Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ten Things I'm Thankful For

As most people do around Thanksgiving, I like to reflect on what I have to be thankful for, but within these last few weeks, God has really shown me I am blessed beyond measure and it led me to want to write this post. With that said, here are Ten Things I'm Thankful for:

If you read my New Year's post, then you may know I was very hopeful 2019 would look up after having a rough year in 2018. Little did I know though, that my mom would fall into a deep depression and lose her job almost simultaneously, causing a roller-coaster of events to follow. I can thankfully say that we made it through that. It was definitely the hardest thing I've ever been through, but more will come on this later in another blog post I am working on. The point of this though is to say how thankful I am for my mom's mental health being back on track, and for our relationship re-flourishing since it's hardships. (And since I wrote this paragraph originally, my mom accepted a wonderful job offer, and for that I am also thankful!)

I've worked for ACC since 2015, starting in the Campus Manager's Office. Earlier this year, I accepted a position in Library Services at the newest ACC campus. In these last seven months, I have learned so much and feel so grateful for the opportunity I was given. Some may view this job as boring as it's solely an administrative role, but I absolutely love what I do, and I work for people who truly value me as an employee and show their appreciation constantly. And at the end of the day, that's truly what keeps an employee around.

This may not seem super important, but I've always struggled with self-confidence. Like any human being, I still do, but I've noticed how far I've come in the last two years. I truly believe that my blog has played the biggest part in this. It's taught me to care less about what others think, and that has helped me reach new milestones in my confidence level. In addition, it doesn't hurt that my boyfriend, Michael is constantly hyping me up. Hence, why you see me laughing in the below photo. 😂💗

This one applies to tons of people as I have a large family, but especially to those who play an active role in my daily life. My parents, my sisters, my two best friends, my boyfriend's family, and the Hellums family (family I babysit for). I'm genuinely thankful for those surrounding me who constantly encourage, love, and support me. My world would not be as wonderful as it is without those people.

If you know me, you may know I've been having Sunday lunches with my dad since I was 15 years old. What started as setting time aside to learn how to drive, quickly turned into one of the best traditions in my life. While this has changed a little since I was young (it's now every other week instead of every Sunday), I am still so grateful for this time with my dad (and step mom). That quality time is something I truly appreciate and know this will be something that will continue to evolve into my future kiddos playing with their granddaddy on a Sunday afternoon. What could be better than that?

Words can't even begin to explain how thankful I am for Michael. As I mentioned above, this year has come with many struggles I didn’t expect to face. And in the midst of everything going on, there he was taking care of me and pushing me through. During all of the confusion and defeat I felt, he brought such a constant light to my life, and has continued to do this daily. He is undeniably one of the most patient, understanding, and UPLIFTING people I know, and I truly am so grateful to have him as a partner. Plus, he makes me a smitten kitten 😍💗😘 (Thank you for being so amazing, babe!)

I haven't been able to dedicate as much time as I would like to this blog yet, but I'm still so thankful to have it. It's a place I've been able to experiment with my creative side, and write about things that matter to me. Even if less than a handful of people read it, I'm still thankful for this space that I created for myself & that's truly all that matters. 

It is no surprise to have a little section for my sweet 15 year old cousin, whom I did a recent post on back in July in honor of her birthdayFor only being 15 years old, she is one of the strongest people I know. And to be quite honest, I value her opinion and thoughts more than I do most people my own age (or older). I've said it before, and I'll continue to say it again and again; she is the sunshine of my life. (Kylie, it'll forever hold true because there's really no better way to describe you.)

I feel like I have learned a lot in the last couple of years. And it's partially because of mistakes I've made that have taught me something. I think it's important to value everything you've been through, the good and the bad, because at the end of the day, those lessons are what make you who you are.

I'll wrap this post up with one of the most important things I'm thankful for, and that is for what God continues to lay on my heart. Without it, this post wouldn't exist. He reminds me of what and how much I have, and how I should value and appreciate each of those things wholeheartedly. 

There's definitely more than ten things I'm thankful for but this definitely sums up what I've been feeling grateful for lately. 

If you made it this far, thank you for reading. Your support means the world to me. Please drop something down in the comments that you are thankful for! I'd love to hear from you!

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