Thankful & Grateful.


“We give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.”
~Unknown

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I’m still waiting for a few more pictures before I post about meeting Kristin, but I couldn’t let today go by without writing about the holiday. It’s always been one of my favorites. There’s just something really special about having an entire day to appreciate and be thankful for all the blessings that fill our lives. As important as it is to look forward to all the goals we’re working every day to turn into reality, it’s also so wonderful to think of the present and be grateful for everything – and everyone – we have today. The greatest gifts aren’t the ones we hold in our hands, but the ones we hold wrapped in our hearts. The people who fill our lives with joy, the dreams that fill our souls with inspiration, the blessings that we’re lucky enough to have fill not only Thanksgiving, but every day … when better to take the time out to reflect on that all?

Just some of what I’m thankful for:
~A wonderful family who gives me the freedom to pursue my goals and aspirations
~Amazing friends who are the family I choose every day
~Good health – as my mom always says about every new year, “if it’s healthy, it’ll be happy.”
~A passion for writing that fills me with true, indescribable joy all the time
~All the inspiring lessons learned that passion has taught me and all the exciting opportunities it’s given me
~The chance to watch the people I care about achieve their dreams – there’s nothing better!
~Being able to meet and visit with some of my absolute favorite authors and other people who have so deeply inspired me (including the wonderful Melinda, who I owe for the title of this post!)
~Special memories that happen in a heartbeat, but linger forever – it’s incredible how they can fill you with happiness over and over again

Speaking of special memories, it is seriously unfathomable to me that it’s been five years since the Thanksgiving when I was interning at our ABC station and had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work at the parade. It was freezing that day (no exaggeration, think numbingly cold), and I had to wake up at 4:00AM to be at a downtown hotel by 5:30, but it was so worth it. Escorting the Disney float along the whole parade route, getting to watch the rest of the broadcast from the production area, meeting Kelly Monaco after she finished co-hosting, spending the day with so many of the people who inspired me to pursue journalism … words can’t describe the special memories from that day I’ll always hold near and dear.

Thanksgiving float 2005

Kelly Monaco and me, 2005

As Wicked’s “For Good” says so eloquently … “I’ve heard it said that people come into our lives for a reason // bringing something we must learn // and we are led to those who help us most to grow // if we let them and we help them in return.” To all of you who have come into my life and changed it for good and for the better, thank you. I’m beyond grateful for each and every one of you ♥

What are you thankful for today?

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2 thoughts on “Thankful & Grateful.

    • It really was fascinating! I’ve been watching that parade on tv ever since I was a kid, so to actually work at it and be a part of all the behind-the-scenes aspects was absolutely one of the coolest experiences ever. I loved every minute!!

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