Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I have to admit that Thanksgiving has always been a holiday that has been more about the extra day off work than anything else. But this year, I feel that I have a lot to be thankful for! These are listed in no particular order.
-A lovely little home. House hunting was stressful, and we fell in love with one home only to have it snatched away. We were ready to quit, but we remembered the house we saw the same day as the "dream house", a sweet little house that needed a little bit of TLC, but was in a good area and we could afford it. It's now ours, and I still can't believe all the work we've done this year. You're never done when you're a homeowner, but it feels wonderful to have so many projects crossed off the list!
-My place in the world, right now. I worked outside of the home my entire adult life. At the end of last year, my husband and I decided that the time had finally come for me to quit a job (and a 2+ hr. commute one way) I hated. I ended up staying on part-time for a few months, but I've been a "domestic engineer" for the last six months and I've never been happier. I'm not going to say that I don't sometimes miss the income, but we are both so much happier now, with less money, than we ever were when I worked!
-My writing. Before this year, I'd never found time for it in my life, but being creative again has made me so much happier than I was before. There's nothing like that writer's rush!
-My health. I had a health scare this year (nothing terribly serious, but still) and something like makes you understand and appreciate how lucky you are to be healthy. I've also become more conscious of what I'm eating and I've lost thirteen pounds.
-My blog, and all my wonderful followers! I started this blog on a lark, mainly because I missed daily blogging. I'm so glad I did! My blog keeps me on track as far as reading goes, I've read more books this year than in probably the previous ten years. I've also found so many great books thanks to the book blogging community.
-My family & my husband. I'm thankful that I only live about two hours from my family, and about forty minutes from my husband's family. I'm thankful for my husband because he supports me and without him I wouldn't be able to focus solely on my writing.
-My cats. Being home alone by myself most of the time makes me appreciate the company they provide!
Thanks for indulging me as I talk about what I'm thankful for, and I hope all the Americans have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend! Even if you don't celebrate the holiday, why not take a moment to reflect on what you're thankful for? We all tend to focus on the negative in our lives, and it every once in awhile it's nice to think about what we'd be lost without.