November’s brisk autumnal chill and beautifully changing leaves mark the perfect time to celebrate your most generous self. Iconic images of perfectly styled, cozy homes and bountiful family gatherings are not always realistic. It’s important to remember that life is not always picture perfect. Try and experience the season without stress while embracing those around you. Be patient with your friends, family, and community this month of political and societal change. Do your best to listen, be kind, generous, civil and have empathy for others.
Invite your loved ones over to show your appreciation, and make an easy meal ahead of time – we recommend Bon Appétit’s one-pot baked pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe. Liven up the ease of the meal with Food 52’s caramelized butternut squash wedges with a sage hazelnut pesto or Barefoot Contessa’s adventurous orange-braised carrots & parsnips. This easy and seasonally-appropriate meal will leave you with enough time to fully cherish moments with friends and family.
Celebrate Veterans day on the 11th and honor those who have put their life on the line for the safety of our country. Consider expanding some of your generosity to causes that honor bravery, whether that be veterans, queer youth, or equality, as we can all make a difference in the lives of others. Channel this same generous spirit on the 24th for Thanksgiving. Give thanks for the beautiful life you have and the opportunities, joy, and love that surround you. Be sure to save on gifts for those you love, and those that deserve them, by shopping on Black Friday (the 25th) and Cyber Monday (the 28th), but don’t forget to spread some of this month’s generosity to yourself!
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