I’m super behind on my intentions to participate in the Thankful Project with 28 days of intentional gratitude, however I am super thankful for many many things. I’m going to a hybrid of a few ‘thankfuls’ a day to catch me up so I don’t lose any of my intential gratitude! :)
Day 1: A Person:
I’m thankful for my mother. She raised me to be strong, independent, capable, and self sufficient at a young age. She taught me the value of work and earning what you want, but she also taught me the value of quiet moments on the beach. She taught me to “work hard then play hard” and to always reach for the hard to get. Never settle for less than your best, or you’ll be eternally disappointed in yourself. My mom offers wonderful advice such as “Always talk about your husband like he’s standing right behind you.” Pure gold. Apply it to anyone and you know that you’re always having positive productive conversations and that you’re never bringing people down. My mom has overcome adversity and shown class, dignity, and grace while doing it. She makes it look easy to be a person that you would describe as dependable, honest, hard working, brilliant, creative, funny, supportive, and loving. I am the woman that I am today all because of my mom. I hope that I never take for granted having a mom as wonderful as she is.
And yes, I’m always thankful for my husband too, but everyone knows that already! :)
Day 2: A Role You’ve Played:
I’m thankful for the role of Best Friend that I play. The heartwarming connection between two girlfriends that allows them to know what the other needs to hear without conversation, and the ability to be the vent for silly frustrations. Being a best friend isn’t a job to be taken lightly. It means ice cream at midnight, reading books you don’t like, encouraging one another, helping paint cabinets on a Saturday, driving to pick them up when their car is broken down. It means tears that don’t need an explanation. Being a best friend is a strong weight to carry, but if you choose wisely, you’ll receive it back ten fold. As Sigma Sigma Sigma says, “To receive much, you must give much.” I’ve never heard anything more true.
On the flip side, having a husband (in my case) means having a new best friend. That person who knows every intimate detail about you, like how you sometimes just need an extra long hug, or a piece of tiramisu the day your diet ends. I’m thankful I chose such a wonderful man to share my life with, such a wonderful best friend. I’m thankful for the opportunity to fill this position not only for my husband, but for girl friends that count on me. I’m lucky to have the people in my life that I do.
Day 3: A Place:
The beach is the place I’m most thankful for. Not only do I enjoy every second of salty sun-filled fun, but I truly believe the ocean holds a piece of my soul and when I’m needing a refill on the good things it’s always there to top me off. There’s a majesty in the sea, and the power and magic of the unknown. I was lucky enough to take my husband on his first trip to the ocean, and to experience the wonder through his eyes again. Hawaii sparked the explorer in Jake, and I can’t wait to further cultivate our travel habits and to see every inch of the world with him. :)
I believe in mermaids, for the record, and I believe that in my previous life I was a mermaid. Yes. I’m serious. Didn’t you watch the mermaid documentary?!
Day 4: An experience:
I’m thankful for the experience of moving away from home for college. I went to college away from home and didn’t have any friends attending school there. I was FORCED out of my comfort zone and into a new world with new people. I had to make friends and find my place without any guidance from anyone. It helped me to grow into the person that I am, and it taught me that spending the holidays with your family is extremely important, whoever you count as your family. I don’t think I would be anywhere near the person that I am today if I hadn’t “left home” and gone far enough away that I couldn’t just go home.
I made the best friendships there that will last a lifetime, and I learned that my hometown really wasn’t THAT bad!
Day 5: A Talent You Have:
I am a talented baker, and I thank God every day for that. The happiness I feel from baking something from scratch and sharing it with the people I love the most can’t be beat. It fills my heart and makes me feel like I’m sharing the love I feel. It’s also something I have confidence in, and those things are few and far between. I’m not always good at realizing my skill set. I just wish that baked goods had no calories. :(
What are the things you are thankful for?
Do you ever stop to think about the things you are good at?