Happy (belated) Thanksgiving! I hope everyone enjoyed turkey day as much as I did whether that meant you were running a 5k, helping out at a soup kitchen, or simply enjoying time with your loved ones. Thanksgiving to me is always a special time of year to remember everything I have in life to be thankful for — especially the big things. I’ve had quite a wild ride this year, and so many things to be thankful for, so let’s get started!
I’ve been in Nashville for a little over a year now, and it’s finally feeling like home. You have no idea how amazing that feels! I moved here really knowing only my brother, and after some difficult work experiences, many nights of feeling lonely and lost, and showing up to countless events alone trying to meet people, I finally feel comfortable in this city. I can mostly get around without my GPS, I have a favorite coffee shop, I have a handful of really great friends, and all the little things in between are finally coming together. It’s being able to call up a friend to get drinks or feeling comfortable going to an event alone because you know you’ll probably run into someone you know that make a place feel like home — or at least that’s how it is for me. Through a combination of volunteering around town, meeting friends through different avenues, exploring the city when people come to visit, and popping into different coffee shops every Sunday, I really feel like I’ve learned Nashville in my own way. There’s always new things to explore and more people to meet, but this year, I’m feeling really thankful I get to call this place “home.”
2. Supportive friendships.
I’m thankful for my friends and family every year, but they truly keep getting better and better. This year, I learned what it really means to be a friend. To support someone no matter what. I am so thankful for the people I feel I can be myself with, be honest with, and have the best time of my life with. I wouldn’t be the same without you, and for you, I am thankful.
3. Personal growth.
Sorry for tooting my own horn, but I’ve grown a lot this year. It’s true when they say you should “grow through what you go through.” Nothing terribly crazy happened this year, but it was definitely a year of growth for me. Everything I went through, from switching jobs to throwing myself into Nashville organizations, helped me become the person I am today. I didn’t notice the little changes here and there, but when I look back on it, I’ve grown to be much more confident in myself and my choices, I put immense effort into my self care, I dedicate myself to my passions wholeheartedly, and I’m continuing to try new things and push myself out of my comfort zone. I can honestly say that I am not the same person I was a year ago, and for that, I am immensely grateful.
4. New experiences.
I got to do so many new things this year that I never would have gotten to do if I didn’t just say “yes.” Top three new experiences from this year include going to California, my first comic con, and Disneyland, watching one of my best friends graduate from college, and going on an eleven mile hike that will live forever in my mind as an infamous hike. Everything I’ve done this year hasn’t always been great, but it’s taught me about myself and others, and for that, I am thankful.
I am a woman of many passions. Sometimes this gets me in trouble because there isn’t enough time in a single lifetime to do everything and do it well, but by golly I’m going to try. Blogging has been a huge passion for quite some time now, but I really threw myself into it in 2018 with the launch of A Spoonful of Honi. I dedicated myself to bullet journaling, lifestyle organization, and meal planning in the last nine months, and they’ve grown to be such important aspects of my life. I wouldn’t say I get bored easily, but I love doing everything— I always have. So, if that means learning to knit at the age of 24, sign me up. Something I’ve learned this year is that you’re never too old to find a new passion.
6. A Spoonful of Honi.
You truly have no idea how much this little corner of the Internet means to me. It’s not that I have hundreds of people telling me how much they love me or how much they support me, because truthfully, I don’t have that (nor do I need it), but it’s having the ability to talk about something I love so much to people that really appreciate it. This is the place I go to when I want to be creative. The place I go to when I need to talk about a book I just couldn’t put down. The place I go to when I need to grow and learn about myself. Even though it’s out there for all the world to see, this is my safe space. The space I get to be exactly me. So, thank you for allowing me to do that and showing up to support me — it means the world to me.
Today, I am thankful for all I have to be thankful for.