Good morning everyone, and welcome to October! Holy cats, it’s true. It’s the spooky month already. Time to bust out the pumpkins, gourds, and horns of plenty, go apple picking, prepare for Thanksgiving, and plan your Halloween costume and festivities. BUT NO PRESSURE.
Whew. October is a lot, honestly. Best to take it step by step, if you can. First up is Thanksgiving, and whether you’re planning to host or attend a massive dinner with friends and family, or you’ve got something a little smaller and more intimate in mind, it’s always a good idea to make sure to focus on the meaning of this holiday.
It’s a harvest festival, sure, but when you break down the name of this festival into two separate words, the whole idea becomes a bit more interesting. So often we just think “Thanksgiving turkey, dinner, gathering, gotta get food, etc.” because there is so much to do to prepare and organize that we kind of forget the whole giving thanks part of it.
It’s worth it, in the lead up to this potentially busy weekend, to consider the things we’re thankful for. It actually goes a long way to preventing some of the stressors that can affect us when we’re prepping for a big gathering or travelling to visit family. Think about why you’re doing what you’re doing, and who you’re doing it for. Once you take a small step back from cleaning, cooking, and organizing to really get the full picture, you’ll probably find that some of the chores that you’re required to do don’t seem quite as daunting.
Planning a big meal for the people you love? Focus on that – the love you have for your friends or family – instead of creating the perfect Instagram-worthy table setting. Need to stop into the grocery store at the last minute and stressed about the crowds? Consider picking up a few things for those in your community who maybe can’t get to the grocery store, or who will be going without this holiday weekend.
Looking at the bigger picture can really help us put things into perspective, and it’s that mindfulness that can prevent big Thanksgiving weekend headaches, and make our lives a little fuller and richer.
October also signals the arrival of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this year, Aveda is featuring a limited edition Shampure aroma (mmmmm…..so lovely!) Hand Relief with $5 of the purchase price going toward breast cancer research.
This gorgeous hand cream makes the perfect hostess gift, or a really wonderful treat for yourself or someone you love. You can even (dare we say it?) consider picking up a few for Christmas gifts. Not to get too far ahead of ourselves or anything…
However you are celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend, please do take the time to enjoy yourself. Stop and look around, be mindful, and really think about those two words that make up our turkey holiday: Thanks. Giving.
We’re back here Friday with another special Aveda announcement, so until then, enjoy the week, and take good care of yourselves and those around you. We know you can.