Waking up this morning on a cool, clear Thanksgiving morning, I had to smile – it’s been quite a year, and I know at any moment it will change forever (for good) and there are just so many things I have to be thankful for.
Without getting tooooooo sappy (because, let’s face it, I am feeling emotional enough, especially with the recent onslaught of Publix commercials on TV – I mean, c’mon I start crying just hearing the first few notes of the background music) I wanted to share just a few things that I am thinking about on this day of giving thanks. I may also note that this may be the last Thanksgiving post I write in a few years, on account of my increasing scatterbrain-ness that I don’t see improving any time in the near future!
This year, the idea of “our family” grew a lot with the amazing news that hubs and I would become parents, but I would neglecting a whole “pre-Baby news” part of the year if I did not mention the first few months of 2015, when we had the great opportunity to travel back to Japan for 10 days. It was an incredible experience to be back “home” and see my parents, and introduce hubs to new places – Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka – and savor the sights and sounds of my life all coming together in one place.
I am incredibly thankful that we had the means to enjoy a great trip, and spend time without the distractions of everyday life, which I think set the stage for a new focus on what the year would bring us.
It’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than two years, but when we decided to move back to Florida, after a few years in Virginia, I have to admit the one thing that I was a little worried about was being able to maintain established relationships, and also, make new friends. As an adult, it’s not as easy to just find new people that you “gel” with, and as free time decreases in your life, you begin to realize how important it is to be surrounded by the right crew – and even more, you discover how much drama you just do NOT tolerate.
Thankfully for me, I can say that my network of friends not only continues to thrive, but it has strengthened me in many ways. As I get older, I have learned the importance of hearing a diversity of opinions, while simultaneously balancing that with plenty of like-minded souls who just “get” you.
The Internet can be a crazy place, but I am thankful that it has brought so many amazing people into my life, and I cannot explain how happy I am that I have had the chance to spend time with so many of these special individuals over the course of this year.
Life can get busy. And insane. And it can be hard to remember to take a moment to appreciate the little things.
Thankfully, my life includes a full roster of people, places and things that are just plain ol’ fun.
From the opportunity to travel, see friends, enjoy new experiences and of course, create unforgettable memories, fun has taken a center stage in my life, and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon.
Side note: Of course, life is NOT all fun and games – so I did want to take a moment to just send out positive vibes to the universe in that these fun times remind us to keep a positive outlook whenever we can. As Joy stated in one of my favorite movies of the year, Inside Out, “there are a lot of things to be happy about” – and I believe these are the things that keep us going when life maybe is not so fun.
Okay, we didn’t get really rich or anything this year, but if you converted the wonderful things that came into our lives into monetary value, I have to say, we pretty much won the lottery!
In March, I decided to attend a fundraising event for our local animal shelter (where we adopted Dug from) and I thought we’d go, participate in the costume contest, and have a fun time. Well, we did have fun, but never even made it to the costume contest because Dug and I met who would become our newest addition to the family that afternoon, Cosmo.
Bringing a new furry friend into the family was something I had an idea of wanting to do, but that day, it was very clear that he chose us just as much as we chose him. And, as history would have it, I was extremely fortunate that hubs was down with the idea too, as he was out of town that week, and therefore, he did not meet Cosmo until he returned that night! Of course, Dug came into our lives in a similar way, so all was well!
At 36-weeks pregnant, I am chock-full of emotions and excitement surrounding the impending arrival of our next family member!
Hubs and I just celebrated our 6-year wedding anniversary last weekend, and it’s hard to believe how fast time has passed – and I know it is not going to slow down anytime soon.
I am so thankful, at this moment, that we are able to take this next step, and discover a new chapter together – and that we are in a place where I am able to jump in with both feet – changing careers to full-time mom – and buckling up, and getting ready for the ride of our lives.
2015 has been an incredible year, and I can say with total confidence – I can only see it getting even better.
I am so thankful, today, and everyday, to be able to share my thoughts “out loud” with you, my friends and readers – wherever you are – and so many warm thoughts to you and yours this holiday season. Thank you for allowing me to share my life with you.