Monday, November 22, 2010

Trotting, Giving Thanks & A Little Unexpected Treat

The 2010 Christmas spirit has officially taken over. I woke up this morning with "We Need a Little Christmas" stuck in my head and I couldn't help but sing it out loud. I don't even love that song and never choose to listen to it purposefully but being that it's track # 1 on the Christmas album that has pumped up my runs over the past week, I am just going to go with it. As much of a Yuletide freak as I am, Thanksgiving Day is actually my favorite day of the year. I love the joy leading up to Christmas day and the season as a whole. Thanksgiving day is just the beginning, and I love it! With Thanksgiving day and the breath taking eats that seem to always find themselves at the Nido house for the holidays, comes a house full of loved ones, belly laughs and toasting to the holidays with bottomless cocktails. And just so that we don't feel so guilty for eating an absurd amount of food, we all get up and run the South Park Turkey Trot 8k which in my opinion, is our official family kickoff to the Christmas season! The buzzer goes off, we cross the starting line, Christmas music is blaring and we trot our little hearts out. I cannot wait until MM and I fly South to celebrate! We have so much to be thankful for this year.

In the spirit of being thankful and joyful, I have ended my Oprah boycott and am looking forward to starting a Gratitude journal. Oprah introduced this idea a few years ago and I think it is a wonderful idea. I have now heard three people in the past few weeks reference this project and I am feeling compelled to start one of my own. I have always been a fan of journaling but it always comes and goes in spurts. This is the perfect way to get back into it and anyone reading, I encourage you to keep a Gratitude journal not only during the Christmas season, but in all seasons. Our lives today move so fast and it's easy to look past the small things in our days that may make us smile or those moments we want to share with others. It only takes 5 minutes a day and if we get into the habit of highlighting those moments in our days or the people that light up our faces, we may find there are more things to be thankful for than we ever thought. If we focus on the happy, it becomes harder and harder to find a reason to stop smiling. Try it.

And before I end this post, I leave you with another little gem to try...
I am a regular gum chewer but I never get overly excited about finding the "perfect chew". The thought of going without dessert is made a little bit easier with these amazing treats! I was introduced to Dessert Delights last week and it was love at first chew! I have tried all three flavors and the Key Lime Pie has the key to my heart. The flavor has so much dimension that you can even taste all elements of a real piece of Key Lime Pie...even the crust! Call me crazy, but grab a pack of this the next time you are at the grocery store.

Happy Thanksgiving week!!

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