As I reflect on this year and, particularly, this season of my life, I realize that I have a lot for which I should be thankful. God is answering the prayers and granting the desires of my heart, and I believe that I am well on my way to living the real, grown-up life I’ve always wanted.
I wanted to share 5 things for which I am most thankful this season:
Family and Good Friends
I am blessed to have so much love in my life; it’s so humbling when I think about it. Although my family and most of my close friends are spread across the world and farther than I would like, they always find ways to show me of how loved I am.
About a week ago, I remembered that one of my best friends mentioned to me that she is planning to come, from the East Coast, to visit me for my birthday. That got me thinking about how in the years that I’ve been away from loved ones, my friends always show up from far places for my birthday (among other things) even when I have no plans. Last year, my cousin even came from Canada after I said I didn’t want to do anything!
Today, and always, I am thankful for the love of family and friends, that sometimes looks like my mom mailing me my favourite Nigerian snacks, foodstuffs, and home-cooked meals or friends surprising me with flowers and books they know I’ll love or text messages and words of affirmation from friends who haven’t heard from me in a while.
A Strong and Healthy Body
I have been pushing myself, physically, pretty hard lately, but doing so with lots of energy and feeling stronger each day. I do not take for granted this gift that I have of a strong and able body that allows me to be active.
For so long, I prayed for a church, in California, where I could feel at home. I longed for a community of believers that was more like family, than just church. I even put it on my vision board. Awakening Church has been the answer to my prayers, and more. God just worked that out perfectly! My (women’s) small group is awesome. These women have come to mean a lot to me in such little time because they are an incredibly supportive and loving group of people. Awakening is a blessing I didn’t expect to find when I did, and now I’m thankful that Yelp led me to my church home.
“Home” is a word I find hard to define but this is not the post for that. This time, it describes the place where I live now.
I am grateful to have my own space to which I can retreat. It’s great to have a place that feels like me and cozy at the same time; a place to which I can return without anxiety or trepidation. I’m not sure I’ve ever had that before now, so I recognize it and appreciate it.
3+ months back in the real (working) world and I am still excited to go to work and take on the day. For me (read: a person who gets bored easily), that’s a big deal! I’ve had internships that lasted less than this that have bored me out of my mind. I had NEVER been thrilled about any of my previous jobs, at least not for any extended period of time, and so I was concerned about finding my place post-grad school.
Turns out I didn’t have to worry. I am grateful for this opportunity to do interesting things, learn a lot, and work with good people too.
Well, that’s my list. I’d love to know what you’re grateful for in this season of your life!