7 MORE Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For

MORE Things to Be Thankful For

Happy Thanksgiving! When I was *a lot* younger, I had a very negative attitude. It got to the point where, every single time I uttered a complaint, my parents would make me stop wherever we were and list 3 things I was grateful for. Annoyed and trying to outsmart the system, I would just list the cliches – family, food, a house, etc. As you can expect, my parents became unsatisfied with that very quickly and would make me go deeper with my responses. Flash forward to almost a year ago today, where I posted the original 7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For. A few months later, I embarked on my own gratitude journey and it has completely changed how I see the world (read the story here). Although it’s always great to show thanks for the typical things (family, friends, faith, pizza, etc), it’s just as important to […]

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11 Ways To Make The Most Of Your Winter Break


Now that the busy hubbub that is the week leading up to Christmas is over, you (if you’re a student) probably have a few more weeks home from school. Instead of sleeping in until 1 in the afternoon every day, today I’m sharing 11 things you can do to make the most of your winter break!   This page contains affiliate links. This means that if you click through a product link and make a purchase, I will receive a small commission at no added cost to you. Thanks for supporting Sweet Tea Epiphany!   1. Knock a book or two off of your reading list. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck // Room // Gone Girl If I’m being completely honest, I probably haven’t finished a book in a year at least. I mean, I’ve been halfway through Jane Eyre and Bill Nye’s Undeniable ever since I […]

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Reverse Gift Guide | Season of Giving


As I talked about on Monday, I’m over the materialistic-fueled hustle and bustle, selfishness, and stress of the holidays. In keeping with that same general theme, today I’m sharing my reverse guide of 20 gifts you can give this holiday season (and beyond!). None of these have 2-day shipping or 40% off sales. I can promise you, however, that everything on this list is priceless, meaningful, and will leave a lasting impact on everyone involved.    Go through your closets, find any warm clothes/coats you no longer wear, and donate them to a homeless shelter. You can also participate in a giving tree or coat drive!  Volunteer at a soup kitchen or shelter.  Pay for the meal of the person behind you at a drive-thru or another table at a restaurant.  Give a favorite, life-changing, or inspiring book to a stranger.  Tip way over 20%.  Bring travel mugs of hot […]

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When You’ve Lost The Christmas Spirit


Christmas is advertised as being this magical time with a happy family sitting by the Christmas tree and smiling around a fire while the camera pans out the window to the beautiful snow softly falling outside. So what happens when that’s not your reality? When you don’t find yourself starry-eyed in a reindeer sweater singing Christmas carols and drinking hot cocoa come December 25th? In recent years, I’ve found myself losing excitement for the holiday season. Instead of looking forward to gift-giving, I dread having to brave the shopping center insanity or beat the “sold-out” notices online. Instead of looking forward to reconnect with people I haven’t seen in a while, I dread social gatherings. I’ve gone from voluntarily turning on Christmas music to barely being able to tolerate it at all. I’ve gone from purposely scheduling out time to watch every single Christmas movie ever made to having no […]

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7 Unconventional Things To Be Thankful For


Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a common thing in many families to go around the dinner table and say what you’re thankful for that year. Natural, easy responses to this tradition are always family, friends, health, good food, etc. Today, I’m sharing 7 things we should give thanks for, even if they may not always seem that great on the surface.   1. Failure You’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times- failure is important. It helps you grow, it helps you learn. Failure is the best teacher because it acts with tough love. It helps you remember that things may go wrong sometimes, but life will go on. Be thankful that you are able to try and, even if it doesn’t exactly go as planned, be thankful that you are able to move forward. You’ve been given another chance, so take full advantage of that opportunity!   2. Strangers […]

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