Hi from California friends! I just wanted to put a little Thanksgiving message on this blog. I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday or if you are abroad and not celebrating having a great day just the same! It’s kind of cool when you think about it that as Americans we have decided to dedicate an entire day to the virtue of gratitude. We don’t do that for other virtues such as fidelity, trust, honor, etc but we set aside a whole day to think about all the things we have to be grateful for.
I for one have much to be grateful for. I made this video for youtube where I talk a little bit about Thanksgiving in the Thanksgiving Tag.
Mostly I am thankful for the life I have. I know that sounds cheesy but it is true. My life is far from perfect but I think it is pretty great. I am so thankful for my job. I love being able to work from home and not have to be stuck in a cubicle all day. I love being able to go outside and listen to music and not have a boss looming over me everyday. It’s a pretty great gig.
I also love my current employment. After working in accounting for a decade it has been so wonderful doing something creative each day. I also love the challenge of learning to work in marketing. Each day I do something different and new. How many jobs can say that? Certainly not accounting! That’s for sure!
I am also thankful for my home. I never thought I would be a home owner but I’ve now been one for 3 years. I love my house and still feel it is the most Me place in the world.
I am thankful for my roommate of 3 years named Regan and for her putting up with me!
I am thankful for my blogging and youtube channel. It has been such a positive experience and helped me interact with some amazing individuals. I seriously love you guys more than I could have imagined.
I am thankful for my faith and that no matter what is thrown at me it stays strong. I see people wilt and lose their faith and it makes me so grateful I have been able to remain steadfast.
I am thankful for great literature, art, music, dance and movies. I am thankful a new Star Wars movie is coming out! I am thankful for Disney and Pixar and all the artists/authors who dare to put something out to the world for all of us to enjoy/judge.
I am thankful for my friends and family and all the love and support they show me.
I am thankful for open water swimming and all my swim friends.
I am just thankful to be me and to be alive and living this strange life of mine. Thank you all for being a part of it.
It’s funny because I have no problem complaining on this blog from time to time but for some reason when I want to sing my life’s praises I grow modest. I feel like people will think I’m boasting and don’t want to rub the good things in my life in people’s faces. But then again you all put up with the complaining so I should give you ,more of the joy (you see the back and forth I have).
So please take this with a grain of salt. I am not trying to show you how great my life is. I just want to say how grateful I am for the good things in my life especially my job. I just love it so much!
I think back to years of entering data. I remember one project where I had over 27,000 lines of data to enter and it took me a couple of months of mind numbing boredom. When my former boss gave me the job he told me ‘it is a really boring job’ but I thought it was going to be a short term thing.
I would never have taken it if I had known it would dictate the next 10 years of my life but that’s what happened. In 2008 when I started this blog I tried very hard to make a change but it never worked. I had experience as an accounting clerk and it seemed I was doomed to do that till the end of time.
In fact, I had accepted it. I had given up on the idea of doing anything else and decided to make the best of it. Certainly many had it much worse and at least I got to work from home which made it tolerable. But there was always that creeping notion in the back of my head craving doing something more but it seemed impossible. I mean after 10 years you kind of accept your reality.
Then this offer to go into marketing came and it really has been a dream come true! It came out of nowhere and I couldn’t be more grateful. I will do anything to keep this job. I love it so much!
There are a couple things I especially like about it.
First, deadlines are different. In accounting we have so many deadlines and it doesn’t matter if you are sick or injured or on vacation in Hawaii stuff has to get done. I was used to working all the time- weekends, holidays, evenings etc. I would get emails from my bosses at midnight and then again at 6 am.
I was sick as a dog last Christmas and I worked the entire time. Marketing is just so different. Yes you have deadlines but everything is more relaxed. In fact, they tell me to be patient with them and to take things easy.
I find myself doing a lot of research and putting together presentations on all the stuff I’ve learned. That is awesome! In accounting I was doing the same tasks over and over again. In marketing there are new challenges. Like last month I was looking into tailgating and twitter. Today I turned in a presentation on camping. It’s so great!
And the fact I can still work from home and have freedom I want to pinch myself. How did I get it so good? When I think what it would have been like injuring my knee a month after starting a normal job I am overwhelmed with gratitude at my blessings. I not only could work from home while I was immobile but they couldn’t have been kinder or more understanding.
on one hand I feel like I served my time and am reeping the blessings. Probably somewhat like a grandparent feels with their grandkids. They did the tough stuff raising their kids and enjoy the blessings of grandkids. However, I know nothing I did made that happen. I didn’t earn the new job and there are many who work much harder than me who have never gotten such an opportunity.
I am just grateful. Very, very grateful. Humbled and grateful to my Heavenly Father for giving me this new opportunity. I love my life right now!
Oh and the physical therapist says I only need to go 2 more times so good news on that front as well. My birthday is coming up on the 23rd. Like I said- life is good!
Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all doing well and having a wonderful holiday with people who care about you. This is the first Thanksgiving I’ve had in a while where I haven’t been with my family and I feel a little sad about that. I miss seeing my nieces most of all but hopefully we can skype and say hello later in the evening.
I was determined to not sulk and feel sorry for myself this weekend so I have planed a lot of fun things (hopefully I wont’ work much but no guarantee I’m so behind on things and have to catch up!). Today I was in a 5k walk for the food bank. We did one last year with my family and this year my friend Suzanna and her family was there, so that was fun. I finished in 1 hr 16 minutes which I felt pretty good about. My legs and feet are throbbing. I don’t understand how anyone could prefer running/walking to swimming. Swimming can be intense on your muscles but so much tamer than running.
Too bad its a bit to cold to do a Thanksgiving swim; although my Poler Bear Club friends might disagree. Burr!
So now I’m just watching the parade and icing my puffy muscles so they don’t seize up.
This afternoon I am going to Suzanna’s family thanksgiving which should be fun. I have met most of her family over the years and they are from Indiana which is fun. She said other friends were coming so I’m sure it will be a large group. I’m grateful to be invited. (I have the best friends!).
Tomorrow after a morning swim, I might try out some black Friday shopping- brave Ikea and Home Depot to see if I can get some things for my new house. We will see. I’m also getting a massage. Can’t wait for that!
Saturday I am going with my friend Kate to a shooting range. There is a scene in my book where the character goes to one and I wanted it to be authentic (plus I’ve kind of wanted to learn for a long time but with my eye sight I didn’t think I could).
On Sunday I am going to make a Thanksgiving for 1. Yes, you read right. I’ve decided to take on the challenge of making a feast for one person. It seems impossible but I think I can do it. Should be fun!
So, I’ve got lots going on this holiday weekend. The only reason I post all of that is some of my friends and family might worry about me (thank you for that by the way) but I’m fine and richly blessed.
A few things I am grateful for this year:
1. I’m grateful for my family and for my non-family family. This includes my swim family, church family, book club family, gym family, facebook family (my facebook family saved my life early this year), twitter family, and my friends family.
2. I’m grateful to be building a house! WOWZERS!
3. I’m grateful for a new beginning with a new year with a fresh start, new ward, new house, new experiences. 2012 was a doozy. One for the recordbooks of Rachel Trials but I got through it and looking forward to starting over.
4. I’m thankful for NaNoWriMo and getting me to finally write the book I knew was in my head and proving to myself I can do great things.
5. I’m grateful for SLOW (Salt Lake Open Water). My 5k was definitely a highlight but it would only have been so with all the support and friendship. I can’t imagine not having it in my life.
6. I’m thankful for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and the outlet for my aggression it has given me. I love it more every time I go. My trainer Ben is awesome and such a funny guy. He definitely believes in me. My trainer Michelle is also unfailingly loyal and encouraging. The best!
7. I’m thankful for my eyes. My eyes have been through a lot the last 2 years and going through the surgery and vision therapy has been hard but very rewarding. To see the world in a new way is such a blessing. I’m also grateful for my doctors and their skill in treating me.
8. I’m grateful for my insomnia specialist and the pathways we’ve made in the last 8 weeks. It’s been great! I’m getting closer to sleeping the way I’ve always wanted.
9. I’m grateful I was diagnosed with low thyroid this year. It has helped me overcome all the pain I was experiencing last year. The doctor that diagnosed it is named Dr. Ling and she and her nurse practitioner have been so wonderful.
10. I’m grateful that I live in a world where for the most part I can be a thriving, successful, happy single person. I know I have my moments but in some societies I wouldn’t have even had the option of living alone, leading my own life. I’m grateful that I can be single, awesome and wait for Mr. Sunshine to get with it and get here! 😉
11. I’m the most grateful for my testimony of the Book of Mormon. I have needed it so badly this year. I have needed it’s words and it hasn’t failed me a bit. I know Heavenly Father loves me. I may complain now and then about the ward environment or some other small thing but in the end I would be lost without the Book of Mormon and my testimony of the gospel.
So last Thanksgiving I posted 25 things I am thankful for– a list enompssing all of the easy gratitudes including family, friends, music, work, my apartment and more. I have decided to make this a tradition, so each year it will get increasingly difficult but hopefully more meaningful as well. To aid in this endeavour I have also been posting a “Today I am thankful for..” facebook status each day for the last month or so. Here goes!
I am grateful for…
1. Anna being in Utah. We have spent a ton of time together and I’ve enjoyed all of it!
2. Festival of Trees- I love the opportunity I’ve had this year to volunteer.
3. Visits from and with friends- this year I have been able to see Raelene, Emily (3 times!), Julia and Camille to name a few.
4. Visiting teachers- Mine come and it is great!
5. Hot tubs. Nothing more relaxing.
6. Creative movies- this year has been particularly rich with Up, 500 days of summer, and Where the Wild things Are.
7. Literacy- I can’t contemplate a life without reading.
8. My computer- sometimes I feel glued to it but its hard to imagine life without it.
9. Great teachers- I had some fantastic ones growing up and in college.
10. Financial security with an uncertain time.
11. Priesthood blessings. It is a power that is so comforting.