Watch out! This article may contain a few heartfelt cliches.

It’s been a long year for me personally: graduating from college, starting my own business, losing a furry friend, all the usual challenges of being in your twenties, plus that little thing called a ‘job search.’

Either way, since it is now the end of November I feel confident in saying I’ve survived 2016. Everyone knows hindsight is 20/20, and because it is literally Thanksgiving, I wanted to make and share a list of all that I’m thankful for having reflected on this past year.


Yep, it’s a list article (I’ve got turkey to eat so no time for real paragraphs today):

– First of all, I’m so very thankful for my family and friends because (obviously) they are my loving support system and they keep my life fun and interesting

– Next, my general health and well-being as well as they general health and well-being of everyone from the above bulletpoint

– The personal growth I’ve seen not only in myself but in my loved ones is also worthy of thanks. It’s amazing how each of our journeys change us and influence others

– I’m thankful for the time I got to spend with those we have lost in past years, namely my two pups Sadie and Jeremy; I know they are both enjoying God’s big backyard together

Sleepy pups

– I’m thankful to have graduated from a great university with a double-major in two subjects I’m passionate about: Communications and Psychology

– It comes as no surprise but I am really, really thankful for the new Communications job I landed last week. It’s the kind of position I had dreamed of but wasn’t convinced could be a possibility for an entry level person like me

– I am thankful for the long and sometimes very difficult journey that brought me to this position. The mountains I climbed throughout this job search have made me more resilient than ever


– One of these mountains was starting my own freelance business. I’ve never told anyone, but I had severe doubts that I could do it. Now, I know better, and I’ve enjoyed working with a number of clients while steadily picking up more

– Getting a survival job wasn’t in my plans once I had my diploma, but I am thankful God sent me to Panera for a few months. I was able to make some great new friends and take a small step back from the craziness of job applications by having a steady income (plus the employee discount on good food was nice)

– I’m extremely thankful for having the opportunity to go on a cruise this past May. Not only did I get to experience new places and things, I got to do it with some of my favorite people. Plus I was able to check ‘cruise’ off of my bucket list

Bahamas 2016

– Thanks are also due for the other opportunities I’ve had to travel this year: from Louisville to Chicago and some new places throughout Indiana as well

– On a similar note, I’m very thankful for the travel opportunities my new job provides 

– I’m thankful for all the laughs, happiness, and fond memories, as well as the not-so-fond memories of the past year. They are all so important in our stories

– I’m also thankful for this blog which has allowed me to share these journeys I’m thankful for with people all over the world

– I’m thankful the Olympics were this year too because they were flippin cool

– I’d also like to give thanks for all of the great books, movies, shows, concerts*, and other athletic events that have given us joy and food for thought this year

– *Sooo thankful I finally got to see The 1975 live!

The 1975

– And I’m thankful for 2017 and all the opportunities that lie ahead

– Finally, and maybe most importantly, I’m thankful for God’s plan that has made all of this possible. Even though I often question and rarely understand his reasoning until after the fact, I know he never gives me more than I can handle

Hoping all of my American friends have a great Thankagiving, and that those abroad are doing well too.

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to eat too much today and then decorate for Christmas tomorrow!

Let me know what you’re thankful for in 2016!

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