Hello friends, and thank you for taking the time to visit my blog! I’m so happy and thankful you’re here. Truly.
Thanksgiving is this week, which means most of us will be taking some time to pig out on delicious food, watch football and/or the Macy’s parade, and thank God, or the universe, or our family and friends, or the mailman, or our dog, or whoever else we choose for our blessings.
I wanted to take some time here to get a bit personal, and give the world a big fat THANK YOU for all it has blessed me with thus far in my life. Below are the ten things I’m most thankful for at the moment. It would mean so much to me if you’d share the things you’re most grateful for too!
One: All of the Beautiful People in My Life
There is no doubt that I have been incredibly blessed in my life. Every day I find myself in awe of the fact that I am surrounded by so many beautiful people that love me, would be there for me no matter what, offer me amazing advice, and come to me for advice in return.
I know that many people are not so lucky, and I try my hardest not to take this for granted.
I know that all of these people in my life are here for a reason. From my best friends I’ve had for nearly two decades and remained close with over years, several far-away moves, and countless life changes, to a more recent friend who I happened to randomly meet in a bar bathroom, and is essentially the same person as me in many ways, to another I came together and bonded with after both of us had come out of long term relationships and moved back from California at almost the exact same time. Ironic? Maybe. But I think these things were supposed to happen to bring us all together.
It means the world to me to know that when my friends are upset and crying, they come to me to talk about it on the phone for hours. Friends who are not even of the likes to normally make phone calls.
Once when I was upset and crying in my car on my drive home, my best friend called me because she just felt like something was wrong. Out of the blue. She had no idea what was going on, she just sensed it.
My friends have physically cried with me after breakups.
Every time they ask me for advice, share in my pain, tell me how much they genuinely love to read my writing here and how proud they are of me, or just flat out get me like no one else, my heart is warmed, and I will forever be thankful for them.
I am thankful for my wonderful mother who has done more for me in my life than anyone else, who is the number one person I go to for advice on countless topics, and who helps me in so many ways. I honestly do not know what I would do without her, and I am lucky to also call her a friend.
I am thankful for my father who I have great conversations with even though he lives far away, who has let me teach him about manifesting and the power of positive energy, who says I am the best thing that ever happened to him in his life, and never ceases to tell me how proud he is of me. Also for teaching me my favorite saying of all time: “Trust none of what you hear, half of what you see, but all of what you feel.”
And for my stepdad who has, at the drop of a hat, done countless things to help me and make my life easier, just as a real father would.
For my sisters, from being my babysitters when I was a kid, to today being my friends, I am thankful.
I am thankful for my beautiful niece and nephews. To have a child love you unconditionally is probably the most beautiful thing in this world.
I am so thankful for my boyfriend. Someone that, despite our issues, always wants to work through things with me and never give up. Someone who has seen me at my absolute worst and still always thinks I’m beautiful inside and out, and who makes me feel loved in a way that no one else before ever has. I am thankful to have found my best friend in him. And for his forehead kisses.
I am thankful for my grandma, all of my aunts and uncles and cousins. For my relatives that are no longer with us, even those I never met but heard beautifully stories about. Their lives shaped mine before I even knew it.
Last but not least, I am thankful for all of the other friends I’ve made in this life, even in different parts of the world. My roommates from Australia when I studied abroad there, people I worked with at summer jobs in college that are from different parts of Europe, my college friends that live hours away down in the city. People that despite all of this time and distance still take time out of their busy lives to touch base with me, and have made a forever impact on my life. Even past relationships, and old friends I never speak to anymore, random strangers I met that left an impression on me, I am so thankful for each and every one of you for everything you have taught me. I am a better person because of you.
I am also thankful for my cats who might as well be my children.
Two: Personal Growth
I have taken many steps lately toward improving myself as a person, and I am very thankful I have been blessed with the ability to do so.
I have been taking the time to meditate for ten minutes every morning before work. When I meditate I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude, and it is such a relief to take this time to sit and enjoy these brief moments of silence amongst the chaos of everyday life.
I am thankful that I am someone who has grown to truly comprehend and benefit from meditation, that I have the ability to sit still and find peace in silence, and for these feelings of gratitude meditation brings me.
I truly believe that meditation is the best medicine for curing my anxious mind. One day at a time.
I have also been getting better at managing my time. Something I have always struggled with. I have been waking up early everyday, and have made it routine to have my alone time on the couch with my coffee every morning. I take this time to catch up on my personal budgets, as well as the social media channels for this blog, and to just enjoy the peace of the morning and my own company.
I take a little time every morning to keep the house clean. My level of productivity in the morning since adopting this routine is crazy, and I am so much happier because of it.
I have made dedicated time in my schedule every week to work on this blog, exercise, and meal prep, and I am so proud of the improvements I am making personally.
I have also been listening to motivational podcasts, and taking time to learn how to reduce negative thoughts, address why those occur to begin with, stop comparing myself to others, love myself more, and be a happier, more positive person.
Though this is not always easy and I definitely have my bad moments and bad days, the point is that I am trying and making a conscious effort to better myself every day.
For this I am so thankful.
Three: This Blog
This is a big one. It may seem a bit silly to the outside world, but this blog means the world to me. It is something that is completely mine that I’m building from the ground up. It is my creative outlet.
It has the potential to be my biggest means of helping others. At least that is my hope.
In the two months I have been doing this thus far, I have already made connections with so many wonderful people, local businesses, etc. I have already had so many strangers comment on my work and tell me that it has made a difference to them, or they were happy to be able to relate to it.
I have had old friends I haven’t really spoken to in years tell me they can hear my voice in my work.
All of this is so much more than I ever could have hoped for, and I hope to take this blog to amazing heights.
Four: The Things I’ve Achieved Thus Far in My Life
Being someone who has always struggled more than I like to admit with feeling like I always need to do, be and achieve more, and who craves instant gratification, I have to make a conscious effort to take the time to reflect on and express gratitude for all of the things I have already achieved in my life.
I am thankful for my education, for the experience of college, and for my Master’s Degree and all that it has done for me (even though the thought of taking another college course ever again makes me want to ship off to another planet).
I am so thankful that I was able to study abroad while in college. This is by far the best thing I have done in my life thus far.
I am thankful to have had the opportunity to live and work in California for a year, and meet some amazing people there. I am happy to have had the opportunity to do a good amount of traveling in my life in general, though there is so much more I want to do.
I am thankful to have had the strength to let go of things and people in my life that I learned were not good for me, to have learned to live and survive on my own, to have purchased my first home all by myself with what I worked myself to achieve. To know that I can survive and support myself.
I am thankful to have had an amazing job for the last five years, and to be starting this side business all by myself.
Five: My Health
Of course this is a big one. Knock on wood, I do not have any major health issues, and that is something to be incredibly thankful for.
I am thankful that I am able to exercise regularly and eat healthy. Also that I am able to enjoy junk food once in a while without allowing this to stress me out like it used to.
I am thankful that I have a vast amount of knowledge on how to live a healthy lifestyle, and I am excited to share that knowledge with the world here too.
Six: That I am Comfortable
I am so grateful for my home. My warm bed. My Christmas tree.
And that even though I struggle like everyone else, I always have enough for the things that I need, and many of the things that I want too.
I know many people are not lucky enough to say this, and struggle far more than I do.
I am thankful to live in America where, for most of us, everyday comforts are actually an everyday thing. For the most part, we do not have to worry about access to clean drinking water, or food on the table. We actually have tables! We do not have to worry about where we will sleep at night, or live amidst constant turmoil, warfare, terrorism, etc.
Seven: Hopes for a Bright Future
Though I try my best to be present and live in the moment, I am thankful for the hope of an even brighter future.
To be able to have children and a family one day.
To achieve success as an entrepreneur.
To continue along the path of personal growth and fulfillment. To create new memories with my loved ones, and cultivate more meaningful relationships.
Eight: My Ability to Help Others
I am thankful to understand the value and importance of helping others. Holding the door for and having conversations with strangers. Saying thank you. Paying it forward.
I am thankful to have found this outlet to share my voice, and to help others to come together to do the same.
No one in this world is alone. As humans, we are all connected. We all have shared experiences that others can relate to. Even in the most desperate situations, I know this to be true.
Every day we have the ability to make the conscious choice to be a good person and share our gifts to improve the lives of those around us.
Imagine how much more beautiful the world could be if everyone made a conscious effort to be nice, considerate and respectful to others? If we could talk out our problems instead of constantly fighting in an attempt to prove who’s “most powerful”?
Call me naive, but I truly believe this to be possible.
And helping others makes me feel good. That is just a bonus.
Nine: The Holiday Season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and I am so thankful to be lucky enough to be able to celebrate it with my loved ones.
It’s Thanksgiving after all so I had to mention this one. I am so thankful for the amazingly delicious and fulfilling meal we get to enjoy on this day. I mentioned this before, but we really are so blessed, as far too many in this world are not, to not have to worry about being able to fill our bellies. We shouldn’t take this for granted.
Blessed to be able to enjoy turkey, and stuffing, and green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie, and all of the other beautiful dishes available to us on Thanksgiving.
For that and everything else I have talked about here, I truly am SO thankful.
Please take the time this holiday week to count your blessings as well, and please try to make more of an effort to do so all year round. Join me in this. It will be an amazing experience 🙂
What are the things you are most thankful for? Please share in the comments below!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Peace & Love Always,