A Grateful Heart
I realize that Thanksgiving has come and gone, but I wanted to take a beat and share a few things to be thankful for. It’s not always easy to live with a grateful heart, but it’s wonderful to take this time of year to express our gratitude for all the good things in our life that we may not notice day to day. I feel like I have so much to be grateful for this year and I’m so thankful to all my readers, my friends and my family for everything that’s happened this year. It’s been amazing and I know that 2016 will be even better for us all 🙂 Because I feel super grateful for so many things, I thought I’d put them in a list and share with you guys ♥
10 Things to Be Thankful For
- Being Alive. First off, I’m incredibly grateful to be alive! We never stop to think how incredible it is that we were lucky enough to be born in this world, to breathe this air, to experience what we experience, and live the life we live. Maybe it’s not perfect, but it’s beautiful in all it’s glorious imperfection.
- My Health. I’m so grateful for my health this year. As I get older, it becomes more and more valuable to me. Being able to run farther without feeling winded, being able to walk around without a struggle, and being able to live life without much trouble and no health issues to speak of makes me so happy.
- My Loved Ones. I’m really thankful to all my family and friends for being there to make me laugh every day, talk to when I’m going through something tough, or just chat with me into the wee hours of the night/morning. Believe me when I say, there’s nowhere I’d rather be and nobody I would rather spend that time with.
- My Blog Readers. Thank you so much to everyone who reads this space! Thank you thank you thank you! Thank you for coming here and reading my rants, enjoying my content, entering my giveaways, sharing their advice and expertise on posts, and just generally making this such a wonderful, happy place for me to write in and community to be a part of. I really, truly love it and all of you!
- Kind Words. Whether it’s something nice someone commented on a blog post or social post or someone I passed in the street who smiled or said good morning, thank you. Kind words seem harder and harder to come by these days so I really appreciate them very much. If you pass someone in the street, say hello! If you like someone’s top or smile, say so. It always brightens up my day and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
- The Little Things. I’m really grateful for the little things that make my day that much brighter. A smile from a stranger, delicious coffee or tea on cold mornings, the silly expressions my dog makes at me, great conversation, and a yummy meal or a moving film.
- Food & Shelter. These are really basic, but there are many people in the world who go without the essentials so I’m thankful that I’ve been fortunate enough to be born into a life where my family loves me, I have a job, food to eat, and a wonderful apartment to call home.
- Challenges.This may seem strange, but I’m thankful for all the challenges I’ve had throughout my life. Life might not have been easy, at the time (or even now), but overcoming these challenges has built my character and taught me a lot about myself and others.
- Late Night Chats. If I could pick one thing to do that I really enjoy doing with my friends (other than watching my favorite movies or filming short films ourselves), I would say it’s relaxing on my balcony or on my living room couch and just talking about stuff. We can sit there and chat for hours about whatever, laughing, and it’s always a good time. Also, it’s free! So I’m really thankful for that.
- Opportunities and Future Possibilities. I’m incredibly grateful and happy about all of the opportunities I’ve gotten this year. I’ve made strides in blogging (for me), tried new things, worked on some short films, etc. I have some incredible projects in the works both for blogging and for film which I’m incredibly excited about for 2016 so I know the future holds some amazing possibilities and I’m really thankful for all of this 🙂