Thursday, June 15, 2017

On Feeling Grateful.

Today I woke up feeling grateful.
 I wake up feeling that way most mornings. With all that’s going on in the world, if you’re not being directly affected, it’s borderline absurd not to feel grateful. Truthfully, I don’t have a whole lot to complain about anyway, although you’ll catch me kvetching about trivial nonevents like traffic and bad grammar at least three times a day. 

But today I woke up feeling grateful, lucky, and loved. 

I’m grateful for my boyfriend, for dating a guy who’s a better human than I will probably ever get to become, and what’s even more annoying wonderful is that he doesn’t actually try to be so good. He just is. And I’ve managed to get him to keep dating me for nearly four years now
 I’m grateful for my job, even during the tough shifts. I don’t have a lot of money to play with now, but I have more than enough to maintain a comfortable lifestyle without having to eat ramen noodles every night. I can’t afford to get a mani/pedi every two weeks, but I can get myself a birthday dress and not feel guilty for a week.
 I’m grateful for getting into a great graduate program, and for getting to learn how to do something pretty cool and super rewarding every day.
 I’m grateful for being able to have slow Monday mornings with coffee, blogging, and pooch snuggles, because I know in a year's time, I'll miss those moments. While I have a lot of responsibilities as a graduate student, I am no stranger to the responsibilities of the professional working world. And for that, I'll be sure to appreciate each and every weekday afternoon nap I can come across.

I'm grateful for margaritas and pool days, stormy afternoons and fluffy slippers, our cozy apartment and our sweet little life.

Over the next year, my life is going to transition into yet another form of limbo. Soon enough I'll know where I will be completing my externships for school, closely followed by figuring out exactly how I want to begin my career as an SLP. Our apartment lease is up at the end of the year, and we'll have to decide if we want to continue to rent or dip our toes into the housing market. Right now, the next two years feel a lot like a giant blank canvas, and while that's super exciting, it's a bit overwhelming. 

I won't lie and say I practice it every day, but every once in awhile, it's nice to check in with myself and be reminded of the things making me happy right now, things I'm thankful for at this point in my life. 

What are you grateful for right now?


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