What’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year?

Thanksgiving and Christmas! Hands down, my favorite time of year. Why? Because people are usually in a good mood. I don’t know what it is about holidays but they make me feel warm inside and it typically brings out the best in people. I never expect anything because I am not in a relationship, don’t have any children, and my family and friends are all over the place — literally, we live everywhere — but one thing that is a MUST for me is…


When I was younger, my parents would buy a REAL Christmas tree on Black Friday and we would decorate it. We would even wrap up empty boxes and put them as props under the tree too. When I left for college, I guess no one was really in the mood anymore especially since I wasn’t home to hype everyone up so they stopped buying the real tree and got a plastic one. 

Now I don’t hate plastic trees but I just love the smell of fresh pine throughout the house. Anywho, when I moved back home three years ago, I brought back the tradition and have been purchasing a real tree every Black Friday. Not only that, but I also decorate the house. THE ENTIRE HOUSE! Even the bathroom curtains, rugs, and towels. And I put a seasonal candle in each room of the house. The holidays truly bring me so much joy and I feel like my home should be a reflection of how I feel — JOYFUL!

This Holiday season has been slightly overwhelming with me being self-employed [well, not for long because I start my new job as a Student Success Coach on December 2nd]. So when I think about all that has been going on in my life this year, specifically these last 5 months, I am thankful for the endurance and persistence God has given me. Depression overtook me during this time and had me feeling like I wasn’t good enough or worthy enough for a decent job since I kept getting overlooked. But God had other plans — bigger plans. And now I finally found an employer that I am excited to partner with that I believe will help me become even more successful in my business. For that, I am thankful.

Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect on your life and truly count your blessings. Like, your life could have been completely different than what it is now. There are so many things to be thankful for. Just the simple fact that you have eyes to read this blog is something to be thankful for. I challenge you starting Thanksgiving Day (11/28/19) to Christmas Eve (12/24/19) to write down one thing that you are thankful for on an index card and put it in a jar. On Christmas Day (12/25/19), read each of them as a reminder of all you have to be thankful for. Let me know how it goes in the comments or tag me on Instagram @lolathemanager.

With A Joyful Heart,


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