one of my favorite parts of thanksgiving is a tradition my family has always stuck with. before we eat and after we say grace we all go around the table and have to say what we’re thankful for. being away from home this year (only the second time in my life!!) i’m hoping to bring that tradition to j’s family. i love doing this so much because it’s a minute when we all stop the craziness, stop worrying about the black friday deals (that now start on thursday night), which football teams are winning, work, everyone stops and comes together before shoving their faces (probably my second favorite part of the day) and stops to think about all the amazing things we have to be thankful for.
so since i can never seem to limit myself to just one thing i’ll share them all with you, this year i am thankful for:
1. family and friends
i have the worlds best family and coming from a small town in massachusetts, my friends from home have become part of that family. and if that wasn’t enough my friends in d.c. have become my family away from family helping me to create a home and a life in what can be kind of a crazy city. they are all such supportive incredible people that i know i can count on no matter what but aren’t afraid to bring me back down to earth and give me a reality check when i need it.
i am also fortunate enough to have friends around the world from when i travelled abroad who are always willing to put a roof over my head when traveling and who have each shared a little piece of themselves and their culture with me making me the person i am today.
2. my new job
i love love love my new job. i feel so fortunate to have stumbled into this position because i’m doing something i truly enjoy working with a group of incredibly smart, talented and kind people who are helping me to grow not only in my position but also in my life, while also teaching me so much about life and the dreaded real world.
3. the roof over my head and food on my plate
i have been making an effort to volunteer more in my community and one of my goals for 2014 is to volunteer at one of the soup kitchens in d.c.. we are all so lucky for some of the staples we enjoy that i think we sometime take for granted so this year i’m taking an extra moment to remember how fortunate i am to have a warm roof over my head and ample food on my plate because there are far too many good people in this world who are not so fortunate.
5. my education
i hate school, i am possibly the least academic person i know. not to say i’m not good at school, because i’m okay but goodness do i hate it. with that said i am so grateful to have gotten the amazing education that i just completed in may! i couldn’t do half the things i see in my future without it. not to mention all the amazing people i met while getting my degree.
6. the freedom to come together and celebrate this day
finally i am so thankful for the freedom that men and women from around this country are fighting to protect. we are able to come together, people of all colors, backgrounds, religions and cultures to celebrate the many things that people in other parts of the world are not fortunate enough to have.
so hold your family and friends tight this thanksgiving and remember all the things we have to be thankful for. what are you thankful for this thanksgiving?
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