Pretty Damn Thankful

Each year I like to take some alone time in the morning right before Thanksgiving to list what I am thankful for. This year I wanted to share with you all, everything little thing I am thankful for over this past year since I feel we have connected even more. You have seen the good, bad, ugly, and the BEST moments of this year. I love being open about my life (most of it) to allow you all to see what I am truly all about. Isn’t that what you want to see with me adding another “blogger” or “influencer” in this world? Well I will start with this, I am thankful for all of you who are taking the time to read this. Without commentary or feedback, my job serves no purpose. I love being able to chat with strangers, who most of the time become friends, and to be able to be a part of your life in any way. Even if I am just your routine morning coffee scroll everyday.

Reflecting back on 2019, I feel very fortunate for so much. It was by far the hardest year of my life for so many reasons, but that’s just how it goes. Each year typically gets harder and harder., right? I have been told by so many people, “and it never gets easier.” With all the hardships that came, you push through it. Pick your head up, show up, do good, and finish through. Even though a lot of shit gets thrown at you, during the hardest times, you find a way to push through. This year I was tested a lot, and had to make some pretty big changes in my life, but I know it will one day pay off, and I am oddly grateful for it all. 

My career: I will be honest, I question every so often if transitioning into blogging full time was the right choice. It impacted my life for good and bad reasons. Good, being that I am able to make my own schedule and with having a baby, it’s a blessing. Bad, being that you don’t get paid like a normal job, at least not in the beginning. So with our lives changing so much this past year, it was rough. But I am so excited to continue to push myself and create more fun things for you all that really keep you engaged. I never want to be boring, and I don’t want my pages to be purely one topic, I want to show you everything in my life. From my home, to my clothes, to my family, what I like to eat, or how many coffees a day I have! I am blessed to be able to pursue a passion, and I hope you all enjoy what I have to put out there.

My husband/dada: Everyone knows how loving and caring Matt is with me, that’s never been a question. But this year, he was incredible for so many more and new reasons. The most important being an amazing dad to Brooks. His obsession with that little guy is the sweetest thing ever, and I love watching you be a father to him. Our marriage definitely was tested this year with all the changes that went down, but at the end of the day we both just found reasons to love each other more. He has allowed me to pursue my passion in this blogging career, and was my support system through it all. Matt, I am forever grateful for you and everything you do for our family, you are one in a million. 

My Family: In case you didn’t know, we have one massive family on both of our sides. This year we have grown extremely close to family. Brooks definitely brought bond between everyone, and we see at least one family member a day. We are so fortunate to to have the most caring families and who were there for us every step of the way during the hardest time of our lives when Brooks was in the NICU. I will forever be thankful for that, and for of their support. Brooks has some pretty amazing grandma, grandpas, aunts, uncles, great grandparents, and cousins. 

Our Health: We are approaching our mid 20’s, and starting to take our health much more seriously. We have some genes on both of our sides that we are aware and need to be mindful of, because it could obviously be passed down to us. Even though mid 20’s is still considered “young” we want to remain our healthy selves to make sure we both are a part of our kids and each others lives for as long as possible.  I am soo beyond thankful that Brooks’ was such a healthy baby when I delivered him so early, and that I was okay as well. That was a really scary time for Matt, and I hope to never put him in that situation again, or vis versa. 

For Our Adventures: Matt and I have always loved to travel and explore new places. I am so thankful that we have the opportunity to continue traveling and seeing more of the world together. We have been fortunate enough to see a bunch of beautiful places in the world and learn about so many cultures. We plan to take Brooks on as many adventures as we can, and for him to see the world. 

For Our First House: Even though we are NOT homeowners yet, I am so thankful to be living in a house. I have not lived in a house since I was 4. So making this happen with Matt is somewhat of living a dream. It may not be our dream home, but this is our first house together, and where we begin all of our family traditions and watch Brooks grow. It will always be a special home to us, and I am so thankful that we have a roof over our head. 

The list can go on and on about what I am thankful for and who I am thankful for. Sometime I am so hard on myself, and listing out all these things that I am thankful for and what I have in my life, puts me in perspective. I pretty much have everything I need in my life at the moment, and I couldn’t as for more! Now, what are YOU thankful for?!

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