A year ago, I embarked on a thankful journey. I was going through a slightly rough time with half a broken heart. As I struggled to find the little blessings in life, my sister suggested I start this journey. 365 days. 27 (sometimes 28) thankfuls a day. One year later, I’ve realized how incredibly blessed I am. Funny thing is when I look at my life now, I laugh at the hurt that got me started on this journey. What I went through a year ago, the thing that seemed so rough at the time, seems so insignificant now but this journey could not have come at a more opportune time.
I’ve had several days over the last year that I struggled to write my thankfuls. But one thing I’ve learned is that every day is a gift. Every day is full of blessings, some big, some small, some we have to search for and some are right in front of us, but not a day goes by that God doesn’t bless us. We could be in the midst of a raging storm, and yet He still stands with us. I’m amazed by His grace and His continuous blessings in my life, even when I least deserve it.
Today my heart is full. My life is good. Today, I am thankful.
9,973. Its only right that my last day of the 10,000 thankfuls journey was spent with my girlies. I am so blessed to have these kids in my life. Almost 6 years that they’ve been in my life and a huge blessing they continue to be in my life. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about how full my life is because of these kids. These kids and their family have become my family. I couldn’t be more thankful for the Carter family!
9974. The rain. From
me winning playing war and slap jack with the girls to s’more making, bubbles, and countless art projects, the rainy day turned out to be pretty amazing.
9975. My family. They are one group of insanely crazy people but I love them so much. I’m sort of like the black sheep in my family. They put up with my crazy antics and love me anyway. I couldnt ask for a greater support system. Family is one of the most important things to me and my family daily shows me why. They are a few of the most amazing people I know.
9976. The barbell. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again, this is my happy place. From squats to cleans, I couldnt feel more accomplished or strong than I do when I have a barbell in my hands.
9977. my monkeymoos. These boys are my world (well, a big part of it). They are my sunshine on a cloudy day. These boys are my happiness. Being the Vicino nanny is one of the greatest blessings I could ever ask for. Jojo and Leo quickly stole my heart when I started taking care of them. So many days, I sit back and soak in their love and can’t help but think that life just can’t get much better. This is my life.
9978. my old girl, Sydney, is still trekking along. Every year is her last Christmas… until the next Christmas.
9979. snuggles with “my” kids… all of them.
9980. my mom is my best friend. The apple definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree
9981. Dad made an amazing dinner tonight for all of us… and the girls ate their vegetables! So blessed that my dad is an awesome cook!
9982. surviving my fourth surgery. Its been a long battle.. this one easily being the hardest one but I’m making it, one day at a time
9983. my friends. So many of my friends have shown me so much love and support, especially over the last few months.
9984. courage… only takes 20 seconds of courage to change your life
9985. my parents let me live with them. I make enough to live on my own but that would involve lots of school loans. My parents are awesome enough to let their grown daughter live with them so she can pay for school. I didn’t realize exactly how thankful I was for this until I dropped all of my school savings and then some on shoulder surgery a few months ago. I’d be starving on the streets if it wasn’t for my parents.
9986. I started dating again (or sort of for the first time) this year. I’ve never really “dated” (had a couple relationships but jumped right into both them) but dating hasn’t really been a thing in my life. Sometimes dating can really suck.. you know that moment… but if I’m honest, it has felt awesome to get out there.
9987. honesty. Being lied to is something that really makes my blood boil, especially when it makes me look to be a fool. I’ve learned this year how incredibly thankful I am for honesty.
9988. forgiveness. both on my part, others, and God’s.
9989. I’ll never get tired of hearing “watch me Ms. Deanna” and I’ll never get tired of watching
9990. I have the greatest job I could ever ask for.
9991. God blessed me with an amazing gift with hair. I once was a really talented hairdresser. Maybe someday when my shoulders suck a little less, I can have some more fun with my scissors again.
9992. kids. but mostly “my” kids. I have so many. Some are teenagers now and some are still in diapers but all my kids make my life amazing. Being a nanny is possibly one of the greatest things thats ever happened to me… and I’ll admit it, I’m damn good at what I do #humblebrag
9994. God’s plan for my life. Its slowly but surely unfolding and I couldn’t be more excited for it.
9995. My passion for fitness. Nothing else I’d rather do than pick up something heavy and put it back down… and then maybe run with it too! Can’t wait to do this again
9996. Ficus. Enough said.
9997. CrossFit… I know its not part of my life right now but give me a few more months. This place has brought so much healing to my life.
9998. Hope… because God is bigger than any circumstance or situation
9999. I’m no cat lady but I love my Tuna….. mornings aren’t the same when she “sleeps in” and doesnt kneed my face at 5am.
10000. the last year has been crazy.. school, my motorcycle, tears, joy, endless days with kids, surgery, setbacks, hitting new PRs, getting abs, losing abs, red hair, dating, not dating… in all the craziness that is my life, I found myself.