Thanksgiving is recognized as a day to give thanks for all the things we cherish in our lives. We often associate Thanksgiving more with the food or the vacation days we get off, but it’s nice to step back and realize all of the good things you have in your life. So I’m going to take the corny/sappy route and write about the things I’m thankful for. And in traditional Rachel tradition, I will also include a few funny and superficial things I’m thankful for to entertain you all.
My family. My parents raised me well. They always made sure I did well in school and was a nice person, which ultimately led me to win prom queen, get accepted into my top choice college and all the other random achievements I’ve received. I mean sure, a lot of that had to do with me being awesome, but I think if I was raised differently I may have turned out a lot worse. They let me move back in after I graduated to help me save money and figure my life out, they make me dinner, and they always are there for me when I need help. In addition to my parents, I have wonderful relatives- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a brother who I’m all thankful for as well.
My friends- I’ve had my ups and downs with friends over the years. Some end up not being true friends, some move far away and lose touch, and some just change into different people. But through the thick and thin, I’m lucky enough to have a few great friends who have stuck with me. Some I’ve known since pre-school, some I met in college and some in just the past year or so. These friends are the ones who helped me after a breakup, who are happy for my achievements and who support me in everything that I do. Although my number of true friends may not be huge, I’d rather have a handful of great friends than a bunch of fake ones, and I’m thankful that I can now realize that.
My boyfriend James– Everyday I am reminded how thankful I am to have such an amazing boyfriend. After going through a lot over the past few years, it’s nice to finally be with someone who truly cares about you. James and I were friends before dating, then best friends, then boyfriend and girlfriend- and I am thankful that it worked out that way and progressed in the way that it did. He makes me laugh, blabbers on and on about my accomplishments and how great I am, and makes me feel like a million bucks when I really feel like a nickel (bad analogy- I apologize). I really don’t know where I would be without him.
My cat- Anyone who has a pet (whether it’s a dog, cat, or gerbil) knows how special they are. They become like a member of your own family and are always around you. My cat, Buddy, somehow always knows when I don’t feel well and will pay extra attention to me. He’s the cutest thing- even when he is bold- and brings a smile to my face.
My blog readers– I can’t thank everyone who reads my blog enough- it means so much. What is even better is those who leave sweet and thoughtful comments- whether it’s just once or on each and every post. You all make me feel so great and make my day! For those who have came up to me in person and told me you enjoy reading, thank you as well. It means the world when people tell me they can connect with what I’m saying and that what I write makes them feel like they aren’t alone. The fact that something I write can help someone in any way is amazing. Sure, not all my posts are life-changing, but I try to mix in some serious (life after college) with some fun (fashion) for everyone. I feel like I’ve made so many new friendships with people I have never met- so thank you!
Now onto the silly things I’m thankful for…
My GPS– Honestly, I don’t know what I did before I had a GPS. I’m terrible with directions. I’m a good, cautious driver and I’m smart, but sometimes I can’t remember how to get to and from certain placed. So I’m thankful for my GPS for helping me get to all the interviews, internships, and random doctor visits over the years. Even though she can be wrong sometimes and has a really annoying voice (all of the voice options are annoying, I’ve tried changing it), I’m still thankful for her.
My iPhone– If it weren’t for my iPhone, I would miss out on a ton of urgent e-mails (and some not-so-urgent ones, too). I wouldn’t be able to communicate as quickly or effectively with my friends and boyfriend. I wouldn’t get to experience the addicting things that are Instagram and Words with Friends. I wouldn’t be able to look up that actress on IMDB to win an argument in the heat of the moment. I wouldn’t have ever purchased this awesome kitty case, either. Basically, my iPhone does everything and it just makes me happy so I’m thankful that I have one (and that my aunt and uncle let me on their family plan so I don’t have to pay $100 a month anymore).
What silly and serious things are you thankful for?