Why it’s Easy to be Thankful (Plus Holiday Giveaway!)

It's Easy to be Thankful

This past weekend we took a short trip into the city and I was quickly reminded how lucky I am to wake up every day and tackle this thing we call life. Working from home, I’m sometimes in a little bubble. Around town, I don’t really see anyone struggling. Out my window, the streets are clean. But in the city, seeing the culture, witnessing first-hand those who are homeless and hungry, people passionately protesting the recent election, all reminded me that when you change your perspective on things, you can really figure out why it’s easy to be thankful.  

When the day starts tough because your kids woke up too early, be thankful they’re there to wake you up.
When you’re dressed for the day and spill coffee on your shirt, be thankful you have clothes to wear. 
When it’s freezing cold in the morning starting your car, be thankful you have your own transportation. 
When your boss gives you a hard time, or your coworkers annoy you, be thankful for your job. 
When the laundry is piling up and dishes are filling the sink, be thankful you have somewhere to call home. 
When you’re at dinner with crazy family, be thankful you’re not alone. 
When you’re tired of hearing about politics, be thankful for your freedom of speech. 

When it’s been a long day, be thankful you’re alive.

It’s easy to be thankful, even for your troubles, when you realize someone else is wishing for them. 

It's Easy to be Thankful

Thanksgiving Giveaway

In the spirit of the giving season, I’ve teamed up with some other great blogs for an awesome giveaway!

Kandy Apple Mama | Messy Nest Mama | Major League Mommy 
One Small Word | Everything Babies | Sunshine and Sippy Cups

What’s included in the Grand Prize (valued at over $100):

giveawayPersonalized Burlap Clutch + T-Shirt –  Mother Me & I | Mug – Mugsby | Lose That Mommy Guilt – Cara Maksimov | $50 gift card

This giveaway has ended… but subscribe to Growing Up Zee to be the first to know about our next one!

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  • Reply Candace @ Fullest Mom November 26, 2016 at 10:47 am

    I agree with this whole-heartily. We cannot wish away our troubles. Part of life is hard work. Thank you for the giveaway and sending you, and every single mama out there, prayers for strength and endurance. Take care.

  • Reply Shann Eva November 23, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    Such a great post and reminder. It’s easy to get caught up in the everyday stresses and forget how truly lucky we are. Thank you!

  • Reply Mrs. Doing My Best (@mrsdoingmybest) November 23, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Great points and giveaway…yay!

  • Reply Amber B. (@amberstarr82) November 23, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Such a great giveaway and I love the positivism of this post! So much of our life is about perspective and this definitely illustrates that!

  • Reply thetaylor411 November 23, 2016 at 7:36 am

    love this! Its always best to look on the bright sidee of a sitaution and be thankful.

  • Reply Nichole Snellgrove November 23, 2016 at 1:12 am

    Great giveaway and thanks for the reminder to always be grateful! Have a great Thanksgiving!

  • Reply Lacey November 22, 2016 at 9:06 pm

    This is such a great reminder to be thankful for even the little things.

  • Reply lindshelm November 22, 2016 at 4:21 pm

    Thank you for reminding me of this simple, yet challenging task. I hope to always remain thankful, but sometimes you just need a little reminder 🙂

  • Reply Georgiana November 22, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    Mommy is in timeout….love it! What a super giveaway. And yes, so important to be thankful in all things.

  • Reply Baby Castan On Board November 22, 2016 at 11:00 am

    I love this! Such a great way to look at things and this giveaway is great.

  • Reply Luz T November 22, 2016 at 9:28 am

    You are so right. It’s easy to forget how blessed we are.

  • Reply Striving Momma November 22, 2016 at 9:01 am

    This is so important! When I’m having an awful day, I try to focus on the little things. Take yesterday, for example: my son woke up screaming and didn’t stop until around noon. But I made the perfect cup of coffee AND found matching socks without having to search for an hour!

  • Reply theforeverteacher November 22, 2016 at 7:49 am

    Such a great reminder to be thankful! so… can you just give me the personalize burlap bag 😉 or even the thankful t-shirt? I love all these giveaways!

  • Reply Jodi November 21, 2016 at 3:40 pm

    Sometimes it’s easy to forget what to be thankful for when we take it all for granted.

  • Reply Belle November 21, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    Such a great post! It is very important to be thankful for the little things in life.

    One Awesome Momma

  • Reply Stef @ Crafty Christian November 21, 2016 at 1:47 pm

    Great points! It’s easy to be thankful for the little things when we recognize how special they are.

  • Reply thekeeledeal November 21, 2016 at 9:35 am

    Great post! I love the reminder to be grateful for everything, because someone else is wishing they had what your taking for granted. Also that Thankful shirt is adorable!

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