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Wishing you a Happy & Healthy Thanksgiving!

I am hopeful that each of you finds something to be grateful for, something to comfort you and something to savor this holiday.

It's likely your usual celebration looks different this year. It could be dinner outside or maybe just with a smaller group. Whatever way you celebrate, remember this dark time is not forever. It will change and we will persevere as we always do. Here are a few suggestions I might offer to help feel more inspired to entertain yourself and your immediate loved ones this holiday season.

*Take time to cook your meal slowly and savor the flavors. Use local fresh ingredients. Keep family favorite dishes traditional, but maybe take a chance and jazz up a classic or create a new dish as well.

*Take time out from cooking to spend a few quality moments with a loved one either in person, on the phone, or online. Connecting with others in whatever safest way possible is essential to healing our souls.

*Be present in the moment. Many people find this very difficult, Take a mental snapshot, stop and think about where you are, who you're with, and what you are observing.

*Get outside. Take a short walk with your family between dinner and dessert and share the reasons why you're thankful. Ask everyone to identify something beautiful in nature as you walk.

We all know it's a difficult year for this planet. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones. Enjoy the quieter moments this year and the quality time you have with the ones closest to you.

When I was a child, my mother always put me in charge of setting the table. I loved that job. And I still do. It's my favorite part of the holidays -- setting a beautiful table for my guest to enjoy. After my grandparents had passed, it seemed empty without as many place settings. So my mother decided we would set a Spirit plate out for the loved ones we lost that year.

We would put out an entire place setting, use the best china, and even place a chair there. However, we would use a tiny decorative plate, like a bread and butter plate, placed on top without a napkin. Everyone knew that space was reserved. It was a beautiful way to remember and honor their memory. Maybe there is someone this year you'd like to remember... someone who has passed or even someone who just cannot physically be with you this year. Set a place for them anyway.

I am so grateful you are here with me reading and enjoying my weekly blogs (Hey- ya know if you are not, you can unsubscribe-it's all good). If you do enjoy them, please share with friends. I would love to share my message with your loved ones and friends if you think they would find it interesting and benefit them in some way.

We all need a little encouragement to live healthier. What better way than to start at home. In the new year, As for me, I'm developing a Timeless Living Monthly Newsletter, chock full of topics on wellness, slow living, and other timeless pursuits. I look forward to reaching out to all of you.

From our family to yours, we wish you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving! Love Rachel & Family