Thursday, November 24, 2011

Top 5 Reasons I'm Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving, Americans! Today we give thanks by eating a ton of food and falling asleep on the couch to get out of doing the dishes. At least that's how I do it. It's the American way. This Thanksgiving is the first time since I was in high school that I don't have to turn around and fly back to New York after just a short visit. It's definitely nice not to have that looming in my future at this moment. Just a nice cozy bed that I don't have to say goodbye to anytime soon.
So in honor of Thanksgiving, I decided to put together a list of my Top 5 Reasons I'm Thankful. It's the modern kid's way of saying thank you.

5. My "Fancy"Basics- Yes, I'm thankful for the basic basics, like shelter, food, etc. But what I'm extra thankful for are the fancy items that have somehow become just like basics in my life. I don't know when owning a car, an iPhone and a computer became normal to me, but it is now. I don't think I ever stop and realize really how lucky I am to be able to wake up every morning and know that my car is waiting for me in the driveway that will safely get me from Point A to Point B. There are so many people in the world that don't have that same luxury. I love my little Olive Penderghast so much. We have the best adventures together. I'm also fortunate enough to be sitting here typing on my MacBook Pro, which I love more than breathing. Same goes for my iPhone. Both items are used so frequently in my life that I sometimes fail to realize that I'm so lucky to have them. I could be using a.... PC instead. Gross!!!!! Life as a Apple lover is sweet, indeed.

4. My Little Blog- Since starting blogging this past Summer, my life has changed in so many ways. I love that my blog has become my total creative outlet, where I can be me 100%, and express myself freely. I know it sounds silly, but to have a space (online or IRL) that I can go to where I can let my creative energy run wild is such a blessing. Not because a blog is a super rare thing. No, it's not that. It's that I'm thankful for the time to spend indulging my writing and my creativity, and having the perfect place to do just that. Without Cheeky Cheeky, I don't know what my life would even be like right now. It's become such an important part of my life. It's like my little online home.

3. My Wonderful Friends- Being so far away from most of my best friends kind of kills me most of the time, but with that pain comes the understanding that I'm so lucky to have friends to miss at all. I'm so fortunate to have even met people as amazing as my friends. I truly don't know what I would do without them. Even if most of them are halfway across the country, late night phone dates, Skype sessions and texting non-stop makes me feel like we're not far apart at all. No matter what I'm going through or whining about, they're always there for me. Lord knows being my friend can't always be easy, what with the last minute moves to Ohio and constant need to talk about reality TV. But I'm lucky enough to have a great group of friends who stick with me through it all, and always make me giggle. Spanks guys.

2. My Amazing Family- I realized at some point that there are a lot of people in the world who think they have "the best family in the world" blah blah blah. K, well they're all wrong, because I totes do. In my life, family isn't just blood relatives, though. It's lifelong friends that I've known since we were in diapers, and my parents' friends who've helped raise me. I'm so thankful to be constantly surrounded by family here in Ohio. I'm thankful for the never-ending slew of birthday parties and family gatherings. I'm thankful for my older brothers, who have both chosen perfect ladyfriends, that make my life so much better. Family is so important to me, and I think that's because I've always known that it's the one constant in my life. So grateful.

1. My Parents- I don't even know where to begin with explaining why I'm so thankful for my parents. They're the parents every kid should have, really and truly. They taught me almost everything I know (the rest I learned from Reading Rainbow) and they made me as awesome as I am today. My perspective on my parents has changed dramatically since I moved home. They let me invade their lives after being gone for so long, and welcomed me with open arms back home. They are the single reason why I'm able to sit back and reassess my life right now. They have always supported me in my life choices, crazy as they may be. I know I am who I am today because of having their constant love and support in my life. I'm so so so lucky to have them.

Happy Thanksgiving!


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