At the beginning of November I set out to share thirty things I was grateful for throughout the month. Thursdays became Thankful Thursdays, I have to admit, this was a fun challenge to do, a daily focus on gratitude holds a lot of power. It becomes a little harder to be negative and a little easier to push through what has the potential to hold you back.
And, without further adieu, here are the nine things I am grateful for on this Thanksgiving morning to round out the month of November.
[FLEX SPENDING ACCOUNTS] This week Justin and I were able to purchase new glasses without having to take any money out of our checking account because we are fortunate enough to have a flex spending account as part of our benefit package. It had been five years since Justin had been to the eye doctor, so he was due for some new glasses.
[NEW FRIENDS] I’ve had the opportunity recently to build new friendships with people that I would never otherwise have a relationship with. It’s sometimes interesting how these people are brought into your life, but I believe you really are given the people you need, when you need them.
[OPPORTUNITIES TO GROW] As I make progress in my healthier lifestyle, I am also trying to push myself to do things that I might not want to do, push myself outside of my comfort zone. My brain automatically defaults with all of the things that have to be “dealt with” in any given situation which can cause both anxiety and a strong desire for avoidance. I’ve missed out on a lot of things because of that natural inclination I have, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to push through it and grow as an individual.
[TRADITIONS] Thanksgiving weekend is full of traditions, as a matter of fact, this whole season is full of traditions. I enjoy the familiarity of seeing family, the feeling of the holiday, comforting food, and being able to look forward to each event.
[LONG WEEKENDS] I am incredibly lucky to work in an industry that gives staff paid holidays, resulting in never having to worry whether or not I am able to participate in celebrations with our family. And this month, I have two additional days to rest, eat, celebrate, and relax.
[PAYCHECKS] I am so grateful for a consistent paycheck, and this week, an early one. Because I have direct deposit, I was able to pay almost a month’s worth of bills this morning and still save some money for Black Friday shopping. Knowing that we have the means to take care of our financial obligations on a monthly basis is comforting.
[LAZY MORNINGS] In a very unusual fashion, I have spent the last two evenings out having drinks with friends. Something I rarely do, especially since moving to a low-carb diet. While I had a great time, my body is paying the price for two days of drinking. This morning I am thankful for the opportunity to lay low, drink some coffee, make a light breakfast, and rest up before taking on the day.
[TRYING NEW THINGS] While having a night out this week a friend encouraged (forced) me to try some things I would otherwise avoid, I would expect nothing less. I enjoyed the things she introduced me to and was grateful for the opportunity to try new things and the people that encourage (force) you to.
[THANKSGIVING] Today is Thanksgiving, it is my favorite holiday of the year. I am thankful to have the opportunity to celebrate (and eat) with family, prepare for more Thanksgiving traditions, and start the holiday season. Bring on the turkey!