November 22, 2012

thank you, thank you, thank you

As always, I am thankful for coffee. I am especially thankful
for having the chance to visit the original Starbucks this
summer. For a coffee addict like me, it's like my Graceland.
It's Thanksgiving in the U.S., and whether you're celebrating or going about a Thursday, I want to thank you for your ongoing support. I am constantly humbled by the amazing readers and writers who continue to join me on this adventure into the written world. So thank you for being here with me.

No matter the origins of the holiday or what it means to some people, for me my favorite part about Thanksgiving is taking a moment once a year to spend with your family and friends and think about your life. All too often -- and I'm guilty as anyone -- we devote a lot of time to what we don't have and want. But on this day, we think about the good in our lives and take a moment to reflect on and appreciate it. It's a beautiful thought. One we should have more often.

In the spirit of all things Thanksgiving, here's a short list of a few of the many things I am thankful for in my life, today:
  • My family. My parents are supportive, my broomies are entertaining, my sister is my best friend and my nephew is perhaps the coolest kid in the world. What more can I say? I also have a small but mighty group of aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • My cats. Though they are ridiculously jealous of each other, we've found a happy balance for living together. Jane sits with me to watch my Tuesday and Thursday comedies (Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock) along with my Monday crime shows (Bones and Castle). Bingley gets the British period dramas (TV: Downton Abbey, Movies: Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice -- BBC and Knightley -- Emma, Sense and Sensibility). They share joint custody of my writing time. I don't care that it makes me a crazy cat lady, but I love my quirky cats, and they bring me a lot of joy.
  • My new job. The museum came into my life at the perfect moment. After years of looking for new work and becoming discouraged, I was one online bartending course away from working a few part-time jobs while I figured out what to do with my life. Not only has this new job restored a lot of the professional confidence I lost, but I work with an amazing group of people who make me feel valued. I hope everyone can find work like that.
  • My old job. There were days I questioned whether or not I could get out of bed and go to work, but there was still a lot of good. I made some wonderful friends. I saw the country. I met interesting people. I watched the best and worst of the world unfold. I gained insight and experience to life that I would never trade. It's difficult to explain in a short blurb, but I talk about it more here . I also may not have made much money and lived on a tight income for the first couple of years, but I always had a job. I graduated the spring before the markets tanked, and many of my friends lost their jobs or never found them. I never had to worry about that, and I am beyond grateful.
  • My friends. Most of you are spread out across the country, and even a couple abroad, but I value each of you.
  • My iPhone. I feel naked without it. It keeps me connected to the world. It wakes me up every morning. It helps me capture photos, and it provides the soundtrack for my days. I'm thankful I can have one, because it truly helps me through my day.
  • This August. Talk about a life changing month. I interviewed for my new job (by phone and in person). I visited the Pacific Northwest for the first time and fell in love with the area. I had another chance to visit San Antonio, one of my favorite travel destinations for work. I was offered my new job. Around new year, I said 2012 was going to be my year, and in August, I realized it was.
  • My writing career. I may be super far behind on NaNoWriMo, but after being in this same spot the past two years and still making it through, I have every belief I'll cross that finish line a winner. Also, I finished writing my second book earlier this year and finished rewriting my first novel earlier this month. They're not ready to publish just yet, but I'm closer than ever.
  • This blog. Through it, I've connected with amazing people like you. You've changed my life for the better, and I thank you.
I could go on and on, but now I want to know: What are you thankful for this year?

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