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One thing I’m sure of.

So, last year, I was invited to a big fun happy Thanksgiving dinner, with family and friends. This year I am going over to make dinner for my mom, with a friend. There will be just 3 of us. Tiny and trueblue.  


In my lifetime, I have had Thanksgivings alone. Thanksgivings that seemed to signal new beginnings. Thanksgivings where I had to work. Thanksgivings that I hosted for others. Fed homeless people. Suffered. Celebrated.

And it got me thinking.  

Sometimes our plates are full to overflowing.
Sometimes we get just a teeny tiny portion.
And yet the job is the same: Thanksgiving.

We get the chance, the excuse, the opportunity, every year, right about this time, to give thanks.
To find thanks. To choose thanks.

Because there is always something, someone, somehow some way to be grateful. No matter what.

And sometimes gratitude is a breeze. We are exploding with joy, oozing abundance. And so aware of the privilege that we live.

But whether we have to stretch for it, or whether it just pours out of us – giving thanks does the same thing. It always elevates, always enhances, and always always always connects us to our divinity.

So – whether you will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week or not, I would love to ask for and invite yours to join mine, in the comments below

What are you grateful for? 

With so much love and gratitude,

Regena Thomashauer, aka “Mama Gena”
The School of Womanly Arts

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  • SG Nina Strong & Sweet December 11, 2017, 3:05 pm

    Your courage Regena, I am grateful for your inspirational courage xoxo

  • Isolde November 29, 2017, 6:21 am

    Just now I am very thankful for having found this georgeous page!!!! I read the “6 things(?) I do every day” with greatest interest and shared it immediately with my friends on facebook. Tomorrow I will have a meeting with my eldest daughter who wants to have a baby so desperately…these wonderful messages I read just now will help me/us a lot! Thanks so much! Love from Austria

  • Jami November 27, 2017, 6:51 pm

    Today, I am most thankful for the opportunity to attend the SWA weekend – made possible by my best friend, Vicki. I am SO excited.

  • Rhana November 22, 2017, 11:09 pm

    While I think Thanksgiving is wonderful as a day we set aside to come together and share our blessings with each other, one thing I have learned is to be thankful every single day, especially for the little things. When things get me down I have to stop, give myself a mental shake, and STOP looking at what I don’t have. Do I have a roof over my head? Food in my belly? Clothes on my back? Shoes on my feet? Yes. Which makes me better off than millions. Add to that the love and support of friends and family that I may not always see, but I there… and I am blessed beyond measure. So sisters I encourage you to take inventory. Look not at what you don’t have… but what you do. Especially the little things we forget to see that are actually very big things. Much love to you all not just today, but everyday.

  • Roxanne November 22, 2017, 7:10 pm

    This year, more than any in recent memory, I’m struggling to feel thankful. It has been a VERY rough year, for basically everyone I know, LOVE, and care about. Praying your latest gem of a message, serendipitously read just now, plants a seed in my heart and soul, to reattain my sense of gratitude! Thankful I read this! 💜

  • Arletha November 22, 2017, 1:09 pm

    I am grateful for life and a sound mind. So much has happened that could have destroyed my mind, yet God preserved it. I’m thankful that God has kept my sons safe in spite of the trials they have had to endure. I’m grateful for my beautiful grand daughter, my sisters, nieces, nieces nephews and brother in laws. Grateful for my dear friends and extended family members. There is so many things to be grateful for but more than anything, I’m grateful for God’s grace and mercy over my life.

  • Kate November 22, 2017, 12:24 pm

    I am grateful that with my mother’s passing I have had a few months to get to know my father for the first time and we have been able to establish our own bond although he may be nearly 90, it is never too late! I am grateful for all I have learned from Regena Thomhauser.

  • Sofeeya November 22, 2017, 8:34 am

    I’m grateful/thankful for my family. This year has been an epic roar, but my family (and good friends) have been the most supportive team I could ever ask for. I am also thankful for second chances: these are VERY rare and far in between. In reflecting; although this year has been one of my most difficult years thus far, it has also been my most blessed…

  • Donna Mulcahy November 22, 2017, 8:25 am

    Thank you for this beautiful opportunity to talk about gratitude. I’m a single mom in NYC. I am grateful because I have a job, I have an education, I have my own apartment, I have a healthy child, I don’t have to walk 7 miles to get clean water or medical help for him, I can put food on the table, I can walk around in public without having to be chaperoned by a man and when I come home at the end of the day, the only person’s bullshit I have to put up with is my own. All of which is to say, I am literally living the dream of so many of my sisters on the planet and I am profoundly grateful.

  • Ellen November 22, 2017, 7:46 am

    I am grateful for…
    my family and friends
    healthy, abundant food every day
    a roof over my head and a warm place to live in the winter (a good night’s sleep)
    my physical, emotional and spiritual health
    the beauty of the natural world around me
    the sky that I look up to each morning
    each time I am with my parents who are in their mid-80’s
    each moment of each day.

  • Annette November 22, 2017, 7:09 am

    I’m deeply grateful for you, Regena Thomashauer. You changed my life! 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕

  • Rhonda November 21, 2017, 11:42 pm

    I am grateful to be alive, to breathe the air, to be able to see the mountains each and everyday, to live in a place with more than 300 days of sunshine, to walk in the desert, to see the sun touch every single rock, and tree, animal, human as it rises and blessed the earth with its light. I am grateful that I have a heart that can give and receive love. I am grateful for all of the people in my life, every person I have ever come across, everyone I have shared a smile, a glance, eye contact with. I am grateful to know that we are all connected, we are all One.

  • Elisa November 21, 2017, 11:21 pm

    I am grateful for I feel and am guided every step of the path… even when I struggle to go ahead, or have to retrace a few steps back, or feel in a loop, or fall, or stumble upon something… every step it’s the perfect step.

  • Karen Cowden November 21, 2017, 10:43 pm

    I am grateful for the love and support of my family. We all have our health and mental faculties. While sitting around our campfire this evening I paused to look up at the stars. There are so many wonderful things in my life at this moment that it would be like counting the stars! My sweet son is with me, my sister and her family gathered to celebrate with us, and I have a roof over my head with warm food in my belly. For a long time I have yearned for more, pushed for more, worked for more, and even fought for more. On this thanksgiving I appreciate just being – being a mom, being not so busy, being in love, being healthy, and being not more, just enough.

  • DawnMarie deLara November 21, 2017, 10:12 pm

    Though I wish my mama didn’t have it, I’m weirdly grateful for the Alzheimer’s that has brought me home after 34 years. Its given me the chance to heal the hard stuff that drove me away at 17, and to heal it for reals, because Mama can’t really participate in any conversation about what was said, or what did and didnt happen.

    I get to feel all the feelings, get all my teenaged buttons pushed (yup, all still there), and then choose differently than I was able to do then. Bonus? No rent and utilities, and half of every day to myself to finish writing a novel. Blessings do not always come in pretty packages.

    P.S. re: Alzheimer’s
    to anyone wondering, a diet pretty close to the Mediterranean Diet, very light on the grains, with attention to glycemic index and keeping blood sugar level, plus coconut oil to help brain connections, does seem to have dramatically slowed the disease. Its hard to know what info to trust out there, so wanted to share that. Keep a journal of behavior and give the diet a committed go for a couple of months.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2017, 9:19 pm

    Deeply thankful for Sisterhood. Mostly I”m thankful for being alive at this place, at this time – for the difficulties & challenges for the elation and the joy. I love your post MaMa G! As we reflect we can all see that life has many opportunities and comes to us in many ways – often our suffering is not seeing that what we have on our plate (timely holiday) is all part of being alive in this amazing beautiful world. Thanks MaMa G for adding so much good to my and so many women’ lives.

  • SG Jennifer November 21, 2017, 9:00 pm

    I am grateful for sobriety, for Mama Gena, for participating in Mastery 2017, for the relationships I have with awesome, amazing, inspiring Sister Goddesses, for my loving husband Peter, our beautiful growing family of children, spouses/significant others and grandchildren; for friendships; health; thankful for the pain, grief and challenges that have made the joyous times sweeter and more precious; and for the start of my self-publishing company Blue Jay House and publication of my first book this Christmas Season! #Thankful.

  • Dorena November 21, 2017, 8:51 pm

    YOUR work! It has and continues to change my life. Filled with gratitude for the goddess within you who shines to show me the goddess within me. xoxo

  • Rachel November 21, 2017, 8:39 pm

    This Thanksgiving we are mourning the sudden loss of my mother-in-law, who would have been 58 this Saturday. This Thanksgiving we are celebrating the addition of our sweet baby Joanna, who was bursting in my belly last year this time. We are also joyfully anticipating her younger sibling joining us in the world this coming May! This Thanksgiving we are burdened with the weight of a world that seems more broken than we realized a year ago. And yet this Thanksgiving we are also more wishful and more full of certainty in the redemption that our broken, beautiful world is headed for. This Thanksgiving we are full. Full of emotion, full of loss, full of life, full of hope.

  • J November 21, 2017, 8:17 pm

    I’m so grateful for my family where love is unconditional. I love the way we allow each other to be free. Free of judgement. Free of opinions. Free to verbalize our thoughts as long as the delivery of them is respectable. So many people live a life where they feel boxed in. I feel liberated every time I’m able to speak my mind. Don’t believe it. Try it. Go and be free!! Just remember, it’s not what you say but how you say it.

  • Goddess Amber November 21, 2017, 6:31 pm

    I am grateful for feeling the triggers of the upcoming Holiday and remembering this is about old unhealed wounds of abandonment. I allowed myself to sit in the feeling, honor it and process what I felt within. I am grateful for my spiritual partner who supports me and loves me and for all the tribe and community that I have created this year. I am grateful for my health and the life I am leading right now.

  • Kathy November 21, 2017, 6:21 pm

    SO grateful # 1 for my health, and of course grateful for so many things….Roof over my head, food on the Thanksgiving table, family and friends that I love and are so supportive of me. I feel blessed to have an amazing partner that I love with all my heart. I’m grateful for women like you and women that follow you that can have a platform to share and learn. Thanks for that!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

  • helen November 21, 2017, 5:49 pm

    thanks mama gena for lighting up NYC and women all around the world.
    (We have thanksgiving earlier in Canada, in Oct).
    I give thanks every day – every where (to the goddess of elevators, the faeries of left turns, the guardians of crabby doctors… the list goes on and on)… nothing like just spreading your light everywhere.
    lots of love to everyone, from the west coast, all you sweety pies xoxoxo 🙂

  • Linda November 21, 2017, 4:42 pm

    This year I am so grateful for my new friends in the SWA, my SC partners, my pod and I am so grateful to you Regena for creating this work. It is profoundly life changing. I am grateful that on Thanksgiving this year, my husband, son and dog will spend Thanksgiving at home. We will cook together and enjoy the day!! I am grateful for the simplicity and beauty of spending Thanksgiving 2017 this way.

  • Jeanette Lauture November 21, 2017, 4:31 pm

    Totally grateful for claiming my power in this world. Many times as a Mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend and dog owner, I am pulled in a multitude of places. Learning to stand in my truth, well, that is what I am most grateful for this Thanksgiving. Have a happy one!!!

  • RCC November 21, 2017, 4:12 pm

    I am most thankful for my family and especially my mom for helping me take care of my son while I am at work and having a job and just being in my right mind, great support system. I wish all the best and have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving.

  • Merritt November 21, 2017, 3:43 pm

    I am grateful that as part of my five day practice with Mama Gena that today’s practice is gratitude and I’m doing it here…
    I am so glad and grateful that I have a loving and FUN relationship of 35 years with my partner in crime my husband Michael. I am grateful that I am choosing better, healthier relationships and friendships ( which shows I am valuing myself, my time, my gifts!)
    I’m grateful I do not have to cook for Thanksgiving just enjoy the day in community with the meal provided… no shopping either!
    I’m grateful for this HOLY HOLIDAY which in my option needs to be bigger than all the holidays put together and celebrated in our hearts hourly. There really is so much to be Thankful for when we TRAIN OUR BRAINS to FOCUS on the positive…yes, face the negative& be responsible for your actions but cultivate a grateful heart.
    I’m grateful I practice what I’m preaching here.

  • Melissa November 21, 2017, 2:09 pm

    I’m thankful for a warm home, a good job, the love of family & friends and God’s grace each and every day. #Thankful

  • Emilie November 21, 2017, 1:26 pm

    I’m grateful for my amazing life, my sweet husband, my little emotional support animal, Wileee, my safe and comfortable house, for the opportunity to work on healing trauma, and begin to figure out my life’s purpose and how to create a life that feels right for me.

  • Charlene November 21, 2017, 1:10 pm

    Grateful for wonderful people in my life – my husband, children, dear friends and family. Thankful that, even in my season of drought I have so much to give thanks for. Thankful that I can experience #Grace everyday.

  • Dusanka November 21, 2017, 1:03 pm

    I just want to write this: I am from Slovenia, Europe, and I believe that this holiday (= Thanksgiving) is a wonderful holiday. It is connected with the battle between the red- and white-coloured men and women, I know this, too. But just to sit around the table, and say “Thank you for this or that” is a wonderful habit. Thank you. BR. Dusanka
    P.S. And I am grateful for my life, for the clouds, wind, rivers, waters of all kinds, music, sun, rocks, stars, Sun, Moon, animals, plants, all good humans I have met (and I hope I will meet) – for the whole miracle of Life I am grateful for. <3 🙂

  • Bobbie November 21, 2017, 12:54 pm

    Thank you Mama Gena! I am grateful for so many things, including you!
    I am grateful that this Thanksgiving I can provide a friend who is going through very difficult marital issues a place to come for Thanksgiving where she can relax, feel safe, and celebrate.
    I am grateful that I have a comfortable home where she can enjoy our little feast and that she loves animals, including my sometimes lively bunch of pets. I am also very grateful for the companionship of those animal companions.
    Happy Thanksgiving with love to all of you!!

  • Tammy C. November 21, 2017, 12:41 pm

    I am thankful for life itself. To move around and have the activities of my limbs.
    I’m thankful for family. Family doesn’t have to be blood to bring and show love.
    I’m thankful for my business in MaryKay where I can reach out a make others feel and look good.
    I’m so very thankful that I am blessed to know God and how he is working in my life.

  • Jane Harris November 21, 2017, 12:21 pm

    Grateful that I am grateful about everything and that I don’t need or want anything material! <3

  • odile November 21, 2017, 12:08 pm

    I am grateful for the existence of people like you who dare to show up in the world and speak their truth, I am grateful for this inspiration of courage and authenticity. I am grateful that I m part of this changing world and that I get a chance to contribute to its evolution through my pieces of training and coaching and all the people I get to meet.
    I am grateful to be alive and vibrant and full of love and joy. I am grateful for the community of friends that I have, I am grateful for my wonderful teens. I am grateful for my life.
    Thank you for giving me the chance to express this here.

  • Dre' November 21, 2017, 12:02 pm

    I am grateful for every opportunity that I’ve ever been given.
    I am grateful for the beautiful journey of my life, the ups the downs, the in-betweens.
    I am grateful that my circumstances have made me the person I am today – with unwavering independence and the ability to re-invent myself.
    I am grateful for the people in my life that I love. Especially my son’s beautiful smile.

  • Helen November 21, 2017, 11:57 am

    I am grateful for so much this year, that pausing to think about it now brought a heart-welling of emotion and tears to my eyes. First and foremost: the relationships in my life, especially my best friends and nieces and nephews. I am deeply aware of how much love, joy, and color they bring to my life, since I know what life was like before I had them. And it goes without saying, but I am also grateful for you, Mama Gena! Thank you for framing Thanksgiving in this way, which seems obvious, but as it can be overshadowed by all things Christmas, it can easily get lost.

  • Katie Smith November 21, 2017, 11:50 am

    I am grateful that the consciousness of the planet is shifting and so grateful to be witnessing it and being apart of supporting its shift at this moment and time.

  • Teresa November 21, 2017, 11:45 am

    I am grateful down to my bones that I could be a safe place for my daughter to come home to. I am grateful to my husband for making it so I can do that. I am grateful for the transitions I am experiencing, because they are leading me to grow into my destiny.

  • Charlotte November 21, 2017, 11:45 am

    Thank you so much for your beautifully said comments on Thanksgiving.
    This year I find myself being most grateful for hope… Hope that our country will find a way to heal, to choose love over hate and on a personal level hope that I might still know that feeling of joy that just can’t be contained!
    I’m grateful for your words.

  • Tianna November 21, 2017, 11:42 am

    Today I am grateful for the plane that is getting me home to see my family for Thanksgiving. I am grateful for my friend Stephanie who introduced me to the School of Womanly Arts. Finally, I am grateful for our December weekend that we will spend together in NYC! Can’t wait!

  • Marilee Saddler November 21, 2017, 11:39 am

    I am grateful for my coping skills, but it seems like that’s all I ever do is cope. I want to thrive I want the love attraction to bring me miracles, I want to be grateful for beautiful home that I can easily afford instead of living in the ghetto and barely surviving, I am most grateful for my children my family, but I am really tired of almost being homeless I’m barely getting by the law of attraction is bringing a beautiful home into my life that I can easily afford, and I am most grateful the law of attraction is bringing amazing man into my life that I am most grateful for, I am preparing my life from now on instead of repairing and coping and getting by the law of attraction is bringing joy and abundance into my life and I am most grateful Happy Thanksgiving to all no matter where you are I am so grateful for you

  • Ambi November 21, 2017, 11:32 am

    I’m thankful for God’s mercy. This year I’ve struggled in more ways than ever before. My father passed, was penniless at one point and suffered health issues. I’m grateful to still be here loving myself and my family- in that order.

  • Liz November 21, 2017, 11:27 am

    I am thankful for the beautiful area I live in, the wonderful clients that I get to train, the money I receive which allows me to buy Christmas presents, my family that is always there for me, the hot guy at the gym who inspires me, my car which drives, my body which is incredibly beautiful and healthy, and I’m grateful for your newsletters that are uplifting and help me get more and more into my juicy feminine:)

  • Jane November 21, 2017, 11:26 am

    I’m truly grateful for today. This morning on my way to work a moment from my past came to mind. I didn’t realize until that very moment on the train that God has spared me from life altering changes that could’ve harmed me or changed me drastically. The fact that I was on the train to work and able to sit at my desk and write this…meaning that I’m employed and in the right frame of mind. It made me sit back and admire my God. He woke every single person walking around this morning up and allowed us to have today.

  • Isoke November 21, 2017, 11:21 am

    I am grateful and thankful for my three children. Those babies mean the world to me and each day i thank God that he gave them to me!

  • Dawn November 21, 2017, 11:19 am

    I am grateful for the growth and renewal of the past year. I am no longer the person I was and it feels amazing!

  • Sonja November 21, 2017, 11:18 am

    I am grateful for my family and friends. They are the reason I work so hard. Get up every day to face it again.

  • Marsha November 21, 2017, 11:18 am

    I am grateful good health, family, caring friends, freedom ,fullling work and my overall well being

  • LaTonia Williams November 21, 2017, 11:16 am

    I am thankful for my 3 daughters. Times get really hard, being a single mom with no support from their dad but they are my backbone, the reason I get up and get going every morning. They keep me in great spirits and remind me why this fight is worth fighting. And they are such GREAT girls!

  • Claire November 21, 2017, 11:12 am

    I am grateful for all the rupture as it’s bringing me to rapture. I am grateful for you Mama Gena and all of your brilliant tools. I am grateful for my love who has always seen me long before I saw myself. I am grateful for his love, support, and encouragement and that his love has deepened since starting your programs. I am grateful for everything thing in my life; my home, my life, jobs, friends, family, and growth.

  • Anonymous November 21, 2017, 11:05 am

    So grateful to have a partner in my life who supports me. It took a really long time to love myself enough to accept the kind of partner I deserve. Thank Goddess I’m here now – I can’t imagine it any other way!!

  • Beth November 21, 2017, 11:04 am

    I am grateful that the self-care I give myself makes it easier to stand in my balance and in my boundaries every day. I am grateful to be learning to assert and not aggress. I am grateful to be poised and ready to realize my dharma and to serve. I am grateful to know that joy is the magnet and lightness is the road map.

  • Missy November 21, 2017, 10:56 am

    Hope…there is always hope. I am thankful I have continued on even when life seems unbelievably hard.

    • Delia November 21, 2017, 11:03 am

      wow where do I begin I look around me and I am so fortunate to have a roof over my head food on my table , running water clothes on my back . Family that love me and beautiful grandchildren what more could a person ask for . Thank You for all your wonderful posts that help us in our lives Have a Great ThanksGiving

  • Tamatha November 21, 2017, 10:52 am

    I am grateful that this year i can be the one to help and give rather than the one who received the help.

  • Christine November 21, 2017, 10:48 am

    Grateful for the opportunity to wake up my feminine divine

  • jessica November 21, 2017, 10:48 am

    thanksgiving is just another holiday. some people only give thanks during this time period. others give thanks to the ones they love always. when my mother passed away, i thought i would never be able to smile during a holiday again. as time healed the grief, i realized that love is love. the love never stopped, just the presence of her physically did. give thanks always, and love always.

  • Ashley November 21, 2017, 10:47 am

    This Thanksgiving is about new beginnings for me and my daughter. Completely different state, different side of the family, extended family. I am truly a different person than I was last year. And I can only see it getting better. I have listened to God, and I hope he continues to use me and guide me. I hope to bring my family together. It’s been a long road and it ain’t ever going to get easy. But with inner peace, it’s sure feels like it. Blessings to you and yours this holiday 🙋

  • lisa November 21, 2017, 10:46 am

    I am grateful for you Mama Gena- what you wrote was so spot on-
    no matter our situation we can find something to be thankful for-
    you are so kind and real- thank you-

  • AllyS9 November 21, 2017, 10:43 am

    It’s a shame that we as a society focus on giving thanks only at this time of year. We should have an “attitude of gratitude” each and every day…

  • Julie November 21, 2017, 10:40 am

    I love your letter today. There are many stages in life as we reach this time of year, each year. I am immensely grateful for all that I have. I pray that everyone can share that if only for a moment.

  • Rose November 21, 2017, 10:39 am

    I am grateful for my life and the lessons it has taught me. I am grateful for my children who bring me joy, laughter and love every single day. I am grateful for my good health that allows me to go out into the world every day with out pain or suffering. And I am grateful for my home…my safe haven….my retreat. Whether I am having a great day or a horrible day…having a home to keep me safe, to give me rest, to invite family, to sit and think in silence, to just be me…is a true blessing.

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