It’s Thanksgiving week which means it’s the perfect excuse to express gratitude and count our blessings. I always have soooo much to be thankful for, even in the bad times and have tried to make this year “A Year of Gratitude.”
In January, I started keeping a gratitude journal…and I try to write in it every single day…although sometimes it doesn’t happen. Honestly, this has been life changing in more ways than one but the biggest benefit has just been remembering and being reminded of how great life really is. It has helped me not take things for granted as much and remember that there are soooo many positives and good to outweigh the bad. If you’re looking for a New Years Resolution for next year…I highly recommend a gratitude journal as a daily practice. I promise you’ll benefit immensely.
Anyways, back to the point of this post and my top ten list. Here we go…
We don’t live a typical life. Our whole life is based on opportunity. Opportunity that we took and opportunity that we often miss. I’m thankful for the ability to capitalize on good timing, good thoughts and always be looking for new things. A life without opportunity is no life at all.
Time can be a sneaky thief. Sometimes it’s too slow and sometimes it’s too fast. Rarely are we ever happy with the pace at which time is going but to me time is the most underappreciated gift we have been given. For every second that passes, no matter how fast or slow it feels, we had it. It’s never lost on me how fortunate I am to be alive and breathing and living this life. So many don’t have that pleasure. So many pass too young or too soon or so unexpectedly. We should never take a single breath for granted because every single one is a gift that we are lucky enough to have.
I am a very creative person…hello blog. Creativity comes in all forms and for me it’s doing things with my hands and writing. I am sooooo thankful for my ability to write. It is my favorite thing to do in life and I feel like it makes me a much better person. I am able to get things off my chest and truly touch other people, which I never thought possible. I’m glad that I have the ability to express what so many can’t find the words to say. It is a gift that I am forever thankful to have and be able to use.
My relationship with my post baby bod has always been complicated. It has been well documented on this blog. With so many kids I’ve had to gain and lose weight several times and it seems to never end. However, I have tried to really change the way I think about myself. For me “losing weight” or being a certain size is much more about health than looks. I am thankful that this machine still runs, even when I don’t treat it the best, and that I am healthy.
I am proud to have people in my life that are not blood family but family in every single sense of the word. I truly believe that family comes in all forms and it doesn’t have to do with who is on your birth certificate or who you shared a bedroom with. I truly have some of the best friends in all the world. People that would drop everything and fly here or drive here without a moments hesitation if I needed them. People that will encourage me, listen to me, and have faith in me. People that won’t judge yet encourage and give me advice. To them I hope they know how thankful I am for them. I am blessed.
I am not a religious person but I do consider myself a spiritual person. I often meditate, journal and keep in close contact with my faith. I believe all religion/spirituality/faith is a very personal choice and journey and one that should not be pushed on other people. For that reason I rarely talk about my faith but I am thankful for it. Everyone believes in something and I don’t believe there is a right or wrong thing to believe in. We are drawn to certain things in our life that get us through the day and power us through tough times. Whatever that is for you…I hope it changes your life.
This has been a hard year for us. I haven’t talked about it on the blog much because it’s personal and disrespectful to all parties involved …but it’s been rough. However, struggles and pain comes with a lot of joy as well. If you don’t go through the struggles you don’t ever grow. If people don’t let you down you don’t ever really get shown their true character. If you don’t stick up for yourself, you will continue to get walked all over. Yes, struggling sucks and I’ve had my fair share for a while….but we are better for it and I’m thankful for the things my eyes have been open to this year.
To be a business owner is humbling in every sense of the word. I am thankful for loyal customers, continued support, great feedback and people who inspire us. I am so thankful I can work from home and see my kids, hear their crazy babbles, sooth their skinned knees, and even try to get some work done through the fussing and screaming. It really is the life.
I know I brag about Jared all the time on this blog…so much so you all probably get nauseous and roll your eyes… but the love is real. I am beyond thankful for the man he is, the man he aspires to be and the woman he makes me. I KNOW how blessed I am and we are and I am so proud of the work we put into our marriage every day. I see so many broken relationships and it truly breaks my heart because I truly wish everyone had what I have. Marriage shouldn’t be hard work but it is work and I’m glad we always put each other first, knowing without each other, life just wouldn’t be nearly as grand.
All of you!
I am so blessed to have such great friends, followers and supporters in this world of cyber space. In a land of social media the world seems smaller and closer and I’m so thankful to have “met” such amazing people through this blogging journey. You all are amazing and I wish I could meet all you in person. Maybe some day!! 🙂
I hope you all have amazing Thanksgivings and feel free to share what you are thankful for in the comments below!