With this month being the one everyone is listing what they’re thankful for, I wanted to share mine too. I was writing them on my Facebook page for the first week of this month, but as work picked up last week I ended up forgetting to post, even though I didn’t forget to be thankful.
I guess I don’t conscious feel thankful all the time, but when I really sit down and think about it, I am incredibly blessed in every area of my life. I am so lucky for everything that I’ve been blessed with and/or that I’ve worked for, and I should work harder to be outwardly thankful on a more regular basis.
For starters, I’ll list out some things I’m truly thankful for today and right now in my life.
My husband, Tim
Though we bicker like what I would imagine most couples do, I am thankful constantly to have him in my life. I guess you spend your whole life up until your wedding day wondering what it’s like to be married. Now that I know, I’m thankful to be here. Although being married isn’t the constant love fest that I sometimes thought it might be, going through life’s daily motions with Tim is just nice for so many reasons. I’m thankful for the special times and date nights, but I’m also thankful for the mundane dish doing, counter straightening, and miscellaneous less than fun daily necessities. So far being married has been great, and I know it’s because of who I married.
My friends in Tampa
Having moved to Tampa a little over four years ago knowing no one and just taking a job to try a new place after college, I am infinitely grateful to have established a life here for myself. Between friends I’ve made through Tim’s friends, Tampa Bay Lady Bloggers, and Junior League, I am so blessed and thankful. It’s nice to know that I have people to go to Anna Maria with, enjoy girl time with, do cookie swaps with, run fun mud runs with, and enjoy weeknight dinners out with. A lot of you girls read my blog, so thanks for being a friend.
I mentioned that I’ve really started loving running lately, and though I still have the runs that aren’t joyous where I jump from cloud to cloud, I’m so excited for the happiness and sense of freedom I feel when I run. I’m thankful that I’m able to run, as I’ve definitely had periods where I’ve been injured and can’t, and I’m thankful that I have the ability in general. Running makes me feel like myself. It gives me something that is just mine, and when I go for a run I control what I think about, if I listen to music, where I go, and how fast I go. When there are so many things in life that we can’t control, it’s so freeing to have something that is all mine that I can make all of the decisions about.
If possible, I’m even more grateful for races than even just running. Racing gives me a sense of purpose, goals, and an ability to feel a sense of accomplishment and pride. I’ve been an athlete all my life, and when there were several years after college that I wasn’t involved in anything competitive, it was a little bit of a down time for me personally. Running races, tracking goal times, shopping at expos, being with friends, and the adrenaline and excitement that they create have made me so happy, and for that I am thankful.
I have a great job, and I am so happy to go to work most days (we all have a day here or there that would be better spent in bed). I am blessed with great co-workers and a constantly challenging pace and environment. Then, I am also lucky to have an insanely awesome schedule. With two weeks off for Christmas and spring break, almost a week off for Thanksgiving, and empty summers, my schedule is something that I could never complain about for one second. I am thankful to have a job I enjoy that enables me to live a lifestyle with which I am comfortable.
This blog is such an outlet and provides such a sense of enjoyment for me. I’ve had it going now for a little over two years, and it’s been such a creative outlet for me. To be able to create outfits that may or may not be fashionable, put together collages in Photoshop, pretend to be a photographer with my DSLR camera so I’ll have a great blog post, and share my feelings and thoughts in words and pictures is something else that is so freeing. Beyond being able to do that, though, having people read those thoughts and pictures and provide responses and feedback makes me feel so happy on a daily basis. Blogging without interaction would be so much less fun, so for your readership, comments, and thoughts I’m eternally grateful.
And for a few silly but still important ones…
Thank God for Starbucks and my constant fix. That liquid awesome is what gets me through my mornings.
What is it about this phone that makes me feel connected to everything important. I can pick it up and call someone, text, instagram, email, and tweet all with the right finger strokes. I love this thing.
the upcoming break
My gosh how I need this break. I’m so glad it’s almost here. I woke up today (THURSDAY) and thought it was Saturday. That means it’s time for some rest. I’m off Wednesday-Sunday for Thanksgiving and can’t wait to head up to Chattanooga to see my family for the first time since the wedding this summer.
I watch junk tv. I can’t follow along with shows because for some reason I feel a sense of commitment that I don’t like feeling to the tv. I like watching shows that don’t connect with each other or I can read a quick 6 line spoiler to make up for a missed episode. Call me crazy, but feeling tied to the tv stresses me out.
product review opportunities
I’ve lately gotten a lot more products to review through my blogging, and I’m enjoying that so much. Getting things for free is fun, but being able to give stuff away is even better. I know the topic of giveaways brings out different opinions in people, but I really enjoy giveaways on blogs and enter quite a few. Because of that, I like to offer them here on my blog too. (Like the Tiny Prints one I have going on now).
Whether serious or silly, what are you thankful for today?