Day 1 – Counting My Blessings during November #CrazyThankful

With all the talk about depression lately, I think I’ll make this a month of counting my blessings during November for #NaBloPoMo.Β I’ll be telling you all about the good things going on in my life and I’ll be looking to you all to share the same with me. I could use the dose of gratitude and positivity and you can learn more about me!Β #CrazyThankful

Counting My Blessings #CrazyThankful #Thankful30

November 1, 2015

For the past few months, I’ve been blogging about depression and being a real downer. I’ve been a little down in the dumps and taking it out on all of you. I’ve been feeling blue, crying more, and I’ve been a bear to live with at home. Howard and I had our first real fight last week and I’m still not sure if we’ve fully recovered from it. Overall, I’ve allowed depression to take over my life.

I’m no longer allowing that!

This month, I’ve given myself the challenge to blog every day (prompt or no prompt, sponsored or not sponsored) for BlogHer’s #NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month – November) and I’m going to be counting my blessings every day this month. It’s going to be a real challenge for me to actually get something written every day (I do work two jobs outside of blogging) but I’m going to do the best I can. I’m going to show you all and myself that I know what my blessings are and maybe I’ll even feel a little better after it all.

Last year,Β during November, I counted my blessings on Facebook and it went really well. This year I’m going to have to think ahead a little and not be so spontaneous in counting my blessings because I’ll be publishing a post on my blog every day and that requires a little more thought.

NaBloPoMo November 2015

Follow along this month while I am counting my blessings by following my hashtag – #CrazyThankful

I almost forgot to count today’s blessing! Today, I am thankful for an extra hour of sleep that allowed me to stay up late and write this post so it’s ready to kick-off November! I love Daylight Savings Time!

Day Two – Thankful for Grace Bible Church

Day Three – Thankful for my husband

Day Four – Thankful for my son

Day Five – Thankful for marrying a chef

Have a great day!

What are you thankful for today?


  1. What a lovely idea for posts in November – whilst we don’t have Thanksgiving in England I always think it’s such a nice concept to take a step back from life and just be thankful. Might follow this next November myself. I did #100happydays and found that to be another good one for really focussing on all the good and all the blessings in your life. Wishing you and yours a very happy Thanks Giving πŸ™‚

  2. lexie says:

    aww hun I don’t want you to feel like your complaining or dumping this stuff on us! We’re here to support you and I want you to be happy! I am glad your starting this I need to do this too!

  3. Alison says:

    I think remembering what we’re thankful for is something everyone needs to do, even when it’s not November, otherwise the other crapola that is life will get you down — you’re not the only one sister so hang in there!

  4. I am so blessed with my job and my son improving with his therapies. I always make sure to take a step back and be thankful.

  5. CourtneyLynne says:

    I’m all about gratitude all year rolling! I’m always trying to be thankful for everything. Brings more fabulousness in your life when you appreciate what you have πŸ™‚

    • CourtneyLynne says:

      Long**** sorry for the typo!

  6. Dawn says:

    I always make sure to pay close attention to what I am thankful for in November. It’s always nice to step back and count your blessings.

  7. Kathy says:

    This is a wonderful idea. I may just start this even if I’m late by a few days. I’ve seen some other posts similar to this as well. I think it’s great!

  8. Counting your blessings is a great way to stay positive, no matter what kind of situation you are facing in your life. I need to remind myself to do this more often!

  9. I’m grateful for my blogging friends. I can not wait to hear about all the good things that are going on in your life!

  10. This is so important! I’m glad you are able to be so positive and thankful for what you have. This makes me want to sit down and start a list. Then maybe some of my silly complaints won’t seem important any more.

  11. This is a great way to count your blessings. We always say one thing we are thankful for when we have dinner each night.

  12. It is important to recognize all of our blessings and be thankful about it. This is very inspiring.

  13. Today, I am thankful for the food on the table (as always) and for seeing my husband and son both healthy and happy. πŸ™‚

  14. I can relate since depression runs in my family, but I’ve learned to count my blessings more and more lately. I’m thankful for God, my family, and my best friend. πŸ™‚

  15. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love this post and idea about counting our blessings. Most people take everything for granted til they loose what was so important to them. I feel it is so important for us all to count our blessings daily. I a thankful for the sun coming out today.

  16. Rebecca Swenor says:

    I love this post and idea about counting our blessings. Most people take everything for granted til they loose what was so important to them. I feel it is so important for us all to count our blessings daily. I am thankful for the sun coming out today.

  17. I love that you’re doing this each day! It’s something so nice to do to keep yourself positive and it’s a way to keep you accountable to a post per day!

  18. Bonnie @wemake7 says:

    This is really great and wish I started doing this as well on the 1st, never late now though.

  19. Crystal says:

    What a great way to remind yourself of what your thankful for. I loved the extra hour of light for family walks and just being outdoors.

  20. Blythe A. says:

    Depression can really take over your life, but I like that you’ve decided to use November to look what you are grateful for instead. This has always helped me when I feel down. Another tip that works wonders is to let yourself feel bad. I don’t mean all day, but when the bad feelings come in, acknowledge them and then move on. It might sound crazy, but I’ve always found that when I did this, and let myself off the hook for feeling depressed, I didn’t feel so bad that day.

  21. SO glad things are looking up for you now, Janet. This is the perfect pick-me-up!

  22. Good for you. Maybe doing this every night, not even in Nov, would be good! There’s is always something crappy going on and always something to be thankful for!

  23. I love this idea! I really look forward to hearing about all of the things your a thankful for. This would be an excellent month long idea for families to participate in!

  24. This is such a great way to be thankful and count your blessings. I am always thankful for my family.

  25. Jen K says:

    I wish I would have joined in on this challenge. I look forward to reading along all month.

  26. ricci says:

    Good luck with #NaBloPoMo this month!! I love thankful posts and you sure have a lot to be thankful for this month!!

  27. Lexie says:

    This is great! A wonderful idea and creates such a positive mindset! I love it!!!!

  28. This is a fun way to develop gratitude in life. We have a chalkboard in the kitchen that has printed “I am Thankful for” on it, and a piece of chalk so that someone can update it every day. It has been so interesting to see what people are thankful for in our own family.

  29. I am thankful for my wonderful family <3

  30. Rosey says:

    It’s easy to be thankful. WIth enough practice we get better and better at it too. πŸ˜‰

  31. I’m so thankful that I’m being a VA for more that a year, of course with the support of my hubby.

  32. Pam says:

    I keep seeing a lot of thankful posts around Facebook and I’m starting to think I need to incorporate it into my blog some. Thanks for reminding me of that!

  33. Although my diet is insanely restrictive, I am thankful that I have found out about it for my autoimmune disease. Without it I would be taking 30 something poisonous pills a day with a certain future of having my colon removed. I am very thankful I have an option that helps me heal naturally!

  34. It’s so important to keep things like this into perspective! I love making sure I remember what I’m thankful for, it’s SO important!
    xo Adriana – Daily Dose of Design

  35. I like your positivity. You should inspire more people around you especially those that are also suffering from depression. Some can’t even appreciate their own lives and they need professional help to solve their problems.

  36. Debra says:

    I love that you are doing this! I love how open you are as a blogger!

  37. Mar says:

    I’m thankful for making it to another birthday πŸ™‚ I keep a thankfulness journal all year round and it definitely helps when things seem a bit down!

  38. I belong to a private gratitude group with online friends I’ve “known” many years and we post our grats each day!

  39. Erin says:

    I love being intentional about counting blessings, especially when dealing with depression. its hard but so helpful!

  40. Michele D says:

    I’m thankful for my family specially my husband. He keeps me grounded and is my biggest supporter when it comes to blogging.

  41. Jenn says:

    I am thankful that you wrote this post. I’ve been dealing with heavy depression the last month and I need this kick in the butt to make me remember what I am thankful for not depressed about!

  42. This will be an awesome way to get all your thoughts out. I think this might be great for adding some happiness to your November.

  43. lisa says:

    Many friends of mine do a daily thankful journal and I think it’s a great idea. I am thankful for my loving husband who spends time practicing piano with our 7 yr old every day!

  44. Being thankful every day and being present enough to realize the amazing things in your life is such a big step. I hope it helps!

  45. I am definitely grateful for Daylight Savings Time–because——-my cat never really changed times and she has been bugging me from 4 o’clock on for her dinner–now she starts bugging me at 5!!!!! Of course she did wake me up at 10:30pm instead of 11:30-12 at night–but that meant that U got my computer stuff done and was able to sleep a couple of extra hours!!!

  46. Sarh S says:

    I have my fair share of things to be thankful for in life. My three beautiful children are all grouped into number one and my mom definitely comes in at a close second.

  47. Jenn says:

    Excellent idea for a blog series πŸ™‚ While it can definitely help to talk/type through the negative, concentrating on them can make it harder to see the good πŸ™‚ And the reverse is true, too! I’m grateful for the end of DST, too–I spent my extra hour catching up on sleep I missed the previous week πŸ™‚

  48. This is a fantastic idea love and don’t think that you can’t still talk about depression because you can and we are grateful that you are able to share your story with us.

  49. What a great way to count your blessings! I am thankful for my daughter, husband and family!

  50. What a great idea! Today I am thankful that Baby #4 is happy and healthy, even if I was just diagnosed with gestational diabetes. I was quite upset about it, but I’m going to look at the bright side of things and keep moving forward!

  51. I’ve been reading a lot of blogposts about depression. Good for you that you are not allowing depression to take over your life anymore.

  52. I’m so thankful for having my family around me for another year. I am so blessed to have a family that loves me and that I love.

  53. Stuff happens and we can all get that way sometimes. I think you are taking a great approach to trying to get over it. Reminding ourselves of anything to be thankful for is a great way to do that! I think I might do that too. I am thankful first and foremost of the family God has blessed me with.

  54. Astrid says:

    This is such an inspiring idea! I love showing gratitude, though I also write about depression and mental turmoil often. I don’t like the winter time, but was glad for DST to end at the end of October for us because of the extra hour of sleep.

  55. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    I am glad you have so many things in your life to be thankful for! I am thankful for my kids and the amazing life I have.

  56. Don’t be too hard on yourself.
    I wrote about depression a little differently today as part of #NaBlogPoMo because actress Carrie Fisher is coming to Atlanta to talk about her struggles with manic depression and substance abuse.
    I’m looking forward to interviewing her.

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