So many wonderful things have happened!
I can't believe 2012 is already upon us.
Am I the only one who vividly remembers when we made it into the 2000's like it was yesterday?
And now it's about to be 2012?? Time really does fly.
Cliche yes, but true.
I was just at the optomitrist and the doctor asked "How long have you been wearing contacts?" I responded with "Since the eighth grade, so... (I did the math) eleven years". ELEVEN YEARS?! I'm old enough to have been doing something for ELEVEN YEARS?! Where does the time go?
In honor of the new year that is quickly approaching, I have decided to make a list of things that I am thankful for and that have helped make my 2011 what it was. Since this year I turned the big (eek) twenty five years old, I decided to do "The 25 Things that I am Thankful for" so, here goes, in no particular order...
1. My job. As much as I hate waking up and going to work every day, I know that we are in very difficult times, where having a job is a blessing. No, I'm not at my dream job, but I'm currently working alongside my parents at our family business that is currently in it's second generation of ownership which I think is really cool.
2. My house. I'm so thankful to have a roof over my head and I got so lucky that one of my dads friends was looking to rent his house. I am currently living in a 3br 3ba house for the same price I was paying for a 2br 1ba apartment AND now I get to have my dogs live with me, such a blessing.
3. My education. I am so blessed to, not only, have been given the gift of a private school education from preschool through high school, but also a college education thanks to my parents.
4. My health and the health of my friends and family. Something that I, admittedly, take for granted very often but it is something that I am extremely thankful for. I am so fortunate that those I love have their health. So very grateful.
5. My crazy non-immediate family. Between grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins I've got quite an eclectic group. Each and every one of them have played an intrigal part in making me who I am today and I wouldn't have it any other way.
6. This wonderful country that I call home. I am so blessed to have been born in the land of the free and the home of the brave, where I have rights and freedoms that some only dream of.
7. This blog. I'm thankful that I have a place where I can share my thoughts and feelings freely.
8. Music. For as long as I can remember, I've loved music. I love how it has a way of taking you somewhere, or nowhere at all, making you feel, teaching you new things, making you happy, making you sad. It's such an incredible thing.
12. My strong moral compass. For as long as I can remember I have stayed out of trouble. To me, the boundries between right and wrong are very clear. The thought of being in trouble was never worth the risk to me. I'm sure that I can attribute some of that to my upbringing.
13. The progression of electronics as a whole that make life easier. My day to day life is so easy with the world at my fingertips. I could be lost in an area I dont know, pull out my iphone and within seconds have a route to where I need to be. My gas light could come on and I could find the nearest gas station. It's incredible the things we can do today that we couldn't have done a mere 10 years ago.
14. My brother. Even though we don't always get along, he was one of my very first friends and will probably be one of the last. Only he truly understands just how crazy my family really is.
25. And lasty, but of course, certainly not least My Mother. As cliche as it's going to sound, my mother truely and honestly is my very best friend. Oddly enough, we really weren't real close growing up, like I said, I was more of a daddy's girl and my brother was more of a momma's boy but as the years have gone by my mom and I have gotten extraordinarly close. I don't know what I would do without her. Unfortunatly almost all of my friends have lost their mothers to cancer. Because of this, I know how lucky I am to, not only have my mother, but be as close to her as I am. My mom has really stepped up and, not only been a wonderful mother to me, but has also become somewhat of a psudo mom to my friends like Danica, who no longer have their mother. My mom is the rock of our family and is, what I consider to be my angel on earth.
(one of my favorite photos of me with my parents)
I'm so excited to see what 2012 holds (hopefully not the end of the world, as predicted, haha).
What made your 2011 special? Any special plans to ring in the new year? What are your New Year's resolutions?