My mom challenged me in a Facebook post to list 15 things that I am thankful for. Instead of sharing it as a status, I thought I would do a blog post.
This little man is my other half and my constant companion. For the past five years, he has kept me company through so many highs and lows. I love him more than I than I thought you could possibly love someone and am thankful for his unconditional love in my life. Although, I do wish he was a bit better about sharing the bed.
My mom is my best friend and I am so thankful she raised me to be the woman I am today. I thank her for letting me call her excessively and tell her every minute detail of each day. She is an amazing role model and I hope to one day be half the woman that she is.
For anyone who really knows me, you know that I am my father's child. I am grateful for his sense of humor and competitiveness, which I inherited. He has taught me how to be a fighter and believe in myself and he always there to help me navigate any circumstance.
As the years go on, this list seems to dwindle but I am so thankful for those who I can call my friend. While some of you have been around for 15+ years and others are newer, you have each shaped me in unimaginable ways. You are all so different than myself in many ways and I am so thankful for your support in everything that I do.
5. My Former Students
Throughout my time as a teacher, people continuously told me what an impact I was making on my student's lives. While, I hope to have impacted in some small positive way, they changed my life in more ways than I ever anticipated. They taught me patience and understanding, perseverance and tenacity. They inspire me each day to live for more than myself.
6. My Faith
My faith is something that I do not like to openly talk about because it is so deeply personal to me, but I am beyond thankful to have someone stand with me and guide my life each day.
7. My Job
While I may struggle getting out of bed each day, I am so thankful to come to a place where I am surrounded by genuine people who have compassion for others and encourage me to be better and do more each day. Being a positive, collaborative work environment effects your overall well being and I am grateful for my team.
8. My Education
I am so fortunate that as a young woman, I have been able to attend school my entire life and pursue my passions. So many do not have access to quality education and I am proud of myself for the education I have attained and my commitment to helping young girls obtain an education around the world.
As an only child, I have always been independent, almost to a fault. I am proud that I am able to provide for myself (and Henry.) Living on my own is not always the easiest option (especially for the bank account) but I have been able to learn so much about myself and grow in confidence and for this, I am thankful.
10. My Time Spent in the Classroom
My two years of teaching were definitely a roller coaster ride of highs and lows. Despite the challenges, so much of my experiences from those two years shaped my character and establish myself as who I am today.
It's easy to take a gift such as running for granted and I am so thankful that I have sweet Malachi to encourage me to run and live each day!
12. A Warm Chocolate Chip Cookie
This may be my favorite thing in the world and while I have limited my intake (thanks aging body) there is still nothing sweeter than a perfectly made chocolate chip cookie.
I'm not sure who made Oreos but my life would not be the same without them.
14. Birthday Cake
With Birthday cake comes a celebration and for that, I am grateful!
Life is a little bubbly at times, but I am so thankful for the journey!