What is your favorite thing about Thanksgiving?
I couldn't resist this quote because it is just too good! I think the thing I love best about Thanksgiving is all the laughter to be heard between my family and friends. For the past 5-6 years, I head to spend Thanksgiving with my Mom, Aunt Polly and Uncle John and a plethora of other family members and people who have turned into friends. Each year, it is a VERY memorable experience. I was thinking about last year and how completely random it all was and all I can do is laugh. And all I can think about is the laughter I shared with others who were there. I don't even remember what we had for dinner or how much I ate. All I remember is the people I got to share the holiday with.
I choose to focus on laughter because for the last few years, everyone who attends signs a table cloth. And in the last few years, we have lost one or more of those people. The tablecloth is a reminder of the Thanksgivings in the past, the special memories we have of them being there and all the goofiness happening that year. When people gather, there is always joy, no matter what sadness has followed.
This year, there will be a couple signatures missing off the tablecloth again. It is amazing what a difference a year can make. This year, I will choose to remember the laughter from conversations with Justin and Mr. Morrissey. Justin's always started with a little smirk and mild chuckle and Mr. Morrissey's bright smile and boisterous laugh. I am so grateful to have had Thanksgivings with them and no matter what food I eat or cocktails I drink, I will be present and make memories of everyones laughter.
Laughter is a melody, A concert from the heart.
A tickling by the angels, Creative living heart.
Laughter heals and comforts
It's sometimes gentle, sometimes bold
Laughter is a freeing dance
Performed within the soul.
#embracethehellyeah | #lessstuffmorelife
Nosh Two. #EmbracetheHellYeah Conversation.
What makes you say “hellyeah” at the end of the day? For any question I am asked or I ask myself, if I cannot 100% say hell yeah as my answer then it is a hell no. I want you to embrace saying yes with your whole heart and soul by enjoying every part of your authentic life. At the end of each month, I want to get more up close and personal with you all on the other side of the airwaves and share with you more about how my podcast guests are I are doing our best to #embracethehellyeah. It’s Thanksgiving week and I am sharing my 3 tips to stay sane and focus on gratitude, not food.
Nosh Three. November Hell Yeahs!
November came and went, quickly, but my most favorite part was getting to spend almost 5 whole days with my friend Brenda in sunny Florida. We relaxed, we ate food, we walked beaches, we looked for seashells, we had cake by the ocean and watched sunsets. We got to slow down and just be. It was lovely!
|Raw oysters are always a favorite!|
|All the seafood in one delicious dish from the Saltwater Grill|
|Cake by the Ocean courtesy of the Donut Hole.|
|The sunsets were the best part because they are Brenda's favorite part.|
Nosh Four. Monthly Mixtape.
|November's Mixtape is an oldie but a goodie. Find my #Thankful playlist on Apple Music and Spotify. |
Before I headed out on vacation, I got my dietitian self all recharged with the Iowa Academy Annual Meeting and being a preceptor to this fine gent, Brody. If you have never been a preceptor or mentor before, I highly suggest you do it. Just once. It completely reminds you why you do what you do for a living and how important it is to pay it forward. I know the dietetics profession would not exist if it wasn't for preceptors. Brody, you are going to make a great dietitian, congratulations on the amazing future ahead.
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