I’m aware of how cheesy/cliche/unoriginal it seems to talk about what I’m thankful for the day before Thanksgiving.

However, it’s necessary for me. I’m the type who often looks at the glass being half-empty. I’m not proud of it, but it’s a tough mindset to break from. One way to think positive thoughts is to make a list of what in my life is actually good. With that being said, here are the five (not all financially related) things that I am grateful for.

1. I’ve traveled more this year than I have in my whole life.

I took a short weekend trip to Chicago in January to get my hair done and spend time with family. In March, I took a pre-birthday trip to Los Angeles to visit my dad. My husband and I visited Kansas City for Memorial Day weekend, then celebrated our 1-year anniversary during the summer in New Orleans. We flew to Virginia Beach for Labor Day weekend, and I thought that was our last trip for the year. Then my husband surprised me with concert tickets to see the singer H.E.R. in Houston. (FYI, she is an AMAZING performer and I am currently stalking her social media to get tickets for her next tour.) We returned from Houston earlier this week and will be spending Christmas with my dad in Los Angeles again. I couldn’t travel like I wanted while I was on active duty, so I’m happy to have time and freedom to explore some of the world.

2. I’m in good health.

I’m currently getting over a nasty cold that I caught during the last couple days in Houston, but that’s the extent of health issues I’ve had in a long time. The older I get, the more I realize that good health is not a guarantee, so I try my best to be grateful for it.

3. I have a ridiculously supportive husband.

My husband is my biggest cheerleader, even when I don’t want him to be. Not a day goes by without him telling me how smart, amazing, or beautiful I am. I usually roll my eyes, as I’ve put him in the category of people like my mom who have to say nice things to me. But, it is awesome to have a spouse that supports your dreams, no matter how outlandish.

4. I finally launched my blog.

This blog is something I’ve wanted to start since I separated from the military. I created a website several months ago and posted entries that were variations of blog posts I had written for school, but they were pretty dull. Then school, work, marriage, and writer’s block took over and I didn’t post  for months. With some randomly newfound inspiration (i.e., bullying from my mentor), I buckled down and pushed out a ton of content to prepare for my official launch in October.

5. I graduate with my Bachelor’s next year.

Getting my degree will be a major milestone in my life. It started out as something that I had to do, because of my upbringing, but now it’s a personal goal. Sometimes I’m envious when I see college classmates already established in their careers while I’ll probably be doing entry-level work for the next couple years. At the same time, I know it’s bad juju to compare my life to others. I may not have obtained my degree at 22, but I have accomplished quite a bit up until this point. I’m excited to see where the next several years will take me.

Do you look at life with a “glass half-empty” or “glass half-full” perspective? What are you grateful for this year?

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