Happy Monday! I hope this newsletter finds you in a state of zen-like gratitude, surrounded by rainbows and unicorns. Okay, maybe not unicorns, but you get the idea. Gratitude is all the rage these days, and I often feel the pressure to be a card-carrying member of the “Grateful Gang.”
Let’s be real! Is anyone truly grateful 24/7? If you are, I need your secret sauce ASAP. It’s okay to admit that sometimes life throws curveballs, and instead of hitting them out of the park, we’re sitting there wondering, “Why me?” It’s perfectly normal to feel a little mad or down every now and then. In fact, if someone claims to be grateful every single second, they might be secretly hoarding chocolate or tequila!
Here’s the lowdown: Striving for gratitude doesn’t mean you can’t occasionally feel grumpy. Life is a rollercoaster, and sometimes it’s okay to scream a little (metaphorically or literally). The key is not to beat yourself up over those moments of ungratefulness but to acknowledge them as temporary and not the end of the world.
So, next time you’re knee-deep in a “Why me?” moment, take a deep breath, count to three, and remind yourself that it’s perfectly fine not to be a beacon of gratitude 24/7. What’s crucial is recognizing when your mood shifts from sunshine to a bit of a storm and gently steering your attitude back on track.
Life is messy, and so are our emotions. Embrace the chaos, laugh at the absurdity of it all, and remember to be kind to yourself, and that one (or several) annoying relative at Thanksgiving dinner.
TEA IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Here is an October monthly market comparison from HAR.com. Months of inventory expanded in October to a 3.6-months supply, matching a level not seen since November 2019. Housing inventory nationally is at a 3.4-months supply, according to the latest report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR). A 4.0- to 6.0-months supply is generally considered a “balanced market” in which neither buyer nor seller has an advantage.
HAPPENING IN HOUSTON
One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is the opportunity to give back. Here are a couple of ideas how to do so this Thanksgiving:
A MOMENT FOR GRATITUDE
In the spirit of Thanksgiving this week, I am sharing a list of 60 simple things to be grateful for in your life. Take a moment to read and reflect!
I just ordered firewood from Werner Firewood for the second year in a row. It’s seasoned, ready to burn, and delivered to your doorstep. With a variety of wood types to choose from, there is sure to be one for your preference. Check it out!