Elections: ick. No shave November: ew. Thanksgiving: yum! Black Friday: woo-hoo! The Blessed Turkey Project: yes, please! November brings lots of things, but, for me, one of the most important is that of giving thanks. This year especially, I have been spending lots of time worrying about what I need to accomplish and what lies ahead and a lot less time remembering how lucky I truly am. So what am I going to do about it? I’m going to spend some time focusing on others and less time obsessing about my crap. Hence, my love of one of my favorite things about November: The Blessed Turkey Project.
Are you a blessed turkey? Were you one last year? Do you wanna be one this year? Do you even know what one is?
A blessed turkey knows they’ve got it good. They know that there will always be bad people in the world, but they don’t want to be one of them. Maybe they conveniently forget how lucky they are when they get mixed up in the drama of the daily grind, but when they really think about it, they realize how much they have to be grateful for. I’m a blessed turkey, and I want to welcome you to join my Blessed Turkey Project.
For the month of November, I want to see my Facebook newsfeed filled with glad tidings. Every day till Thanksgiving, post a note, a picture, a cartoon, or whatever comes to your mind of something or someone you are thankful to have in your life. It’s easier than you think, and it doesn’t have to be all mushy-gushy or philosophical. Say you’re thankful for your mocha latte or your furnace or your best friend’s sister’s husband who killed the opossum that was hanging around your barn. (I know. Those are the real-life dramas right there!) Say whatever you have to say, but be thankful for what you’ve been given. You can do so on your own personal Facebook page and then tag The Blessed Turkey Project or you can just post on the The Blessed Turkey Project wall. Whatever you want.
If you want to be an overachiever, I will post ways you can do so throughout the month (but don’t feel obligated). Do as much, or as little, as you want. If you join the party at all, you’ll still be a blessed turkey in my eyes..
Even if you haven’t participated in my project, maybe you’ve said what you were thankful for each day on Facebook as part of some other group. Yay you! I am all for being thankful no matter what you call it, but I hope you consider taking time to join my party. Why?
*Because I’m sure you have a shortage of things to do on your to-do list! LOL
*Because I’m going to bribe you with prizes and feel-good moments others will envy! (true story actually)
*Because you are a good former Girl Scout/Boy Scout/4-Her/Catholic school goer or whatever that made you loyal to a cause or doing good!
*Because who doesn’t need an excuse to celebrate good times???
*Because “you’d like to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony…” Sorry, I couldn’t resist. Go have a Coke and enjoy that song in your head the rest of the day. J
*But seriously, come join the party and invite your friends because there’s no greater feeling than realizing you are surrounding yourself with the right people and that there’s far more good in this world than bad if we just look a little closer.
I can’t make it any clearer than that. If you’re sick of your newsfeed being recipes, complaints, or election talk, come over to the good side with us. Participate every day. Participate once a week. Participate when you can. It costs nothing and will make you feel good. I promise.
Post the things and people you are thankful for. Do a few good deeds along the way and tell us about them. Just be a voyeur and snoop on what the rest of us are doing, that’s fine, too. Just show up. We’ll leave a smile on for you.
Finally, it’s my 5 year anniversary of the annual Blessed Turkey Project. Thanks to all of you who’ve been there along the way. And thanks to all of you who are coming on board. I’ve got a few things up my sleeve for the anniversary, hope you’re ready! J
Go here to participate: https://www.facebook.com/events/357549507928043/
Any advice for new-timers? Excited and wanting to shout it from the rooftops? Let’s hear what you have to say!
What do we love? FREE food, of course, from Firehouse Subs! Woo-hoo!
Have you been to Firehouse Subs yet? There’s one at Metro Crossing in Council Bluffs and one on 72nd Street in Omaha and a whole bunch of others all over the country.
So why am I pumping this? I got to go to this cool blogger thing where I got to try their 4 top-selling subs, drink whatever I wanted from the Coca-Cola Freestyle beverage supply with 140 drinks to pick from (I had me some grape Dasani and some to. die. for. homemade cherry limemade (omg!) if you’re curious), and listen to one of the co-founders of Firehouse Subs speak.
And here’s the great part:
1. he was funny as hell, a great guy,
2. he gave me gift cards to hand out to you! How freaking cool is that?
Now, I have been holding out on telling you about this because I wanted to wait and share during The 2nd Annual Blessed Turkey Project because, well, I like to reward good behavior and so does Firehouse Subs. Listen, people, this place makes awesome food and they do good things, which is a pretty hard combo to find (in a man, in a restaurant, or in America. Lol.).
I know I’m gushing, but this place was right up my alley, and I probably wouldn’t have tried it if I hadn’t been invited. First off, it’s a theme restaurant – everything’s decorated and named in honor of firefighters. Second, it’s not “just” a sub shop. They steam their meat and toast their bread (which I realized I happen to love). Third, they pride themselves on the meat and cheeses and breads they use. (Shout out to my livestock producers! We love to hear that!) Fourth, they donate a ton of cash to help fire stations and schools. (You can actually apply for grants for things like defibulators, etc.) Now, that means they are speaking my language on pretty much every front! Beef: check! Schools: check! Paying it forward: check!
I actually liked the place so much, the hubs had to try it. I think it’s the steaming that makes them different from other sub shops and their choice of toppings. I’m usually a plain person but I liked their combinations. You can’t go wrong with brisket, provolone, and BBQ. If you were wondering, the hubs is totally on board now, too. (I had to pry the gift cards out of his hand! Lol.) So here’s where you come in. Firehouse Subs and I want to reward you Blessed Turkeys out there! Unfortunately, I don’t have enough cards for everyone, but 4 lucky winners get gift cards to try out Firehouse Subs.
What do you have to do to be one of the top 4? It’s easy. It’s a mere 2-step process. If you aren’t already following my blog, click the follow key. Second, in the comment section below either tell what your greatest blessing is (what you’re most thankful for) or tell how you paid it forward this week. (Also be sure to leave an email if I don’t know already how to contact you.) I will have an impartial judge read through all the responses posted by 4pm on November 22 to find the best ones, and I will announce the winners so be sure to check back.