22 Things I’m Thankful For

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Happy Thanksgiving for those in the US!

I hope you’re enjoying your holiday with friends, family, or whatever it is that makes you feel thankful on this holiday.

I’ve shouted this from the rooftop several times…but in case you’re just catching up, I’m walking in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade today. I’m carrying the Red Power Ranger and literally don’t think I could be any more excited.

My family celebrates Thanksgiving the weekend before. We all live in different spots that are not easily accessible to each other and we have significant others that we tend to have to split holiday time with. I spent this last weekend with my family in a cabin in Indiana. It was a nice change of pace from the fast city and it was spent with many, many laughs, lots of wine, and a chance to reset.

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Before we start in on my thankful list, I want to include two that were not included in my original list. It will make it more than 22, but it is necessary.

I’m thankful that I work in a safe place and have not had to deal with violence in the workplace. I am thankful my family is able to be together during the holiday season.

This isn’t a political plea. On 11/19/2018, there was a shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Three people + the gunman died in the shooting.

  • Samuel Jimenez – A 28 year old cop, father of three, and husband. He had only been a full CPD officer for a few months.
  • Dayna Less -A 25 year old first-year pharmacy resident who was simply walking off of the elevator.
  • Dr. Tamera O’Neal – A 38 year old physician who was actively involved in volunteerism and her church.

There are three people that won’t be joining their family during a season that is supposed to be filled with joy. Today, I’m thankful that myself and my family/friends are safe and able to enjoy each other’s company, even when it’s not always appreciated at the time. I’m thankful I have the ability to complain about making time in my schedule to accommodate everyone during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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Today, I want to stop and make a list of 22 things I’m thankful for on this day of thanks and giving. Only 22 because that’s what day Thanksgiving is on this year. There are many more, but 10,472 Reasons I’m Thankful would not have made an easy read. 

I am thankful for…

  • My family (blood and chosen) & friends
  • My partner
  • My dog
  • Chocolate
  • Wine
  • My parents
  • Country music
  • My readers/followers
  • The ability to travel
  • The desire to travel
  • My health
  • Plum Paper Planners
  • Organization lists
  • Coffee
  • Sticky Notes
  • The internet (specifically Wikipedia and Google)
  • A career that I truly love and the opportunity that comes with it
  • The blogging community
  • My coworkers and colleagues
  • Being from a small town
  • Living in a major city
  • My students

I hope you are able to take some time to reflect on what you’re thankful for today or this weekend. The holidays are spent running around trying to get to countless events, dinners, and get togethers. Make sure you carve out some time for yourself to focus on what’s important this season.

Also, we can’t talk about Thanksgiving without talking about your favorite Thanksgiving food. Mine is green bean casserole and homemade bread (AKA frozen bread that thaws and bakes in the oven). I’m honestly not a huge fan of turkey; I prefer ham and brown gravy…but that’s just me.

What are you thankful for this year? How are you spending your Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite Thanksgiving tradition?

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