November Challenge 2012

I’m excited to share a brand new November challenge with you!!

This one is a little different than the usual thankfulness-list challenges, although it does involve thankfulness. And it’s not quite like the 30-days-of-giving challenges, although it does involve giving.

Are you ready?

This year, my challenge to you is to…

…thank someone!! Here’s the specifics:


1. Choose 1-2 people per week. And be creative! It’s easy enough to thank our parents and close friends — and we ought to be regularly thanking them. It’s easy enough to thank people for gifts or services. But this time, why not thank people simply for the role they play in your life and the example they offer to others? For instance, someone in your church who sets a great example. Or someone who influenced you in the past. Or someone who’s a good neighbor, or a faithful servant in the community. Think outside the box.

2. Make it hand-written. In this digital age, nothing is more special than a hand-written note. Think back to the last time you received one in your mailbox. It doesn’t happen often, does it? And it kind of thrills you when it does, right? So do it for someone else. Send them a smile with your hand-written words.

3. Make it heart-written. Be sincere. It doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect. Just say in your own words how they have influenced your life. Let them know they’re appreciated. People want to know they matter: so tell them! Thank them for being who they are.


See, in a way it is a thankfulness challenge. And a giving challenge. But we’ll be giving thankfulness to others, instead of just holding it in for ourselves.

The challenge will run for the entire month of November. My goal is to send out 7-8 thank you notes during the month {still working on my list of recipients}.

And each Friday as part of my news edition, I’ll share with you who I’ve sent thank you notes to during the week. I hope it will help give you some ideas — as well as provide some accountability for any who might be participating! I’d love to hear who you’re offering thanks to each week!


So will you join me?


Leave me a comment if you plan to participate, or if you have any questions/suggestions about the challenge! I’d love to see this become a community thing!

Use the hashtag #ThankSomeone to tell others about the challenge!

And feel free to share the “Thank Someone” graphic on your own blog. The more the merrier! Or perhaps, the more the thankful-er!



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34 thoughts on “November Challenge 2012

  1. Yes, I absolutely will join you! And get my kids on board too. Very practical and I think it is taking the thankful idea one step farther.

    1. Yay! That’d be great to get your kids involved, too. Never too early to practice thankfulness.

  2. Love it! Will definitely try to do it. I did want to mention that for some people (certain family dynamics) it is actually harder to thank parents and family members than someone a little less connected. So for some, that might be the challenge.
    Great challenge, Elizabeth!

    1. Johanna, that’s a great point! Thanks 🙂 So glad you’ll be joining us!

  3. Not for sure how I will incorporate this yet, but definitely plan on participating.

    1. Wonderful! Thanks, Debbie!

  4. Love this and want to do this! 🙂

    1. Yay 🙂

  5. I love this challenge. I have already thought of lots of people. This is right up my alley because I love to randomly thank people…. especially when it’s someone who doesn’t even know me but I’ve noticed something they do that I appreciate. 🙂

    1. Wonderful, Jeannette! So glad you’ll be participating! Thank you 😉

  6. I shared your FB post on my Wall. Let’s start a revolution! lol A “thanks-giving” takeover! 🙂

  7. Yep, I’m on board. I’m such a digital-phobe, so doing something handwritten will be good for me! Thanks for this unique challenge.

    1. Great, thanks for participating!

  8. Great idea! Will join along and need to starting thinking about this today 🙂

    (found you from Joy-Filled Days!)

    1. Thanks for coming over!

  9. This is a great idea. I’m all in!

    1. Yay 🙂 Thanks!

  10. I’m definetely in, and I’ll add it to my weekend links tomorrow!

    1. Thanks so much, Julie!

  11. I’m in!

    1. Great! Thanks, Larry!

  12. I’m visiting from Little Gosh blog. This is an awesome challenge and I’m excited to participate. =)
    Alesha <3

    1. Welcome, Alesha! And thank you!

  13. Hello! I’m a new follower from today’s blog hop.
    I absolutely love this idea and I love that it’s more personalized (i.e. handwritten)
    We’re already on day 8, but I’d love to still participate!


    1. Thanks, Sarah! Would love to have you join the challenge!

  14. Newest follower via google + cute blog!

    P.S. I’m doing a $50 Shabby Apple giveaway on my blog. You should check it out here:

    1. Melanie, thanks so much for stopping by – and for sharing about your giveaway. Headed over there now!

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  16. What a great challenge! Thanks for linking up to Thrive @ Home.

  17. This is such a wonderful challenge! I hope this will start a whole wave of hand-written thank you notes! I wrote and mailed notes a couple of months ago to some couples who hosted my family for dinner on several different nights while we were candidating for a church position in another state (the church where my husband now serves), and the response was one of amazement! One of the husbands told my husband, “No one does that any more.” Isn’t it sad that such a simple and quick gift to others has fallen by the wayside? Thank YOU for encouraging us to pick up the baton!

    1. You’re right – hardly anyone sends them anymore! Sad, isn’t it?

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  19. Love, love, love this. (she says the last day of November.)

    I’m totally accepting this challenge for December. Try not to make your December challenge so good that I have to do 2!! 😉

    1. Haha! No plans for a December challenge, don’t worry 🙂

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