The Thankful 30: Day 30—We Made It!

November 30th, 2014 at 5:05 am
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And 29 blog posts later…we made it to Day 30 of The Thankful 30!

Writing this series has been such a rewarding challenge for me. Coming to my computer each day and writing about gratitude has not only opened my eyes to see blessings more clearly, but has also drawn me closer to God and strengthened my heart for Him.

I’ve opened up about my struggles with self-criticism, being single, feeling like a mess, and finding light in darkness. It’s not always easy to give thanks. I know that well. But if there’s one thing I’ve learned through this series, it’s that the continual practice of giving thanks heals what is broken, soothes what is aching, and illuminates what is shadowy.

Being open and honest here—and not writing about food for a change—is something I thought would be scary and hard. And at first, it was. But these 30 days have taught me that I am who God made me, and that is not something to hide.

On Friday, I wrote about making gratitude a habit. As we go through the holiday season and into the New Year, that is my intention: to give thanks in all things. Cultivating a grateful heart is a habit I want to sustain for the rest of my life—in every season.

As this series comes to a close, I want to share with you a few highlights from the past 30 days that mean the most to me.

From Day 2: “The enemy cannot withstand the greed-crushing, gratitude-giving, Jesus-glorifying power of a skillful prayer warrior.”


From Day 6: “When I trade expectation for appreciation, my view of the world shifts from glass half empty to cup overflowing.”


From Day 14: “Darkness has no power when light incandescently radiates from a soul brimming with thanksgiving for a life made full in the riches of God.”


From Day 18: “If we truly want to experience the holiness and wonder that our souls so desperately need this time of year, we have to make room in the rush for the healing hush….A little peace and quiet can bring a whole lot of quiet peace.”


From Day 21: “I’m grateful for the strange and saving gift of surrender, that backwards way of coming empty-handed to receive abundant fulfillment. I don’t have to do it all, be it all, have it all, or know it all. Because He is my all. And that will always be enough.”


Wherever the next few busy weeks take you, I hope you that in the midst of this season you’ll embrace gratitude for the gift that it is. This life has some pretty big bumps and some frightening faults, but the blessings? They are everywhere. In everything.

And so we give thanks. Not just on the last Thursday in November, but each and every day our lungs fill up with air.

For all that we have, all those we love, all that we’ve been given, all that we know, all that we’re capable of—we give thanks and live thanks.



The Thankful 30

Day 1: The Thankful 30 Kick-Off & Daily Challenges

Day 2: The Grateful Kind of Warrior

Day 3: Miracle Monday

Day 4: Thanksgiving Through a President’s Eyes

Day 5: 5 Books (sort of) That Influenced My Life

Day 6: What Love Looks Like When You’re Single

Day 7: Slow Down & Enjoy Your Food

Day 8: Nourishment for Your Weekend

Day 9: Tiny Blessings—A Birth Story

Day 10: When You Feel Like a Mess, Not a Miracle

Day 11: Two People Who Inspire Gratitude in Me

Day 12: Kale Salad with Oranges & Roasted Chickpeas

Day 13: The Gift of Music

Day 14: Seeking Light When the Dark Presses In

Day 15: Weekend Nourishment

Day 16: Guest Post: “When I’m Thankful to Have Candida Related Complex”

Day 17: Miracle Monday—Life in Photos

Day 18: Trading the Rush for the Hush

Day 19: 10 Unexpected Lessons Learned This Month

Day 20: 16 Words to Nourish the Soul

Day 21: The Strange & Saving Gift of Surrender

Day 22: Nourishment for Your Weekend

Day 23: Guest Post—Aging Gratefully

Day 24: 15 of My Favorites for the Holiday Table

Day 25: Guest Post—Be Thankful for the Body You Have

Day 26: 30 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

Day 27: Happy Thanksgiving!

Day 28: Making Gratitude a Habit

Day 29: Nourishment for Your Weekend: Food Edition

Day 30: The Thankful 30: Day 30—We Made It!



Nourishment for Your Weekend: Food Edition!

November 29th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 1 Comment

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I’ve been enjoying a restful few days up north with my parents. For our Thanksgiving feast we had turkey (from a local farm in the area), mashed potatoes, these Brussels sprouts, cranberry sauce, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and the Chewy Cashew Apricot Cookies from my book. I hope you’re […]

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Making Gratitude a Habit

November 28th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 2 Comments

I snapped this photo a few days ago at my Mom and Dad’s lovely home in northern Wisconsin. The cozy scene was just begging to be Instagramed. :) I surprised them by driving up a day early. The look on their faces when I rang the doorbell was priceless! You just can’t beat a good […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 27th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 2 Comments
Happy Thanksgiving!

From my heart to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! I wish you a day overflowing with gratitude, joy, happy memories, and delicious food. May this holiday mark the beginning of another year rich with abundant blessings and so much love. Sending warm and cheery wishes, Hallie

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30 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving

November 26th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 5 Comments

Since doing the The Thankful 30 series this month, I’ve found that an excellent cure for just about any day-to-day problem I’m having—writer’s block, a bad mood, dreary weather—is to grab a pen and just start jotting down things I’m grateful for. That’s exactly what I did a few days ago…and my “jotting” turned into […]

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Be Thankful for the Body You Have

November 25th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 2 Comments
Ali McWilliams

I’m honored to share this post with you today courtesy of Ali McWilliams, a personal trainer and life coach that I have had the pleasure of working with. From the moment I met Ali, I could just feel the positive rays beaming from her countenance! She is genuinely passionate about the work that she does—and […]

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15 of My Favorites for the Holiday Table

November 24th, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · No Comments

With Thanksgiving on Thursday, I’ve got food on the brain. You, too? If there’s one thing I take for granted year round, it’s the incredibly easy access I have to an abundance of nutritious food. On this 24th day of The Thankful 30, I wanted to put the spotlight on some of my favorite holiday […]

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Guest Post: Aging Gratefully

November 23rd, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 7 Comments

Today’s post comes to us courtesy of Alta Mantsch, the voice behind Tasty Eats at Home, a food blog I’ve been reading for years. Alta is a genuinely kindhearted friend of mine whose positive, easygoing approach to life makes me wish she was my neighbor. It’s a delight to have her here today as she […]

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Nourishment for Your Weekend

November 22nd, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 1 Comment

It’s Saturday and you know what that means: links I’m loving! Breathe out, give thanks, and enjoy your weekend. – 1. How good do these Double Chocolate Orange Cookies look? Weekend treat. 2. Videos like these suck me in, but then I regret watching them. Ick! 3. Is what you believe about yourself actually true? […]

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The Strange & Saving Gift of Surrender

November 21st, 2014 at 5:05 am · Post a comment · 5 Comments

{This is the 21st post in a series called The Thankful 30: A Month-Long Celebration of Gratitude. Catch up on every post here. Receive each post in your inbox by subscribing here.} A few years ago I started making vision boards at the end of each year. It began simply as a fun project to […]

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