Things I'm Thankful For
I’m Thankful for so many things and people and places, but mostly I keep that list wrapped up close to my heart. While practicing gratitude is trendy, I’m inspired by the old school elementary activities. The ones squeezed in at the end of November to fill time before the Thanksgiving holiday. The kind of school day full of art projects and sweets. Bonus points for anything involving glue, glitter and feathers. In that spirit, I want to share what I’m thankful for, and I want to cover it in glitter and hang it on the fridge. Instead, this will have to do.
I’m thankful for my family. My dad had open heart surgery in September, and my grandmother passed away a year ago. In total, I’ve spent about a month at my parent’s house this year. That’s the longest I’ve spent in my childhood bedroom since I moved out 10 years ago. I’m thankful for all the healing we’ve had this year—both emotional and physical. I’m thankful my family got to be together during the tough times, and that my dad is healing well.
I’m thankful I survived my Saturn return. I’m not super into astrology or anything, but I felt like I couldn’t catch a break. Turns out, this could have been cosmic. I felt angry and untethered. I felt like nothing would go right. I couldn’t get out of the house on time. I was stressed and anxious. But, I’m currently feeling more and more at peace. I spent the year working out and eating healthy. I feel strong and confident and secure. I feel like myself, but older and wiser. And guess what? My Saturn return ended in October. If you’re interested, calculate yours here.
I’m thankful for my home in San Francisco. Dear house, thanks for always giving me a place to express myself and feel safe and warm. I’m thankful for all the good food we’ve cooked in you and all the times we’ve cheers’d together. I’m thankful that you hold so many friends and good times. Thanks for all the late-night movies and burning hot showers. Thank you for housing some of my favorite people under your roof.
I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve worked hard for and gotten lucky with. I’m grateful for my job and the people I’ve met. I’m thankful for all the times I’ve been in the right place at the right time—it’s a great reminder that the universe isn’t out to get me.
I’m thankful for the beauty all around me. I’m grateful I get to walk to work and am able to see my city with fresh eyes every day. I’m thankful I can explore on foot and wander endlessly. I’m thankful I get to travel and see the world, and I’m grateful that this allows me to expand my worldview.
Finally—I’m thankful for my boyfriend, who is there for me no matter what. And I’m thankful for my friends who have become my San Francisco family.
What are you thankful for? Who have you told? This is the perfect time of year to express your gratefulness to those who mean the most. Put some good vibes out there.