Counting Down to the New Year: 11 Things I’m Thankful For

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Counting Down to the New Year is a series of 12 posts in which I reflect on 2014 and prepare for 2015.

Although I am not naturally a thankful or glass-half-full person, I do have many things to be thankful for. As I look back on 2014, good things have happened. Good things have kept me going. I am surrounded by so many wonderful people and things. I would be remiss to remember only the bad.

Relationships. My husband, family, & friends. People who help me, push me, and do the things I no longer can.

All that brings Warmth. I hate being cold, and I may have an obsession with things that bring me warmth. Sometimes I turn the heat up way too high. My heating pad and electric blanket are two of my favorite items that I own. The sun shining through the window, being outside on a warm day. I am thankful that I do not have to be cold this dreary winter.

All things Food & Drink. Where do I even begin? Coffee is a must.. I always have a drink in my hand, whether coffee, tea, juice, water, or the occasional splurge of coke or wine. Mexican food is a staple. Quality seafood. Sushi for sure. All types of Asian food, especially rice noodles in an Asian style broth. Corn chips and salsa, especially lime corn chips. Fresh fruit smoothies. Hummus and veggies. I do love food. And the occasional splurge for the really good stuff….cheese especially.

Medical Care. I can’t imagine the pain of experiencing health crisis without medical care. It is a blessing that I often take for granted. Having a good health insurance is worth its weight in gold. All of my physical therapy, orthopedic appointments, tests and scans are covered by my insurance. My primary care doctors listens and cares. My orthopedic doctor is smart and competent. I can’t even imagine life without my physical therapist.

Grace. God’s grace and mercy towards me. The weaker I am, the more I recognize my need.

Writing. I am thankful to have found a new love in this blog and the other writing I have started. I so wish I could work more at my counseling job, but having a few freelance writing jobs and working on my book have given me productive ways to work at home.

Reading & Learning. This year I have been blessed with the ability to take several counseling classes that have stretched my mind and helped increase my knowledge and skill level. I have read some great books for both pleasure and learning.  

Movement, Growth, & Small Steps. I am thankful for small steps. Small steps out of flares, small successes in physical therapy, small glimmers of hope from new treatments. 

Work. The ability to still work a few hours a week is a huge blessings. Going to work forces me to push my focus away from myself and my problems and focus on others who are going through their own trying times.   

My Couch & it’s Surroundings. My couch and I have become increasingly more acquainted over the past year. During flares, I spend so much of my time lying in the living room on our large, fluffy, green couch. I am thankful that although my body is not comfortable, I do have a warm and comfortable place to rest.

Online Community. I have the best readers of all the blogs. Seriously, there is no competition. Of all the blogs in the world, I have the best readers, followers, commenters, supporters, and encouragers. When I am down, discouraged, and struggling the words of encouragement that you offer me are so humbling, as I know that so many of you are in the same place. Thank you for all of your support!


  1. I have to agree with many things on your list… especially the online community. I didn’t expect to feel such a connection and how simply spurring each other on through simple comments or likes or faithful readership would make me feel less alone.

    1. Yes, this is so true! When I started my blog I think I was hoping that I would find an online community, but I wasn’t expecting it to happen. Such a blessing! You have been such an encouragement to me especially 🙂 You bring such a wisdom to the posts in your blog, and I have so much to learn from you 🙂

  2. Ahh, I too appreciate all things that bring me warmth. This is the time of year that I struggle with staying positive. It’s just too cold to do anything outside and it seems like I always feel cold inside no matter what I do, except for when I am on my heating pad. 🙂 I am thankful for having discovered you and your blog this year. Your words have been so comforting to me, and your insight has been helpful.

    1. Yes, I really really struggle with the cold. I have never really liked it, and since struggling with my health I have grown to hate it more and more 🙁 I am one of those always cold people too!

      I am soo thankful that you found my blog as well 🙂 You have been such a huge support and encouragement to me!

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