22 November 2017

17 things to be thankful for before the end of 2017

The year is almost over!  Thanksgiving is almost here and I have so much to be thankful for!  2017 has definitely been a year of overcoming, growth, and learning!  I’ve accomplished things that I never thought I could.  Here's just a short list of 17 things that I am thankful for in 2017!

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1.  Having the guts to quit a job I hated!   Back in March I quit my job working in Corrections because every day I was miserable and I hated what I was doing. Quitting was one of the best decisions that I've ever made and even though it was hard I don't regret walking away.

2.  My family, even though it's small. We only have a few members and some of those members don't even talk to each other.  That's sad but I'm still thankful and we still have a lot of love to make up for it.

3.  Life, health and strength. I don't always feel a hundred percent every day but I'm thankful that I'm able to get up and do the things that I love doing and even the things I hate. This year, I've lost about 20 pounds through intermittent fasting which I'll talk about in a later post. It's been a tough but rewarding journey and I am enjoying the benefits.

4.  My fans and followers. I've been blogging for almost 8 years. I've gone through a couple of name changes and even shifts in focus. My blog has grown from just a few page views to over 20,000 last month. I'm beginning to be more consistent and it is slowly paying off. I'm so thankful that I have a supportive fan base that make this journey even more worthwhile.

5.  How much the body positive & plus size fashion industry has grown. Both of these movements have a lot of work to do but I'm so thankful that they have grown into what they are today. There are so many fashion options that simply weren't available when I was a struggling fat kid. I'm working on building a wardrobe that I love and not just one that I've settled on.

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6.  Lola. Yes I'm even thankful for little monsters. My little puppy has been one of my favorite joys since I got her.  Several chewed up extension cords and shredded notebooks later, I still love my little monster and I'm thankful that she has grown out of her chewing stage.

7.  Amazing friends that I consider family. I don't have many friends but the few that I’ve got have been consistently amazing and supportive.  Even though I don't talk to them everyday, I know that I can count on them and call on them when I need them.

8.  Meeting new people that motivate me. I have met so many people that are living the lives of their own choosing and that is so inspiring. I don't have a traditional job and sometimes it's hard to stay positive when work isn't steady. I'm so thankful that through social media, visits and phone calls I'm able to connect with those who remind me of why I do what I do.

9.  My blogger Boos are the best! Bloggers are so amazing and I've had the opportunity to meet many of them through conferences and just connecting through their blogs and social media. Seeing the fresh way that they approach content keeps me on my toes- plus they are almost always very kind and helpful because they know the struggle.

10.  Mental health & self-confidence that are growing stronger too. Quitting a job without a job has definitely played on my mental health but I am so thankful that I have come out strong. Soon I'll be in entering therapy and I'll be so thankful for the opportunity to process and unpack some emotions that I've carried for my entire life. Therapy is something that I think that every individual can benefit from.

11.  The opportunity to work with kids and be a positive influence. I've had amazing opportunities to work with children throughout my career. Most recently I worked at a summer camp for kids with autism and I have also placed foreign exchange students with host families in the United States. I’ve learned so much from kids and I am blessed to have the opportunity to be a role model and mentor to them.

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12.  A spiritual connection to God that has been strengthened and renewed. I don't go to church near as often as I used to or perhaps should but I think that my faith and spirituality is the strongest that it has ever been. I know exactly where my help and good fortune comes from.  All of the amazing things that I'm able to experience come from grace that I certainly didn't deserve.

13.  The opportunity to travel. I've only had the opportunity to travel outside of the country a couple of times but I'm looking forward to adding more travel into my life. Traveling the world is a surreal experience and it really puts things in perspective. Being able to see other countries and how they operate gives one a greater understanding of the world around them.

14.  Amazon Prime, Netflix, Fire Sticks, Wi-Fi. Being unemployed, I've had quite a few unproductive days. Thank God for these things because they carried me through. LOL I know that I have spent entirely too much money this year on Amazon! With that being said, I'm looking forward to Black Friday & Cyber Monday!

15.  Tough times. I'm thankful even in tough times because I know that they don't last always and that they make you stronger.  Finishing my Master's degree this year was tough but thank God, I made it!

16.  Dresses. At my last job I couldn't wear dresses because... Inmates... Now, I'm in a dress every opportunity I get. Plus a dress with pockets = love. I had no idea how much I really, really missed wearing dresses.

17.  A safe place to lay my head. Moving back home wasn't easy but it's been a pleasant experience so far.  I’m thankful to have my mom on my side.  Dare I say, it’s even been…fun?

Honorable Mention:   
Mixed drinks. Cuz duh...  LOL

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Dress:  eShakti
Photography: NG Photography
Lip Color:  Stila

What about you?  What are you most thankful for this year?

Until Next Time... 
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  1. AWESOME list!!! Tough times...That's something we don't always think f when it comes to gratitude. But that's usually how we grow and learn.

  2. This is a great list, BUT THAT DRESS! You're slaying it!

    1. Thanks babe! I love eShakti! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. This is a great list, BUT THAT DRESS! You're slaying it!

  4. I want to see pics of the puppy, darling!! I keep toying with getting one but they're such a commitment and I have issues with commitment. This has been a tough year for me and I've had to work hard to remember all the things that are good in my life without me even trying. I'm definitely in a better place now for simply remembering who I am.

    1. She's on the blog, a few posts back. Stay tuned for more pics of my little monster baby. LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  5. This is an amazing list of things to be thankful for! Congrats on being able to quit a job that you hated.

  6. Thanks! It wasn't easy but I soon found out that I got out right in the nick of time. God's timing is perfect! Thanks for stopping by!



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