2012 has been such a monumental year in my life. As I think back to everything that has been set in motion or even completely accomplished, I am astounded at all the things I have been able to check off my informal “life list.” On a very broad level, I think it suffices to say that I am so thankful for the opportunity to undertake what I have. I think it’s impossible for me, growing up in a home that never had an empty fridge or missing parents, to really understand and appreciate all that I do have, because I’ve never truly been without. But I try to remain grateful every day.

This year especially, I am so thankful for:

  • My parents, for teaching me that life isn’t fair, for reminding me about second chances, and for making sure I really could do anything I wanted. Mom & Dad — thank you for allowing me back into your home this year (and especially my sometimes rude but well-meaning dogs). Thank you for making sure Tom & I always have a room to come home to in Chicago, and for the many, innumerable ways you’ve enriched my life!
  • Pandora. This year I’ve rediscovered how much music awakens my creativity, and I love that.
  • My health. This category is especially meaningful for me after battling so much. I am grateful for having the answers I have searched for, and positive that the changes I’ve made this year will enable me to stay healthy for a very long time.
  • My friends, new and old. It has been a blast getting to meet new people and forge new friendships this year, and bittersweet saying goodbye to my friends in Chicago.
  • My job. I may not always love it, but I enjoy what I do and I am grateful for the flexibility I have. Without this single factor, nothing I accomplished this year would have been possible.
  • My family, for being supportive, even though they might not always like what I’m doing or where I’m going.
  • Weightlifting. I never thought I’d say this, but I love this damn sport. I love seeing how much Tom loves it, I love that it’s opened doors to the Olympics that we once thought were closed, and I love that it’s enabled me to fulfill my passion of starting a business.
  • The South. I certainly still have so many moments of culture shock, but it is lovely to move somewhere that encourages politeness and good manners.
  • Thomas, who has been the main catalyst for change this year. I am so happy to be walking down this path blindly with you.
  • You. If you’re still with me, reader, I’m thankful for the encouragement I’ve received, and for every single time you visit this blog to read my words. I was unbelievably nervous to pour my heart out in those first few posts and share this all with the world, but I am so glad I did. Thank you for sticking around.

Happy Thanksgiving, ya’ll.


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