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November Word of the Month: Thankful




It's time for the November Word of the Month!


It wasn’t a hard choice when thinking about words for November and I’m pretty sure you could easily guess what it is without me giving so much as a clue.


This month the word is: Thankful


With Thanksgiving taking place tomorrow, thankful just seemed like the perfect word.


The definition of thankful is simple: expressing gratitude.


Other words that might be helpful to use in your journaling or titles are: grateful and appreciative.


Page Ideas and Journaling Prompts:


• Who are you most thankful for?

• What are you most thankful for?

• Make a list of all the things you are thankful for.

• Write a letter to thank someone.

• Write about a time someone thanked you.

• Compare two different times and write about what you are thankful for.

• Can you describe what the feeling of being thankful is?

• Have each member of your family tell you what they are thankful for.

• What are somethings you/we could do to be more thankful?

• What do you do in your daily life to express gratitude?

• What is something that someone else does for you that you are thankful for?

• How does your family or significant other show that they are thankful for you?

My layout is an older one, but it is so fitting for the word this month that I had to use it. The general theme is based on the quote, “There is always something to be thankful for.”





Thirteen years ago my dad died the day before Thanksgiving. I was in complete denial that his death was even a possibility and that paired with an incredible father/daughter relationship, I took it pretty hard. I still struggle with it and not a day goes by that I don’t think about him and miss him.





The journaling for this layout was tough. I wrote about his death and then a list of things I was thankful for during that hard time of dealing with him being gone. It wasn’t easy to write. It was one of those that I had to stop many times over because I was crying. But, in any situation, when we can take the time to find the things we are thankful for, especially when we are feeling anything but thankful, it’s a great start for working through a difficult time. I know it helped me greatly to shift my focus to what I was thankful for about his life and my time with him instead of what I was so sad and hurt about.





I still can’t believe that it’s been thirteen years. Some days I miss him so much that I can’t stop the tears from coming, but I’m so very thankful that I got to call him Dad.




If you create a layout based on this month’s word, be sure to share it on this post in the comments.

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