Madison’s Goal of the Month : Be Grateful.
As Thanksgiving approaches, like with every November, I’m trying to focus on what I am grateful for in my life. Gratitude is a practice that is so often forgotten; at least, in my case. So, my goal for this month (and beyond) is to take the time to notice my surroundings, the people who love me, the great things I get to do and to focus on how fortunate I am to have those things. I hope that you all will join me in this goal. Perhaps, with gratitude will come a greater happiness that permeates through our lives and our service.
If you have 15 minutes to spare, here is a lovely TED talk by David Steindl-Rast about the happiness and gratitude: Want to be happy? Be grateful.
Michelle’s Tips to De-Stress your Holiday
Use a checklist to simplify the things that need to be done and avoid forgetting things. Here is a sample I always use:
- Choose a menu
- If using fresh flowers for centerpiece, order now
4 Days before Thanksgiving
- Make shopping list and purchase items except greens for salad
- Start defrosting turkey in refrigerator (General rule is 1 day for every 4 pounds of turkey being thawed)
2 days before Thanksgiving
- Prepare serving pieces, plates, flatware, glasses, etc.
1 Day before Thanksgiving
- Defrost pie dough, assemble and bake pies
- Make the vegetables and side dishes that require baking, such as casseroles
- Make mashed potatoes and put them in oven proof serving dish
- Prepare stuffing
- Purchase and prepare salad greens
- Set the table
- Remove turkey from refrigerator and allow to sit for 1 hour at room temperature
- Preheat oven and stuff turkey
- Bake turkey basting every half hour
- Heat all side dishes when turkey is done (165 degrees)
- Make gravy
- Make coffee and brew 20 minutes before serving and put all other beverages out for serving
- Put desserts out
- Serve and Enjoy!
- Take the help where you can get it
2. Use store bought ingredients where you can (gravy, desserts, hors d’oeurves etc.)
3. If others want to assist, accept their offer
Remember it’s your day, too! Relax, play music, and just have fun. The real holiday is enjoying the time you spend with one another.
Kalen’s Thanksgiving Peach Cobbler
The I.Q. Corner
Inspirational quotes to energize you to “Get Things Done” this year by Tracey
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it shows up dressed in overalls, and looks like work.”
“Self-control is the art of transforming your frustration into fruit.”
“Today is a good day for a good day!”
Until next time…Be inspired!
Let’s wish a collective “Happy Birthday” to all of our members who have a birthday this month!
Deborah (November 12)
Sylvia (November 14)
Pamela (November 18)
Bridgette (November 21)