The Thanksgiving season is a beautiful time to reflect on all the things we appreciate: friends and family, our homes, our careers…. But you know what we usually forget about? Ourselves! This Thanksgiving, I encourage you to reflect on just how wonderful YOU are and to take some time to celebrate yourself!
1. Sip on something decadent
Every year the first sign that fall is coming is when Starbucks releases the PSL, and I am all for it! As the weather starts to cool, I love to trade in my iced coffees for anything warm, spiced, and cozy. My current favorite is the Spiced Lavender Latte at our local Atlanta Brash Coffee Roasters. It’s perfect with creamy barista-blend oat milk.
2. Bake your favorite fall dessert
For some, it’s cinnamon cake, for others it’s cobbler. For me, it’s pie. No, not apple or pumpkin… but raspberry cream. This non-traditional Thanksgiving pie has been my favorite since childhood. I’m going to have to ask my aunt for the recipe, but this one looks close.
3. Dress like you’re going somewhere
At this point, most of us have been home in our PJs for so long that we’ve forgotten what jeans even feel like. But go ahead and put them on. Or a dress! Or your favorite silky top! Really anything but your jammies and sweats! Every once in a while, it feels really good to pull yourself together and dress your best. When I take the time to get ready in the morning, I’m happier and more productive for the rest of the day… even if my toddler is the only person who sees me. I’m already planning to put on my favorite Madewells tomorrow!
4. Light a cozy autumn candle
I love to light a candle in the evenings to signal the end of the work day. The cozy scent and the warm glow bring me so much contentment at the end of a long day. At the same time, I’m becoming more careful about the ingredients in my candles given the health risks of artificial fragrance, benzene, and toluene. P.F. Candle Company has an excellent reputation for their nontoxic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients. I’ve been wanting to try their Spiced Pumpkin and Amber and Moss scents for a while.
5. Picnic at the park
Pack some fruit, cheese, and a bit of charcuterie in your picnic basket (linked my favorite) and meet a friend at the park. Enjoy the crisp autumn air in the company of a loved one. Oh, don’t forget the prosecco!
6. Walk through the woods
Take a stroll on a wooded trail to observe all the beautiful reds and yellows. Listen to the sounds of nature and the crunching leaves below your feet. Maybe even gather a few pinecones to set by your fireplace for decoration. I always feel the most at peace while walking through the woods. If you live near Atlanta, the East Palisades Trail is one of my favorites.
7. Make (and enjoy) a festive bath bomb
Making your own bath bombs is way easier than you might think, and you probably already have some of the ingredients at home. I think this orange-cinnamon recipe sounds lovely for fall and winter! I’ve had success making bath bombs in a muffin tin, but these molds have great reviews if you want something prettier!
8. Start a gratitude journal
One of the best ways to boost your happiness is by finding gratitude for all the wonderful gifts you have in life. While you’re at it, join my “30 Days of Gratitude Challenge“. ( It doesn’t matter if you’re late to the game- you can start any time!) If you’re more interested in practicing gratitude privately, I love this journal on Amazon.
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