List #165: Giving Thanks 2012

We're suppose to be thankful this time of year. And though I'd like to say that I'm thankful every day of my life, sometimes it's a struggle. I know that as a whole my life is very blessed and that I am one very fortunate woman. But oh, how easy it is to focus on what is missing versus what is right in front of us.

And though I was just declaring that I'm actually excited for the holiday season this year (unlike last year's complete dread) the forces of the holiday beasts started to take over sometime around noon. Thanksgiving can be the start of a lot of alone time, a lot of money, a lot of wishing and wanting that goes unfilled.  Even right now it doesn't even seem that I can get my girlfriends together for one night of fun and entertainment in a simple manner. A lot of the holiday season might be another uphill battle for many of us. I certainly wouldn't classify my holiday spirit as grinchy, but it's not exactly an easy ride of carols and bells either.

But tomorrow, I am going to try my hardest. I'm going to enjoy a homecooked meal, family that is close and loving, and finish the night off with one of my favorite Christmas movies. I'm not going to pout, I'm not going to fight. Because I will remember that I am thankful for:

  • Healthy parents that are still near and here.
  • Two brothers that are both funny and supportive.
  • A large, extensive family that has its quirks but always comes through.
  • A job that I feel passionately about and gives me a purpose.
  • A job with benefits.
  • Coworkers that have become friends.
  • Friends that feel like family.
  • A kitten that is always excited to see me when I walk in the door.
  • Books.
  • That I'm fortunate enough to travel.
  • My own place to hang my hat.
  • Gchat.
  • Warm blankets on a cold night.
  • Parks and Recreation. For being funny and showing that a smart, successful woman in her 30s can still find love.
  • The wonderful new people I get to meet in a city that has known me forever.
  • Jimmy Fallon Singing:
What are you thankful for this year, dear readers? Share it in the comments! and have the happiest of Thanksgivings! 

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