"Gratitude is the best attitude." ~Unknown
On my second blog post, one of the questions I asked my high school seniors was: "What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? " As I waited for their replies I tried to answer the same question.
Everyday I try to find gratitude and embrace what God puts on my plate.. good or bad, happy or sad. I believe that I was born with a good disposition in life so I consider myself very blessed as I find it easy to always look at the bright side even on those dark, dreary days. I sure know how to be happy regardless of what's going on in my life. No wonder an old friend once labeled me as "happy girl". I know where my source of light comes from. God made me and my life perfectly imperfect and I am okay with that.
I'm thankful for....
My husband. He has redefined the true meaning of "through thick & thin" in my own dictionary. This has been one of the busiest times of my life juggling two careers, sending off one kid to college, caring for a new puppy all while facing the big challenges of establishing my photography business. I thank my husband for always being around to lighten the load and pick up where I am slacking.
My boys. They are the constant reminder of my strength and inspiration. I am so proud of my son Chris, who is currently attending Wentworth Institute to become a Civil Engineer. Although I miss him being at home, I am so happy and excited for him (and jealous!) because he is living the life that I wish I had when I was his age - being able to attend college full-time while living in the beautiful city of Boston! My younger son Tristan also continues to bring us joy. He recently attended a Leadership Conference in Norwood in recognition for his volunteer work in helping a fellow student with special needs at his school's Cross Country team. I am very grateful for what my boys are striving to be as human beings.
My family. For always having my back. I'm thankful to know that I will forever be stuck with them ;)
My girlfriends. Old AND new. What can I say? Despite all the struggles I've had to face this year, I was able to get back up every time I thought I couldn't anymore.. because there is always an extra set of hands to hold me up, ears that listened, lips that did not judge but instead offered good advice, and lastly an extra set of eyes to help me see what I cannot see. I am forever grateful to have friends that I can celebrate life's highs and lows with.
My dog. If giving birth to my two sons were the best things that ever happened to me, rescuing Sadie was the next best thing. I can't imagine my life without her. I cannot imagine how I had lived without her. I do everything with my dog. We run endless errands together including trips to the farmers' market. She's my running partner. We do our downward dogs together ;) She is my little shadow that follows me around the house - who keeps me company and watches me as I work or as I put on my make-up. She does not judge me when my closet is a complete chaos. And most of all, when she looks at me with those eyes.. I know she loves me wholeheartedly. Does it get any better than that?
I couldn't think of a better way to end this post but to share a favorite photo of my favorite girl, Sadie.
Happy Thanksgiving. I hope you all find something to be grateful for.