Monday, November 24, 2014


Giving thanks is something I try to do every day.  Incorporating gratitude into my daily life is essential for happiness & success.  I find that the more grateful, & the less competitive I am, the more I can be truly happy.  Happiness without being irked by little things like everyday comparisons.

Seeing so many people travel so often sometimes leads me to a jealousy I never knew I had.  For me, Thanksgiving means road tripping.  The past two years, the two I've spent with Jonathan, have been road trip Thanksgivings.


Thanksgiving is approaching us quickly this week.  Last year, I would be packing for Utah, Wyoming, & South Dakota.  The year before, I would have been ready to speed off to Phoenix, Arizona to have a quick meal with Jonathan's family at one of their vacation homes, & then to see good friends that live too far.  I'm almost jealous of past-me - but I'm starting to learn better.

This year, we're going up to the cabin with family to have a not-so-traditional meal, & to visit.  There has never been any ritualized giving of thanks in my family.  I'd like to start that tradition.  Perhaps I'll find that having my own Thanksgiving at home, on a daily basis will give me the satisfaction of not taking life for granted.

Today's memory is one of longing, but one that I hope to change into a feeling of gratitude instead.  I don't have a good story to tell today.  I'd love to tell you about the long openness of Wyoming, the purest dark of the Black Hills in South Dakota, or even the vastness of the sky on the open road.  But for now, I simply want to give thanks.

I'm thankful that my family is so supportive.  They may drive me crazy sometimes, but they'll always be there for me, no matter what.

I'm thankful that I have such an amazing husband.  He is my rock.  I never knew I needed one.  I never knew how sensitive I am.  I always put on this hard shell.  With Jonathan, I can take off that shell & be myself - fully vulnerable, but safe.

I'm thankful for my financial security.  Despite my best efforts to try & not care about money, having just enough feels good.

I'm thankful for my friends.  I have a small family, but with my friends it feels so much bigger.  I've very picky, & I love the ones I keep so much.

I'm thankful for being able to write my heart out on this blog.  Reading & writing are two of my favorite things.  Being able to do them with such freedom gives me pure joy.

I'm thankful for being able to travel when I can.  Some people go their whole lives never leaving their home town.  I have traveled a lot in my life, perhaps this is why I love to do it so much.  I am thankful for the opportunities I have had to travel the world.

I am thankful for the ability to make my own life, be my own person, & live the way I want.  Jealousy aside, comparisons are the thief of joy, my life is my own - & I love it.

Be thankful & have a happy Thanksgiving, because if this holiday is about anything that should be it.

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