be thankful

even though it’s not thanksgiving

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Sure, the month of November reminds us to be thankful for what we have, but being thankful isn’t 111608-thankfula motif that stays with us for the rest of the year. Personally, I believe that every day you should give thanks for one thing. This one thing can be small. Being thankful shouldn’t be a chore; please don’t view it like that. We are all lucky in our own ways and I am certain everyone has just one thing to be thankful for. Today, I challenge you to say thank you to someone or to recognize that one thing which you appreciate.

Today, I am thankful for the nights that turned into mornings. The friends who turned into family and all my dreams that turned into reality.

Remember: it’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.

Movember

spreading the philanthropic word

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Thanks a a blog I follow: 25toFly, I learned about this awesome opportunity to add a little more philanthropy to my day.  Check out this awesomeness and be sure to thank Becca for posting this!

The Scoop:

For every BFM supporter who registers with the Dollar Shave Club, the company will donate $10 to our official Movember page. You don’t have to be registered as a team member on the BFM page, nor do you have to donate directly to the team to take advantage of this opportunity to help. Registration with the Dollar Shave Club using a special code is your contribution! It’s kind of like donating one dollar that magically grows into a big, fat ten. Actually, it’s exactly like that. Plus, you won’t have to worry about forgetting your razors at the store come the beginning of December. Just don’t start lathering yet!

Instructions for registering with Dollar Shave Club for Bloggers for Movember:

1. Go to http://www.dollarshaveclub.com

2. Click register, select your razors, and enter your information

3. Enter the pro-MO code MOVEMBER081 before you check out and complete your order

*The unique pro-MO code makes sure the $10 goes specifically to the BFM team.*

4. Walk around knowing how philanthropic you are.

This is an excellent way to help out a cause, get an awesome deal and a clean shave! With such an awesome deal, how can you say no to the Dollar Shave Club or to this deal? At least do us all a favor and check it out!

give thanks round 1

30 days of thankful, edt. 1

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Last November one of my friends was talking about her 30 Days of Thanks project and I wanted to hop on board. Now let me get this out of the way by saying, the idea that being grateful for 30 days is ridiculous; you should be grateful every day, not just for 30 days. That’s the problem though. We know we should be grateful every day, but we aren’t. That’s why 30 Days of Thanks was a project I took under my wing this November.

I understand that you should be grateful every day thing; however, I recognize that doesn’t always happen in my life. I’m working on that. I hope by the end of 30 Days of Thanks project, I will stick to it every day, not just the 30 days that are in November. Alas, every project must start somewhere, so here it goes. Here is a recap of the first 10 days in November.

11/1 – Costume Parties

As Halloween fell in the middle of the week, I choose to celebrate Halloween three times! It was the best decision. Halloween was filled with costume parties, good friends and many memories. I am particularly thankful for friends who dressed up the day after Halloween with me and went out to take on the night.

11/2- Date night, Alexandria

Date night is a strange an interesting thing. I am thankful for a boyfriend who is excited to go on dates. Not only is he excited, but he also suggests them. Today, Matt and I went to Old Town Alexandria for a few surprises. We walked down historic King Street before heading to dinner. Our date night turned into a little adventure filled with new experiences, opportunities and laughter. I am thankful that date night is always on the books and we haven’t turned into some boring/stuffy couple who doesn’t do things.

11/3- My Faith

I am thankful for my faith. This one is unexplainable. After walking into church once, and realizing mass was an hour later– we decided to say a prayer and leave. It all seemed well, but once at Starbucks, it only seemed right to finish the last sip of cider and to head back for mass.

11/4- My Anchor

My dearest friend and anchor: Paul. Paul is a huge constant in my life which I couldn’t be more thankful for.

11/5- election day

Though election day was 11/4, it still happened. Living in a democracy is incredible. This is one thing I believe that most people take for granted. Working in DC, election day is always something that is light up and makes you think. I am thankful for having the opportunity to have my voice heard.

11/6- Coincidences

Today, I learned that a co-worker, who was born and raised in DC, grew up in my current neighborhood. Once we got to talking she was so intrigued to learn about Bloomingdale and what’s going on there now. A little coincidence made me so thankful that I could help put a smile on someone’s face.

11/7- Ann Marie

My mother is single-handily one of the greatest people I have the honor of knowing.  I am grateful to have a miraculous role model and wonderful supporter in my life. Without my mom being my biggest cheerleader I would have missed a lot of opportunities. I couldn’t be more thankful to have her as a shining star in my life.

11/8- My Greek Family

Being Greek, is a huge part of my life– both in college and now today. It’s something that will never change. I am beyond thankful for the bonds I have created and sustained with my Greek family with constitutes to grow. Winona State started me off with a base, but there was no stopping me. Now my Greek family is near and far. It’s an unexplainable love and gratitude that will always be in the air when I think about my Greek family.

11/9- Winona, MN

Winona, MN is a beautiful little college town, tucked in between the Mississippi River and a gorgeous set of bluffs.  I could write this one about anything in Winona, but it’s about how it prepared me. Speaking with a friend about Winona he said, ” I miss that town and it’s comfort and security. It’s like a nice sweater. But I’m happy I’m not there anymore. I’m grateful for what it gave me and how it prepared me.” Honestly, I couldn’t have said it any better myself. I am beyond thankful for Winona and what it gave me, how it prepared me and all the tools I was able to utilize while being there.

11/10-  Snow

You’ll only hear me say it once, I am thankful for snow. I love seeing the seasons change. Now living in DC it is something I crave, it’s something I miss. I miss seeing the first snow fall. I miss the prefect white untouched snow in the treetops and on the road. Seeing snow today was a perfect twist right before I left the Midwest.

 

no makeup november

& we’re off

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Men have No Shave November, which is awesome. Cool, grow a crazy beard and cut it off just in time for the holidays. It’s getting chilly out so it’s just another layer to keep you warm. I get the craze. Everyone wants in on the new fad. A few years ago in college, some people would participate in No Shave November for charity– that’s even cooler. I am all about doing something for cause and promoting awareness.

Men have a month, so why can’t women? In the past, the month of November has been considered to be No Makeup November. During My senior year in college, three women and I pledged to not wear makeup for an entire month. This was a lot harder than expected. As it is, I hardly wear makeup a few bushes of mascara and maybe a touch of blush– then we are good to go. But with No Makeup November, I want to explore who I am without hiding behind a mask. Unfortunately, our culture and society has painted us a picture that you are only beautiful with a painted face, and often that is not the case.  I understand that wearing make up is more necessary (essential) at times, and there are times when it isn’tsmile_large_large. For instance, I know when I mean meeting with my company’s executives, it’s not a bad idea to have a fresh face and to put on a touch of makeup. This isn’t to over do it.

No Makeup November is an experiment in confidence. By not wearing makeup for a month, you will naturally grow confidence in your own beauty and in your own skin. This month is a search for  answers. The goal of No Makeup November is to free women from beauty extortion. It will be challenging, but it will allow you to see the dependency makeup has on our lives.

I pledge, here and now, to not apply makeup & society’s definition of beauty to myself for the entire month. Realistically, I would love to allow myself to do this for an entire month; however, with a few business trips and a campaign on the horizon, I am pledging to not wear makeup for 20 of the 30 days in November.

Of course it will not be easy, but the outcome will be worth it. The goal: learn about myself, ideas of beauty, bringing awareness to others.

Stay beaYOUtiful.