I hope last week treated you well, and this week treats you even better – with mimosas, green bean casserole, and dairy-free pies!
This Thanksgiving is looking a little different than any other.
Instead of embracing others with hugs, we’ll probably be FaceTiming, skipping on the turkey, and seeing some family members from six feet away.
This Thanksgiving should be more stress-free than others; however, there are some essential tips to remember.
First, eat the damn pie!
Or whatever it is that has your mouth watering – peppers are usually what get me. Forget to count your calories on Thursday, or even all week. One bad week of eating isn’t going to be noticeable to anyone else, your jeans will still fit, and you’ll always look phenomenal!
Shoot family members a text, even if you can’t see them. Sadly, we never know when our last holiday with someone may be. Let them know you miss them or that you’re thinking about them.
On Black Friday, buy something for yourself if you want it! This year has been a challenge, and we all deserve kindness – especially from ourselves. If you really want those fancy bralettes, the Ugg boots, the Yankee candle, or several boxes of DeBrand, buy them! You deserve it. Just don’t buy every single thing you want because some gift-givers *not looking at you, men* don’t have a billion ideas.
Don’t feel the need to be a people pleaser. This one always gets me! A Barb can talk crap about me the entire time, and I will smile at her and ask her if she wants another piece of the pie – wishing this was The Help. Stick up for yourself! As long as you aren’t a jerk for no reason, no one can hold it against you.
Sit down and enjoy the day. Not everything has to be flawless; this isn’t a Hallmark movie, a magazine shoot, or a wedding. It’s okay if the wrench in the garage is on top of the toolbox and not in it, it’s okay if there is a thumbprint on the dishwasher, it’s okay if you haven’t plucked your eyebrows in three weeks, and it is okay if your house doesn’t look straight out of a HGTV staging. Expecting that from yourself is way too much pressure and takes away from your day – the one you are working relentlessly at creating.
Remember to help others. Pitch in a pie, give a helping hand, let Grandpa George tell you a story for the 716th time, and take turns petting the dog.
2020 has been a wild ride.
2020 has tested us all.
We have all grown from this experience, we have all struggled this past year, and we all need a day of pumpkin pie, mimosa’s, and carbs.
When they ask you to say what you’re thankful for, remember there is so much to be grateful for…even in 2020: an incredible God, all the carbs, sugar-filled alcohol, the strength you’ve earned, your health, your family, advanced technology that allows communication, and that this pie isn’t from The Help.
Have a great Thursday. You’ve earned it!