I mean, this is not a dress rehearsal. When will you ever get to be beautiful, happy, healthy, and in your forties with young children again?

Ruthie Sommers (Veranda, November/December 2012)

Do you remember when Oprah introduced Sarah Ban Breathnach to the world, along with her book Simple Abundance and the accompanying Journal of Gratitude?   Ruthie’s words reminded me of the concept of Simple Abundance, and I revisited its principles: Gratitude, Simplicity, Order, Harmony, Beauty and Joy.  Just those words make me want to take a deep breathe and slowly exhale … counting my blessings all the while.

Wishing you all six graces this Thanksgiving and always!

Photo of the Charlotte, NC street where I live — one thing for which I am very grateful — by Erica Hanks.   Have you checked out her super-chic fashion choices for busy MOMs

7 responses to “what are you thankful for?”

  1. Holly says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Traci says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Traci and thanks for the sweet reminder:). Your beautiful photo reminds me of how much I miss Charlotte- Enjoy the day!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Traci! What a lovely photo and post. Going to hike off my turkey with family along Torrey Pines trail and enjoy my kids before they head back to school. Xo, Andrea

  4. AJ Rogers says:

    I hope your Thanksgiving weekend has been lovely! Happy Holidays!

  5. Rae says:

    Love the Sommers quotation. I get the added fun of adjusting to being in my forties with mostly grown children 😀

  6. Fashion-isha says:

    Oh I need to hear this today. I love this quote and will post it on my FB!! I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!

  7. Jessica Duce says:

    Love this. And great quote. Thanksgiving is my favorite. No gifts, decor competitions, rules, just being together and sharing.