Life Thankful

Thankful 2017

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Remember when I used to share Thankful posts on the regular? Those were the days; maybe I should jump start that series back up again for the New Year. Thoughts?

Happy Thanksgiving, my friends! I hope you are enjoying this time with people that you love, eating ALL THE FOOD, doing just a little shopping and watching all the Thanksgiving episodes of FRIENDS. It is no secret that most of 2017 was a tumultuous year for me, and it isn’t even over yet. If you don’t really know what I’m talking about, here’s a recap. In dealing with all my drama, however, I’ve found that the sweeter moments in life were just a little more shiny, extraordinary and more remarkable than if I would have been experiencing it all as the former version of myself. So with that, today I thought I’d share just a few things I am thankful for.

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My Tribe. This includes my husband and close family/friends that have, in one way or another, contributed to my rare bouts of happiness this year. Whether it was listening to one of my many vent sessions or offering to watch the kids, I could not have made it thought such a difficult season in my life without my tribe.

Travel. I’ve gotten lucky enough to spend time away this year, even if it was only for a few days. From my birthday staycation in Baltimore, to a weekend in

Charlottesville, to my the epic anniversary trip to Charleston – 2017 travel did not disappoint! I wanna up my game for the New Year, any suggestions on where to go that is both kid and budget friendly?

Speaking Up. Depression has a stigma but it my belief that speaking up can negate the shame associated with the illness. I cannot tell you how freeing it is to have finally shared that I am dealing with postpartum depression. Why? Because in a sense, I feel that by exposing myself in my most vulnerable state I am no longer giving my depression the power to consume and control me the way that it was did. I’m not at the other side of the tunnel, far from it, but I can tell you that it isn’t quite as dominating as it once was.

I wish there was more I could be grateful for this year but again, it was a hard one for me. The few things that did provide bright rays of light, however, cannot be overlooked. The kind, supportive people in my life provided so much emotional support on my darkest days and most of them don’t even know how integral their presence was in my journey. Most importantly, though, is that I’ll be closing out 2017 with my head held high and a positive outlook for the year to come. I hope that you have a fantastic holiday season and may God bless you.

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