10 Things We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

thankfulHappy Thanksgiving Week! I’m sure everyone is thinking about the many things they are thankful for this holiday season. Many of those lists include the typical: friends, family, health. But what about the little things we’re thankful for on a daily basis? The things that get us from point A to point B in our lives but are so often overlooked. We’ve each put together our list of things we are thankful for that help get us through the day-to-day…

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Have a thoughtful week.


I feel like Thanksgiving is not just about being thankful for all the good in life, but perhaps about being a little more thoughtful. In theory these two ideas of thought should be practiced all year round, but using the holidays, especially Thanksgiving, is a great time to put oneself in check  by revamping your acts thankfulness and thoughtfulness. Think about it: your thoughtful ending may make for someone’s thankful beginning. Continue reading

Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Under the Oaks : Getting Into the Holiday Spirit

Growing up in the Midwest the first indicator of the holidays was snow. Moving to the South I had to retrain my brain and genuinely push myself into the holiday spirit, and while it snows every once in a while in the City of Oaks, we usually only see a dusting or two post-Christmas. This year I started feeling the excitement of the holidays in early November which indicates that if you are a Northerner moving South, it will take you approximately 6 years to retrain your internal holiday spirit barometer.

Whether you grew up in the North, South, China, or Japan I have what I like to refer to as an “ingredient” list of activities that I like to perform to push me into the holiday spirit. Let’s face it, sometimes you just need a little nudge towards the candy canes and carols, and sometimes you feel the need to conceal your early excitement (I felt the desire for a tree in late October). To really get into the mood you need to approach the holidays with all 5 of your senses, so without further ado … Continue reading