A combination of things—the grey and dreary season, the sadness of the holidays without loved ones—can make it hard to put a smile on your face at times like these. But, especially on a day devoted to it, I’m trying extra hard to remember the blessings in my life and give thanks.
The top 10 things I’m thankful for this year:
- My family. Every one of them. My mom, my siblings, grandma, aunts, uncles, cousins, 2nd cousins, 4th cousins 3 times removed (ok, I may have made that one up). And even though we’re not married (*yet*), I very much consider Sean’s family to be like family to me. So I’m thankful for each and every one of them, too.
- My house. Even though being a homeowner has its challenges, I feel very blessed to have a roof over my head and a place to call home at the end of the day. I’m proud of the house that Sean and I bought together and the home it’s become in the last 7 months.
- My job. I have had jobs in the past where I absolutely dread going to work. For the past 4+ years, I’ve been lucky to have a job I love, a company I can stand behind, and co-workers who make my day-to-day life an absolute joy. It is work—so not every day feels like a blessing—but when it comes down to it, I’m very thankful for it. And knowing how many people who are out of work in these difficult times (my boyfriend included), I can’t help but see it as a blessing, too.
- Speaking of boyfriends - I’m thankful for him, too. I kind of covered it in the family section, but he deserves his own number. He has incredible patience. After all, he has put up with me for 6 years! He has a big heart and is incredibly loyal, not just to me but to his family and friends. I love him very much and absolutely give thanks for him!
- Friends. Like any friendship, we have our ups and downs, but it just shows the power of the love we have for each other. My friends are great companions, fearless partners in crime, devoted advocates, and hilarious sidekicks. I’m certainly blessed to have them in my life!
- Health. With the way things go wrong in my family, it’s a miracle I’ve avoided significant illness or injury! But seriously, I am very lucky to be in relatively good health. I’ve worked very hard over the last year and a half to get to a healthier place, and this year especially, I am thankful for giving gotten there.
- Oliver. Nothing better than coming home to see him so excited to see me, or to have him snuggled up next to me in the middle of the night. He knows when I’m sad and need a little extra attention. He is a great companion – even if he’s naughty sometimes.
- Days off work, be it weekends or vacation days. Waking up without an alarm. Spending the morning on the couch with my boys. A carefree day doing whatever I want or need. Love it!
- Faith. I have a long way to go to be the Christian I want to be, but I’m very thankful for freedom of religion and the role God plays in my life.
- Memories. I thrive on the incredible memories I have—of my childhood, my high school years, and even of just days ago. Memories in my mind and in photographs are beautiful reminders of the blessings that I’ve had before and make me excited for all those to come, too.