I love the holiday season, because it has a special way of reminding us to show gratitude and make family time a priority.

So much has happened this year, and I think it would be strange if I wasn’t thankful for it all.

It’s been filled to the brim with ups and downs. I’ve been at my highest and I’ve certainly been at my very lowest. But you know what?

I’m very thankful for everything that I’ve gone through over the past year, because all of it has helped me grow in one way or another. And, if I hadn’t experienced the things I had this year, I wouldn’t be where I am – physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Before I get into what I’m thankful for, I feel like I need to preface this by saying I’m the type of person who is simply amazed by everything, I’m grateful for everything, and I think everything is beautiful. So picking and choosing just a few things to add to a list is difficult. But here we go…

Here are just a few things I’m thankful for 🍂

A perfect & loving support group

Right now, I’m at a place in my life where I feel like I’m constantly overwhelmed with love. Since moving back home, I’ve been supported non-stop. Being back home again helped me realize that family really is the only constant, and no matter what happens in life, no matter how far I move, no matter how big the mistakes I make, my family and close friends will always, always be here supporting me and lifting me up when I need it the most.

My health

If you’ve been following my story for a while, you’d know I used to be very, very ill. (Like, almost needing a transplant, almost being put onto an IV drip twice a week, taking oral chemotherapy sick). But over the past year, my health has drastically improved. I’m happy to say I’m no longer on medications of any sort, and I’m just happily living my life, pain-free!

My faith journey

Over the past year alone, my faith has gotten so much stronger. I’ve been a huge part of my church, I dive into the bible every day, and I live each day with a more christ-centered focus. I was raised a Christian, but never really had a strong, personal relationship with Jesus until this past year and I’m so glad I found it. I look forward to continuing my faith journey and getting deeper into the bible and gaining more fellowship and community!

Sunsets, waterfalls, beaches, rainbows (you get it)

Since being back in Hawaii, I see everything with a fresh pair of eyes. And I have a newfound appreciation for all the little things. I never thought I’d miss Hawaii so much, but after being away from my islands for over two years, I realize now that this is my home and my heart. Every day, I’m given a new piece of beauty to be thankful for. Yesterday, I was given not one, but two rainbows! The night before that, the skies were painted purple and pink. And even though it’s raining and storming outside today, Maui still has its magical way of turning a gloomy day into a beautiful one. I’m grateful to live in paradise, but I truly believe there’s beauty everywhere. Wherever you are in the world, find the beauty in it. Seek the wonder and be thankful that this is your home.

The opportunity to live all around the world

Over the past few years, I’ve lived on two continents and on a rock smack dab in the middle of the pacific. I’ve gone from Oregon to Hawaii to China to Hawaii to Washington DC to Canada and back to Hawaii. (And I’ve got something in the works for the next place I choose to live, but I’ll wait to announce that one… Hint: it’s going to be huge, like really huge)

Anyway, I’m thankful that I’ve been able to live all over the world. And I even lived out my dream of living abroad!

The ability to plan for the future

I’m thankful for the ability to make plans for the future. I know lots of people who are so stuck in their lives or limited by jobs, debt, finances, or family situations that prevent them from even dreaming. And that’s heartbreaking. So, I make sure to show gratitude when I make plans for my future, because I know there are so many people who are unable to do that.

My last relationship

This one is a bit tricky, and you might be thinking: “Why would you be thankful for a relationship that ended?” And well, I’m thankful for it because it taught me a lot about love, life, and ultimately, myself. If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve read all my posts about my relationship as it was unfolding – all the good, the happiness, the love, how we went from long distance to living together. But I haven’t spoken about how it all came crashing to a halt, and I don’t intend to. It’s private, personal and out of respect for others involved, I’ll keep it all to myself (and my journal).

But there are some things I do want you to know.

Sure, it was tough, it was heartbreaking, it made me an emotional, anxiety-ridden wreck.

Even so, I am unbelievably grateful for it all.

I’m thankful for all the fights we got into – how minuscule or colossal they may have been, for all the nights spent crying and alone, the yelling and driving off, the anger, the frustrations. I’m grateful for it all because they all taught me something about living with someone, loving someone else, and most importantly, they taught me things about myself, too.

I’m also thankful for all the good, happy memories we made together. I’m thankful for the laughter, the slow dancing in the kitchen at midnight, the banana bread baking on a Tuesday afternoon, movie nights with his family, and making plans and promises together. I’m thankful for being loved, and being able to love so greatly.

It’s because of this relationship that I’m in a place right now where I’m focusing on myself, my happiness, my overall well-being, my growth.

For that, I’m thankful.

What are you thankful for this year? Tell me, I’d love to hear!

And, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!  ❤️

49 responses to “Thankful”

  1. I can relate to this post on SO many levels. I am so glad your health has improved, that is fantastic news and it sounds like you are in a good place for the new year. I too am grateful for a relationship I left, even if it meant moving home. Taking time to focus on myself after so long of putting everyone else first and not taking care of myself has been a true eye opener. I wish you so much happiness and success!


    • Wow, what a small world that we are going through similar things at the same time! I’m glad to hear you are doing okay and focusing on yourself, although your relationship ended as well. I wish you all the happiness and love in the world ❤️


  2. While. It seems like your family is very supportive of you and that is a wonderful thing to have in your life.Sorry about your health and praying that God blesses you with healing in ways that no man can.

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  3. That’s a lot of wonderful things you are thankful for and love them all! Here are a few of mine: Thankful that I was able to be in France celebrating my nephew’s first birthday and see all my family, thankful that all my loved ones are healthy, thankful for being able to see so much of this world ❤

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  4. Happy Thanksgiving! It sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for and it’s great that you’ve been able to put a positive spin on the end of a relationship and recognize that you can be grateful for that too. This year I’m particularly grateful to have a job I love after many years of working hard to achieve that goal.


    • Thank you! I see it as strength to view an ended relationship in a positive light, and it took a long time to get to this point, but I’m glad I can be positive about it. I’m so happy for you and your happiness with your job! A lot of people don’t have jobs they enjoy, so that’s a huge accomplishment!


  5. Fabulous post! I just experienced a break up and it caused me to reflect in a blog post similar to what you’ve done here. It’s so good to stop and take stock of all the things we have and how far we’ve come.

    Nicole V


    • I’m sorry you are going through a break up as well, but I am so happy to hear that you are taking the positives from it and allowing yourself to grow from it. I wish you all the happiness in this new year ❤️


  6. Really there are a lot of things that we thankful for in our life. So wonderful things you are thankful for, I’m thankful because of my family and friends. The wonderful relationship together.


  7. Now this is an amazing post! I am glad you shared all the things that you are thankful for. I am thankful for my family and friends. I hope you continue to have a blessed year.

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  8. I completely agree with you that being thankful is always a good option to stay happy in life.. Such a nice post that directs people to achieve peace being thankful for everything one has in their life..

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  9. What an amazing post, I really liked reading every bit of it. Hawai is so beautiful and you have explained it so well how it is giving you new things every day, two rainbows sound so incredible. It is so nice to know how you respect the relationship you were in. I am thankful for all the challenges, experiences life has given me, which made me strong and wiser.

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  10. What an honest and lovely blog post – how nice to hear you say you feel overwhelmed with love. Love the pic of the rainbow – so positive 🙂


  11. For someone who’s looking so well at the positive signs, two rainbows is a gift! Enjoy your time in Hawaii , definitely a great place to be surrounded with love!


  12. Love this post! Thankful to have talented and intelligent friends like you in my life! Hope everything is going well. Enjoy the stormy weather out there


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