23 Things I’m Grateful For

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Twenty-two was an interesting year. This past year, I’ve been thrust into adulthood and somehow have managed to stay afloat. In fact, better than afloat. I have also grown in my career, made awesome friends, and had a number of spectacular opportunities.

Twenty-two was my selfish year. I’d worked hard my whole life and deserved to put myself first. I am proud of all I’ve accomplished in such short time.

However, I want twenty-three to be filled with change and purpose. After surviving a plane crash and having cancerous cells removed, I’ve more so realized just how short life is and I want to start twenty-three off running.

But to get where I’m going, I have to remember where I’ve been. And be grateful for those things who have made me who I am. Before I turn twenty-three, I want to share my list of 23 Things I’m Grateful For.

  1. My apartment complex— About a year ago, I moved to NC alone with not much money in my pocket. I lived in a small apartment in South Raleigh with three guys. I never felt comfortable or safe. I love my current apartment and apartment complex! It’s in a great location, a great size, and has introduced me to some of the best humans.
  2. My family relationship— I am very close to my parents and sister. I’m actually my sister’s maid of honor! I feel grateful for our relationship because I know other people aren’t as lucky. I share everything with my family and like to communicate with them 24/7. That’s special.
  3. My friends— As you get older, you’ll start to see who your true friends are. I have a GREAT group of friends and even though some, I may not talk to every day, I know they’re only a phone call away. And I hope they know I’d do anything for them as well.
  4. The freedom in my career— I’ve been working at The CW for over a year now and have had so much fun! I do so many various things and it never gets boring. I love seeing my ideas come to life and being able to be creative in my work. My boss trusts me and believes in me. It’s awesome!
  5. Kona— Kona is the best. thing. that. has. ever. happened. to. me. Being a dog mom has made my world so much more colorful. She has taught me so much about responsibility, happiness, and unconditional love.
  6. T-shirt Dresses—I have about twenty t-shirt dresses. They are super comfortable and easy to slip-on. Thanks to T-shirt dresses, I’m able to get ready for work in 15 minutes or less because I don’t worry about my outfit. 
  7. Coffee— Getting up early for work isn’t easy. Coffee makes it a little easier.
  8. My blog’s journey— I started blogging about a year ago and the journey has been wonderful. I’ve discovered my love for writing and photography along the way. I’ve gotten to work with cool brands, meet other bloggers, and create content that other’s learn from. I cannot wait to see where this journey takes me and how my blog continues to evolve. 
  9. Feminists—There are many controversial events happening across the world right now and various different sides fighting. It is extremely toxic and heartbreaking. However, there are also numerous amazing people standing up for what they believe in. I’m thankful for the progressive thinkers who agree with equality, peace, and change. I am proud to be a feminist and proud of other feminists who continue in the battle for human rights. 
  10. Eyelash Extensions—  No more having to buy mascara, apply mascara, or dark circles under my eyes from my mascara running. Eyelash extensions are fabulous ?
  11. My nana— This past year, my Nana turned 98. I am forever thankful for all the time I get to spend with her. She is the most wonderful woman and I try to visit her at least once a week. She has taught me so many life lessons and always knows the right thing to say. 
  12. High Point University— HPU gave me so much! Going to college provided me with an education, introduced me to lifelong friends, and taught me about growing up. High Point Univesity was an extraordinary place that provided me with the resources I needed to succeed. As this new school year starts, I’m sad I won’t be going back but grateful for the years I had there. High Point University changed my life. 
  13. My tattoos— I currently have four tattoos and they all mean so much to me. Each is a piece of art that I will carry with me forever. How cool is that?
  14. Being in good health— We often take our health for granted. As we get older, we need to go to the doctors and keeps an eye on ourselves because our bodies are changing. Recently, I’ve realized I’m not invincible and I need to take better care of myself. (And you should too.) I’m thankful to be in good health currently and not have to worry about whether I am alright. 
  15. Stability— I always thought I wanted this crazy life, jam-packed with parties, adventures, and excitement. I needed to be special. Nowadays, that doesn’t matter as much to me as my family and friends do. I am completely fine with stability and normal… as long as I’m happy and safe. I’ve had a little too much excitement in the past year and realize that stability is nice. 
  16. Fall— Summer is coming to an end and I couldn’t be happier! Unpopular opinion time: I love Fall! I am so ready for sweaters, cuddles, fuzzy socks and hot cocoa ☕ Oh and Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Who else agrees that this is the best time of the year?
  17. Kesha’s Comeback— I am in love with Kesha ?  She is such a strong, fierce woman! She has been through hell and back… but she’s come through it all better than ever. She is absolutely inspiring and beautiful. Her new music is the soundtrack to my past year. If you haven’t yet, you should take a listen to her new album, “Rainbow”: https://www.youtube.com/channel/Kesha.
  18. My Guardian Angel— The woman who sat next to me during the plane crash is my guardian angel. She kept me calm and prayed with me as the plane was going down. While that experience was awful, it taught me many things and brought her to me. Annie is one of the greatest human beings. She is funny, positive, and sweet. Kindness shines through her and I aspire to be like her. We keep in touch and see each other often. I am so thankful she is in my life.
  19. Reading— I have discovered my love for reading. Reading has become an escape. While I may be afraid of flying now… I can travel to far away places through novels. 
  20. Wine—  Self-explanatory.
  21. North Carolina— I’ve lived in NC for a couple years now and I am a completely different woman from the young girl who grew up in Mount Laurel, NJ. North Carolina is magical.
  22. Netflix— All the best TV shows in one place ? Friends. One Tree Hill. The Office.
  23. My support system— Through the highs and lows of 22, I’ve never felt alone. I’ve struggled with mental health and lonliness my whole life but this past year has been a step in the right direction! If I ever I feel low, I’m surrounded by such great people who lift me up and make me a better person. From friends to family, and even co-workers, people support my dreams and empower me. I’m grateful for the support system I’ve built.

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21 Comments

  1. Kay

    So many things to be grateful for. Heres to 23 being a great year!

    21 . Sep . 2017
  2. Shelby @Fitasamamabear

    I love this- always nice to remember all the good. Plus, you included coffee so you rock 😉

    21 . Sep . 2017
  3. Beth

    You have a lot of things to be grateful for! I’m so happy you’ve kept in touch with your seatmate from the plane crash, you went through something huge together. And I’m thankful for Kesha’s comeback too, lol. Here’s to 23 being an amazing year for you!

    21 . Sep . 2017
  4. Akaleistar

    So many good things! T-shirt dresses are awesome 🙂

    21 . Sep . 2017
  5. Glamamom

    Love your gratitude post. I keep reiterating to my kids how important it is to take time each day to be thankful. AND YES, COFFEE!!! HAHA

    21 . Sep . 2017
  6. mary

    Friends, coffee, health, reading and wine!…yes! 🙂

    21 . Sep . 2017
  7. ShootingStarsMag

    I don’t think I knew you were in a plane crash. That’s terrifying – but the lady next to you sounds like an amazing person! I’m glad that you’re loving your job; that’s the dream, right?

    Here’s to a great year!

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

    22 . Sep . 2017
  8. Sarah

    #4 seems like the American dream! Great post 🙂

    http://www.sarahthismorning.com

    22 . Sep . 2017
  9. Leslie

    I am glad you feel safe now. I wouldn’t like living with 3 guys either. I live in Raleigh myself. It is good to take a little time off for yourself. I like all of your gratefulness, a lot of people don’t take the time to count them.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  10. Stephanie

    What an amazing list! I always find it important to take a step back and think about everything we have to be grateful for.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  11. Brooke

    Freedom in career is such a benefit! That is the dream. That and seeing our visions come to life.

    Also, you survived a plane crash?!

    22 . Sep . 2017
  12. Mistle

    These are all great things!!! I just got eye lash extensions a few weeks ago and love them! Oh my gosh for the plane crash! That’s intense.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  13. Penny Struebig

    What a great list! Hope 23 is everything you want it to be.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  14. Cristine

    Such a great list. So often people look at the negative. Positive brings positive.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  15. Joscelyn

    Thank you for a nice reminder to write or type things out to be thankful for. Gratitude is something I’m always working on myself.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  16. Kristine Nicole Alessandra

    There is nothing so uplifting than to acknowledge the blessings we have and be grateful we have them in our lives. My family is my treasure. They are the reason i get up every morning and express my gratitude to God.

    22 . Sep . 2017
  17. Dr. K. Lee Banks

    Expressing gratitude is so important! And oh my word, you have been through so much! A plane crash?? Have you blogged about that? I’ll have to look through your posts! You are younger than my youngest daughter (she turns 28 in 5 days) and I’m really impressed with your maturity. God bless you and continue to see you through this next year of gratitude!

    23 . Sep . 2017
  18. Mayuri

    Surviving a plane crash! OMG! This must be such an emotionally exhausting experience. I am glad that you found a guardian angel. This is a great reminder to start making a gratitude list as there is nothing in the world as comforting as gratitude!

    23 . Sep . 2017
  19. Sami | The Classic Brunette

    You have so many great things to be grateful for!! Such a great reminder for everyone to think of what they’re thankful for in their own lives! And happy belated birthday!

    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    24 . Sep . 2017
  20. Shannon

    Yes to all of these! I love the one about t-shirt dresses – I never would have thought of that but I practically live in those!

    25 . Sep . 2017
  21. Emmi

    Happy birthday! I’m glad that you’ve found so much to be grateful for. I’ve definitely found myself grateful for stability in my 20s as well!

    25 . Sep . 2017

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