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Thankful in November and Every Other Month, of Course

November is the month we take time to reflect upon the things for which we are most thankful. Here are just a few of the things I am thankful for:

  • I’m thankful that ‘40 is the new 20’, because I turn 24 this month. Please forward all gifts and gift cards to the VIPSEEN office. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
  • I’m thankful for elastic waistbands, tunic tops, and stretchy fabrics that cover a multitude of sins, like eating my weight in Halloween candy.
  • I’m thankful that the longest election season in history comes to an end this month. I can finally “unhide” many of my Facebook friends and go back to being annoyed by them for reasons other than their politics.
  • I’m ever so thankful that I still haven’t appeared on the “People of Walmart” website. This is amazing considering the inordinate amount of time I spend at Walmart.
  • I’m so grateful for the approximately 19,698,453 ‘selfies’ my Facebook and Instagram friends posted this year, because without them, I would have totally forgotten what all my friends look like.
  • I’m beyond thankful that my childhood fear of a snake coming up through my toilet has never actually happened.
  • I’m extremely thankful for how my sarcasm skills have progressed in 2016 and I look forward to honing those skills to perfection in 2017.
  • Thankful that the majority of guys have realized that the “man bun” is completely ridiculous looking. If you’re a male who is still trying to rock the “man bun’ look, please stop.
  • I’m thankful to have escaped another year without doing a Tough Mudder, Color Run, a 13.1, or a 26.2, because I can’t understand paying money to bring myself to the point of death while wallowing in mud or running in public wearing a tutu while people throw paint on me. To be honest, I’m totally proud of the “0.0” sticker on the back of my car. (If you have no idea what any of those numbers mean, you’re my tribe.)
  • I’m thankful I don’t understand Snapchat or how Snapchat filters work, because the last thing this world needs is another nut posting pictures of themselves with a dog nose and dog-ears.
  • So thankful that I don’t hear the phrase, “on fleek” or the non-word “bae” as much as I did this time last year. Also, I’ve noticed a marked decrease in the use of “jelly” for the word ‘jealous’. If you haven’t done so already, please remove all of these from your vocabulary immediately.
  • I’m so very thankful that the trend of people wearing leggings with cropped tops seems to be on its way out, because no one looks good in that ensemble. This is real life in the real world, not Flashdance.
  • I’m thankful that I don’t see many cars with eyelashes anymore and prayerful that people are not going to be putting those jacked up reindeer antlers and Rudolph noses on their cars when this month is over.
  • I’m thankful that the word “upchuck” is not as prevalent as it once was.
  • I’m very thankful that I still have a few true friends even though I’m the least politically correct person I know.
  • And finally, I’m thankful for Jesus, for my husband, my boys, and I’m thankful that God blessed me by allowing me to live in the greatest country on the planet.
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Beth is a wife to Stephen, mother of 2 boys, and business owner who is passionate about Jesus. She likes the color orange, good grammar, and junk food; she detests misspelled words, laziness, and mouth noises of all kinds. She is also passionate about helping people create residual income by working part time from home.