This month marks the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year. The first day of November is filled with the anticipation of Thanksgiving, birthday celebrations, Chanukah and Christmas. I’ll be honest, I love any holiday that deals with eating, and presents. As you know by now, food is one of my favorite things to fantasize about and I love shiny new toys. I can’t lie, I also love to give gifts.
My plan is to frame my blog posts around the holiday season. I will discuss many topics, from what’s trending on this year’s Thanksgiving menu to my gift giving guide for your office Secret Santa. I’ll roll out my top Chanukah and Christmas gifts before Black Friday, so you’re set and help you figure out why it’s okay to feel a bit melancholy around this time of year.
I will kick off this post with some thanks. I was inspired by Oprah, who asked writers what or who they were thankful for and it resonated with me. What am I thankful for? Who am I thankful to? Of course my family is an easy one. My husband is after all better than your husband, and my kids are superior and gifted! My parents completely understand everything I do! Too far? Of course I’m very lucky and my family is amazing but there are some other reasons I’m thankful.
Suffering from Fibromyalgia almost cost me everything. I’ve shared my journey but the truth is, I’m living virtually pain free, I can get up in the morning, I can work and I lead a very happy life. Four years ago, I cried all of the time from pain, anxiety and depression. I quit my job twice and could barely walk or use my hands without horrible pain. In keeping on topic, I’m so thankful my husband, family and friends believed me. You have no idea how many people are told Fibro isn’t real, it’s all in the mind and it’s all about getting attention. No. Just no. Just because YOU can’t see it doesn’t make it untrue. I feel really blessed to be supported through this illness, because it’s all about the day to day.
I can’t believe I’m going to say this but it’s true! I’m so thankful for my dogs! Daisy, Spike and Walter give me such joy. When I’m sick, they take care of me, when they’re sick I take care of them. They snuggle with me, they comfort me when I’m sad, they love me unconditionally. Having dogs is such a gift, I can’t imagine coming home to a quiet house with no barking, licks or bones to trip over.
I’m incredibly thankful for the move to Charlotte, North Carolina. My husband, Philip and I were dying to move here for years and four years ago, our dream came true, when I got my principal-ship and we were able to relocate. The hardest part has been being separated from my girls who attend college and work in Florida and my parents, who still live in Florida. The best part is living closer to Philip’s family, and just the overall kindness of people, which seems to be more prevalent in the Carolina’s. There are definitely some events I’m more than happy to leave behind in Florida (and some bitchy people as well). Moving to another state was like a do over. Almost like a cleanse.
Lastly, my friend Yasmine declared she was thankful for Chardonnay and once she said it out loud, I knew I too was thankful for rich, buttery Chardonnay. Is there anything more fulfilling than coming home from a long day at work, kicking off your shoes, taking off your bra and enjoying a smooth glass of your favorite vino?
What are you thankful for and why? Comment below.