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Thanksgiving and Gratitude

Happy Friday!! I hope you are doing well today. I hope you feel happy and at peace and grateful. If not, hopefully by the end of reading this you’ll feel better!

I’ve written about this before, I’m not sure if it was on this blog or my previous one. But I used to not like Thanksgiving.

How could you not like Thanksgiving?!?” I heard that constantly. You want to know why?

Because growing up, I spent the holiday with my mom’s side of the family. We have a bit of an estranged relationship, there’s some toxicity there. So the holiday was always full of stress. I also don’t like the traditional Thanksgiving food – stuffing, cranberry sauce, (dry) turkey.

Last year, I worked on Thanksgiving. I chose to work to earn PTO, and I decorated my room for Christmas before signing on. I also wrote a poem about my feelings about the day, and I let myself take it easy.

This year – I am mostly focused on the gratitude part. I’m writing this a few weeks in advance, and as of right this moment I don’t know what my plans are since I’m unable to work that day. But I am looking forward to a chilly day where the only thing to do is eat and think about things I’m grateful for.

So let’s get a head start! What am I grateful for this year?

What are you grateful for this year?

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Hallow’s Eve/Samhain!

Hello! We have 11 days until Halloween! I know I’m super early, but I’m excited 😁

Normally I don’t really care about Halloween. I’m all for the candy, and Halloween parties are fun because (pre-COVID) it served as a way to get drunk in a costume that for me was some sort of comfortable. But I’ve been very excited for this Halloween in particular.

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If you’ve read any of my other posts, then you’re familiar with me being spiritual. Part of my spiritual journey has led me on the path of learning more about Paganism, witchcraft, and spirituality philosophies.

On the Pagan Wheel of the Year, Samhain is the Pagan tradition that is their “Halloween”, but really I think is more like Day of the Dead. Samhain is a celebration of the harvest and is meant to be a celebration of the harvest with all loved ones, living and those that have passed.

Also, in addition to the reflective time of Samhain, this Halloween in particular is a powerful time energetically speaking. On Saturday, October 31st, Daylight Savings Time ends, so we “fall back” the clocks and gain an hour.
Also, there is a Full Moon on Halloween and it’s a blue moon. Blue moons happen when there are two full moons in one month. Having a blue moon on Halloween is exciting because it doesn’t happen often. The last time this occurred was 1944, and won’t happen again until 2039!

I don’t have much information to share more on Samhain specifically, or on the moon energies. Frankly, there are a lot of other articles online written by people more knowledgeable on both of those subjects.

So why write this then?”

Because I’m excited. I’m excited for the cooler weather. I forget how much I truly love sweaters and autumn until it’s 50° and I’m bundling up in cardigans. I’m excited because this is the first autumn I’m engaged. I’m excited because I’m feeling inspired about my life! That’s amazing y’all, because for awhile there I was feeling pretty lost. I know that Halloween is over a week away, and as of this point I don’t even know if I have plans yet (socially distance, COVID safe plans), but I’m excited.

I hope you all can find something to be excited about this month! 🎃