Things I’m Grateful For is a linkup I used to host with Ashley from Hello Nature. While we don’t host it anymore, tomorrow is Thanksgiving and a wonderful time to remember to be grateful for the things we have in life.
In the past year, I’ve realized that being grateful for the things I do have has become a coping mechanism for my depression, just like my really lame sense of humor. But, to each their own, right? Given that my birthday is always a week before Thanksgiving, mid-to-late November always feels like a reflective time.
When I think about where I was a year ago, man what a difference. Stressed and unemployed in 2016 and now I’m drastically less-stressed and employed! And even when things are going well, it’s even more important to be grateful for what’s going on in my life.
My job. Y’all, I love my job. I’m damn good at my job, too. I enjoy my coworkers, but I also get to leave my job at work. When I was in politics, I’d get emails at four in the morning, so this job is so nice. It’s amazing how things you never anticipated for yourself can be the exact thing you need in life.
My parents. I’m always grateful for them, but they helped me so much this year when I wasn’t employed and searching for a new job. God bless those folks because I freaking love them.
My friends. Especially Sarah for all the bar stops and for Brooke for coming to visit me this summer and letting me come visit for my birthday last week. I always have so much fun whenever I’m with either of these ladies, and I’m so grateful that I have both of them in my life for hugs and drinks (among other things). And of course Laney for being my almost-twin.
Books. I really fell back in love with reading this year and it has been so nice to have some good old-fashioned escapism. I feel more inspired to write when I’m reading a good book, too. It took me a year and a half, but I’m finally getting my library card so now I’ve more places to get some books.
My dietician. For keeping me straight and narrow, even when I’m not losing as much weight as I want. Wouldn’t have lost what I had without her.
My writing. The one thing that drives me crazy and keeps me sane. I didn’t publish any books, but I’m still writing.
This week, I hope you take time to remember to be grateful for the things in your life that mean the most.