Top Ten Tuesday, as always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish
This week’s topic: Top Ten Things I’m Thankful For
I’m always down for some gratitude. I typically try to keep a mini journal to practice gratitude — especially this year when I’ve done a lot of complaining and have been feeling like my situation was kind of bleak. I’ve found it’s important to tell myself that, even when everything (and this year I mean everything) feels like it is falling apart, there is ALWAYS something to be thankful for. Always and I don’t care what anyone says. There are some days that are harder to be thankful for others but forcing myself seems to work. Some of my answers seem like the obvious answers but I mean it with my soul.
I can’t be thankful enough for Will. Besides my sister, Will is the only person who sees the very raw bad and good parts of me and still loves me. I am no picnic. He spoils me, supports me and loves me. We are not perfect — he and I– but I’m just thankful that we can always work through things and love each other despite how imperfect we are. This last year has obviously been hard with me not working and I’m just so thankful for how hard he works and for how finances have not put a wedge between us.
I am getting all teary eyed about this one but when Genevieve was born 2 years ago it was the best day of my life. I love her and new baby Adela with my whole soul. My sister and I weren’t in a great place in our relationship but the minute she told me she was pregnant it changed everything and we went back to being best friends. I am so, so thankful for Genevieve being born because of that and this journey of being an aunt to she and Adela has been the best thing ever. Being an aunt has changed my life in ways I can’t even begin to tell you. There’s something that changes in your heart with being an auntie to little ones. Those smiles or little voices can just make your heart warm on a crappy day.
I’m very thankful for my health and it’s something I think I take foregranted all the time. I complain about having to walk far at a crowded store or for having to exercise but at least I can do that? Some people would wish they could do that. I’ve also seen the way your health can fail you personally. The way your mom can just have a cancer attack her brain or the way your father in law’s body just starts to melt away because of ALS. I’m thankful that, as of right now, I’m not dealing with these things because one day my health could not be such a sure thing like I think it is right now.
I’ve had such a super supportive family always. I’ve appreciated them more as I’m older and recognize the sacrifices they’ve made. I’m super thankful I’m close with my sister again because she’s my best friend. Just very thankful to have family like this!
This year I’ve been so complain-y with being unemployed. We can’t do this. We can’t buy that. We had to cut this or that out. We almost can’t pay rent. Lots of crappy things happened. And while those things are really HARD. Truly, we have been struggling but I realize how much better we do have compared to 80% of the people in this world. I have food always. We have a roof over our head with heat. My car might keep breaking but we have Will’s too. We have running water. We have things like cell phones and computers and we eat out on occasion. We could cut some things or sell some things if things got worse for us. We have options. Even at our worst we are in a much better situation than a lot of the world and that’s something I’m very thankful for — that most of my problems are first world problems. It doesn’t belittle the things I’m going through but it puts them in perspective.
I’m thankful for this blog because it’s brought some amazing people into my life and has really been an amazing thing to focus on while I’ve been unemployed — something to keep my mind fresh and creative. This blog has changed my life in a lot of great ways and I’m thankful for all the amazing people I’ve met. I’m thankful I have a place on the internet that I truly feel like is my own and readers that are amazing. I’m just very, very thankful for this blog for many reasons. This blog has made reading, a solitary hobby, into a very, very social and interactive one for me and I love it.
I’m thankful for my reading history — that I can read and that I had parents who took me to the library, bought me books and always were supportive of how much I loved to read. I’m happy that even though I stopped reading for a while that I came back. Books can change lives and they have done that for mine. I’m just so thankful for those books that change something in me or make me feel less alone.
Giving second chances and receiving second chances. I’m thankful for these opportunities to try again. We don’t always get them so I’m thankful when I do.
Words have power and I’m just so thankful that authors write bold, important things no matter how many times people try to ban them. These stories are important and they need to be told and I’m thankful for the authors who speak loudly about these things. They dare to push the limits. I’m thankful for authors who break down boundaries and challenge societal norms.
Every day is an adventure. There’s always little things that can pick me up and I’m thankful for those things in the midst of the gloom. Sunshine, unexpected beauty, bellyaching laughs, a soul stirring song, the kindness of a stranger. I’m thankful for it all.
So tell me…what are you most thankful for this year?