Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who have taken the time to visit our blog on this day! We wanted to take a moment to share a few things that we are thankful for as we spend time with family and friends!
- I’m extremely thankful that next weekend I’ll be lucky enough to be celebrating our second anniversary. I never would have thought that when I was recruited to carry a big heavy box full of an unassembled TV stand into some random girl’s apartment that we would end up being together. I’m very thankful that I left the gym when I did that night and got out of the shower when I did so that I could actually hear the knock on the door.
- I’m thankful to have my job. I work for the government, so this has been an extremely frustrating year. I was furloughed (though not nearly as long as other people) and who knows how long it could have lasted. There were some negative impacts to me not knowing what was going to happen from day-to-day, but eventually it all got temporarily settled. We’ll see what January brings, but I’m thankful that, right now, I’m working every day.
- I’m thankful that I went out and bought a bike in the spring. I toyed with the idea of buying a fancy bike for a while and finally I pulled the trigger. Now, I’ve done two sprint triathlons and am very much looking forward to doing more races. I love my time on the bike. It’s a great fitness option and gives me plenty of time to ease my mind.
- I’m thankful to be home. I began 2013 by moving to Maryland to work for 10 weeks. It was a very difficult time for us as I was away and couldn’t spend time with Morgan or help take care of the animals or help her with projects around the house. I’m very thankful to have been at home for a while and have no plans to leave like that again.
- I’m oddly thankful that I decided to buzz my hair. It’s hard for me to admit, but I am follicly- challenged thanks to the genetics from both sides of my family. I have been scared to buzz it down for years, but this year, I saw a couple of pictures that made me extremely self-conscious. So I finally decided to take the plunge and now I think I look SO much better. I have way more confidence in my appearance and wish I had done it sooner.
- BONUS- I’m thankful that the Carolina Panthers are winning football games right now! I know this sounds silly, but I didn’t want all of my list to be serious. Not that I’m taking this lightly! The Panthers are killing it right now and headed toward the playoffs. I have been a Panthers fan from their inaugural year and many of those years (especially the past few) have been absolutely torture to watch. It feels so good to actually get to cheer on Sundays and not have to hang my head for three hours.
- I am very thankful for a job that excites me. This has been a transitional year for my career, and I could not be happier with where I am right now. There is nothing worse than feeling burnt out & under-appreciated in a job, especially when you spend majority of your week day waking hours there! I used to wake up every morning and say “don’t make me go, don’t make me go!” I feel so much more relaxed and happy now.
- I am so thankful for the support of my friends and family. Changing jobs comes with lots of stress – financial, personal, the am-I-making-the-righ-life-changing-decision anxiety attacks. Having my mom or Sean or my sister or a girlfriend to vent to or cry on made all of the difference in the world. I could have never done it alone!
- I could not be more thankful for my furry babies. I know Sean is so tired of me always saying it, but I am truly in love with Cici and Bear. They are so sweet and so silly and so snuggly, and I cannot imagine my life without them. I call them My Angels Sent From Heaven to Make My Life Perfect. And it’s true! They are!
- I am so very thankful for my and my family’s health. It sounds cliche, but people get sick suddenly, and it could be just an annoying convenience or it could be life changing. I am proud to say that I didn’t get sick all year this year (though my new job required me to get a flu shot – which I’ve never done before – and am convinced is gonna give me the flu.) The health of me, Sean, our parents, siblings, grandparents, even the pets… is truly a blessing.
- Last but not least, I am so very thankful for this blog. Having a creative outlet really helps to relax me and I just love bragging about my successes- and sharing my failures. Don’t get me wrong – almost everything I blog about I would have done even if I didn’t blog – but the goal of maintaining a five times a week posting schedule pushed me. I’ll be honest- there have been lazy Sundays where I just wanted to lounge at the pool. But, knowing that I needed five posts often pushed me to get on it already and has made me a less lazy person. Not entirely un-lazy, but a jump in the right direction!
What are you thankful for?