In the days leading up to the end of 2013, I have found myself in deep reflection my life as of late. I've thought about where I'm going, where I want to be, whether or not I'm happy with where I am, and so forth. I think it's normal for this time of year. Don't you agree?
In light of the upcoming Turkey day, I decided to write about what I'm thankful for. So here it goes:
- I'm thankful that I am intelligent. I don't necessarily mean in the academic sense, but I do have a level of street smarts that has helped me figure out how to make sense of the cards that I was dealt in this life. Throughout the course of my trials and errors, I've been able to learn from my mistakes and that has helped my life tremendously.
- I am thankful for having people in my life who believe in me. There are days where I didn't think I would've made it had it not been for them.
- I'm thankful for my marriage and my child. They keep me grounded and remind me on a daily basis that patience (and a sense of humor) is critical to making it through the rough patches.
- I'm thankful for my career. While I haven't made it to my dream job yet, I am thankful that I get to work in an industry that has taught me what it means to be there for my fellow human and to appreciate what I have. I woke up this morning and can breathe on my own. Some people didn't get to do that today...
- I am thankful that I believe in myself enough to try. Every day I am either trying to improve my physical self as well as my mental/emotional state. I try every day and I try in spite of whatever negative voice in my head that attempts to persuade me otherwise.
- I am thankful that I can respect myself not to be involved with toxic people. My boundaries are appropriate and strong. I know that it's crucial to my own well being to not get sucked into other peoples' chronic misery.
- I am thankful and, more importantly, proud of my journey of healing. If you really knew me and knew me long enough, you would appreciate the before and after of ETH. Believe me, the after is so much better.
- I am thankful for this blog and my readers. Without it (or YOU!), I don't think I would've been able to learn this much as quickly or have had the chance to talk to some really awesome people from around the world.
Until Next Time,