Feeling Thankful

I have a couple blog posts in draft stages. I had hoped to get one done today, but it's taking a little longer than planned. Instead I thought I'd take some time to talk just a few things I have to be thankful for.

It's cliche I know -- talking gratitude in November -- but I don't think that makes it a bad thing. It's just a practice that I should happen all 12 months.

Regardless, I'm jumping on the November "thankfulness" bandwagon.

Here are a few things I especially appreciate in my life.

1. My family and friends. I could easily fill up this list with just the people who mean the most to me. I feel very grateful to have an amazing support network here in Seattle and just a phone call away. I wouldn't be where I am or the person I am without these people in my life.

2. A job that challenges me. Not only do I work with some great people, I have a job that is a little different every day and one that forces me to work hard, be creative and thorough.

3. My health and health insurance. I am a fairly healthy person (though I need to be more active -- especially with a full time desk job now). That's not something I want to take for granted.

4. My own condo. It's hard to believe a year ago I was a grad school student/nomad and now I'm pretty much settled. And owning my condo is amazing blessing, even on days (like today) when I have to make a big mortgage payment.

5. Living in a city I enjoy and enjoying the city I live in. I know that sentence sounds redundant, but I really am thankful to ended up in a place I like. I didn't necessarily plan to stay in Seattle and except for occasional visits, didn't know the city well, so it's been fun to get to explore and like what I've seen/done. Plus, really, it's beautiful here.

6. Travel adventures. I really enjoy traveling and I've been lucky enough to get to have the resources and opportunities to do it quite a bit. The chance to explore new places, try new cuisines, and see new sights is not something I take lightly.

7. Technology. Sure, there are downsides -- like my complete addiction to playing Solataire on my phone and obsessively check Twitter. But it's pretty cool too. I am much better connected to people around the country (and world) because of all the ways to stay in touch, whether it's sending an email, Skyping, or following a blog, all from thousands of miles away.

8. An education. Having grown up in a family where getting a college degree was expected, it is sometimes easy to forget what a privilege getting a higher education is for most people. The opportunities I have to learn, to network, even to travel, because of school are priceless. My job even came directly from an internship while in school.

9. A sense of humor. Daily I am thankful for my ability to laugh at the ridiculous. It's a skill my parents taught me and it often keeps me from total frustration.

What's on your thankful list?


  1. aw what a great list, i was wondering what all the thankful posts on FB were about, now i know!

  2. thankful for a job today!! it won't last for much longer, so today i'm thankful!

  3. Loved reading about all the things you have to be thankful for. Really puts life in perspective doesn't it? And having your own condo is awesome! I always love your posts my friend.

  4. Your thankful list sounds an awful lot like MY thankful list! Though I am still a renter. Gotta work on that part of "growing up". :)

  5. We have similar thankful lists. I'm thankful that I haven't had to take some crummy job that I would've hated just because we needed the need.

  6. I love the November thankful posts, and I'm happy that you have so many things to be thankful for! Also I totally feel you on the draft blog posts... I have SO MANY sitting in my folder right now.

    Sarah @ Life As Always

  7. A good sense of humor is a great thing to have! And so is health insurance! :)

  8. Ahh, love your list, think mine is pretty similar. :)

  9. I think owning a place is so cool, despite the monthly mortgage.. I'd rather pay the mortgage than the rent!

  10. Yay for you, you have so much to be thankful for!

  11. That is a really good list - for me, health is key. And family, as usual. And that the drama this year is pretty much over - whew!

  12. I mean, I have all of these things to be thankful for. It's at times like this that I just feel so incredibly blessed!

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  13. Awesome list, maybe youll like this

  14. Awesome list and your city looks dreamy! I one day look forward to having my own place too. Oh man, the way I would deck it out to display my personality EVERYWHERE gets me excited.

    I am very thankful for my health. And my education so far. And the people I have come into contact with. And my strong will. I could go on!