Thanksgiving can be stressful. There’s holiday traffic, fear of burning the turkey, and of course, praying for the entire day that no two family members end up in a screaming battle. However, despite all the stress and the negatives that come along with the day, I see it as an opportunity for positivity: in the moments of panic, take a breath and think less of what bad could happen and instead of what good things you had.
I know, sometimes, thinking of the positives isn’t easy but we are all so blessed. Let’s take one day to think in terms of gratitude instead of anxiety.
I want to share with you all just a few of the things I am so thankful for this Thanksgiving.
- The response to this blog. I started this blog with no real expectations. I had no idea if anyone would want to hear my self-care journey, but I felt like I would be an injustice to myself if I didn’t try to tell my story. The response has been greater than I could have ever imagined. I have been so blessed to have so many of you reach out and tell me how I am impacting your lives and that means the world to me. I could not be more grateful this Thanksgiving for all you have given me.
- My support system. This year has involved making so many hard decisions and just going through the general ups-and-downs of life. I can say I would not have gotten through those moments without the people I am blessed to call my friends, my family, and my support system. They pick me up when I’m down. They encourage me to take risks and follow my heart. They are so so special to me.
- My opportunities. This year may have been a difficult one, at times, but it’s also been my most exciting. I have gotten to work with two amazing companies in D.C. as an intern, I got to move to Disney World, and I’ve gotten to explore so much by being in leadership for my extracurriculars. All of my development this year has come from being able to pursue these opportunities and I feel so blessed to have had these chances in my life.
- My homes. I’ve written on the blog before about feeling like I have multiple places I call home and belong in. While this can be difficult at times, it is also such a blessing in my life. I close my eyes and I can see three places I truly and distinctly belong: DC, Orlando, and New York. This is hard, as I always am missing somewhere, but I am so happy to be grounded in these three amazing places.
- My growth. This one piece of gratitude is probably the most personal of all. Over the last year, I have grown so much as a person. I have found an inner-strength I did not know I had. I have grown in my beliefs, my values, and my abilities. I am thankful for all a year can do for a person.
I wish in this post I could spend time saying the name of every person I am grateful for, but if I did that, the post would go on for days. If we stop to think about all the wonderful people in our lives and the little things they do for us, we will be amazed by how much we have to be thankful for.
Today, I will be taking time to sit down and send out some personal messages of gratitude to those whom I am thankful for this season. I want to give some of the positivity that has been brought into my life back to others.
This Thanksgiving, don’t let the negatives overwhelm you. Take the time to be grateful and appreciate your life’s blessing. Let today’s holiday be ruled by positivity.