Happy November, friends!! A month of thankfulness, turkey & dressing, mac & cheese, and, the best of all, my birthday. 🙂 Just kidding!
I love November because it reminds everyone of all there is to be thankful for. Facebook is flooded with #30daysofthankfulness posts and picture collages of family photos. While I have an endless list of people and things I’m thankful for, I want to do something a little different this November.
This November, I’m going to say ‘no’ to a few things.
I’ve been in a place of self-doubt, feeling less-than-worthy, struggling with anxiety and depression, and drowning in the land of comparison for a while now. In 11 days, I turn 25. My life at 25 is not exactly what I dreamed of ten years ago when people would ask where I saw myself at 25 and I’ve struggled with being OK with that.
I had dreamed of being married, trying to begin a family, living in a cute little house, and being in a marketing career that I loved. I suppose that .75 out of 4 isn’t too bad, is it?
But the Lord’s plans are always better than our own, even if we don’t quite see it at the time. I believe that, though sometimes I do ask Him to speed it up a bit.
While my friends landed their dream jobs before college graduation, as they got married, and as they started having children, I sat and watched. All while entering the world of ‘dating’ again (which sucks, btw). Naturally, I was thrilled for them. I love seeing the people I love happy, it truly does bring me joy. But at the same time, it caused me to have self-doubt and the dating world didn’t help either. Dating is another story for a different time though.
So this month I’m saying no to allowing self-doubt to creep in, I’m saying no to feeling less-than, and I’m saying no to being negative. While celebrating thankfulness this month, I am choosing to say no to the things that take my thankfulness down a few notches and I invite you to join me.
What will you say ‘no’ to this month?