November 28: My family
Today, we got to spend the afternoon with my loud, crazy family. On my mom’s side, there are 5 siblings in the states with everyone else still in the Philippines and my dad is the only one on his side to be here, everyone is in Vietnam. This was an extra special year because it was my cousin’s first Thanksgiving. My aunt hosted and it was wonderful being with everyone, it is not very often that we all get together. I was extra grateful that J only had to work in the evening, so he could spend some time with us before going to work.
November 29: New days for new starts
I am grateful for the opportunity to wake up every morning to a brand new day. No matter how crappy the night before was, you get a clean slate the next morning. Hopefully we all take advantage of the new day full of new chances.
November 30: Good friends and good wine
Today, we spent the day with some good friends wine tasting. It had been awhile since we were able to go out and it was a lot of fun. It has been very stressful these past few months and it was nice to forget all that and just enjoy good friends and good wine. J and I ended up joining a wine club too. We really fell in love with the Philip Carter Winery. We had gotten a deal for a winery tour, tasting and picnic basket. The scenery is beautiful and the wines are delicious. We liked every single wine that we sampled and that never happens. It was a great way to say goodbye to November.
The holiday season is upon us! We have our tree up and it is just waiting for all the presents. I hate that the holiday has been sneaking into stores earlier and earlier, but now that it is December I am getting into the spirit. Can’t wait for the Christmas cookies and hot chocolate and spending more time with family!
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November 20: A solid roof over my head
In my line of work, I am hit everyday how difficult housing is for the majority of America. J and I struggle on a daily basis because the area we live in is too expensive for what we make, and we have two solid incomes. I cannot imagine how difficult it is for others. Especially as it gets colder, I am thankful for the simple luxuries like heat and running water.
November 21: Modern technology
This might sound stupid, but I am really grateful for my geeky gadgets and social media. It keeps me in constant contact with loved ones and allows my family overseas to give us updates when needed. It also gives me the flexibility in my work schedule to work closer to home when I need to.
November 22: The ability to unplug
I have fallen into the trap of always having to be “on” with the addiction of the iPhone. I keep my work email on my phone so I can check it every so often just in case event though it is completely not needed. J does not understand why and sometimes I’m not entirely sure either. It’s nice to have the constant reminder and the ability to walk away when I want.
November 23: Good friends to celebrate with
J planned a birthday party for me and all my closest friends were there. He also kicked me out of the house so I could have a girls day while he prepped everything. It’s been awhile since everyone was all together and I had forgotten how nice it is to have all my favorite people in one place again. I am grateful for each of their friendships and what they have brought to my life. They have challenged me, laughed with me and cried with me. And no matter what, they will always have my back.
November 24: Days off
Let me tell you how much hard it is to recover from a night of partying. I was out of commission all of Sunday. I have never appreciated a day with no plans more than that day. On top of that, J had the day off and we were able to just be together all day. That hasn’t happened in who knows how long. It was really nice to reconnect and relax with each other.
November 25: A man who cleans
Said party left my house a disaster. Without asking, J took care of almost everything. Lord knows what I would do without this man. He may drive me batty, but he takes care of me.
November 26: Experiencing all four seasons
In case you didn’t already know, I HATE the cold. I start complaining when it hits the 60s. Scarves are my best friend through the winter and my favorite accessory. As much as I complain, I really enjoy experiencing all the seasons. There is something special about each one – the way it makes its presence known and the way it exists so a new sesason can roll in. It’s the turning of a page or a chapter and brings in new life and excitement and hope.
November 27: Short commutes
With my new job came 12 hour days because I was commuting so much farther from home. On certain days, I can work from our office that is much closer to my house and they are turning into my favorites. I knew I was spoiled with a 15 minute commute, but I did not realize the toll it would take on me mentally and physically. Maybe I am just not used to it yet, but I am savoring these days that I get to be closer to home.
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family and friends!
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Did you know Google customizes itself on your birthday?! Very cool.
Today, I am thankful for my parents. Without them, I would not have been brought into this world 26 years ago in the middle of a blizzard.
My parents are the most inspiring people in my life. They have gone through every major and minor bump in the road and have always come out smiling. They have given everything so my sister and I could have a better life and I only hope that one day I can return that to them. I will never be able to fully express what my parents mean to me. They show me everyday what life I really about. It’s more than money and success. It’s about love and family and giving to others. They remind me that we have a bigger purpose in life. They have showed me right from wrong and protected me every step of the way.
Thank you Mom and Dad for giving me an amazing life and continuing to be the best parents I could ever ask for!
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This month has completely gotten away from me. Let’s do some quick catch-up.
November 7: I am thankful for a man who cooks
Before meeting J, my idea of a good dinner was a bag of microwaveable veggies and popcorn. That did not last very long in this house. J worked in restaurants for most if his life and it is something he is really really good at. He love to try new things and all about presentation. Cooking relaxes him while it makes me a giant stress ball. It’s something that we can do together and he is super patient with me when I freak out. He also makes some of the most amazing food I have ever had.
November 8: I am thankful for public transportation
It has never been easier to get from point A to point B. Now that I work in DC, it makes my commute a hell of a lot easier instead of battling traffic everyday. Keeps me a nicer person too.
November 9: I am thankful for my alma mater
I went back to Elon for homecoming this year and it was a completely different place from when I was attended. They are constantly growing and building and campus looks so different than hat I am accustomed to. It was amazing to see the transformation. I also attended a few events and was astounded by the progress and future programs Elon is working upon. Those were some of the best years of my life and I had so many great opportunities while I was a student. I wouldn’t be who I am without the education and experiences I had while at Elon.
November 10: I am thankful for sister time
My sister is my best friend, my confidant, and my fashionista. All outfits must be approved by her as I cannot dress myself. She listens to me complain about real world problems and I get to hear all her stories of college life. We are a good balance and she keeps me sane. My favorite moments of homecoming were just sitting and talking with my sister. I miss her in a daily basis and was glad I got to spend some time with her.
November 11: I am thankful for our armed forces
There is not a group more dedicated to our country than our military. I have so much respect for what they do on a daily basis and it breaks my heart there are not better programs and systems for our veterans when they leave the military. They put their lives on the line, we should be able to give them a better future upon their return. Thank you to all who are serving and have served. Thank you for keeping us safe.
November 12: I am thankful for friends who will look stupid with me
My friend and I took our first Zumba class and it was hilarious. We are both uncoordinated and the class was so fast we looked like assholes. But we had a lot of fun doing it. It’s something I would never do on my own so I was very grateful she would come with me.
November 13: I am thankful for my first roommate
I have Elon to thank for my first roommate who has become one of my closest friends. It was terrifying coming in the first day and realizing you have to share this small space with a complete stranger. My roommate had no issues and taught me how to be confident in myself and not care what the world thought. She is fierce with a sharp mind and has no problem telling you how she feels. She has a giant heart and a kind soul and listens when I need her to and tells me the hard stuff when I need to hear it. She is an amazing wife, mother and friend. Today is her birthday and we celebrate everything she is and everything she will be
November 14: I am thankful for girls nights
Nothing recharges the batteries like a night out with some of my girlfriends. I love my man, but there is something to be said for getting away and just hanging with friends. You did it before a relationship, why can’t you keep doing it when you are in one. I have some friends who’s lives revolve around their significant others and they do everything and anything together and that is absolutely fine. I have always been a more independent soul and need the best of both worlds, not all one all the time. It gives J and I a chance to do what we like and still have an identity outside of what makes us a couple. Who doesn’t love a gossip filled night of cocktails?
November 15: I am thankful for payday
This might sound superficial, but I really love pay day. For an hour, I can live in a stress free world and pretend I have money. Until I pay off my bills and my bank account is back down to pennies. But it’s also recognition that I am taking care of myself. I worked hard to make this money and can take care of the bills and household things I am supposed to. It’s a sign that, I might not have money I can keep, but I’m on my way to something right.
November 16: I am thankful for real world awareness
Too many times, I see people who have no concept of the real world. People who complain about stupid stuff and think it’s the end of the universe when it is really a tiny spec in the grand scheme of life. Too many people don’t stop to appreciate their every day life and be grateful for what they have. I have one friend in particular who does this – who has the best life out of all her friends and still complains the most about her life. She cannot see how wonderful she really has it and it makes me so sad for her. Things might suck sometimes, but there is always someone who has it worse. And you could have it worse. Let’s take one day to stop complaining about what we don’t have and appreciate what we do.
November 17: I am thankful for sleeping in on Sundays
I think this is self explanatory. There is nothing better than getting to turn the alarm off and not have to be up for anything. It’s a luxury that is few and far between these days.
November 18: I am thankful for flexibility
Today did not start off the way I would have hoped. I missed my train by 30 seconds. Quite literally, I parked and was walking to the station in time to see my train leave. And of course the next train wasn’t for an hour. I am grateful for flexible bosses who don’t make us slaves to the punch clock. I feel horrible as this is my fourth week on the job, but I have only been late one other time. So I think it balances out?
So that was not very quick, but there is a lot to be thankful for. Stay tuned for more!
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November 5: I am thankful for beautiful sunrises
This commute is starting to kick my ass and I’m only in my second week. I am tired and cranky and it is cold standing on that platform. But by being up this early I have seen some of the most beautiful sunrises and you can’t hate that. A whole new day full of possibility is just starting, why am I wasting it on being cranky?
November 6: I am thankful for new life
One year ago today, one of my best friends gave birth to the most beautiful baby girl. She was in labor for 3 days and experienced every sort of “birth” possible. Anyway to get a baby out, she tried it. I am so proud of her strength and in awe of what she did to bring her little girl into this world. Over the year, I have watched this little one grow from an infant to a toddler. Seeing the curiosity in her eyes and how everything is brand new and exciting. It’s amazing watching her discover and explore and part of my heart aches when I see her becoming more independent. I remember when they brought her home and it still feels like yesterday. When life starts to tumble, this little girl is a reminder of all the good in the world.
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In honor of my bestest’s birthday, I dedicate this post of thanks to her.
I met my BFF during my semester abroad in London. We were choosing our flatmates and she rounded out our 7-person flat. From the minute we met, we were instant friends and all my best memories and adventures include her. She has been through everything with me. From senior year of college where we thought we were invincible, to the world knocking us on our asses after graduation, to us finally being able to pick ourselves back up and tell the world to suck it.
We have been through hell and high water with each other. Moments we can’t stop talking about and moments we will never mention again. Our friendship has faced hard challenges with the ebbs and flows of life, but we have always stuck through it together. We are more alike than we would like to admit and always know how/what the other is thinking without having to say it. We don’t always agree with each other, but I know she will have my back no matter how stupid my plan is.
The older we get, the harder it seems to find friends like that. The increase in responsibilities seems to mean the decrease in friend time. But these are the relationships that mean the most in the end, and I am super lucky for the crazy people who put up with me.
Happy birthday to my BFF! I am very grateful to have you in my life.
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I’m a couple days behind on this, but there are a lot of things I am thankful for and what better time than November to list them.
November 1: I am thankful for new opportunities.
This past Monday, I started a new job within my company. I moved departments to a role that is more active within the non-profit and is more involved in the operational/field work. I was not looking for a new job, this kind of fell into my lap and opened a whole new door of possibilities. But I have been itching for something more. With all the changes this year, I was forced to look at myself and really think about what I want to do with my life. I want to do some good in the world and use my skills to help people. I wasn’t doing that in my current role. As much as I loved the job and my team, it wasn’t fulfilling this other part of me. I contemplated applying for the Peace Corps. Drastic, but I wanted drastic. When I got the new job, I decided to put 110% into it before making any other changes. I was hesitant about this job because it is completely different than what I have been doing and what I envisioned myself doing. But dreams and goals change, and that’s okay. With much encouragement from my friends and family, I took the leap and so far I am really happy that I did. I am thankful that I have these chances to take.
November 2: I am thankful for Riley
Without fail, there is one face that can make my day infinitely better. That would be my dog. No matter what happens or for how long I have been gone, she is there to greet me and take away any worry or stress. J and I adopted Riley on a whim, we were contemplating getting a dog but weren’t totally prepared for it. To add to the challenge, she was a puppy mill dog with several issues that needed to be worked through. It took a long time to develop her routine and get her familiar with her surroundings. There were so many times we had no idea what we were doing or questioned what we got ourselves into. But she needed our love and we needed her. It will be two years in March and progress has been slow but steady. She was also a big step in J’s and my relationship. Besides moving in, we committed ourselves to being her “parents” for the foreseeable future. Which meant we were not only committing ourselves to her, but to each other. It was a big step for both of us and I am thankful everyday that we took it.
November 3: I am thankful for the fall weather
Fall is my favorite season. The chill in the air, the changing of the colors… it’s beautiful. I am not a fan of the cold, but fall is the perfect in between. I hate when it gets darker outside, but love all the fall activities. It’s perfect for wine tasting, apple picking, pumpkin patches and hiking. Riley loves it just as much as I do and we have been enjoying some great walks outside. Everything is pumpkin flavored and it gives me an excuse for to make soup and stews and everything comforting to the soul.
That’s all for now, more thanks to come!
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