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30 Days of Being Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are with family and friends, enjoying good food all day long. I have my elastic pants ready to go and the parade is already on!

Throughout the month of November, I’ve seen lots of my Facebook friends post something they are thankful for each day. While admirable, I knew I could not keep up each day. So in honor of Thanksgiving, below are my 30 days of thankful, one for each day of November.

I am thankful for: 

1) the greatest group of girlfriends anyone could possibly ask for.

2) being raised to have macaroni and meatballs every Sunday while the Giants game plays in the background.

Cuddle bugs even at 9 and 10!

Cuddle bugs even at 9 and 10!

3) a nine and ten year-old who expect nothing from me and who still love cuddling.

4) my 20 year-old brother. While he can be challenging, life would not be the same without him, especially for my parents.

5) being close to the greatest city in the world and for getting to see the bright lights of Times Square almost everyday.

The most fun co-workers

The most fun co-workers

6) all of my amazing co-workers who make sure work doesn’t always feel like work, especially the two women to the right who let me be myself and make each day fun.

7) being a part of the wedding of the year and getting to see my friend so extremely happy.

Wedding of the year!

Wedding of the year!

8) the ability to travel and see so many great places.

9) Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Chicago Fire and Glee that allow me to escape reality for a couple of hours each week.

10) seeing sunsets in California.

11) wine and cheese.

12) my running buddy, who challenges me to push myself further and to be a better person.

The best running buddy

The best running buddy

 

 

 

 

13) job security and doing work I believe in.

14) long distance friendships that can pick up exactly where they left off.

15) being real-world ready thanks to my Temple University education.

16) my parents who love me more than anything in the world and who make me laugh so incredibly hard.

17) my previous job as a Resident Assistant; a job that taught me how to respond in an emergency and where I met so many amazing people.

18) for FaceTime, instagram and Skype..so I can see those I care about almost whenever I want.

Just two of many little cousins!

Just two of many little cousins!

19) these beautiful little girls and all my little cousins who let me be a kid whenever I want.

20) the Dunkin Donuts, Wells Fargo ATM and Duane Reed in Penn Station because I typically forget something on my commute in.

21) my large, loud, crazy and stubborn Italian family. Without them, I don’t make sense.

22) good music and dance parties.

23) club rockstar.

24) planes, trains and buses that get me where I need to be.

25) heated mattress covers

26) laughter

#TempleMade

#TempleMade

27) my guardian angels who manage to keep me safe and watch over me morning, noon and night.

28) a Thanksgiving feast that will be complete in time for the 8:30pm football game.

29) Santa Claus, Elf on the Shelf and the magic of Christmas.

30) outstanding grandparents, who spoil me and share all of our family stories with me.

Truer words have never been spoken

Truer words have never been spoken

Motivation Mondays: THANKSgiving

“Count your blessings not your problems”

First off, I’d like to apologize for not posting as much last week. The new job is awesome but is also an adjustment. So is the two-hour commute. But I promise to make more of an effort and have at least three posts per week.

Since Thanksgiving is this week, I figured what a better Motivation Monday post. Thanksgiving is a holiday that usually centers around delicious foods, intense football games and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. People spend hours preparing meals and traveling to spend time with their families. While the food is a large part of the day, too often people forget the real purpose of Thanksgiving: To give thanks.

It’s hard not to get caught up in the fine details of the holiday: What side dishes to make, how long it will take to get to your destination, what time the football game is on. I understand it and usually am part of the chaos. This year, I vow for it to be different.

As I’ve shared with you, Hurricane Sandy has devastated so many and changed landmarks that will never be the same. Loved ones have passed away and my life changed in more ways than one throughout the last year. There are parts of my life that I wish would have never changed. I have regrets, broken promises and words said that I can’t get back. However, I have about a million things to be thankful for. I’ll only provide you with the short list:

  • My Family: Despite being mildly dysfunctional, they are the best support system a girl could ever ask for. I have parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins who love me and make me smile. I’d be nothing without them.
  • My friends: They are my extended family, my people, what keeps me going. I have the absolute best friends who continuously show up ready to challenge me, support me or just laugh with me. Family at Graduation
  • My health: I’ve heard too many stories about young people passing away from cancer or other diseases. It’s easy to take our health for granted when nothing is wrong but it is very precious.
  • My degree: Not everyone has the privilege of receiving a college education. Not only did I receive that privilege but I attended a great university that I am so proud of. Saying I am #TempleMade is the greatest accomplishment of my young life.

My best friends and GrandpaMy list could go on and on. But this year on Thanksgiving, I plan to really reflect on everything I am grateful for and not on who’s winning the football game. It is important to be grateful all year long, not just on Thanksgiving. Whoever you spend your holiday with, realize how blessed you are to have them as a part of your life.

Below is Kelly Clarkson’s song Thankful that summarizes the meaning of Thanksgiving.

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