“The digital camera is a great invention because it allows us to reminisce. Instantly.” – Demetri Martin

A few weekends ago, I wanted to do something fun. I’ve felt like I haven’t been able to do anything outside of my normal routine for a while and needed something to get me out of my funk. My boyfriend and I decided to consult our bucket list, which we created when we first started dating. That night, we decided to be 5-year-olds at heart and build a fort. 

We stacked up chairs and bins to fit two adults underneath the blanket-roof of our fort. It was past sunset, so we plugged in one of our lamps. For a couple hours, we reminisced with childhood games like checkers and Go Fish. It was just what I needed.

Something as simple as building a fort and forgetting about being an adult for a couple hours made me realize how the little things can have the biggest impacts. A little bit of reminiscence went a long way.

And now that Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s also a subtle reminder that gratitude is one of the most important qualities to express and not just during this time of year. My boss sent our team an email this week about showing appreciation and being truly grateful for all the things we have. After the wildfires that took over parts of California—which were too close for comfort to our home—it made me realize in an instant how much I had to be thankful for.

We get small reminders throughout the year of being gracious, but I want to try harder to express gratitude beyond the holidays and these occasional reminders. Let’s remember that each day is a gift and to enjoy every moment along with taking plenty of pictures. There is no better feeling than looking through old photos that show good times with amazing people.

Wishing everyone a joyous and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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