My sister is doing 30 Days of Thanks on her Facebook, and I just love the idea so I’m sharing my gratitude here. These are 30 people and things I’m incredibly grateful for.
1. My family. They’re the most incredible, supportive people without whom I wouldn’t be where I am or who I am today.
2. Cameron. He’s changed my life for the better and teaches me something new every day. Most importantly, he’s taught me that the littlest things can be big achievements after all.
3. My mom. She’s such a generous, warm person, and she’s the kind of mother I aspire to be.
4. My dad. I can always rely on him for advice when I’m uncertain, help when I need a hand, and someone to get the job done when I can’t do it myself.
5. My sister. Her brutal honesty keeps me in check and her sense of humor keeps me laughing.
6. My brother. I miss him every day and I can’t wait for him to come home. In the meantime, he helped me develop a thick skin early on and instilled in me a competitive streak that keeps me ambitious.
7. Toby, the dog. My equal opportunity lovebug, who watches over the family and has warmed up to Cameron better than we could have hoped.
8. Cameron’s dad. He’s such a great parent and I’m so lucky that it’s been so easy to co-parent with him.
9. Cameron’s dad’s family. They’re all so loving and gracious, and Cameron and I are so lucky to have them in our lives.
10. The Mamavation Community. Whether I’m up or down, they’re there with kind words, support and fantastic advice.
11. The roof over my head. It’s so much more than many others have.
12. To live in Huntington Beach. It’s such an incredible town.
13. To have a healthy, able body.
14. Cameron’s godparents, Tyler, Allison, and Elena. They mean so much to our little family.
15. My car. It’s nice not to have to worry about maintenance or breaking down in the middle of nowhere, plus it gets me places.
16. My Early British Lit class/professor/classmates. The class was intimidating on paper, but it’s been nothing short of… enlightening. And hilarious. And at times a little disturbing.
17. Great music and the people who share themselves through it.
18. Social media. It’s opened doors for me that I would never have known about or considered otherwise.
19. My readers! Your advice, perspectives and encouragement are the reason I blog.
20. The convenience of technology. I can keep in touch with the people important to me, capture special moments with my son and share them with the rest of the world from virtually anywhere.
21. Yo Gabba Gabba. Cameron loves it AND it’s not completely obnoxious.
22. My homies. I don’t see a lot of them lately, but they keep me connected with the world outside of fairy tales, pervy poets and Nick Jr.
23. Mis primos. They’re like extended siblings that you never get upset with because you aren’t around them as much as you are your actual siblings.
24. My aunts, uncles & grandparents. They’ve taught me so much about my roots and heritage, and give nothing but love.
25. The opportunity to get an education. It’s a privilege many women aren’t afforded.
26. The right to have a say in who governs me. While our democracy may not be perfect, it could be significantly worse.
27. Food to put on the table and easy access to it. I don’t have to hunt or harvest my own food, nor do I have to worry about spoilage for lack of refrigeration.
28. Access to clean water. I take this for granted so much.
29. Access to health care, especially prenatal and maternity care. Without this, my son wouldn’t be here.
30. Mr. Kamei and Vera Austin. They’re two teachers who completely changed the way I approached learning and writing. Without them, I wouldn’t have found my voice.
I hope you all had a safe, happy Thanksgiving! What are you grateful for?