I’ve been counting my blessings every day this month. I’ve been thankful for a simple Sunday spent with my family to my willingness to make revisions on something I thought was finished to a drive thru Starbucks to my daughter’s laughter that fills our home.
Have you been taking part in 30 Days of Thanks or a similar challenge? Regardless of whether you’ve participated in a month of thanks, I’m sure you’ll spend a few minutes — whether it’s in aloud, in writing, or in your head — expressing gratitude today.
Before you sit down to dinner this evening, take a moment to do one or more of the following things.
- Thank a family member, friend, or colleague for a small kindness they’ve extended to you. While a text message or an e-mail is nice, a handwritten note or live conversation (i.e., in person, via Skype/FaceTime, or on the telephone) is even better.
- Leave a comment about someone or something you’re thankful for today.
- Craft a writer’s notebook entry or a blog post about what it is you’re thankful for on this Thanksgiving Day. If you prefer a poetic structure, then try writing a Thanku.
- Make a donation to your local food bank: with food, with your time, or with a check.
- Consider helping out a group of kids who were effected by Hurricane Sandy. You can fund part or all of a teacher’s proposal over at DonorsChoose.
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I am a literacy consultant who focuses on writing workshop. I've been working with K-6 teachers and students since 2009. Prior to that, I was a fourth and fifth-grade teacher in New York City and Rhode Island.
I'm the author of Craft Moves (Stenhouse Publishers, 2016) and the co-author of Jump Into Writing (Zaner-Bloser, 2021), Welcome to Writing Workshop (Stenhouse Publishers, 2019), and Day By Day (Stenhouse, 2010).
I live in Central Pennsylvania with my husband and children. In my free time, I enjoy swimming, doing Pilates, cooking, baking, making ice cream, and reading novels.