Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Top Ten Things We're Thankful For... That Actually Aren't Books

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Lauren's List

1 -- I'm thankful that my health is better than it has been. Long story short, I have a lot more medical issues than most 27 year olds and life is often a struggle. I have many doctor appointments in my future, but I am thankful that I am as healthy as I am now.

2 -- I'm thankful for my boyfriend. Not to start a pity party, but my childhood and love life could have definitely been easier. I have been dating a wonderful man for over two years now who treats me with respect, but also understands my need to be independent at times. I couldn't be happier that I met my soul mate this early in life.

3 -- I'm thankful for therapy. Yes... you read that correctly. There isn't as much as a stigma surrounding people who attend therapy anymore, but it still piques other's curiosity of why a person would need therapy. Therapy can help so many people with so many different issues, many of which people don't even realize they have. I am thankful that I have finally found a therapist who listens and who is concerned for my mental well being.

Daisy's List

4 -- I'm thankful for my friends, the ones I've had since high school, the ones I met in college, the ones I've only known since I started my residency and also my book club friends: I love that I can share anything with you guys and we can laugh together, cry together and have dance parties or parties where we're all wearing onesies. Basically, I just have so much love for my friends!

5 -- I'm thankful that I'm at a point in life where I get to take trips to beautiful places and then also get to come home after to our wonderful house that I'm also thankful for.

6 -- I'm thankful for my boyfriend, we've been together for 10 years now and just love him so much! He makes me a more social person and is the best at being a supportive, caring boyfriend and I love that even though he's not much of a reader, he will occasionally pick up a book I push at him. I just love him, dirty socks lying around and all.

Kimberly's List

7 -- I'm thankful for my family. They're the best sort of people you can ask for, they really are. We've had a few health scares this year, and it just makes me even more determined to spend as much time with them as I can. I also have some pretty amazing in-laws. I got really lucky there. I love them all, and have so much fun spending time with them. My nieces and nephews are the best kids ever. I mean it when I say my nieces and nephews are cuter, smarter and more fun than yours. Not that I'm biased. ;)

8 -- I'm thankful for my hubby. He's basically the best guy around. We've been married a year (November 14th!), and it's been a crazy and fun first year together. He puts up with all of my eccentricities, gave me a library, enjoys a night on the couch with Netflix as much as I do and even makes me spaghetti when I've had a bad day. (Let's face it. He cooks no matter what. Which is awesome, because he's a great cook.)

Jamie's List

I'm genuinely thankful for all the usual things I try to be grateful for daily -- health, my family, for a roof over my head, etc -- but really wanted to focus on 2 things I'm super thankful this year.

9 -- I'm thankful for new friends: This year I've put myself out there a lot more IRL and it has paid off a lot as I've met such a wonderful group of ladies. It's easy to let myself be jaded because of past things that have happened with certain friendships but I'm feeling very optimistic and I know I have a lot of friend love to give and it's been great to be able to feel free to be that person who is a good friend again -- not walking on eggshells like I used to. I'm always a work in progress and I've been trying to be better all around with new and old friends with things like keeping in contact and making the effort (things which I either got lazy with or didn't feel confident with anymore). I realize how OFF I've been not having a couple solid IRL friends and it's nice to FEEL like myself again.

10 -- My upcoming trip with my husband in 2016: Will and I are going to be heading to London (so excited to go back) and Madrid (my first and we are visiting good friends of ours) and I'm just so thankful we are able to make this trip happen. It's been a rough few years for us since 2006 -- my mom passing, his dad passing, me losing my job and dealing with lots of financial issues because of that and so many other things that have just been like HEY WTF LIFE?!  It's going to be so nice to just get away with him for 2 weeks and feel a bit more free -- we have felt like we've been in such a holding pattern because of so many things and I'm so happy we are just going for it. We love travel and it's just been so frustrating to not be able to do it super often like we want because of shitty job situations.



  1. What a beautiful post. You all have much to be thankful for. Like you all, I am thankful for my husband-and also my family. I am glad you are doing better health-wise, Lauren. Daisy, I love that you are able to travel to such beautiful places! I wish I was doing more of that. Having in-laws you get along with is indeed something to be grateful for, Kimberly. I got lucky in that regard too. Jamie, I hope you have a wonderful trip this coming year. It sounds divine!

  2. Nice! All goo things to be thankful for!

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  3. Finding a good therapist is super important, I'm glad you found one, Lauren! And thanks everyone for sharing what you're thankful for.

  4. therapy is a wonderful thing!! :)

  5. I haven't done a Top Ten Tuesday in awhile, but had to do this one! Thanks for sharing your lists--appreciating what we have and the people in our lives is awesome. And I'm a big fan of therapy too--it's a life-changer and often a life-saver. Happy Holidays, and thanks for the work you do on the blog!

  6. Love your list, Lauren! I'm thankful for family.

  7. I'm sorry Lauren is dealing with long-term health issues, but know that you're not alone! I'm also thankful my health is better than it would be (although it's deteriorating, not getting better from where it was). It's so difficult to be grateful for health when it feels like you're the invalid among a healthy peer set, but I'm sure it's better for you to hold onto the gratitude for what you have, than to focus on what you lack.

  8. What a great post. Lauren, you are very brave and strong.

  9. Such wonderful, beautiful lists! I'm thankful for my amazing family too and the fact that I got pretty lucky in the in-laws department. I'm so thankful for my sweet loving beagle Andy and my amazing husband. I'm also thankful for his health; I sympathize Lauren bc he's had Type 1 diabetes since he was 8 years old and it's been more of a struggle this year but overall his health is pretty good and I'm so grateful. I hope yours continue to improve <3 And I'm so glad that you've found a supportive therapist! I'm also thankful for the ability to purchase a book or a tea latte when I'd like; I don't do it often but being able to treat myself for little things is a nice luxury. Jamie, you and Will are going to have such an amazing trip! I'm so excited for you!!! You deserve it <3

  10. Very sweet lists! I'm thankful for family and home, and for being born with an innate optimism.

  11. I love the fact that people are so much more vocal about the things they are grateful for this time of year!


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