What I’m Thankful For in 2018

What I’m Thankful For in 2018

Why I Spend Thanksgiving Alone and Why It's Okay

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I figured a nice and positive post about what I’m thankful for this year would be a good thing. Not only am I an introvert but I normally look at things through a more pessimistic/realistic lens, so I tend to overthink things a lot. So instead of giving in to my anxiety, I’m going to give you guys a good ol’ fashioned “what I’m thankful for Thanksgiving” post.



My Job

I will always be thankful for my job, and on a more general level, to be employed. I spent a little over a year unemployed a few years ago and it was the hardest year of my life. It was so incredibly depressing to send out resume after resume and not even get a “thanks, but no thanks” response.

I’m at my current job which is with the company that picked me up to end that year of unemployment. My position has grown from part-time to full-time, from hourly to salary, to some responsibilities to more responsibilities… I have the ability to grow and shape this position into what I want it to be more of. 

I’m thankful for having this position and for being able to stay with a company that’s pretty good to their employees. I’ll hit 5 years in March which is not only awesome in itself, but gives me a few more vacation days!

Related: 6 Things I Learned From Being Unemployed


My Coworkers

To piggy back off of being thankful for my job, I’m thankful for my coworkers! You can have you absolute most dream job but if your coworkers are asshats, you’re going to eventually have a bad time. I’m thankful enough that my coworkers are pretty amazing people. 

Those that work in the home office with me are really down to earth, kind, and overall great people. While some may get a little annoying at times (one likes to occasionally blast Taylor Swift and dance when the bosses aren’t in) I’m thankful that they don’t make me feel uncomfortable.

My previous employment position was at a law firm where some of the lawyers were a bit… scary. I’ve definitely seen a paralegal cry once or twice because of how they acted. It honestly felt like I was at work with my father, and that’s not a good thing.

Related: How to Be Your Best Advocate in the Work Place


My Apartment

As an introvert, I love my alone time. Even though I loved my former roommate (and her adorable mini labradoodle) having an apartment to myself is very different from having a roommate but barely seeing them. I tend to keep organized in waves, so if I leave dishes in the sink for a bit longer than I’d like, the only person to get mad at me is myself.

It’s also a great thing to be able to afford an apartment on my own in general. Rental prices are pretty damn high where I live, so finding something that’s reasonably priced and still in a good area is a great deal.

Related: How Recreating my Apartment in the Sims Spurred a Decluttering Spree


What I'm Thankful For in 2018


My Partner

This is a bit tricky because like the post I recently wrote about two people in different stages of a relationship, I’m currently dealing with that myself. But I’m so incredibly thankful to have him in my life. He’s such a genuine person and I love talking to him. Although we are long distance, we’ve recently met up and it was more than I could have asked for.

While we aren’t in an official relationship as of yet, knowing someone cares about you and you care about them is something I’m incredibly grateful to experience.

Related: How to Come Together with a Partner When You’re at Two Different Stages in a Relationship


My Health

As someone with a few chronic issues (that thankfully aren’t super serious) having my health in good standing is a great thing to have. I have just about every issue under control and all I have to do is keep my diet healthy and get my butt moving a bit more.

I’m thankful that my anxiety/depression has been in check for quite a while. I’m thankful that my hypothyroidism is pretty under control with a recent medication alteration. I’m thankful that my eczema hasn’t yelled at me that much since I’ve been keeping my skin hydrated the best I can. I’m thankful that I’ve only been feverishly sick once recently, and my asthma has been under control.

Related: When Depression Isn’t Really Depression


My Blog

I’ve been trying to keep a blog up and running for years. I first started back after I graduated college and I haven’t really been able to keep up with it. I eventually lose interest or life gets in the way, or something happens where I just don’t post for ages. And while I’ve had some minor moments with this blog, I’ve been able to keep up to the best of my ability!

I’m almost at the one year mark. That happens January 11th. I want to do a give away in celebration. Let me know what you think in the comments!


My Sobriety

This July I hit 4 years sober. That’s something I never thought I would get to. Staying sober can get tough at times, especially when I’m doing things that would normally involve a beer or two. Thankfully, non-alcoholic beer exists and it’s not half bad. 

When I first started I never thought I’d get to where I am today, and I’m thankful for all the support I’ve received along the way to help me get here.

Related: Let’s Talk About Addictions: Alcohol


These are only a few things I can think of that I’m thankful for. I’m sure I have more, I’m just bad at thinking on the spot. What are you thankful for this year? Is there something you’re especially thankful to have happened in your life?

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Michelle Kelly

    Thank you for sharing what you are thankful for in your life. I tend to be the same way at times with overthinking and being negative. It is nice to get out of that head space by reading something that accents the positives like this post. Thank you again 🙂

    1. Thank you for reading! I still struggle with those things at times, but sometimes you just have to stop and give a think about what you’re thankful for. And Thanksgiving was a great time to do that. 🙂

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