Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

There's a lot about Thanksgiving that makes me sad (e.g., the effects of colonization, imperialism, and subjugation on indigenous peoples, which is more real than the whole pilgrims and Indians thing we learned in elementary school), but I'm also smitten with the sentimental notion of setting aside time for conscious gratitude.

Conscious gratitude.

Yes, I need to incorporate more conscious gratitude into my daily life. Perhaps as I fall asleep, I should think through everything I'm grateful for (the list is long).

So, as I prepare to take a mini-vacation from work (and this blog), I want to take a few minutes to bask in conscious gratitude.

Thank you, dear readers and fellow kindred spirits (cheesy but true!), for the constant inspiration you provide me with. You give me faith in the idea that we can reclaim the real purpose of weddings--community, connection, commitment, and fun--without losing our sanity or savings. We can resist the lure of consumer culture and stay centered (as much as possible!) on our relationships and our love. We can keep our marriages at the forefront, despite pressure from the Wedding Industrial Complex to prioritize countless details that will stress us out rather than lead us to the mythical "Perfect Day."

I am a better person because of your e-mails, stories, ideas, encouragement, and criticism. I appreciate your presence in my life and look forward to getting to know you even better!

(For those of you who still find yourselves in front of a computer during the break, feel free to keep in touch via Facebook, Twitter! or my recently-revived personal blog: Feeding the Soil).

Be well...

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miss fancy pants (the bride) said...

You're thanking us? No way. We should be thanking you. Without this blog, I probably would have lost my mind more than once, haha. In a world dominated by the WIC, a blog like yours is truly refreshing.

Happy mini-vacation!

future.mrs.m said...

It is amazing to find those who share the same views about the whole wedding shebang! From a moissanite ring to a barn wedding, we are definitely saying "no" to the wedding industry and "yes" to DIY and a small budget!
Thank you for everything you share with us, I am glad I found your blog early in the planning stage(wedding is Sept 2010), you have so many incredible reads.
Enjoy your time off and thank you!

Gabriela said...

Quite different blog..Very nice !!

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