What I'm Thankful For This Year

Hey there, beautiful people! Happy Thanksgiving weekend. To be honest, I'm not into the whole Black Friday shopping madness -- I much prefer to find a few good deals online, as opposed to running around to all stores possible. Because of this, I'm taking some time today to continue to think about what I'm grateful for. I believe that Thanksgiving is the beginning of an entire season of giving -- and I don't mean material presents. The holiday season, everything from Black Friday shopping to New Year's Eve parties, can be overwhelming and stressful (though hopefully fun, too!). What really matters, though, is reflecting on the year that is almost to pass and expressing thankful warmth for what we have. Today, I want to share a few things that I am the most grateful for with you.  I'm thankful for the people who I've grown up with, the people who I am blessed to call my family. The four of us are weird, quirky, and hysterical together. At college, not a day goes by where I don't miss them or talk to them; at home, I laugh so hard with these three goofballs. 

I'm thankful for my friends -- the ones from Kindergarten who I'm still best friends with at 20 years old, the ones from my all-girls' boarding school who've become my sisters, and the newer ones that I've gotten so close to this year at college. In my freshman year of college, I thought I had made all the friends I could make in high school, but I was so wrong. The people who I go to school with and see almost every day now -- roommates, sorority women, and work colleagues, support me in ways that I now cannot imagine my life without. You know who you are; thank you so much for pushing me of out my comfort zone, lifting me up, and encouraging me to go after want I want. I love you so much. 

I'm thankful for my high school and college education, and the opportunities that my college has enabled me to achieve. In a little over a month, I move across the country to work in California for my second internship through Northeastern University. I could not be more excited or grateful for this opportunity.  

I'm all too thankful for this magical community of strong, passionate, inspiring women (and men!) that we are building together. Thank you so much for sharing your light each and every day with me, and for being here. You are the reason I am inspired; you're the reason I choose to write, share (come join the new party on Instagram 'story'; it's actually pretty fun!), and blog. I appreciate you dearly. 

While I could go on and on, make this even more sappy, and probably start tearing up thinking about how blessed this life is, I am going to end this piece with something that I'm not thankful for nearly enough nowadays. I am thankful for my healthy, hard-working, heart-pumping, eating, sleeping, cooking, Downward-doging, walking, talking BODY.

 Yesterday, I had an accident. A bad one. While at the top of the staircase in my home, heading down to the basement to bring up Christmas decorations, I slipped, landed on my back, and proceeded to slide down the flight of stairs. 

It was not cute. It was very, very scary. My back is still super sore and bruised. However, nothing is broken; I did not land on my neck; I am able to breath, walk, and stretch. I am so thankful for chance (if I'd landed just a little bit wrong, I'd be in a much different situation right now), and, moreover, for my body's resiliency. Many of us, including myself, are guilty of hating on our bodies and finding their physical 'flaws' as opposed to their true strengths. Now, though, after this fall, I vow to celebrate my body and appreciate it -- today and every day after this. I know that it is not always easy to do, but I have legitimately no reason to hate on it anymore. My body and my body's strength saved me yesterday from something that could have been truly awful. Moving forward, I promise to express nothing except for gratitude and LOVE for my body. 

This is a real, true principle: our bodies do the best that they can under the circumstances that they've been given. And even though it still hurts, my body is doing the best damn job it can given the situation; it's hard to express how thankful I am right now for the body that I have been graced to live within. 

I hope you have the most delightful Thanksgiving Weekend (yes, it's a thing. as of now.), wherever you happen to be in the world. Remember to reflect on what is truly important in your life and to shed light on what you are more grateful for. I've got so much love for you! Now, I'm going to eat more gigantic almond butter cups. I made them upside-down this time because it was FUN. Grab the recipe here and prepare to face-plant into these things. 

Xoxo, 

Hannah 

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