Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
It's funny-- I feel like I have been celebrating Thanksgiving for over a week what with the combination of Friendsgivings, and now celebrating with my family.
This past week has been filled with a lot of reflection about this past year, and how grateful I am for all the new experiences, friends, adventures and memories created. It reminded me how much I wanted to incorporate the act of being grateful back into my life. When I was participating in my 100 Day Challenge, I wrote down the three things I was grateful for, no matter how big or small it was. And, I've tried my best to continue that challenge as often as possible to remember to live in the present and work towards my personal legend.
So, today, in the spirit of giving thanks, I wanted to share the three things I would have written in my journal.
1) My family. I'm so incredibly blessed that I was able to take some time off from work to spend the next 5 days at home with my family. I am really close with my parents and my brother, and I honestly don't know what I would do without them. They are my rock that keeps me going through challenging times and doubtful moments, they listen, encourage, love, goof around, compassionate, fun-loving, and are each so passionate about their individual dreams. I am lucky to be able to call my Mom, my Dad, and Pete not only a part of my family, but also a best friend and role model in their own respective ways. I love you guys so much. Thank you for all that you have done, all that you do, and all that you will continue to do for me.
2) My friends. I am so thankful that with all my closest friends, it feels as though nothing has changed-- that we have talked like it was only yesterday. I know that no matter the distance, or the amount of time that has gone in between catching up, we always have each other through the best and worst times. We're always a phone call, a facetime, or even a plane ride away from each other. You guys are the family I choose, or rather, we chose each other.
3) Colorado. This could honestly go on and on, but I will keep it short and sweet. I am so thankful for living in Colorado. Had I not had a f**k it moment about a year and a half ago, I wouldn't be the person I am today. I have been on a path of self-discovery since moving to the state, and I feel as though I'm really coming into the person I strive to be. I have experienced a summer that has left me breathless with the trips I've taken, the friendships I deepened, a couple nights under the stars, and an unbreakable enthusiasm for all the shenanigans and memories that are yet to be made within the next year. I'm so happy that I get to share this journey of self-discovery, my personal legend, raw truths, and exploration throughout this beautiful state I get to call Home.
So, having shared my three things I'm grateful for-- I encourage you, before you fall asleep, to write down the three things you are grateful for. And, if you feel so inclined, share them with me. I'd love to hear them!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!