Today is the day for the Give Thanks party that I’m hosting Julie from Julie Ann Art and Kristan of adelynSTONE! Read below to see what I’m thankful for and then link-up your own Give Thanks posts! Be sure to check out the hosts blogs, too!
This year has been by far the most amazing year of my life. If you take a look at my year in review post, you’d see why. But in short . . . I got married. I started this blog. I started my own business. I finally felt like I earned the title of being self-employed/an entrepreneur. I went outside of the country for the first time. We got our puppy (which is something Nathan and I talked about for a looooong time.)
And while these things are wonderful accomplishments/things I’ve done from the past year, I am thankful for so much more. So today, I want to share those things with you!
When I started this blog a year ago, I really didn’t think it would have much of an impact on my life. It was truly just a hobby – one that I would come and go to as I please. But it became something much more for me. It became a place for me to celebrate my success. A place for me to seek advice when it was needed. A place for me to communicate with others and not feel isolated when I spend so much time at home by myself now. A place for me to collect all of the important moments in my life and not forget that they happened.
I have made so many friends and met so many wonderful people through my blog, social media, and my business. I am so grateful for each and every one of you that have helped me grow in some form or another. A lot of you have stuck through from the beginning and I appreciate that because I know I’ve changed my mind on things with this blog hundreds of times. The emails and comments I get from my readers always make my day.
Owning my own business has taught me SO much about so many things. I was not business savvy when I first started and that has changed dramatically. It’s also taught me a lot about myself – my limits, my ability to grow, my time, my emotions, etc. I’ve also gotten to work closely with Megan since she joined the team and I am so thankful for her help with everything. I know that without her, I wouldn’t have been able to get as far as I am today with everything. I also wouldn’t have so much in store for it, either.
Being Able to Travel
I traveled a lot when I was younger. But it wasn’t to many exciting places. The Midwest looks the same just about everywhere you go – there’s a lot of barns and a lot of corn fields. But this year I’ll actually venture out of the country twice (once already to Jamaica and to Mexico in December.) I always dreamed of being able to see the world and everything it has to offer. I cannot wait to fill my passport up!
By far the most important person. We’ve been through a lot since we started dating and he’s still here, planning a future with me. He’s there for me when I’ve had a bad day or business is rough. He’s there for me when I’ve had an amazing day or business is soaring. He listens. He talks. He cares. There’s no one else that I could imagine spending the rest of my life with. He’s flexible and understanding and right now, that’s exactly what I need when it comes to making sure my business is transforming in the ways I want it to.
Believing in Myself Enough to Quit
I am most thankful for this part of my life because it has opened my eyes, and so many doors. Last November, I didn’t know what I would do, but I believed in myself enough to figure it out along the way. My relationships have improved, I spend more time with my family and pets, my quality of life has changed drastically, and I think I truly understand the meaning of true happiness now.
I consider myself to be rather fortunate to be where I am today and it’s all because of everything I mentioned above. But I’m also pretty thankful for my pets, my Kindle Fire (pretty sure I’m in love), cheese, my electric blanket, the rest of my family, Amazon Prime (it makes my life 100x easier), my camera, and hundreds of other things that I’m forgetting right now. I lead the life I always wanted to so I’m incredibly thankful for that.
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