A November Experiment + Blog Every Day

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday.

When I was younger, I think I loved Thanksgiving because I had no school for almost a week. In high school, I loved Thanksgiving because it was a chance for me to be creative in the kitchen. (High school was when I really started to love to cook.) Now, it’s one of the few times a year that I get to see my best friends—we all try to venture back to Jacksonville for Thanksgiving and/or Christmas—and spend some quality time with my family.

It’s a shame how life—errands, work, drama, geography, school—get in the way. I’m lucky if my one of my best friends, Rachel, and I get to Skype twice a month. After watching this video in my Communication Theory course on Monday I realized that I needed to do a better job of expressing my love, support and gratitude to others.

To me, this is what Thanksgiving is all about– and these are the feelings I want to illicit in others and in myself this month.

Day 1 – The best fall sweaters, coats, and scarves.

Day 2 – Create an autumn-themed wreath for the front door.

Day 3 — Make a healthy recipe using pumpkin.

Day 4 – Use chard to make a healthy meatless Monday recipe.

Day 5 — Put your Pinterest boards to work and bake a sweet treat using pumpkin or apples. Give these treats away.

Day 6 – Describe a bad situation in which you found yourself and how the situation changed you in a positive way.

Day 7 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send a handwritten note to someone who is important to you.

Day 8 — What’s one policy or community issue that you wish more people knew about?

Day 9 — Pay for the person ahead of you at Starbucks.

Day 10 – Dedicate a yoga practice to someone you don’t like very much. Document.

Day 11 — Use Belgian endive to make a healthy meatless Monday recipe.

Day 12 — Who do you think has a really good outlook on life that you wish you could emulate? Why?

Day 13 – What 13 things are you thankful for right now? Be specific.

Day 14 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send someone a handwritten note to someone who inspires you to be a better person.

Day 15 – Favorite Thanksgiving memory.

Day 16 — Create a playlist using Spotify of your favorite songs right now.

Day 17 – Dedicate a yoga practice to yourself; make sure to send yourself a lot of love. Document.

Day 18 — Donate pet food to local pet shelter. (Try not to adopt a pet.) And also bring by something for the people that work at the shelter.

Day 19 — Bake something using apples. Give it away.

Day 20 — Use apples in a savory dish.

Day 21 – Thankful Thursday: Call or send a handwritten note to someone who you consider to be a mentor.

Day 22 — Describe your perfect Thanksgiving.

Day 23 – Paint or draw an autumn scene. Put it on your fridge.

Day 24 — Dedicate a yoga practice to someone you love. Document.

Day 25 — Use squash for a healthy meatless Monday recipe.

Day 26 — Be crazy today. Do and say things that are outrageous– in a good way– and that will pleasantly shock others.

Day 27 — Bake a non-traditional pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving.

Day 28 – Photo every hour of your Thanksgiving Day

Day 29 — Use your leftovers to make something completely new, different and tasty.

Day 30 – React to this word: ungrateful.

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