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Thankful Thursday

There is an emphasis on giving thanks in the month of November. Especially in our chaotic, constantly moving society, it's easy to become distracted with what others have, what we want next, and how we can improve our lives. However, what I love about Thanksgiving (and by extension, the month of November), is how we intentionally stop and count our blessings. We have been given so much. Just our next breath is its own blessing! So, because today is the 12th day of November and the phrase "thankful Thursday" has a nice ring to it, I've made a list of 12 things I'm thankful for for the first edition of November 2015 Thankful Thursday. Stay tuned for more thankful Thursday updates in November!

1. I'm thankful for a new day. I'm thankful I woke up this morning and am ready to make today a great day. I'm thankful that God's mercies are new every morning and that He is with me through the good and bad of every day.
2. I'm thankful for my family. I know I would not be the person I am today without them.
3. I'm thankful for my dear friends, both old and new. I'm thankful for the friends I made in undergrad, and I'm thankful I can remain in contact with them and stay involved in their lives. I'm also thankful for new friends in grad school and for people who are going through the same classes and practicums I'm going through.
4. I'm thankful for my kind, compassionate, intelligent boyfriend who loves me, listens to me, and encourages me. I'm thankful that he is dedicated to our long distance relationship and that he truly cares about me.
5. I'm thankful for my education. All growing up, I had teachers who challenged me and who desired to teach me well. I had a great foundational education, which allowed me to flourish in college and now in grad school.
6. I'm thankful I know what I want to do with my life. So many young adults have no purpose or direction in life. They may feel lost and confused about their future. I am thankful that I know I want to become a speech pathologist and know that I want to help people communicate better. I may not know the exact way that will look, but that's part of the adventure of life and the fun of speech pathology.
7. I'm thankful I have a car that works and can get me all over the state of Texas. For school, I drive over an hour a day, and I also enjoy being able to drive and visit my family and friends around Texas.
8. I'm thankful for Netflix and nights I can relax.
9. I'm thankful for hands-on speech pathology experience. I learn so much more by practice and love being able to learn while actually providing therapy.
10. I'm thankful for the ability to read. I love reading for fun as well as reading to learn.
11. I'm thankful for the ability to move and run and jump. Some people don't have use of their limbs, but I do, and I hope to not take the ability to walk and move for granted.
12. I'm thankful for a brain that functions and that can absorb new information. I'm thankful I can think and form new ideas and opinions.

That's all for now! Stay tuned for next week's edition of thankful Thursday :).


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