November is a month for giving thanks and appreciating the things that you might usually take for granted in everyday life. If you’re even the least bit active on social media you’re aware of the different challenges going around where individuals list the things they are grateful for each day in November. I’d like to think that we should all live that way 365 days a year, but that is rather idealistic of me.
There’s something special about Thanksgiving, a low-pressure holiday that gives you the opportunity to sit with family, enjoy the fall season, eat delicious food, and spend time basking in shared gratitude. It is, hands down, my favorite holiday of the year. While I won’t be posting something I am grateful for everyday throughout November, I will be doing a blog post on each Thursday in November highlighting the things that bring me gratitude, by the end of the month you will have 30, one for each day. I hope you’ll join me, and if you don’t want to join me publicly, that you’ll at least do it for yourself. There’s power in gratitude, it has the potential to completely reframe your thinking and attitude if you let it!
[FAMILY] If you know the least bit about me, you know that family is the most important thing in my life. I have been incredibly lucky to have been born into an amazing, tight knit, crazy group of people that keep me grounded. I am beyond proud to share my family with Justin and love the little family of our own that we have built. We are outnumbered by furbabies, but I love the life that we have created.
[JUSTIN] My inspiringly strong husband gets a shout out of his own. He has been dealt some pretty significant challenges and he just takes each of them in stride, moving toward a resolution. He understand the impact that this has on me and is supportive, even when the roles should be reversed. He makes me laugh, cares for our zoo of animals, and is my best friend.
[MY JOB] As stressed and frustrated as I get in my work, I am beyond grateful that I am employed in the field of my choosing, doing and supporting work that I am passionate about. It’s not always easy and I am constantly learning but knowing that I have a secure future is an incredible comfort. Not everyone gets to do what they love every day, I’m lucky to say that I do.
[COMMUNITY] The last year has been difficult for Justin and I, but we have been so lucky to have the support of the community around us. Our people that are not blood related but feel more like family have gone above and beyond to hold us up as we navigate through the unknown.
[THE CORNER OFFICE] I haven’t given this blog as much love and attention as it deserves lately, but I am very grateful for the outlet it has given me and the people it has brought into my life. After graduating college I didn’t see how I was going to be able to incorporate writing into my everyday life, having this space has reignited a creative fire in me that I’m excited to have back!