Another Thanksgiving is upon us!
Out of all the holidays, Thanksgiving is one of my favorites. It’s less consumer-driven than other holidays despite the retail market’s best efforts, the weather isn’t super cold, I get extra days off from work, people type what they’re grateful for all month long online, and there’s tons of delicious foods I only get to eat once a year. I mean, I could make them at any time in the year but that takes work.
In no particular order, here is my list of things I’m grateful for this year:
I lost a piece of myself this year when he went missing for two weeks. I couldn’t bear the thought my floofball went missing due to my negligence. My burden was lifted when I wrangled him home, but his adventure taught me just how integral he is to a happy life. This is a foreshadowing at how sad I’m going to be when he crosses the rainbow bridge, but we’re lucky many years together before I need to start preparing myself for that.
Every time he snuggles with me at night, greets me at the door when I come home, or does something silly that makes me laugh I am reminded of the treasure he is and I remain eternally grateful Bartholomew is my kitty.
I might’ve made a few rookie mistakes, but few things compare to the satisfaction I get from looking at my house and knowing I own it. As someone who lived in either shared living arrangements, in other people’s houses, or apartments, it’s a really big deal to me. Not only that, but I am paying relatively little to live there compared to past places.
It is a beautiful house and I look forward to the future when it’s all fixed up and at it’s best!
I wouldn’t be where I am today without my career. If I didn’t have this job working for this company I wouldn’t have been able to save so much for retirement and be at this point so early in life. I work for a great company that treats me well. I haven’t always had the best jobs working here, but slogging through the bad jobs taught me to appreciate the good jobs even more than I otherwise would have.
I have a robust network of friends, family, colleagues, former colleagues, advisors, and former teachers. New and old, I appreciate each person I can call on the phone and have a chat. It doesn’t matter if that chat is about what their silly dog did the other day or deep life advice. I have a profound sense of gratitude to know so many awesome people. Thanks for being in my life!
Last but CERTAINLY not least is my amazing boyfriend. I had no idea at the beginning of the year I’d be with someone so great. Our relationship was worth waiting for (even if I did wait a bit impatiently at times). We complement each other nicely in pretty much every facet and encourage each other to be a better person every day. I look back on being single and when I was in other relationships and marvel at how solid and healthy this relationship is. I am incredibly grateful I have it so good right now!
I hope everyone has a happy Thanksgiving stuffed with great food, great company, and great times!
Readers, what are you doing for Thanksgiving? What are you most grateful for this year?