So very grateful.

I am grateful. So unbelievably overwhelmed with feelings of appreciation and thanks. No, I do not have it all. I haven’t been grocery shopping in weeks, I just ate my last 3 eggs for dinner, my winter coat is ‘so last season’ and i’m up to my ears in student loans.

But I have a roof over my head and a cozy apartment that after months of waiting and saving up, is finally starting to look like a home. I have the best friends a girl could ever ask for. I have a steady paycheck that comes from hard work done with an amazing group of people that I am proud to call not just my coworkers, but my friends. I have a family who despite their faults, would go to the end of the earth for one another and is never too shy to say ‘I love you’. Aside from a knocked up knee and a stiff back, my health is good and I am strong enough to go about my day with as much energy as a classroom full of kindergarteners right before recess.

My past has taught me lessons that have given me a beautiful present and a hopeful future. So today, I am grateful. I am optimistic, full of love, and so very happy to just be alive. What are you thankful for?

Don’t wait.

Say it. The words you’ve been holding back. The feelings you’ve repressed. The memories you want to resurface. The forgiveness you want to give. The ‘I love you’s’ you may be scared of. Say it.

Do it. Send the letter you were always too scared to send. Take the vacation you’ve been dying to go on. Strike a conversation with a stranger. Run through your neighborhood, even if just for a few minutes. Visit family who aren’t promised to be here tomorrow. Do it.

Feel it. The hurt you’ve suffered. The joy you have been blessed with. The frustrations that bother you. The appreciation of the little things. The satisfaction of success. The love of another. Feel it.

What if you woke up tomorrow with only things you were thankful for today? Now is the time to start living in the moment.