november     Since I had such a great response last year, and I had so much fun participating, I’ve decided to host another November Gratitude Photo Challenge this year! For those of you who are new to the blog or maybe didn’t participate last year, it’s a very simple concept, and even easier to play along. I’m planning to snap a photo of one thing that puts a smile on my face, gives me the warm fuzzies, or stirs up a general sense of gratitude and then write a small paragraph explaining why I’m thankful for it each day in November.  If you did play along last year, I’m making one minor tweak. No more themes! While it was fun seeking creative shots to fit the daily assignment, I think creativity works best without restriction, so this year anything goes! This is a 30 day commitment to creating a habit of thankfulness, but let’s be real. We’re on our phones posting things to social media and Instagram all day anyway, right? What if by the end we walked away with an awesome experience that made us happier, less anxious, helped us be more in the moment and provided us with all of the other wonderful things that gratitude can do? It would be totally worth taking an extra 10 minutes each day to take care of ourselves and have a collection of cool photographs to show for it, right?


You don’t have to be thankful for only the big things like a new car, or a promotion at work. You can also be thankful for the little stuff, like a good hair day, or making it to your destination with all green lights. I’d venture to say that there are no small things when it comes to gratitude, especially because my experience with this last year put me in a place where each day built on the last and by the end, I felt like I was walking around with a sense of wonder about the world and how many beautiful things happen around me each day that I hadn’t slowed down enough in the past to notice. I think with all of the divisiveness that’s gone on this year, I could stand to feel that way again. If you want to join me, I’ll be sharing my photos on Instagram (I’m tejomayawellness), and using the hashtags #TejomayaThankfulness and #NovemberGratitudePhotoChallenge. If we haven’t connected there, shoot me a request and I’ll follow you back! I’ll also be sharing my photos on my like page on Facebook and on my personal page if you want to join me there, instead. I promise it won’t just be photos of my dog! (Though, at least one of them totally will be.)


Get those cameras ready! We start Tuesday, November 1st. I can’t wait to see what all of you are thankful for! Check in with me after the challenge is over on December 1st and let me know what the experience was like for you. I’m already anticipating busted-ruts, bursts of creativity, and tons of joyful moments!


Wishing You Total Well-Being,