What I’m Thankful For

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which you wouldn’t think with all of the holiday stuff that’s already out and has been out since like Halloween. Here’s a list of things that I’m thankful for this year!

My parents

They’re the real MVPs for putting up with me and letting me live at home for the last two and a half years after I graduated. They were also a great support system last year when I was working my master’s and also the past year while I was looking for a new job.

I may not thank them as much as I should, but I am very grateful that they’re my parents and for everything they do for me.

My pets

A little while ago I did a post about my pets and why they’re awesome. Since I live at home, I get to see them every day—probably one of the reasons why I haven’t moved out yet. Sadie is sitting with me now on the couch as I write this, and I love coming home to the three of them.

My old + new co-workers

I’m about a month into my new job—back at my old university—and I have a new set of co-workers. And they’re great. I’m getting to know all of them, and I think you have to because you spend 40 hours a week with them. I still stay in touch with a few of my old co-workers at my old job and see one of them every two weeks. Plus I have the girls at the ice cream shop who I consider to be more of friends than co-workers. 

The Boston Red Sox

I’m just still really happy they won the World Series, okay? They give me something to look forward to and something to obsess about. I can kind of forget about what’s going on right now and just get caught up in the games and the stats and the players.


I never thought I’d call myself a runner, but here I am, calling myself a runner. I ran my first two 5k races this year, and I worked hard to train for them. I know 3.1 miles might not seem like much—it doesn’t anymore but I used to think I couldn’t run more than a mile—but it became a goal for me to reach and build my confidence. I signed up for a 10k race in March and I’m not training as much as I’d like, but I’ve been adjusting to my new work schedule, plus the holidays are here and everything. My goal for 2019 is to get on a good running schedule because I’ll be two and a half months out from the race on January 1. 

I’m also grateful for my health that I can run. My exercise-induced asthma is a little bit of a speed bump but with my inhaler and training I’ve gotten better with my breathing while running. 

Where I live

This kind of stems from weather-related incidents. The California wild fires are devastating, and my thoughts are with everyone who is affected. Here in New England, we really only have snow storms, and aside from the rogue October snowstorm we had in 2011, we don’t really have issues with the weather. I wouldn’t want to live in a place that has extreme weather every year, so I’m grateful that the New England area doesn’t have to deal with earthquakes, fires, or hurricanes—although we normally get the very tail end of the storms and get a lot of rain and wind after they hit land.

My blogging friends

I wouldn’t keep writing if it wasn’t for you guys! I started this blog my junior year of college three years ago, but I really started writing more consistently the beginning of this year. And I’ve met all of you wonderful people! So thanks for being you and keep being awesome 🙂

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

We’re staying home this year, and it’ll be just me and my parents. My mom makes a low-scale Thanksgiving dinner for the three of us. My tradition is to get up to watch the parade and then the dog show—without telling my dogs about the pups on the screen—and then watch football for the rest of the day. We eat around regular dinner time, and then watch a movie or something that’s on that night. We don’t get dressed up and all fancy; I’m 100% wearing leggings and a hoodie. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


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