My Gratitude List
10 Things I’m Thankful for this Thanksgiving
I will never claim to be the perfect Christian or someone who never comes up short. I have my faults, struggles, and problems just like everyone else. The beauty of this, though, is I have a perfect Savior in Jesus Christ and that is something that I am thankful for daily. I don’t take credit for ANYTHING that I have ever accomplished. Everything that I have ever done, created, received, or been apart of is a product of God’s amazing plan, and I never want to take credit for that.
2. My Husband
Next to Jesus, the second best thing that has ever happened to me is my husband, James. I can’t tag him or tell you to go follow him, because he is MIA to the online world. However, he is always the first one to help me get the perfect shot or go on an amazing blogging adventure with me. Instagram husbands truly get an award of their own. But completely apart from that, he is my best friend. I know a lot of people say that, but I mean it. We don’t fight, argue, get jealous, or question each others motives and ideas. We support each other, talk to each other, share ideas – through anything and everything we are going through. And that is what makes our relationship so unique.
3. My Job
For those of you that don’t know – I am a high school math teacher. I have never claimed that I have always felt lead to teach. I’m good at it, and I am even better at building relationships with these misunderstood creatures that are teenagers of 2018. However, I’d be lying if I said that it is my dream job or the highlight of my day. However, I am thankful for it because it has taught me a lot about myself, what kind of mother I want to be one day, and has helped me to understand why there is such a disconnect between the “world” and “millennials.” Teaching has taught me confidence and humility. It has taught me to be stern, but yet compassionate. I may not stick with it forever, but I am thankful for the journey and a stable job.
4. This Platform (Wine and Weekends)
I hit publish on my first blog post in July of 2017. I never EVER imagined that I could actually accomplish as much as I have with in in just a little over a year. Wine and Weekends is living proof that you can truly do anything if you COMMIT to it. I started taking my blog and Instagram really seriously in January 2018 – that is when I started sending e-mails and reaching out for partnerships and sponsored travel. I’ve probably sent 500 e-mails, never knowing if I will get a response or not. BUT, the few replies make all of the time and effort worth it. But more than anything, I am thankful for YOU. Yes, you reading this right now! No matter how good my work is, I can only secure partnerships if I have followers and readers to back up my claims. I love helping you guys feel more inspired and confident in your travel making decisions. So from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!
5. Friends and Family
I have always been a fan of “quality” over “quantity.” At any given time, I can count my true, real, best friends that I truly trust and can call at any time on one hand. I have many people that I love and consider to be a good friend or good family, and I have found so much love and support on through the blogging journey. But still, at the end of the day – I am truly grateful for the 3-5 people that I truly consider “my people.”
6. Financial Stability
This can be a touchy subject, and I am not here to brag or make myself sound greater than thou. Remember, this is a gratitude list. However, I am truly grateful to God that I have always found myself in a state of financial stability. Not rich, not always financial abundance – but stability. To the best of my ability, I try to use my money to do a large number of different things. I am a firm believer in tithing and giving a percentage of your income back to charities that you believe in. I am also a believer in investment and saving. However, I am also a believer in living and enjoying the money that you have been blessed with. So my overall opinion of money is balance. Of course, I could loose everything I own tomorrow. I’m not saying I’m a money expert or that I ‘m set for life. But I am extremely GRATEFUL for what I have been given so far. I never, ever want to take my blessings for granted.
In a world filled with shootings and violence, it would be naive of me to exclude basic safety from my gratitude list. I am thankful to live in a secluded area where I don’t really have to worry about anyone showing up at my house. I am thankful that through all of my travels, I have never encountered any truly scary or unsafe circumstances. Through everything, I try my best to say prayers for safety during travel, but I’m not perfect. And I’m not saying just because I say a prayer, nothing bad will ever happen to me. I’m saying that I have faith that God will see me through whatever situations that I am put into.
I have always been a creative person. As a kid, I always loved drawing and coloring – I was never the best, but I always took pride in it. I was a dancer for 14 years, which was the best combination of creativity and athleticism that I could have ever asked for. And now I have Wine and Weekends, where I can share my creating through photography and content creation. I am thankful for the gifts that God has given me, and I can only pray that I am using them to the best of my ability.
9. Setbacks and Stress
Wait, this is a gratitude list, right? Yes. It is. Frequent travel can sometimes be more stressful than it looks. It is worth it (in my opinion), but it can be stressful none the less – in many different ways. Over the last month, I have had several big (what I considered to be) setbacks and stressors. It took me hitting a few personal rock-bottoms and hard realities to pull myself back together. However at this point, I feel more creative, strong, blessed, and happy than I have felt in a while. So that is why I am thankful for all of the setbacks and stressors that I have had to face over the course of my life.
The setbacks and stressors lead me to this last point, growth. Growth is an amazing and beautiful thing. But the process can be extremely hard, stressful, and messy. Be thankful for the valleys in your life, because they will only lead you to the tallest of mountains. I am thankful to have grown into the person that I am today – and I’m grateful to be able to say that.
What are 10 things that you are thankful for?
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