Our relationship hasn't always been easy, but one thing has always been true: He loves me for who I am (even if I confuse him a lot of the time), and he supports me in everything I do. And in that I know I'm really really lucky. I'm spending the holiday with him this year for the first time in a while and I'm so happy because in addition to being a great parent he's an AWESOME cook!
I'm free from a really bad job! My bosses were total jerks, and even though I liked what I was doing, my coworkers and I were constantly being belittled and taken advantage of. And underpaid! I'm freelancing now and even though it can be a little stressful, I'm so glad to be getting my life back on track and figuring out how to get to where I want to be.
I have a lot of great friends in my life! This wasn't always the case- I'm sure you all guessed I was one of the weird kids growing up. It meant that I ended up spending my time with people that I probably shouldn't have, because it felt like a better alternative to staying at home alone. It was a rough time, and I'm glad that I came through the other side and have people in my life who love and respect me.
I'm the healthiest I've ever been in my life! Athletically I'm not where I used to be, but I'm finally able to start running again (slow but steady), which is a step up from where I was. And my mental health is the best it's ever been! So yeah, I'm high-fiving a million angels right now!
I'm grateful for all the people who keep the world spinning! The people who work, who protect, who fight for change and for a better life for everyone. I'm grateful to the people who came before me, who made sure that the rights and freedoms I have today would exist, and I'm grateful to the people fighting to keep it that way. I'm grateful for all the things people do, big and small, to add a little more kindness to the world. We all deserve a big group hug but a virtual one will have to do.
I'm grateful to Amanda Palmer, and to all of the other artists in the world that dare me to take risks and do better. I've always been comforted my music and art, and I'm grateful for all of the work people have put into creating the stuff that makes life worth living.
And of course, I'm grateful to my Vingle family! All of you bring such joy to my life and I'm always so excited to share things with all of you. I learn so much talking to you and on rough days it's comforting to know that someone is always here with a joke or something to nerd out over.
It's really easy for me to get frustrated or disillusioned with things. I tend to be one of those people that focuses on the negatives instead of being hopeful. And while it's important to acknowledge when things are going wrong, it's much better for everyone to try and find solutions instead of just wallowing in frustration. Being angry for a little while can be useful, but carrying anger just feels like a weight on your soul. For me anyway. So I'm glad I was challenged to come up with this list! Hopefully I'll keep these things in mind whenever I'm feeling like everything is falling apart.