Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thanksgiving

People spend the month of November telling things they're thankful for and I've wanted to participate, but it's hard for me to stick to tasks that require you post something every day of the month. I've tried it several times and I always fall of somewhere in the middle!  I take the time often to thank God for the many things He's blessed me with, so I will use this opportunity to say a few of those things out loud.

I'm thankful for my relationship with God.
It's not perfect and it's taken a hit since I've moved and lost the physical connection that I had with my church home, but God is always there for me...when I feel alone, unappreciated, sad, lonely, whatever! He's there to hold me up, protect me, love me, and let me know that living this life is not in vain. He's given me such precious dreams and I trust in Him to guide me in the right direction.

Christmas, 2 years ago. We need a picture update!
I'm thankful for my family.
They're always there for me. They love me unconditionally and I know it. They do what they can for me and always have. We've been through a lot together and without them, who knows where I'd be! I admire the relationship my mom created between me, my sister and herself. I hope to be able to create that kind of bond between my family and I because I am grateful for the openness that's there.

I'm thankful for my boyfriend and our relationship.
King & Queen crab...How cute, right?!
Relationships are a learning process. We go through all kinds of things together and I'm grateful to have him by my side. He's intelligent, funny, so much like me...and not to mention extremely handsome!! LOL. I could go on and on about all the things he is...but to sum it all up, he's my baby! We met in high school and lost touch for years, but there was a bond there. Who would have known we would be where we are now? Although I have him separated out into his own number, I consider him family. I trust him like family. I take care of him like family. I pray for him like family. I love him like family. He's my heart. I'd do anything in this world and in my power, to make him happy. So, I'm thankful for him and I pray that God continues to bless our relationship moving forward.

I'm thankful for my career.
There was a period after graduating grad school when I thought I'd gotten in the wrong career. I regretted going to grad school, I regretted both my masters degrees, and I was stumped about what I was going to do for the rest of my life!! I couldn't take it anymore!! Thankfully God stepped in and moved me up the ladder. I worked with consumers for about 3-4 years and I was burned out. I was able to get a local government job which kept me involved in the work but put me behind the scenes. I enjoyed that job and I had minimal complaints about the work I was doing. Now, even though DC isn't technically a state, I equate this job to a state job. I'm doing the same thing and moving forward all at the same time! I'm in the perfect position to move to a federal position. I'm thankful to be able to financially take care of myself, but you all know this isn't truly what's in my heart to do for the rest of my life. A woman has to make money though!! :-)

I'm thankful for my friends
...who are just like family. Keeping in touch with people has gotten more difficult these days. I'm so thankful to have friends who understand that my love for them does not equate to the number of times I talk to them throughout the year. I can pick back up with my friends where with left off the last time and it's just like we haven't skipped a beat. I must admit, there are times when I go through things and I need somebody to reach out to but I don't (I pray about those things). HOWEVER, I know that if I really need to get something off my chest my friends are there...and vice versa! I love them all and they all hold a special place in my heart.

I'm thankful for who I am.
My birthday, 1 year ago
This definitely came with age. Growing up there have been many things I've wanted to change about myself. I wanted to change some of my physical attributes, I didn't want to be so sensitive, or so loving, or so giving because I was taken advantage of. I didn't want to be such a pleaser for those I love because I felt like it wasn't always understood or reciprocated. I wanted to not care as much, I wanted to be different because I was tired of being overlooked and hurt. I've come to realize that I am who I am. I'm not a bad person...I'm a great person, actually!! The Lord has made me this way for a reason. The people closest to me can attest to how wonderful it is to have me in their lives! All I can say is my future husband and children will be very lucky to have me...I've been saving a spot full of love, care, and too many other things to name for them all!

I'm thankful for life.
There are many people who don't get to live out a full life and who knows if I will or not. Yes, I have dreams...and I don't want to die before I'm able to live those dreams out, but I want to take advantage of the life I'm living. I don't have a say over everything that will happen in my life but I have a relationship with The One who does. I want to love those around me as much as I can; I want to have fun and beautiful times with those people as much as possible; and I want to be happy. I don't think that's too much to ask for.

I pray you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Enjoy your time off work, enjoy the time you spend with family and friends...and DON'T EAT TOO MUCH!! Lol. I'm unable to go home this Thanksgiving making it the first Thanksgiving spent away from my family. I'm a "big girl" now so I guess things like this will happen more often, unfortunately. I will, however, be with my boyfriend and we've got some fun stuff planned (blog post coming soon!).

Stay tuned....
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  1. So many wonderful things to be thankful for! Happy thanksgiving!!

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  2. Wonderful post! You and your bf are so cute lol. I have so much to be thankful for as well, people always loose perspective on what they have and focus too much on what they don`t.


    1. Thanks Erica!! And yes, it's so easy to lose perspective. I do it every now and then but I try to snap out of that as quickly as possible!! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

  3. I love this post. It truly brings things into perspective. Thank you for sharing your journey and what you're thankful for. May God continue to bless you!! :)

    1. Thank you!! I try to stay as positive as I can because by nature I can be a bit of a pessimist. I think I'm slowly but surely moving away from doing posts like this really help me!

    2. A continuous journey for us all :)

  4. Such a GREAT post and It is true in many forms of what I have been thru in my life. I trust you will take some time to Enjoy Your Life and a have a Great Holiday with those you Love.

    1. Thanks for the great advice. These are definitely rules to live by!! You can definitely get swept up in the whirlwind of life very quickly, so it's always good to keep things in perspective. Be sure to stop by soon!

  5. Loving what you are thankful for. Following on Bloglovin and Pinterest from Monday Mingling.


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