Hello everyone, and welcome to the beginning of the end...of the year that is! That's right folks, this past week was the start of all the lovely holiday seasonings and festivities. I got back from England the day before Thanksgiving, so I didn't get a chance to make it all the way to Michigan. It would've been nice to see my peeps and eat lots of everyone's food all day, but being an exported family member, I've gotten use to spending holidays either alone, working, or with friends. Until I have my own family of course (I'm not sure all these cats count though)! Anywho, I've also realized that in more recent years, a lot of people like to boycott certain holidays because everyone's super enlightened now. I do understand that the actual history behind Thanksgiving, as well as some other major holidays, is a bit more grim than typical American history lead us to believe. I'm part Native American myself actually, so trust me, I know! But even if I did learn about this day under false pretenses, that doesn't mean I should ignore the fact that it NOW can be a day where family gets together and we can reflect on all of our blessings. We get so caught up in being defensive over everything that the reasons that should matter the most are often over looked. I frankly don't care what they call the day, I just wanna eat!
This brings me to the day after Thanksgiving... also known as Thanks-taking (hahaha, get it?)! That's right, good ole' black friday (which when I was England, nobody knew what the crap I was talking about). This day is usually pretty scary to me, so I just try to stay inside, do nothing, and continue eating until the only movements I can make are my fingers pushing the spacebar to continue watching Netflix. I never did understand how people are so willing to subject themselves to early morning chaos and mayhem... to GIVE their money away! I mean, I't not like they are giving away FREE stuff. You still gotta pay after all that craziness! I'm actually pretty surprised there isn't more shoplifting on black friday. All those crowds would be the perfect cover, I'm just sayin! I'm pretty glad it wasn't as crazy this year in comparison to other years. I do remember when stores were opening at the crack of dawn, while people camped out all night. This year, some stores were actually closed on Friday, and nationwide sales reports were down. The power of the people! I think that's pretty darn cool America.
And now here we are today, Cyber Monday! Similar to black Friday, but definitely safer and more civilized. I actually have no huge issue with discount shopping. Buy what you wanna buy, but don't feel pressured. There is a false sense of panic created on these certain days. Companies make it seem like we HAVE to buy NOW. I know that it's very tempting to go out and buy stuff, especially when it's on sale. Trust me, I was out walking around in the city yesterday, and it took everything in me not to come back home with handfuls of shopping bags (well, the fact that I don't have any money helped a bit). But, companies just make things so cheap that we THINK that we need or want stuff that we actually don't. In theory, I have enough clothes! I practically wear the same darn thing every day anyway. I believe that before I get everything that I WANT, I can at least try to help others get everything they NEED. Truth is, these deals aren't even all that spectacular! I honestly haven't seen a good one yet. Newsflash; 20% off isn't that darn much! They probably raise prices a bit right before so that they can "discount" it on black friday anyway.
Soooo, are you ready for today's super awesome and amazing deal??? Well, as you know, I don't really sell anything on this website, so I can't offer discounts on... nothing! But I WILL reiterate what is already true. Half of all donations made to the site will go to charity. I haven't picked out a specific charity as of yet, but I would like to give to a bunch of different ones. Perhaps maybe I will start with some sort of animal charity. And I still would like to find a foster kitty place to volunteer if anybody knows of anything. I've come to find out that giving can be just as satisfying as getting...maybe sometimes even more!
Also, in light of everything going on this month, I forgot it was my one year Motivational Monday anniversary! That's right people, I've been writing and putting out a blog every single Monday for the past year! That's over 52 blogs! What the heck do I even talk about in these things? Anywho, I'm thankful for all my faithful readers, and also new readers if you are just now reading, Remember that my (email) door is always open, so feel free to contact me with anything you wanna talk about or suggest. Let's all make this last month of the year count!
p.s. I don't really do too much online shopping anyway, but let me tell you something right NA... if I see another flight sale like the one last year, there will be ZERO hesitation hunty...
p.p.s. The cards against humanity black friday special was EASILY the most hilarious...and genius.
p.p.p.s. BretonyBoheme's great Cyber Monday deal 2015 spectacular! (Hey, if cards against humanity can do it, so can I!)