What I Am Grateful For
On the day before Thanksgiving, I wanted to post about what I am grateful for. I try my best to be grateful every day for the blessings in my life, because no matter how hard or difficult my day can be, at the end of the day I am very blessed. I think I have a very positive outlook on life and appreciate the people, the experiences, and so much in my life.
I wanted to reflect today on all that I have, before going crazy in the holiday season. We always say that the Christmas season isn’t about buying gifts, it’s about spending time with our loved ones. I do believe this is true, however my favorite part of the holidays is giving thoughtful gifts! But I think it is important to reflect on all that you do have.
1. My Family
For those of you who don’t know, I have known my husband since we were eleven. We have dated since we were fourteen and there has never been anyone else for me. I am so grateful for his support and how much he cares, and I know I never say it enough. I am also grateful for my dog, Milo, and kitten, Luna. These two bring so much joy and happiness to our home. They are loving, sweet, and spoiled rotten!
2. My Apartment
This apartment is the longest I have been in a place since high school. If you haven’t guessed I’ve moved around a lot! Our apartment is small in some ways, big in others, but at the end of the day it’s the perfect size for us. Over the past year and a half we have made it a home and enjoy our space. It is a wonderful place to come home to.
3. My Job
I love my job. I know that many bloggers want to eventually be full time, but I don’t think I could ever give up my line of work. I am a geriatric social worker, and it is the perfect fit for me. Right now, I am working in a nursing home with a mostly Medicaid population. Every day my patient’s remind me of my blessings. They are kind, wonderful people that have so many lessons to teach. For example, I’ve had clients who were the first woman/person of color to graduate from their college, people who never went to school and were traveling crop pickers, and so many in between. Every day they remind me of the privileged life I lead and never to take health of yourself or your loved ones for granted.
4. My Car
Okay, I have to put my car on here because I may be selling it soon! There’s a whole story behind why, but I can’t talk about it yet! Anyway, my car is a 2015 VW station wagon and it is awesome. First, it gets me from A to B, but it really allows me to live the life I do. I couldn’t imagine living where I do without a car. It’s funny, because I have a ton of public transit near me, but it’s all the unnecessary trips I go on that I am grateful for my car. If I end up selling it, I’ll be bummed, but there are more important things in life. In the meantime, I am still very grateful for my car.
5. My Friends
The people I have in my life are there for a reason. I never hold onto friendships that I do not feel strongly about. Of course I’ve had fall outs with people who I wish I wouldn’t have, but that is life. The friends I do have are so important to me. I always do my best (because I’m lazy) to make time for my friends and get together or at least catch up. Social media makes it so easy which I appreciate as well!
6. My Health
As I said above, working in a nursing home teaches you not to take your health for granted. I am 26, but I can tell my lifestyle is catching up with me. I don’t eat like I should, and I don’t exercise. It’s terrible I know, but it’s an uphill battle. At least I acknowledge it right?! No that’s not good enough. But I am grateful I don’t have any diagnosed health conditions and don’t take any daily medication. Not that either of those things are bad and can’t be overcome, but I am just grateful health is something I rarely have to think about for myself.
7. My Ability to Let Things Go
Okay this one is odd, and it’s not something people really think about, but hear me out. As a social worker, you have to leave work at work. Not everyone can do this and it is a nice thing to be able to not think about things once you get home or vice versa. Not everyone can do this so I am grateful that I have this ability.
8. Being (Mostly) Debt Free
I say mostly because my husband and I both have student loans to pay, but that just comes with the territory of being a millennial. Otherwise, we are lucky enough to not have a credit card bill that we cannot pay off monthly, and have good credit. I have plenty of friends who live beyond their means and have thousands sitting on a credit card. My husband and I both weren’t raised like this and neither of us wanted that for our lives. We were able (with our parent’s help) to pay our wedding and honeymoon in full last year. I know plenty of people who have taken out personal loans for weddings, vacations, etc. Neither of us wants too much debt in our lives.
9. Not Living Paycheck to Paycheck
I have lived paycheck to paycheck and I often had what I call can of soup weeks. Can of soup weeks means that you have less than $5 in your account and you are eating whatever is in your soup cabinet for the week! When I had moved out to my first apartment alone I had many of these times. Being able to save and not worry too much about overspending here or there is truly a blessing.
Not everyone has the ability, the time, or the funds to travel. I am grateful for my travel experiences both in the States and internationally. There is a saying, I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list; this is my travel philosophy. I have a strong desire to travel and I am grateful it is something I get to experience in my life. My mother didn’t travel outside of the country until she was 55; I went when I was 15. I don’t take any of my travel experiences for granted and am grateful every day.
With Thanksgiving tomorrow, take the time to think about all the blessings you have in your life. And eat a lot and spend time with your loved ones! -Maggie