Things I’m Thankful For


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.

cat santa hat

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?


  1. hahaa, you’re so funny! I think my list is pretty much the same (minus the cat, I don’t have a cute  fur ball to love on *sad face*).  I would pretty much die without my parents/grandparents, friends, bf, and navigation!  And since my bf and I are long distance, the phone and computer are the 2 best pieces of technology that I am so thankful for! And good food….cause I really like to eat 😉

  2. I’m thankful for all of these things too! Especially my iPhone haha just kidding. But really it does let me connect with all of the other people I’m thankful for! Also, that picture of your cat is too cute!

  3. What a great post. On the serious side, I’m thankful for my family and my doggies, which I pretty much consider family. 😉 On the less serious side, I’m with you on the iPhone. Where would I be without it?!

  4. This is such a great post! I’m going to do a similar one on Thanksgiving, so I won’t say what I’m thankful for just yet 🙂 but you’re a very lucky girl, Rachel. Love you lots!


  5. I love that picture of you and your boyfriend, what a great looking couple! And I’m also thankful for my iphone. I never thought I’d be so attached to my phone, but I am! 🙂

  6. Such a cute post! Love all of these photos 🙂 Of you and your family, friends LOVE the one of you and your bf and how cute is your cat?!

    Iphone… totally agree.  It sleeps with me at night 😉 🙂 

  7. Aw love this so much! Great pictures. You and your boyfriend are adorable, and I don’t know how I’d survive without my gps either!

  8. What a fantastic blog you have here! – The name just gets me 🙂 Its so precious!
    I also love this post. There are so many things to be thankful and you highlighted some of the very best!
    I’m thankful for my friends and family as well – along with things like the freedom to be who I want to be and the opportunity to create

  9. Love this list Rachel!  I especially love the pictures of you with your family.  I did the same thing and included silly things that I am Thankful for as well!  It is important to think about EVERYTHING this time of year, haha!  Have a great holiday this week.

  10. Sweet post! We all have so much to be grateful for. In the last year or two I’ve realized that consciously, intentionally noticing my blessings and being grateful for literally everything around me is pretty much the key to happiness. Having that kind of attitude is honestly life changing!

  11. That cat looks JUST like a cat I used to have. His name was Mittens… Poor thing died when he got into my mom’s sewing cabinet and ate about 3 feet of thread off of a spool. 

  12. My list looks a lot like yours… family, boyfriend/fiance, iPhone…  but if I have to add something different, it would be the opportunity to travel constantly.  I think it’s so refreshing to wake up in different places, eat different foods, and absorb other cultures (even if they’re not that different from my own).

  13. You’re so cute! I’m also very thankful for many of these things {I also have some cats I’m minorly obsessed with}. Also, I would be lost {literally} without my GPS – definitely the best purchase I’ve made in a long time!

  14. I don’t think its corny or sappy to be thankful for all that you have.  Also, I just love the pic of you with Santa cat.  😉

  15. What a great post!! You just seem like such a genuine person.  I love it!! Makes me wish I knew you in real life, even though I could practically be your mom:)  I LOVE this time of year!  I can’t wait to spend time with family. I have SO much to be thankful for:):)

  16. Great post! I know what you mean about pets. When I was growing up we had 2 cats and they could definitely tell when I was upset. Love that you included a GPS. Without mine, I think I’d probably be lost right now! haha

  17. Such a cute post! As you know from my blog, my animals are like family to me, too. I would also include my laptop, which I can’t live without. And maybe Pinterest…because I’m addicted. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)!


  18. Love your list! Absolutely right about pets, I have two dogs and they are my babies. I also love that you included GPS, while in Italy with a rental car, GPS saved my marriage. Happy Thanksgiving, it’s great to link up with such an awesome blog!

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