What I’m Thankful for this Year

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With Thanksgiving next week, I can’t help but think about the past year and how thankful I am for our wonderful life. Obviously, I am thankful for our family and friends, our health, a roof over our heads, and many of the comforts of life that we may sometimes take for granted. Obviously, I feel the need to acknowledge these things since they are such an important part of our happiness, but I wanted to talk about some of the other things that I am especially thankful for this year. They’re a mix of serious and not-so-serious, but I’m thankful for each and every one of them.



Remember how hard I fought against Remicade? It was years of push back (my poor doctor and poor Mal) and, man, I was so sick at times. But now it’s my miracle drug, and I just pray that it continues to work for me. Remicade keeps me healthy and allows me to LIVE my life the way I want to. And when you have a chronic disease, that’s all you want. So, thank you, Remicade, for allowing me to LIVE my life.

Our snow blower

Remember last winter? Yikes. It was out of control. I still remember when Mal purchased our snow blower. He and one of his buddies went out shopping together and came back with the BIGGEST snow blower ever. I was actually kind of annoyed because why the heck did we need such a huge snow blower? Well, I couldn’t have been more thankful to have it last winter!

Our emergency savings account and the nice people at the VCA

Poor Murphy. What a rough few months for that little guy. I’m just so glad our little Gremlin is still with us. There were times last spring when we thought he wouldn’t make it, so I am especially thankful that we had a savings account to afford his surgeries, medications, and appointments since we didn’t have any sort of pet insurance. And, of course, we’re so thankful for the nice people at the VCA, who took such great care of him. Nowadays, Murphy is doing better than ever. Besides some balance issues and a fear of going down big flights of stairs, he’s our same old lovable pug.


Our realtor

When it comes to real estate, buying and selling can be incredibly stressful, but our realtor made the entire process easy-peasy for us. Truthfully, I still can’t believe how relaxed I was about the entire process. And now we’re living in our “forever home,” so it was all worth it in the end!


Stonyfield gave me the opportunity to accomplish one of my biggest goals in life of running the Boston Marathon, and I couldn’t be more thankful for that experience. It’s one I will never, ever forget as long as I live. (I still get teary-eyed when I think about it!)


I use WhatsApp every single day, all day long, to talk to friends and family. It’s just voice messaging, but it makes keeping in touch with loved ones a piece of cake. I’m thankful to have this kind of technology in my life!


My life is the perfect storm for getting sick: I live with a toddler, who goes to daycare, my husband is a high school teacher, and I take a drug that suppresses my immune system. Between the three of us, someone is almost always sick in our house, so I’m especially thankful for cough and cold relief from Ricola’s Dual Action Honey Lemon. They’re naturally soothing and provide relief for coughs and sore throats, all in one drop. They’re quite tasty too!

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10% Happier 

You guys knew this one was coming, right? This book changed my life for the better, and I couldn’t be more thankful for this book!

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Your turn! What are you thankful for this year?

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  1. I really love this post. Thank you for writing and sharing something so personal and genuine!
    I’m thankful for my health and the privilege to study medicine. My heart always aches when I hear someone can’t afford school or have other personal restrictions. I empathize with them, because my family struggles financially to put me through school, and I know how difficult tuition payments can be in times like this.

    Thanks for reminding us to be grateful today 🙂

  2. What a nice post. You did have a pretty stellar year (marathon, new house, better health, etc) and thank you for sharing it with us! I LOVE reading your blog each morning with my cup of coffee!

    What am I NOT thankful for is the question, haha. But in all seriousness I’m grateful this year for our beautiful, happy and healthy son one year old son. He has shown my a love like no other. I’m grateful for my family and their health. And I’m grateful for all the amazing friends in my life. I’m at a point in my life where I have a great group of friends and I don’t know what I’d do without them! *cheers – with a glass of wine tonight, haha*

  3. With all the recent tragic news, I am especially grateful for being a Canadian, and the peace and security I have known all my life as a result.
    I am also thankful for my supportive family, wonderful friends, and good health. There is a lot to be grateful for – my list is never-ending.

  4. I am just very thankful for my family and our health. I sometimes get very overwhelmed with stress, but I know that my problems are small compared to the real suffering that people endure!

  5. I am thankful for my wonderful physical therapist! I leave there feeling SO much better after every visit. I really need to order that book 10% Happier, you have me so intrigued!

  6. We should all do these posts much more often. I try to reflect at dinner what I”m thankful for daily, but I definitely don’t do it as much as I should! I’m thankful for having the opportunity to go to grad school and graduate with my MPH/RD (in less than 1 month…eek!). To have had the wedding of my dream 3 months ago, to have started blogging, and to have awesome friends/family in my life. Thanks for sharing, Tina!

  7. I think it’s so nice to reflect on what we’re thankful for throughout the year. I am thankful for an amazing family, good health and the endless pile of opportunities I have within arms reach right now. In fact, there are so many that I’m having trouble deciding!

  8. I am especially thankful for a lot of things this year! Having my finace in my life and looking forward to getting married next year, and all my girlfriends who are so supportive and always there for me! I’m thankful for my health and how much I’ve accomplished in 2015 – 2 10ks, a couple of 5 Ks, 2 yoga challenges, and other amazing things it’s accomplished! I am thankful for my job, it’s flexiblity to allow me to run home and be with my pups in the afternoons and the people that I work with! The ability to coordinate volunteer activities at work and just in general the life that I have!! I am so so so thankful. Thank you for sharing too! 🙂

  9. My family! They’ve helped me get through my toughest year yet. My fiance unexpectedly broke off our relationship and engagement. My family is the reason I was able to get through many, many dark days.

  10. I’m thankful for my fiance, the opportunity I had to travel to Asia over the summer, and my family. This year has been crazy, from my (then) boyfriend moving to Korea for work, us getting engaged, and me making a huge job change in the coming months. My fiance and my family have been with me through it all.

    Lastly, I’m thankful for the various pet rescues in our area. My dog, Charlie, passed away in April. He was quite old when I rescued him two years ago, so I knew eventually we’d have to say goodbye. I was lucky enough to adopt another pup not long after. I have a huge heart for rescue dogs, so I’m very thankful for the ability to have rescued two dogs so far.

  11. I am very thankful for many things, including BQ’ing, moving in with my sig, and getting a new job. But above that, my family and friends have had a happy and healthy year overall. Cheers to that! Hope the next year brings you more great memories and success.

  12. Every year at Thanksgiving we say grace, then everyone goes around the table and says what they are grateful for. It’s my favorite part of the holiday, especially hearing what the kids say. 🙂

    This year I am thankful for my new digs, my beautiful husband and daughter, my dog sons, for the power of prayer and good vibes I have seen in the last month and coffee. I’m always so grateful for coffee.

  13. I think we all get so caught up in the “standard” things to be thankful for, that we forget about the smaller, everyday things. I am thankful for all of the books I’ve read this year (most of which has been along the lines of self-help/inspirational). I’m currently in the middle of 10% Happier, and LOVING it. On the list: our kitty we adopted in December, the most amazing support system at my CrossFit gym, the power of journaling…I guess there is a lot this year!

  14. Very nice post. Of course we must acknowledge the major blessings, but it’s nice to remember the little things too.

  15. I am thankful for the opportunity my husband and I have been given to live in Australia! It’s crazy and sometimes tough but we are having the best time ever right now, allowing us to completely live in the moment!
    And on the last chapter now of 10% Happier and don’t want it to end!

  16. I really loved this post. It’s so important to remember all the things we have to be grateful for. I know I easily forget all the good things in my life and focus on the negative. Thanks for reminding me how many truly amazing things I have going on in my life!

  17. I’m thankful for great friends! We’ve moved around a lot with my husbands career and I’m thankful that we’ve met friends that are like family.

  18. I’m thankful for our gorgeous two year old, and for baby #2 (on the way)! I’ve just entered the second trimester so it is very exciting.

    I’m also thankful that Thanksgiving 2015 marks three years since we moved to the USA! Loving every minute of it 🙂

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