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Attitude of Gratitude {Loving Fall: Day 17}

by | Nov 26, 2014 | Decorating Inspiration, Details, Family Room, my house, My Life

Attitude of Gratitude  {Loving Fall: Day 17}

I can’t believe this week is already half over, and TOMORROW is Thanksgiving! HOW? I had all these big aspirations for this week and basically none of them have been accomplished yet. I imagined my house all decorated for Christmas by this point since I am SO excited about it (and I dreamed of doing more than last year? Ha).

The reality is, for everything I’ve accomplished another thing has fallen apart! Picture this little gem: I was setting up some Christmas decor and trying to talk on the phone at the same time and BAM! a curtain rod fell down off the wall in our family room, bonking me on the head. One thing accomplished, another project added to the to do list.

Sometimes you just gotta laugh, give yourself a little grace in the busy seasons and keep your attitude of gratitude.

Attitude of Gratitude  {Loving Fall: Day 17}

To be fair with myself, as I’ve mentioned I have been working A LOT on the books (finishing edits on one, nearly done with the second book and starting the third already! EEK!), so I really don’t have as much time right now to decorate as I wish I did. I am always learning lessons about time management and how to keep life “balanced” if that is even possible.

The truth is, I can usually do more than I think I can if I put my mind to it and manage my time well, and yet I often end up accomplishing way LESS than I dream I can. If that makes sense :). Somewhere in the middle is where I like to be, where life isn’t all about DOING but more about just experiencing life to the full. It’s a happy balance.

Keeping that attitude of gratitude and enjoying life to the full even in busy or challenging seasons is often a matter of what things you say yes to and what things you just say no to. And when you feel like on any given day you are getting hit in the head with curtain rods more than you are accomplishing all the things you dream of around the holidays, you can just call it a night and go watch Sleepless in Seattle with your hubby. It all works out.

Attitude of Gratitude  {Loving Fall: Day 17}

We are having Thanksgiving dinner with new friends on Thursday and then hosting a few family members this weekend at our house, so in and around everything else, my daughter Courtney and I went grocery shopping and now have a 24 pound turkey in our fridge! YAY! We can’t wait to just slow down, cook a tasty meal and then relax and give thanks around the table. PS. My metal star garland is from Season in a Trunk (the Winter Trunk). I love it!

What are you doing this week to keep your attitude of gratitude?

Attitude of Gratitude  {Loving Fall: Day 17}

Related Post: 20 Little Attitudes of Gratitude

Only a few more posts left in my Loving Fall series! Catch up here:

IntroDay One: Getting In the RhythmDay Two: QuietDay Three: Cozy ImperfectionsDay Four: Rust, Coral, and Orange Fall Inspired Rooms, Day Five: Fall Nights by the Fire, Day Six: Candlelight, Day Seven: Turkish TowelsDay Eight: Fall Traditions with the Pups, Day Nine: Settling In, Day Ten: Displaying Small Trinkets and Treasures, Day Eleven: Christmas Dreaming, Day Twelve: Organization, Day Thirteen: Mulled Cranberry Apple Cider, Day Fourteen: Fall Nesting for Holiday Entertaining, Day Fifteen: Holiday Cooking, Baking, Bloggers and Cookbooks, Day Sixteen: Simplicity in the Laundry Room


  1. Sallie

    Resting, reflecting, and giving praise! I haven’t been hit on the head with a curtain rod this week, but I so know that story! You’re going to just do this one little thing, and something breaks or something else needs to be changed, which adds to the list that you were trying to whittle down. Ah, life! So this week I’m just resting in the Lord’s work, thanking Him for His infinite blessings. I hope you and your family have a wonderful – restful – day of Thanksgiving!

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Sounds like a wonderful way to spend a week, enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving, Sallie! We are blessed for sure.

  2. kimmie

    How long does it take to cook a 24 pound turkey????? Hahaha! Have a fabulous love filled Thanksgiving!

  3. Rebecca_FeltBallRug

    I love your line, “where life isn’t all about doing but more about just experiencing life to the full”! It’s the perfect attitude to have during the busy holiday season and just during the business of life in general.

    It’s important to slowdown during these busy times and remember what we have to be thankful for. I appreciate that you have taken the time to reflect on this. We’re trying to nurture this act of sharing gratitude this season at If you get a moment read the quick blurb on what it’s all about and how you can join it!

    Happy Thankgiving!

  4. Lauren Baxter

    Thank you for this post! It made my day! I have to realize I’m not the only one who think’s there’s not enough time in a day and what I need to realize is somethings I have to say no to before I overload myself or run myself dry (in all aspects).

    If you keep it positive, before you know it your TO DO list will become smaller and your decorations will all be up (I have faith in you), along with finishing your books (which I have preordered and am so excited about getting!).

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Enjoy the shopping and all the yummy food & treats!


    Melissa, Love how you keep it real!! Balance is the key word here!! You do a beautiful job of balancing it all and still keep your perspective. Enjoy your family and tomorrows festivities.
    Happy Thanksgiving,

  6. Stacey Dawning

    Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for your posts – your ideas – your thoughts – and sharing you. I follow by email but wanted to come by and leave a comment today.

    • Melissa @ The Inspired Room

      Thank you Stacey, I sure appreciate you taking the extra moment to leave such a sweet comment! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  7. Faith

    Happy Thanksgiving, Melissa. Don’t worry about Christmas decorating; you’ll get there.

  8. laura@lulasbasket

    Attitude of Gratitude is always what my yoga instructor says & girl, it is so true! It is a great way to look at the world at many different points in our life you can always refer to it. Congrats on finishing book 2 & starting book 3 …kudos! Hope your thanksgiving was great & you have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Jennifer Bullock

    I NEED those sticky notes! Where did you find the polka dotted ones? They are adorable!!


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