Because of this, I am grateful…

“Count your blessings one by one. – To be happy doesn’t mean you don’t desire more, it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for what’s yet to come.  Sometimes we get so caught up in seeing what we don’t have, that we fail to notice the little things that give life its magic.  The foolish person seeks happiness in the distance; the wise person grows it under her feet.  Your life is filled with blessings and achievements, take the time to accept and appreciate these gifts.” source

Here are some of my gifts…

Family and Friends
Everyday I am blessed to have such supportive, loving and thoughtful people surround me. My family is healthy and encouraging. My friends are nurturing and trustworthy. From life altering decisions to bad breakups, they’ve all been my shoulder to cry on and the push I needed to move on. In this crazy, hectic life, they are my support beam. Because of this, I am grateful. 

A Wonderful Job
And this is why I believe things happen for a reason… in 2009, in the slum of the recession, I found my job on Craigslist. I had been unemployed for 4 months, was rapidly depleting my savings and was waitressing at a bar part-time. I had a BFA in Art History. wtf. Go back to school? Too much money I didn’t have. Intern for free? Not unless I wanted to eat Ramen for the rest of my life. Move home? Too late, I already signed a 1 year lease for my apartment. But when I started working at HBS in the winter of ’09, something changed within me. I realized that this is what I was supposed to be doing. That things had happened for a reason. I was meant to work with individuals one on one, help them achieve their goals and motivate them. I was meant to teach classes and be active all day, every day. And over the three years, I’ve grown. As an individual and professionally. I’ve learned so much about this industry and have met the most amazing people doing so. Because of this, I am grateful. 

A Healthy Body
Last week I went into get my vision checked out. I’ve been having trouble seeing at night and as a result hate night driving. Distant road signs have become blurry; something I’ve never encountered before, like ever. I wake up everyday being able to put two feet on the ground. I am able to brush my hair, prepare a meal and run a mile. My body allows me to go the extra distance and teach classes 6x a week. It puts up with my constant pounding on the pavement, my early morning wake ups and sometimes poor nutritional choices. It fights back. It heals and rebuilds stronger. Because of this, I am grateful. 

A Warm Home
I have been very blessed in that I’ve never had to worry about where the next hot meal was coming from or if I was going to be sleeping out in the cold. I was able to afford an apartment to rent right after college. I have been smart about saving my money and am able to continue to have a roof over my head. But it is now, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy that we must thing a little deeper about our neighbors in NY and NJ. So help in any way you can, because it easily could’ve been any of us. Because of this, I am grateful. 

I know this is much deeper than my normal posts. I also realize it has nothing to do with fitness or exercise. BUT I do know, it is something everyone should assess at least once a year. What a better time than Thanksgiving!! 

What are you most grateful for this year? Has something become more important to you as the years progressed?

Have a happy, healthy and turkey filled Thanksgiving 🙂


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