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It’s officially the most wonderful time of the year! I hope your weeks have been filled with good food and good friends and family. Thanksgiving in my family normally includes five course Italian feasts, filled with everything from turkey to rack of lamb to handmade raviolis and pasta noodles. It’s basically my family’s Superbowl for eating- making it one of our favorite days of the year.
In the spirit of giving thanks, this week I have been thinking about all the gifts and lessons I have learned in the last 12 months. This year marked my graduation from college, the start of my career in higher education, new friendships I NEVER would have expected, and a semester’s worth of (almost) having perfect attendance at WNR.
Through the endless bowls of free popcorn and long nights typing papers where I had no clue what I was talking about, somewhere along the line I started growing up. So far, my early 20s haven’t necessarily been the best years of my life. There were dark days and mornings where I didn’t know if I was strong enough to open my eyes. But this year has also given me so much to be thankful for, and that’s what this week is all about.
Here are the top 17 things I am thankful for from 2017:
1. Restaurants with free popcorn
Rentes, I miss you.
2. Netflix binges on days off
My one true love. Thank you for bringing me Gossip Girl and The Office in 2017. It’s been a good year for us.
3. The snowballs in my life.
2017 brought Koda and Sasha’s 5th birthdays! My little cotton balls – life would be boring (and quiet) without you.
How tf did it take me until 2017 to discover the beauty of a podcast?? Procrastination and distraction at its finest. In the last few months I have binged four different ones (both seasons of Serial, S-Town, and currently working my way through My Favorite Murder). And who knows, maybe I’ll even have my own podcast in 2018…….
If you’ve stuck with me since the beginning of this page – you know I got into a really bad car accident in July. The doctors in the ER (god bless them, I was a sobbing mess for like five hours straight) told me that I was lucky to be alive, nevermind lucky that I was able to walk after how hard my knees collided with my dashboard. 2017 really showed me how fragile life is, and how it can be gone in an instant. I am lucky that I have my health and that the rest of my family is healthy, too.
6. 18 candles.
My baby sister turned 18 last month, so I guess I can’t really call her my baby sister anymore. I am so thankful to have a sister and a friend to laugh with me when Mom is doing something extra crazy.
7. SPACE CARS.
If you do not know yet, my dad drives a Chevy Volt; which I fondly refer to as my space car. God bless electric cars and helping me save on gas money when I drive back and forth to Rhode Island on almost a daily basis.
8. Learning how to feed myself.
Everyone who knows me knows that I am not the most self-sufficient person. After graduation, one of my goals was to learn how to cook (and like, hold a knife the right way). I may not be Julia Child yet, but hey – I definitely am making progress and not relying on eating pasta 24/7.
9. Finishing my undergraduate career, and pursuing even more education.
I graduated with my Bachelor’s in May, that’s kind of a big deal! And definitely something I am grateful for. I also am able to pursue my Master’s Degree after being awarded a crazy good scholarship…. While I may complain about this stuff, I am so thankful for the world-class education I am able to receive on a daily basis. And as always, I am so thankful that I am a Bulldog.
10. #MeToo campaign.
Why did it take until 2017 for sexual assault to be a topic of national discussion?! FINALLY, this epidemic has been brought into the light, with more and more people opening up about their experiences on a daily basis. You can check out my #MeToo story here.
11. The ability to let go of my past.
This year, I think I FINALLY learned what it felt like to let go of a grudge. I began to forgive the people who have hurt me in the past and move on with my life. Nothing good grows from anger and resentment, and my life has been so much lighter as a result.
12. Target runs before night class.
First – I am NOT thankful for night class. It makes me sad and sleepy. However, the only thing that can cheer me up on days where I have class until 9pm are trips to Target with Allie to pick up chocolate bars (and whatever else we can find). These never cease to make my soul a little lighter.
13. Asia grille dates with Allie.
I already wrote a post about this – there is nothing that veggie lo-mein cannot fix. I would absolutely not make it through grad school without having you (and mai tais, fried ice cream, and spontaneous shopping trips) by my side.
14. Lindsay’s pop-fusion mixed CD collection.
My best friend, who shares my undying love for Kenny Chesney and having Ben & Jerry’s for dinner, has the best mixed CD collection since 2010. Also, thankful that she has driven my butt around for basically the last 5 years. And thankful for your weirdness and always being able to make me laugh about the dumb shit we do. Glad that 2017 made us more than just suitemates.
15. The best friends I could ever ask for.
This explains itself. You know who you are.
16. The ability to find my voice, and share it with all of you!
I swear that the only thing that has kept me remotely sane in the months following graduation and my first PGL summer has been this blog. I love having an outlet to share my thoughts on a weekly basis – and I am SO thankful for those of you who turn in every week to read, comment, and share my “musings of the world.” This space has definitely been one of the best things to come out of 2017.
17. …. and Happiness.
A continuation of #5. I have often struggled to find light on my dark days. Whether I found that over drinking pink moscato in the dark with one of my best friends, or catching up with someone from my past – everyday, I have been a little happier and a little stronger. To 2017 – I am thankful for your lessons, your tears, your car crashes and your huge life changes; because they all made me into the person I am today. And I am HAPPY and also so so excited to see what the next 12 months will bring.
Until next time,