Thankfulness and how it has eluded me this year

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

This year it has been hard for me to be thankful, if I’m honest. I’ve been working very part time and this never ending search for a full time job is irritating. It’s frustrating to be a college grad and think you are going to have a job when you graduate and then end up having to live at home still because you can’t. My boyfriend’s dad passed away in March of this year and it was a hard time and it brought back a lot of feelings from when my mom passed away. Friendships have been rough this year and I’ve really been in a slump. I’ve felt like I’ve had nothing to be thankful for but I realized that’s such a lie. I do.

Just right here as I write this I am thankful that I made the decision to start blogging at the end of June of this year. I’ve met some amazing people who have greatly impacted my life and make me laugh all the time. I love that I’m able to talk to people about a huge passion of mine and that they share in it as well. It has been my sanity! In general, I am thankful that I am alive and healthy. I have a place to live despite my financial situation. I have food on the table. I have a supportive family and a few great friends. I am thankful that I live in a country where I have great freedoms and the ability to vote. I am thankful for the time I’ve had with the people I lost and thankful that I was able to go to college. I’m thankful for my boyfriend. He is so supportive in every way and I just love what we have in our relationship! I always thought I’d have a hard time knowing who the “right” person was but I have no doubts!

Anyways, I’m ready for 2011 but I can’t forget about the things I’ve learned and the positive things that have happened this year despite the hard times!

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About Jamie

Jamie is a 32 year old married lady (with a new baby!!) who is in denial that she's actually that old to be a married lady and a mom. When she's not reading you can find her doing Pilates followed by eating ice cream, belting out Hamilton (loud and offkey) and having adventures with her husband, daughter and rescue dog.


  1. Rebecca Rasmussen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jaime. I hope you have a wonderful day and year — a few years ago, I couldn't find a job for over a year and it was completely demoralizing, so I understand where you're coming from honey. I am glad you have a wonderful boyfriend and family, though. That's what got me through 🙂 xoxo

  2. it always helps to do this Jamie… to remember what you do have when you feel quite the opposite. It's how I get through my dark days and how I always have gotten through them I guess. When I start to feel like life is nothing but a bunch of wrong turns I sit down and think about all of the things I DO have. Or I go volunteer somewhere and see what someone else's reality is.

    I like that you wrote this…. it's cathartic…. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. Ginger @ GReads! says:

    Even though life doesn't always turn out like we hoped it would, there's always a reason for it being so. It may just take some time before we realize that! I am so happy to have "met" you through this book blogging. One of these days we'll have our epic adventure! I just know it!!

  4. Happy Thanksgiving! I needed this reminder that there's a lot to be thankful for even when things are not quite going as planned. I'm pretty thankful for blogger folks, too 🙂

  5. Christina/Book Addict says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jamie! I'm so glad to have met you this year. 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and lets try to get together again soon!

  6. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that this coming year includes better things for you! I've really enjoyed your blog!

  7. Happy Thanksgiving, Jamie. Keep focusing on the positives – you seem like a determined young woman and I have no doubt you will get where you want to go!

  8. Happy Thanksgiving. I know how you feel when you've finished university/college and still can' get a full time job. I have been supply teaching for 3 years now and it's frustrating. I am glad you can see the up side of things as well. That is not always easy.

  9. the story siren says:

    totally relate to you on the up and downs of this year. I'm glad that you are able to look at the good things you have and let that make up for all the other things that aren't so great. i think that's what makes you such a great person! I'm happy that I've got to know you! Hope you have a wonderful thanksgiving!

  10. Jen (Makeshift Bookmark) says:

    Jamie, I am thankful for YOU! You have been such a great person in the couple months I've known you and you're such a freaking FABULOUS person. You will find your perfect job. 2011 will bring wonderful things to you, because I said so and you deserve it. Heart you, doll.

  11. Happy Thanksgiving! =D

    Also, I just wanted to let you know that I've given you a blogger award! You may pick it up over here. Congratulations! =)

  12. Being thankful, taking the time to appreciate my Blessings big and small, has helped me to stay positive throughout these last 5 months and it really makes a difference in your life!