I was thinking the other day about how I never seem to have a completely amazing year. Every year has good and bad. Sometimes tons of good, and a little bit of bad. Sometimes a ton of bad, and a little bit of good. And sometimes it seems like a perfectly swirled mix of awesome and awful.
This year is definitely a perfectly swirled mix of awesome and awful.
That being said, I’ve found it’s always important to focus on the awesome and move on from the awful. Nothing you can do about the awful now, save for trying to avoid it. In Marc and Angel’s 10 Happy Habits to Start Now, they write as #6 “Count your blessings one by one.”
Here are a few of my blessings for the year:
#1: My husband. Dear Lord, what this man puts up with. He is sweet, patient (usually), loving and kind, and totally embraces my crazy schemes like going back to school, launching an Etsy shop, and training for a half-marathon (more on this next week!!).
#2: My friends. Last year was rough in the social department. Living in Westchester made me feel very isolated, and I didn’t feel like I had many people to talk to. This year, I have new friends through our church Quarter Life group, our Young Professionals meet-up, and Junior League. Plus, I’m developing more friends in the D-community and the twentysomething blogger community. I also greatly appreciate the friends I had before this year, who have stuck with me through thick and thin.
#3: My family. My family is awesome. Through all the craziness that my life may involve, they always just want me to be healthy and happy (and, if my dad had his way, out of debt).
#4: A roof over my head. It’s not hard to be thankful for this, considering the trauma the New York metro area has suffered over the last month, and also what we personally went through last year when we were evacuated from our building for seven weeks. You never know what having a home means until you don’t have one, or aren’t allowed to go anywhere near it.
#5: Modern medicine. Hello, insulin! Thank you so very much for existing. It’s very awesome to have you a part of my life. Thanks to Dr. Banting, for inventing you. Thanks to pharmaceutical and medical device companies for inventing glucose meters and insulin pumps to make the administering you a little bit easier. And thanks to the laboratory researchers, the high-powered microscopes, and the hundreds of thousands of tiny mice who are working to find a cure!
#6: Social media. Even though I closed my blog for six months this year because of the stress of maintaining it, I’ve always been very thankful to have access to social media. I love being connected to so many different people, and have a wide range of conversations on Facebook, Twitter, my blog, other people’s blogs, wherever! I’ve learned so much by being involved in social media and it’s inspirational in so many ways. I’m really grateful to be part of it all.
#7: Travel. I know that a lot of people are not as fortunate as me to see as much of the country. I always bemoan the fact I haven’t been to that many other countries (just three as of right now), but my list of states is steadily climbing. I know I’m very fortunate to have the resources and opportunities to travel, and I never want to forget how lucky I am to have that luxury. We have a really beautiful, awesome country and it’s a shame so many people aren’t able to experience more of it.
#8: My cat. We have the cutest little furbaby on the planet, even if she does bite and attack our legs when we walk past her. I guess she’s just very playful. But without sounding like a total crazy cat lady, it’s so nice to have someone around the apartment when Erik is at work. She’s not a complete replacement for a human being, but it’s nice to have her around.
I should also add that I’m very thankful my husband is not allergic to her.
#9: Pursuing my dream career. Not everyone is lucky enough to return to school just because they feel like another career. I’m definitely blessed to have this opportunity (even though it’s a lot of work and sacrifice in the financial department), but we are lucky enough that Erik has a great job, and I have a steady freelance work with DiabetesMine. I’m also thankful to have so many supporters and cheerleaders, because it’s always a risk starting something new. Knowing that there are so many people who believe I can do it definitely helps when my nerves get rattled.
#10: Jesus. Last but certainly not least, my Lord and Savior. There’s not much I can really say here other than thanks.