I am fully aware of how cheesy/cliche/unoriginal it may seem to write a post about all the things I’m thankful for the day before Thanksgiving, but it’s necessary for me. I will admit that I’m the type who often looks at the glass being half-empty, which is not something I’m proud of, but it’s also a tough mindset to break away from. One way to force myself to think some positive thoughts every now and then is by thinking 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 at the beginning of the year 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 would be 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 all of her social media to see when tickets for her next tour go on sale.) We returned from Houston earlier this week and will be spending Christmas with my dad in Los Angeles again. I wasn’t able to travel like I wanted to while I was on active duty, so I’m happy that I finally have the 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 that I’ve had in a very 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.
I can say with all seriousness that 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 just roll my eyes, as I’ve put him in the category of people like my mom who have to say nice things to me. When I think about it, it is awesome to have a spouse that supports each and every one of your dreams, no matter how outlandish they may seem to everyone else.
4. I finally launched my blog.
This blog is a project that I have been thinking about since I separated from the military over a year ago. I created a website several months ago and posted a few entries that were just variations of blog posts I had written for school, but they had no life to them. Then school, work, marriage, and writer’s block took over and I didn’t post anything for months. With some randomly newfound inspiration (i.e., bullying from my mentor), I buckled down and pushed out a ton of content to get ready for my official launch in October.
5. I graduate with my Bachelor’s next year.
Getting my degree is going to be a major milestone in my life. It started out as something that I had to do, based on my parents’ expectations of me as a teenager, but now it’s more of a personal goal than anything else. I get envious at times when I see my old college classmates already established in their careers while I’ll more than likely 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, and while I may not have obtained my degree at 22, I have still accomplished quite a bit up until this point and 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?