6 things I’m thankful for…

It’s a wonderful thing to be thankful and grateful in this day and age. It’s needed to stay genuine in this high paced life we live in, we miss out on the little pleasures and the ‘things that really matter’. I see thankful lists go around so often and yet I don’t participate as much as I should. These points need to be acknowledged by you to the person you’re directing them at though more importantly. This season can easily bring out the best or worst  in everyone no matter who you are-it’s an easy  trap to fall into. But  just take a moment and reflect on your life as I share what I’m truly thankful things I have in my life…..

1. family 
One thing I always remember about Thanksgiving is the three F’s: Food, Family, Fun. I would be surrounded by loved ones and feel genuinely cared about (that has since changed, mostly) and replaced my thoughts with selfish wants and needs. I adored the catered food and family who flew in to be there seemed like such a big deal. The smiles and warm hugs saying hello and saying goodbye again a few hours later. It was a busy holiday growing up and I have very fond memories of it- that’ll never change but I was no naive kid either; I saw the favoritism and disconnect that often drifted my way in some facet or another. It was a lovely time but looking back now it’s slightly greyed into a fantasy that seems real only in my dreams.

2. friends
My friends have always been a huge part of my world. The ones who were there from cradle to grave and the other who only came for a phase or season of my life so far. I am serioiusly thankful and grateful to them for all the lessons learned and great times they all gave me and the bad times too. Late nights, inside jokes, laughter and tears, moving away and moving back, college to marriage and kids for some of you. And next to my blogging friends- you are some of the most amazing people I have never met in real life. I’m thankful for the hours of input and advice and endles chatting this year especially –you know who you are– Thank you ladies! Here’s to being there when we needed each other and what’s still to come in our futures. 
3. pets
This may seem a little strange but I am thankful for my pets. Bouncer and Maggie have been with us the longest of all the dogs we have had in the past- these two just light up our worlds daily. From anything as simple as a grumpy growl or a wag of a tail or a snoring Maggie in the covers or when they sneak-fart and then you smell it. It’s the small things in life and they keep us on our toes. We’ve been through a lot together, a few moves and lots of changes and down-time, I love them like our own children and for now, they are just that-our treasures.
4. blogging
A hobby. It’s becoming so much more to me lately. I am still in consistent but I’m going to work on it and not mention it anymore because heck, no one is perfect and if it looks like it’s perfect then you probably pay for some extra help (not possible in my case). I have been putting more visually into my blog and much more effort on each post and within sharing and posting each one carefully. I want to expand and start being a more useful blog and widen my horizons. But that takes time so please stay patient with me for awhile while I build and create more content in coming months. 
5. health
I am so thankful and blessed that even without medical and dental coverage I am  reasonably  healthy. I’m sure I’m not the most on top of it health wise, I have some bad habits and I need to just generally care for my body and health/fitness more so on a steady basis-BUT I’m okay and I’m by no means in declining health for any reasons. Although I have lots of dental work to be done but I did that one to myself (bad habits, die hard…. no fun!). 
6. happiness
Overall 2015 has been okay, although I’m over it. I need a fresh start again and a new year to improve upon myself- shake off any negative parts of the year, grow and move on. I learned a lot again this year and although things were mild I think we are at a much better place now than we were then. I am a work in prigress and as long as I don’t quit working on myself then I’m not a lost cause (not that I think I am, but we all have our personal downfalls). I’m finally happy with where we live, our marriage is wonderful and developing more each day (not perfect-but heck, who’s is??), I love my family, friends and dogs, I am growing more into my blog and building what I have created over almost 6 years and I am happy with my life. 
This is the best feeling right about this time of year. I won’t be taking any of it for granted- things could always be worse and we always get through it!
Thank you for reading this and contiinuing to support me here on The Petite Mrs.!

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