A Month of Gratitude

Happy Fall everyone!  I am so excited for fall.  Though, in Arizona it just means getting excited when it is finally in the 80’s and the mornings are cool.  Sorry I have been so quiet lately. The end of the summer and early fall have been a bit crazy.  Biggest reason being I am pregnant!  Feeling sick, working on the house to get things ready, fall break and such have kept us busy.

But I am also doing lots of background work trying to get the coffee shop going.  We will be approaching the landowners soon regarding the land we want.  In addition to land we are working on funding and writing some grants, both local and national.

But now that it is November it is time to think about one of my favorite holidays, Thanksgiving. The Local Mission is passionate about living fair and preventing exploitation.  I talk a lot about better choices we can make for products and food that prevent exploitation.  But living fair doesn’t always mean spending.  Sometimes the best way we can prevent exploitation and live a more ethical lifestyle is NOT buying things and simplifying.  I believe that the first step in simplifying is gratitude.  I f we are not grateful for what we have already have we will constantly fight the need for more.  When we live a life of gratitude we become more joyful. And when we are more joyful we can live more generously and simplify.

I love this quote from Ann Voskamp on gratitude.   And what a perfect time of year to practice gratitude then November and Thanksgiving! Kid 1 is 5 now, and last year we started a new family tradition for November and Thanksgiving.  Instead of just talking about what we are thankful for on Thanksgiving, we will practice an entire month of gratitude accompanied by actions.  Introducing the Thankful Jar!

Well, I can’t take credit for this awesome idea.  I found it online from Somewhat Simple but I love it and it is especially good for kids. Take a piece of paper each day that will have something to  be grateful for and action or thing to do together or for someone else.  My  son is so excited for it again  this year.

Last Thanksgiving I wrote about 5 Thanksgiving Practices that Instill Gratitude. These are the traditions our family will be making over the month of November. Will you join us?

  1.   Thankful Jar
  2. Thankful Tree
  3. Serve others
  4. Give something away to someone who needs it
  5. Invite someone to Thanksgiving that doesn’t have a place to go

Over the month I will share with you what our family is doing to create a month of gratitude.  I hope  you will join us.  Follow up on social media to get instant updates for our daily Thankful Jar items and post and share what you are doing too.

Join me for a month of gratitude and simplicity.  May we find more joy to then give generously and live fair.  How has living a grateful life helped you live simply and create impact for others?

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New Fair Favorites…




I love The Little Market.  It is a non-profit founded by women to empower women.  All the items are handmade around the world and fair trade.  A neighbor recently got us like 5 pounds of honey.  Of course I needed this honey pot handmade in Tunisia.  Isn’t it adorable!  Get it now if you are a honey lover like me.





Another thing to love about fall for me is candles! I recently found Terralite.  They make ethically sourced, fair trade coconut candles.  I love the citrus spice for fall!   Get yours now!





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