As this week is Thanksgiving in America, I’m going to go through and list 10 things that I’m thankful to have in my life. Gratitude is so important and I, like many other people, forget to practice it.
Seriously, she is #1 for me. I know that we’ve gained a lot of new followers in the time that she’s been absent from this blog, but she’s still the first person I talk to with stuff about the blog, my life, random thoughts about books, and anything else. She’s my best friend and I feel so grateful to have her.
- My health
I think this is an obvious one for some people — at least in an ableist society like this — but I am damn grateful for being healthy. I’ve had some slight health issues/worries this year (and for my family, actually) so I’m grateful every single day that me and my family are feeling good.
- My parents
Besides Chantel (and my other IRL friends, although we live so far apart now), my biggest supports are my mom and dad. They have helped me so much and given me so much. I am eternally grateful for all that they’ve done for me in the past, the present, and what I’m sure will happen in the future.
- Getting an education
While getting a graduate degree is expensive, I’m so grateful that I can get it and am getting it. I bitch about it a lot, but I’m so glad that I have the opportunity to do this.
- Having enough money to get by
For me and my family, this year has been financially difficult. I don’t talk about it much online, but it’s just been very hard for us. We had to have major repairs done on our house that still are in progress and just kept mounting up beyond what I talked about on here. At least we have a ceiling and flooring. Then I had my surgery and the insurance company was a dick. Plus, I’m staring at mountains of debt from grad school.
But, I have money to get by. I’m able to pay my bills and I try to stash some away, but that varies per month.
- Having a job
Along with money is having a job. I only work two days a week thanks to practicum, but my boss has been very flexible and allows me to do what I need to do for myself. Not a lot of jobs are like that, and I’m so grateful that I have one that is.
- My puppies
Ava and Eli don’t feature on here, but I love my dogs. If I have a hard day at practicum or school or work or I’m not in a good mindstate, they are always so sweet. They’re a lot of work and have their own issues, but all the work my family has given us amazing puppies who make me laugh every single day.
- The people at my practicum
I have to say, the agency I’m with is fucking amazing. I am grateful to how they’ve welcomed me with open arms and see me as a professional alongside them. If I ever needed anything, I know that I can come to them and they’d help me out.
- The support of my classmates
The whole time I was getting my undergrad, I never had a “college experience”. I was a commuter student who transferred there in my sophomore year and lived an hour away. But, now, I really feel like I’m making lasting friendships with people. If there’s any kind of question or ethical dilemma or just needing to talk — because, as social workers, we see tons of hard things — they’re there to listen.
- Everyone who has supported this blog
Finally, I am so damn grateful to all of you. When this blog was started, I never really imagined it would become that big. I thought that Chantel and I would have fun, do our thing, and that would be that. But it’s taken off and grown in ways that I did not imagine in my wildest dreams. And that never would have happened without all of you. So, from the bottom of my heart, thank you for every single like and comment.
What are you most grateful for in your life?