Here it is. The Thankful Project at its peak. Each day this month leading up to Thanksgiving, I wrote down one little thing I'm thankful for, with the promise to share them with you after the holiday. It was fun looking back on each note--many of them specific to that day and what I happened to be doing at the time.
I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and had time to reflect on your own lives and the little things that remind you to be thankful.
November 1: I am thankful for my blog, which turns 5-years-old at the end of this month. I've come across opportunities, people and jobs I otherwise never would have.
November 2: I am thankful for my coffee maker. It's old, it's cracked, but it makes coffee just as good as something fancy. Thank you, coffee pot.
November 3: I am thankful for the right to vote.
November 4: I am thankful I had the opportunity to speak to college students today about the power of blogging and Twitter.
November 5: I am thankful for my electric blanket. True story. It's magical.
November 6: I am thankful for our little running community in Madison that allows for a Lake Loop with friends any given weekend.
November 7: I am thankful for lazy Sundays.
November 8: I am thankful for Kristin, who has been keeping me motivated to run every morning in the cold and dark.
November 9: I am thankful for my DVR. No lie. This is about the little things, isn't it?
November 10: I am thankful that although I sometimes wake up cranky and not in the mood for the day, I know I have a fantastic job to go to with great people and work.
November 11: I am thankful that I grew up with a dad who taught us every day what a good man is supposed to be.
November 12: I am thankful for weekends with no big plans. I get to sleep in, relax and enjoy it.
November 13: I am thankful to have a strong body that let's me push it to its limits.
November 14: I am thankful to have access to Badgers events. In the last three months, I've been to football, hockey and basketball games for the first time.
November 15: I am thankful for the little things I take for granted that I couldn't have or afford at this time last year like my laptop, internet, cable TV and gym membership. Seem simple, but are definitely a luxury.
November 16: I am thankful for #TwitterCoffeeClub mornings: Twitter, iTunes, coffee and ice on the shins.
November 17: I am thankful for compression socks. No really. Magical.
November 18: I am thankful for short work weeks and fun weekend plans.
November 19: I am thankful for road trips to Lansing each year.
November 20: I am thankful to find joy in running, and for the running adventures that are to come next year.
November 21: I am thankful that my dad is like MacGyver and that my mom likes taco pizza as much as I do.
November 22: I am thankful for the number of great, yet-to-be-read books on my bookshelf.
November 23: I am thankful for two-a-day runs, and having a body strong enough to enjoy them.
November 24: I am thankful to have a job that recognizes the holidays, allowing me to have long holiday weekends.
November 25: This one was tough. In fact, I didn't even write it until today. There was a moment on Thanksgiving that I forgot how to be thankful. I felt panicked. Exposed. Hurt. Guilty. Afraid. Sad. Of all days this month, and for this project, it was Thanksgiving that reminded me I'm only human, and sometimes it's hard to be thankful. I'm not always nice. I'm not always right. I don't always make the right decisions -- or good decisions, for that matter. I'm not always deserving of the things I want, and not always deserving of the things I get. I'm not always a good person, but I always try to be. But I'm thankful to know these things about myself. I'm thankful to be self-aware and honest about them. I'm thankful to know that while I'm not a perfect person, I'm worthy. I'm worthy of the friendships I've earned and any successes I've gained. I'm thankful for them. I'm thankful to know that good relationships are incredibly tough to come by, but I know I'm worthy of more than the half-assed shit and situations I've fallen into. Waiting for the right relationship will be worth it. I'm thankful that this is my life and it is what I make it. I'm thankful to have control over it. And I'm thankful to be happy with my life just the way it is.