knowing. Granted, I'm always a little scared when I put myself out there on this blog, documenting our lives for the world to see. It's likely that I've been judged many, many times for things we've done, or not done. However, I'm cool with that. Why? Because we're learning, and that's pretty cool.

I am very thankful that my life is slowly becoming my own. This is probably a part of growing up, right? (I'm in my late twenties - can I say that I'm still growing up?) My successes and failures are solely my own (and John's, I suppose). We're cutting out the middle man in our lives, and are doing more for ourselves. That is such an amazing feeling; self-sufficiency is a way of life we are both very thankful for.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to pay attention to the turkey I'm preparing for tomorrow's dinner, which is at our house this year. For which I am also very, very grateful.

Happy {early} Thanksgiving, folks!





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