It’s holiday season already?! In the blink of an eye we went from bikini’s and boating to teddy coats and falling snow. This time of year has always been my favorite. It is such a great opportunity to reflect on where you are at in your life, and what you are thankful for.
The year is coming to a close, there is a chill in the air, and the plethora of social events scribbled in your calendar means quality time with friends and family.
Below I’ve outlined 5 things to be thankful for this holiday season, most of which we take for granted in our day-to-day lives.
1) Your Support System
Family > Everything. Whenever I find myself out of alignment with my values or priorities, I always go back to that famous deserted island question.”With just the clothes on your back and enough food to get by, what would you bring to an island to live out the end of your days?”.
If you are lucky enough, your answer is “My Family”. It’s not a piece of technology, clothing, or your career.
This doesn’t have to mean family in the traditional sense of the word, but when you look around at the people in your life, you should feel a sense of love, pride and support.
For me, my family is made up of a proud mama and papa, a hilarious and kind-hearted brother, a quirky, leaf-in-a-windstorm sister, cousins I call companions, a group of badass babes I’m blessed to call my best friends, and a boyfriend that I’m certain the universe dreamed up just for me.
The people in my life are such beautiful, supportive and kind individuals with such an eclectic range of personalities. Their energy, hopes and dreams inspire me every day. I know that no matter where I’m at in my career, relationships or otherwise, they will always be there to answer questions, guide me, and give me their two cents.
Think about who those people are for you, or if there is anyone that doesn’t fit that description. Perhaps it’s time to move on from those that no longer serve you. For the ones that do, take a moment to thank them for the impact they have on your life.
2) Your Growth – Both Personal and Professional
In an age where we are always looking ahead to the next goal, the next milestone, the next new skill, it’s easy to discount our wins and blow right past them like a car in another unrealistic Fast and the Furious scene.
(Seriously, those movies. Let me just casually take this car from a penthouse in Dubai, float through the air, crash through three skyscrapers, and walk away like it ain’t no thang…)
This year has been unlike any other year of my life. I have never been challenged so much, doubted myself so much, believed in myself so much, and learned so much, all in the span of 337 days.
Take a moment this holiday season to reflect on what your life looked like January 1st of this year. How have you grown? What areas of your life have changed for the better, and where do you want to expand next year?
Even if you are looking towards a horizon at all the things you have yet to accomplish, soak that feeling up. Embrace how beautiful every season of life can be, especially those right before the magic happens.
Living in the western world, our problems, trials and tribulations pale in comparison to the rest of the world. The #firstworldproblems hashtag, while a humorous play on the “magnitude” or complexity of our problems, should really open your eyes to the beauty of the life you lead.
If you are struggling with the direction of your career, weighing the pros and cons of a new job opportunity, or debating leaving your full-time job to pursue another venture, that alone is something to celebrate.
The fact that you have options to grow and succeed and get uncomfortable and move the needle is such a beautiful thing. We can get wrapped up in the “I’m not where I want to be” mentality. What we need to remember is the fact that we have these opportunities is one of the greatest things to be thankful for.
Good health is one of those things that, until compromised, can be an afterthought. It’s the number one thing people take for granted, just ask anyone who has had it taken away from them.
Lately, I have been making it a practice to thank the universe for my health. Life can change so quickly. If you have a roof over your head, food in the fridge, and your mental and physical health, you are better off than 90% of people in this world.
Give thanks today for the ability to walk on your own two feet, type with both hands, speak clearly to your loved ones, think and make decisions for yourself, drive your own car, learn and grow. There are so many that do not have this luxury.
5) Your Past
“The past” has such a weight to it. There is a heaviness in thinking about all that you have gone through in your life. The beautiful moments, and the painful ones too. When we think about the past, we often recall moments we would rather leave there.
Yet, this holiday season, take the time to acknowledge how the past has led you to exactly where you are today, mistakes, regrets and all. I’ve often laid in bed thinking about mistakes I’ve made or decisions I wish I had the wherewithal to correct at the time. As Gordon B. Hinckley said, “none of us is perfect.” The imperfect moments in your life should be amongst the things to be thankful for as well. They have made you, you.
And finally, to anyone reading this, thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read the words I put my soul into in hopes of helping you make a little more sense of this crazy thing we call life. One that sometimes can seem as insane and unfathomable as those Fast and Furious movies we see in the theatres.