50 Things I’m Thankful For This Thanksgiving

warm chocolate chip cookiesAs Thanksgiving approaches, I’ve been reflecting on the things and people in my life for which I’m thankful. I’m sure many of you have been doing the same. I have a wonderful boyfriend, supportive parents, the best friends and family, a job I enjoy, this blog that completes me, a beautiful house I adore…I could go on and on. At the risk of sounding incredibly cliché and sappy (but let’s face it, I am), I truly have been so fortunate in this life.

But while I’m thankful for all of these blessings, like everyone, I often face struggles and get caught up in frustrations and anxieties. Sometimes it takes a day like Thanksgiving to remind me to look around and take notice of life’s little pleasures—the things that always bring a smile to my face. I hope to make a better habit of focusing on them more often.

Here are 50 somewhat unconventional things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving, in no particular order. These are the small joys that lift my spirit, make life easier, comfort me, or even just make laugh. When did I become so basic? 😉

  1. Saturday morning trips to the farmer’s market
  2. Rainy days, a perfect excuse for curling up with a book and not feeling guilty about it
  3. Supportive, intelligent, and uplifting women
  4. Laughter so hard it hurts and brings tears
  5. Wine. All the wine.
  6. But a good IPA, too!
  7. Having my own washing machine
  8. The puppy head tilt (like this!)
  9. Big hugs from old friends I haven’t seen in awhile
  10. A slice of my favorite hometown pizza
  11. The colors of Fall
  12. Target
  13. Cozy weekend mugs
  14. Appreciation when I’ve worked really hard at something
  15. The smell of a wood stove, especially in a cabin
  16. Warm chocolate chip cookies
  17. Songs that play at the perfect moment
  18. My grandparents’ houses
  19. Being lucky enough to know my grandparents
  20. 5pm on a Friday
  21. Opening the first page of a new book
  22. Finishing a good book, even if I want it to keep going
  23. A huge plate of homemade spaghetti and meatballs
  24. My own bed after I’ve been away, especially with clean sheets
  25. The feeling of Christmas morning
  26. A Bills win
  27. Ellen Degeneres
  28. A freshly-vacuumed carpet
  29. My hair straightener (how I had bangs before it, no clue)
  30. Vacation days
  31. Live music
  32. That ah-ha moment when I’m learning something new
  33. Coach and Tami Taylor (also, Tim Riggins)
  34. Crossing items off my to-do list
  35. Thoughtful and kind people
  36. Mindless TV after a long day (The Bachelor returns Jan 2nd, people!)
  37. Animal videos on YouTube (similarly mindless after a long day, but more adorable)
  38. The sounds of my families’ laughs
  39. Income tax refund checks
  40. NPR on my long commutes
  41. Advil
  42. Diner breakfast
  43. Being able to grow my own vegetables (and keep them alive!)
  44. Coming home to dinner on the table
  45. Do not call lists
  46. Naps
  47. Heated seats, a new luxury in my life
  48. Old mix tapes
  49. Gas stoves
  50. Only being a short car ride away from “home”

Over this Thanksgiving weekend, I hope you’re able to stop and take a look around at the little, seemingly insignificant things that make your own life better. What are they? I’d love to know!

Have the best Thanksgiving!