So I am starting off the blog this week with the theme of the month: Gratitude. Of course, Thanksgiving was the perfect time to really think about what you are grateful for and all the things you should be appreciating on a daily basis.
When I narrow it down, here’s what I am grateful for:
My Family and Friends
Despite the freezing temperatures in Chicago, I always look forward to the winter season because that means the holidays are here, and that means my loved ones will all be together. I have a small extended family, which should make it easy to all get together, but sadly, getting everyone together under one roof is actually a rare occasion.
That’s why the holiday season is so important to me.
I have family members fly across the country to come home for the holidays. I have two younger sisters in college out-of-state. I have cousins who have grown up and scattered themselves from California to New York to Texas. I have high school friends and college roommates who come home for the holidays.
Between job commitments and school and geographic locations, it’s tough to find time to get everyone together. During the year, I can always count on phone calls, emails, and even Facebook statuses to know what everyone is up to, but those things could never compare to being face-to-face with those I care about most.
I’m so grateful for this one time a year when we can all gather to catch up and hear about each other’s lives in person.
My Health and Well-Being
I have been quite lucky this year! I can’t even complain of a simple cold that I got this year, let alone H1N1! (Knock on wood)…
I have never felt better.
After leaving my horrid corporate job, I truly rid myself of a lot of stress and negative energy that I had built up day after day. At the time, I didn’t even realize what an effect it had on my well-being. Many times, I would feel tired or sluggish or just plain lazy after a day at my desk, but now it’s just the opposite.
I have been revived! I am bursting with energy and so over-the-top happy that I have actually been stopped in the middle of the grocery store and asked why I was so “smiley”. I didn’t even have an answer… I am just plain happy with my life and happy with myself. I find that I am more active and taking better care of myself, and I am so grateful for my recent life changes and the positive effect they have had on my body and mind.
Speaking of happiness, I’d also like to do a little shout out for Molly’s online course, The Joy Equation: A 30-Day Guide To Living Life On Purpose. I recently completed The Joy Equation and found that it gently guided me as I dealt with my Quarterlife Crisis head on. It helped me to get all my thoughts out on paper so that I could consider what my current concerns were and work through each one. It guided me through forming a plan to take one day at a time with the only goal being to lead a happier and more fulfilling life.
I definitely give this course some credit for my current level of satisfaction regardless of all the uncertainties that lie ahead. And I am definitely grateful for that!