You see them pop up all over social media in November. 30 days of thanksgiving. Pick something each day that you are thankful for and share it. Post a picture to further illustrate.

I’ve done it before. I bet you’ve done it before, too (c’mon, it’s okay, you can admit it). But, it has always kind of irked me that it’s always the same old thing. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for my friends. I’m thankful to be alive. I’m thankful for good food. I’m thankful to have a steady job.

Yeah, those are all perfect things to be grateful for. But, I kind of consider them gimmes. Of COURSE you are thankful for your family and friends. You SHOULD be thankful for your family and friends. We all pretty much expect you to be thankful for your family and friends. There are always exceptions to this, of course, but I’m just speaking in generalities.

What about those things that we often take for granted? The little things that make you stop and really take in the moment? Why do we never mention those obscure things that people hear and just look at you like, “Really?” Yes, really! Little things matter. They are vital.

“Little things seem nothing, but they give peace, like those meadow flowers which individually seem odorless but all together perfume the air.” Georges Bernanos

This month, and for every day beyond, I am going to think of something small and seemingly insignificant, and I am going to say thanks. To start, here are 30 little things that I am thankful for:

1. The smell of burning firewood mingling with a crisp autumn breeze.

2. My cat’s purr when she snuggles onto my lap.

3. How good my husband smells.

4. Midday naps.

5. The look of pure elation on my dog’s face when I take her outside to play fetch.

6. The smell of paints and turpentine (takes me back to studying art in college)

7. That even though we live states away, I still feel so close to my family.

8. Coffee.

9. Doggy kisses.

10. When a song I love comes on the radio.

11. That moment right after the house gets cleaned. (I hate cleaning, but feel so wonderful when it’s done!)

12. Early morning walks.

13. Mornings at the office where I can get some work done before things get crazy.

14. Creating an illustration and being truly satisfied with how it turned out.

15. How no matter how much time has passed between conversations, my friends and I can always pick up where we left off.

16. The relief I feel every time I wake up and realize it’s Saturday.17. Hugs from my mom and dad.

18. Cuddling in bed with my husband and the fur babies.

19. The little dance my dog does when she gets a bone out of the pantry. (Seriously. I need to record it.)

20. Comfy pajamas.

21. How nice it feels to slip under the covers when I’m exhausted after a full day.

22. Listening to classical music to unwind.

23. That first taste of a piece of good quality chocolate.

24. A good joke.

25. The goofy smile my husband gets when he’s super excited about something.

26. The sound of the ocean.

27. Watching the sun rise on a crisp morning, sipping coffee.

28. The smell of books.

29.  Books in general. (A great means of escape when I need it.)

30. My followers – because you keep me wanting to create. ♥

Now that I’ve got my start – what sorts of little things are you thankful for?

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