I was nominated by my cousin Lynn to do the gratitude challenge. If you haven’t heard of the gratitude challenge, it’s been all over Facebook lately. It essentially goes like this– everyday for one week, you post three things you’re grateful for. You can also nominate three people to do the same. Since life has gotten the best of me lately, I’m about a week late on this– so I figured I could post all 21 things here at once. Here goes…(in no particular order)
1. I am grateful for my family. I seriously don’t know what I would do without them. My parents have been so generous and so helpful since I graduated. Being a grown up is hard and they’ve tried to help as much as they can. My sisters are the best. Probably better than yours. We’re best friends.
2. I am grateful for my kitties. Chee has been my bestie since I was six. That’s right, for sixteen years. She’s a better friend to me than most humans. Ginger and Nancy have been with us since I was in 7th grade…so also a really long time. They have been through most major milestones with me. They’ve always kept me company and given me a good laugh– or sat with me through a good cry.
3. I am grateful for my other kitty, Luna. I’ve had Luna now for just over two weeks. It’s funny, because it feels like so much longer than that. I rescued her from the animal shelter, after she’d been there about 8 months. She is FIV+, so it was hard for her to find a home. After a jam-packed two weeks of bringing her to Wisconsin, getting her declawed, giving her lots of medicine, but also giving her lots of snuggles, I think she is starting to like her new home. She is definitely the perfect furry friend to come home to after a long day at work. Also, she’s so FLUFFY.
4. I am grateful for my job. Although it’s not always my favorite place to be, I am so grateful that I actually have one. So many people struggle to find a job just to make ends meet. I am lucky to have a job in the field that I chose that makes enough money for me to live a comfortable life. That’s pretty awesome.
5. I am grateful for my roommate, Lauren. I’m pretty lucky there was someone crazy enough out there who would want to live with me and my cat. It’s nice to have someone to split the rent with– but it’s even nicer to have someone to chat with after work and on the weekends.
6. I am grateful for food. Because….yum? And because I finally got my appetite back after being sick. So I’m eating everything. Speaking of being sick…
7. I am grateful for medicine. Amoxicillin, in particular. I am also grateful to the doctor at urgent care who gave me the amoxicillin so I’d no longer be confined to my bed.
8. I am grateful for my friends. Because without them, I wouldn’t be me. All friends, even the bad ones who aren’t really my friends anymore, have shaped who I am. You teach each other, make each other laugh, and sometimes just sit together and do nothing. But that’s the best part– really good friends don’t need to do a whole lot and are still great friends. I don’t have a lot of friends, but I fortunately have some pretty bitchin’ ones. I’m not going to call anyone out particularly, because I don’t want to make anyone feel left out. But, I will say that I am especially grateful for the friends that help me with Luna while I’m at work.
9. I am grateful for FRIENDS. You know, the other friends. Ross, Mon, Chan, Rachel, Phoebs, and Joey. But seriously, these guys got me through college and then some. These friends taught me how to be funny, kind, a proper asshole, and an all-around good friend. FRIENDS taught me some of life’s most important lessons and facts, for example: never bet your apartment, no matter how much you hate your neighbor’s rooster, and it’s probably not the best idea to “go on a break”.
10. I am grateful for coffee. It keeps me awake and interesting enough to maintain a blog.
11. I am grateful for pleatsandpearls. This little blog just started as a way for me to show my friends and immediate family what projects and designs I was working on at the time. She’s evolved a lot over time, and I’m amazed as what this has become– a fashion and lifestyle blog that people actually follow; people I don’t even know. That’s pretty cool to me. The best part is that I enjoy it. Blogging is a stress reliever for me and what I wish I could spend all of my time on. It’s incredible to have someone– anyone– appreciate the thing you love doing.
12. I am grateful for clothes. Now before you start calling me superficial or materialistic, hear me out. My job is essentially clothes. My blog? Mainly clothes. Without clothes, not only would we all be naked, but I’d be naked, unemployed, with no hobby.
13. I am grateful for Harry Potter. Between the books and the movies, this series has spanned nearly half of my life. Harry Potter isn’t awesome only because of the storyline, magical world, character transformation, and unexpected plot twists; Harry Potter made me like reading. It was the first real book series that I read beginning to end. Because I loved this series so much, it opened me up to reading other long book series, or really long books themselves that would have otherwise intimidated me. I am also grateful for series such as this which have strong female characters, like Hermione. In a time where women are still paid less and the word feminism has a negative connotation, it’s important for strong female characters to exist as role models to young girls.
14. I am grateful for President Obama. People seem to have strong feelings about him on both sides of the spectrum. I’ll just leave it at this: it is refreshing to have a leader who cares about equality.
15. I am grateful for Netflix. Again, very 21st century of me, but it provides me entertainment on my weeknights after work and on my sick days or lazy weekends. Also, if you haven’t heard, Gilmore Girls is now on Netflix. You can guess what I’ll be doing in my free time for the next few months.
16. I am grateful for my personality. I luckily was brought up by and around some fantastic folks. These folks made me strong, opinionated, hard-working, and an overall decent person. They also formed my wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. Without these traits that are so very me, I would not be who I am today. In high school, when your dad is the principal, people aren’t really rushing to be your friend. Quite frankly, most people are complete assholes and go out of their way to make fun of you and tear you down. If my family hadn’t taught me how to be tough and how to laugh through it, I wouldn’t be me. I guess what I’m saying is, I like how I turned out– and I turned out that way because of how I was raised.
17. I am grateful for cell phones. Because how else am I going to talk to my sisters during all hours of the day?
18. I am grateful for Skype. Well, yes, technically I could use Skype instead of a cell phone. Skype is a fantastic way for me to stay in touch with those who live far away. Mary and I Skype on a pretty regular basis, now that we’ve both graduated college. Abby and I used to Skype almost daily to talk about our latest boy problems, so it was like we were never apart. I mean, I even managed to maintain a long distance relationship across the world for a year using Skype alone. Yehh, it didn’t work out– but I think the folks at Skype would like to point out that it wasn’t Skype’s fault.
19. I am grateful for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis. They’ve worked on both LOST and Once Upon a Time…I mean, do I need to say more? #Lifechanging
20. I am grateful for Paul McCartney. He’s so talented and helped to shape music to what it is today. His music can make people smile, cry, laugh, yell, and just sing along. He inspires me. He’s also nice to look at.
21. I am grateful for humor. Because where would we be without laughter?
Until next time–
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