What I'm Thankful For

While Thanksgiving is a time for indulging in food and spending time with family and loved ones, it's also a time to take step back and really think about the things you're thankful for in life. Maybe you're thankful for your health, your family, and the beautiful souls you call your friends. You're thankful for your job and you're thankful for the car that gets you from place to place. Maybe you're thankful for your wonderful husband and your beloved Golden Retriever companion. I'm extremely thankful for all of those, but here are a few more things in no particular order that I'm also thankful for as well. Simple pleasures in life that I'm actually really, really grateful for. Warning: the word "thankful" is going to be extremely repetitive throughout this essay, and if it bothers you I'm only a little sorry. Fair warning. 

I'm thankful for the songbirds I hear in the morning, and the moonlight that shines down on a full moon. The warm palette of colors that brew in the sky as the sun rises over the horizon, welcoming the dawn of the new day. I'm thankful for ugly and crazy colored fuzzy socks that keep my feet warm in the cold winter, and the beautiful dried flowers sitting in mason jars throughout my home. Verdant open fields and wispy shooting stars. I'm thankful that I was handed down my father's love and strong appreciation for nature. I'm thankful for other fellow creatives and artists in this world, inspiring me each and every day. I'm thankful for the silence of snowfall, old family photographs, and garden roses. Old book shops with stacks of books to the ceiling, and the people in book shops. Lattes, chai teas, and macchiatos, oh my. I'm thankful for pistachio ice cream (yum), olive trees, and roof gardens. I'm thankful antiquing is actually a thing because I find so much joy in it. I'm thankful for the mornings when the sun peering through the window wakes you up. The sound of wind, and deep+ meaningful conversations. Little homes tucked away in forests. I'm thankful for evenings when the sun slowly plunges into the horizon and deep orange and pink hues take over the sky, reminding me that I have conquered yet another day. I'm thankful for rainy days and film photography.  Places of solitude and silence, such as top of the highest mountains. I'm thankful for small and authentic coffeehouses, and historical districts with cobblestone streets and large, vintage homes. I'm thankful for the colors dusty rose, sage green, and ivory white. Records, films, and books. Oh, books. I'm so thankful for books. Especially Harry Potter. I'm thankful for people who have compassion for all humans and I'm thankful for people who fight for peace and equality. I'm thankful for musicians from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles to Bon Iver to Chopin. Afternoon walks, and trees of all kind. The Sound of Music and The Breakfast Club. Bees and typewriters. Although introverted, I'm particularly thankful for humans. The ones I call my family and friends, but even the ones who just pass by and yet somehow make a positive dent in my day.

Ok, maybe this has started to just turn into a list of things that make me mega happy, but either way, I'm thankful for them and their existence. They make life a little better in my book. I could go on with this list forever. It's so easy to get caught up in the fast and busy pace of life and to forget how lucky we are with even the smallest luxuries and pleasures in life. Cherish the people in your life. Remain grateful for your "first world problems" because someone always has it worse. And lastly, if you are thankful for a person in your life, tell them and show them. You just may impact their day in a greatly positive way. What are you thankful for? 

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