It’s not easy to be so far away from family during the holiday season, but I cannot count all of the reasons I have to be thankful today. And while I have already shared many of them, I’d like to go into more detail about the people who fill my heart with love and gratitude.
Thanksgiving is one day in which almost everyone I know intends to stuff themselves then watch football before falling into a food coma. And while I plan to enjoy the day, I also want to take time to focus on the important parts of the holiday which extend beyond the spread on the table.
My parents raised me to respect others, and I’ve never doubted their love for me. They both work incredibly hard, and they always made sure I had everything I needed and some of the things I wanted. They live far away, but I talk to them almost everyday. They’re completely supportive of my efforts in weight loss and in other aspects of my life.
I’m thankful for my sister and the way that our relationship has grown since Hannah was born. We are opposites in most ways, but the love we share for that precious little girl has brought us close together. I can’t wait to fly out and hang with them again.
My boyfriend makes me laugh and never talks down to me. He believes in me, and he’s totally supportive of the things I’m doing in my life. His family is also totally awesome, and they make me feel like family which is so nice when my family is so far away. He’s really cute, very good at grabbing things that are too high for me to grab…and even though he’s in great shape, he sits in the gym reading his book because he knows that I don’t like going by myself at night. He stops at the store on his way here when I need something, and he likes to entertain as much as I do. When I meet his friends or people who know him, I always hear how incredible he is and has been. He inspires them, and he inspires me.
I’m grateful for good neighbors who are there when I lock myself out or when I need an exercise buddy or when I just feel like chatting over a glass of wine.
Sadie, my dog, is a source of unconditional love who can always bring a smile to my face quicker than most humans.
And my life has become so rich in the last several months thanks to new friends like Christine, Goldie, Mike, Charlene, Fran, Angela, Keri and Keri, Jen, Ariana, Deeny, Brian, Diz and Amber. It’s so nice to have friends who understand the goals I’m trying to accomplish…and friends to hang out with over dinner or call to go to a movie…It’s also nice to have friends who totally know me and like me anyway.
Not so new friends like Scott make me feel so thankful too because he has always been such a good friend to me. We’ve been to some pretty cool places together, baked some of his amazing recipes together and watched some awesome movies. And when I was completely new to NYC, he was there to make sure I felt comfortable as I learned my way around. He’s also good for carrying heavy things.
My friend Pablo is one of the most important people in my life. I’ve known him since I was a teenager, and he has always been very honest. He has the best memory too — he never forgets my birthday or the day we met or the bet that we made in which I said I’d be married before I was 30. Um Pablo, you’re going to win that one so dinner will be on me next time I’m in Oklahoma.
I’m thankful for my trainers who make sure I’m working out properly and burning calories.
And Ed and Sam, the guys at Danny’s Cycles in Scarsdale, would probably think I’m silly if they knew they were on my list, but they helped me accomplish something that wasn’t easy — getting on a bicycle and going for my first ride. I was afraid I couldn’t do it, but Ed told me I could. And I was nervous to hop on and try it, but Sam was totally patient with me. And he didn’t want me to buy a bike until I felt comfortable on it.
I’m thankful for the people at the park who root me on as I ride by on my bike…and I’m thankful for the smiles I receive when I’m walking/riding around the track.
And I’m also thankful for those of you who take time to read my posts…who leave me encouraging comments and always make me feel like what I’m saying is important. I ♥ you all.
There are so many people in my life who make me thankful that I cannot possibly list them all in one post. But I had to mention some of them because it’s so important that we not take those people for granted.
I wish I could spend tomorrow with all of the people listed above, but I’ll settle for spending time with them when I can. Who are you thankful to have in your life? What are you grateful for this year?