Recently, I’ve been grateful for a lot of things.
I’m grateful for my support system. I have really awesome family and friends who are there for me in more ways than I realize. I’m also grateful for how relatively easy it is to keep in touch with them no matter how far they are, and that I have opportunities with my (physically) close friends to attend fancy things like cocktail-attire soirees and see Anderson Cooper (!!!!) give an amazing, thoughtful, funny and insightful speech. And I’ll always, always be thankful that thanks to timezones and the Internet, no matter when I might need a friend there’s always someone that I can reach out to instantly and know that they’re always there for me.
I’m grateful for books, both fiction and non-fiction, and the constant reminder that if you read, you never stop learning. I picked up six books for $6 at a book sale yesterday and I can’t wait to dive into them. I’ve slacked horribly with reading, and I think these new books to my collection will be just the kick I need to get back into my reading groove. I’m also getting lost in the pages of a book that I suppose would technically be considered non-fiction, although more on that in particular will be shared in a later post.
I’m grateful for scoring a $70 Fossil wallet for $25 and for the magical jar of Nutella that seems to never empty no matter how much I eat it (straight out of the jar with a spoon, as is my habit). I’m grateful for late night runs to McDonald’s and being reminded of their apple pie, an old favorite. I’m grateful for good makeup days and episodes of Angel and having enough money on my laundry card without needing to run out to an ATM as my laundry card machine only takes $5 or $10 bills. I’m grateful for brunch and a fully-stocked fridge and the money in my bank account that can cover the costs of both.
Even amidst all this gratefulness, it’s been a rough few weeks, with some days being better than others. I have a suspicion that this emotional period of my life will continue for some time. That’s normal; that’s life. But in the meantime, I can focus on what I’m grateful as that helps. It helps a lot.
This week’s link love includes one link and one link only. It’s from the popular blog Adulting: Step 314: When you make a big life change, the first few months will probably suck. Push through it.
Read it, because I like to think that it’s absolutely true.