Giving Thanks

One of the holidays that I think we should embrace a bit more in the UK is Thanksgiving. Obviously the historical element isn’t as relevant to us in general, but more the act of saying what you are thankful for over the past year. I’ve been thinking about this all weekend (I went back home for the weekend, which was nice)

I’m thankful that I have found a job that I really enjoy and is what I have wanted to do for a long time. (I’m hopeful that it will last quite a while – I am just a contractor after all!) I am thankful to have left my previous job, because it made me much more miserable than the stress of commuting ever does. (Remind me of this when I next complain that First have messed up again.)

I’m thankful that I pushed myself into leaving Chester. The easy option would have been to stay there and keep working at Crest, and perhaps it wasn’t the most sensible option to quit my job and to expect I would walk straight into a new one, but having gone back at the weekend, I am glad I am no longer there. In three years, it doesn’t feel like anything has changed – and that’s not always a good thing.

I’m thankful for my friends. My friends that have known me since I was in primary school (my feet!) are always there, my friends from Uni (hi Wife) and newer friends met through things like blogging helped me at the start of the year from withdrawing completely from everything.  Unfortunately there are always a few bad eggs who are only there for the good parts, but I am thankful for the bad times that weed them out.

I am thankful for this blog – for the opportunities it has given me, and for the wonderful people I have met and will meet one day! I am thankful for Twitter for introducing me to lovely random people – the photo above is of a sandwich that Ben delivered to me last Thursday lunchtime as a random act of kindness on the bus. Amazing. (Also in the pic, candied yams, sweet potato and roast potato. I wish I could eat this every day. YUM)

Finally, I am thankful for my boyfriend for making me laugh every day, for supporting me when unemployed and for just being ace. (Also for Fern as well, for being the dumbest sweetest dog ever.)

What are you thankful for?


  1. Harriet says

    This is such a lovely post! I totally agree it would be nice for us to embrace thanksgiving (also for the turkey and the day off, but mainly the thankfulness!)

    I’m so thankful for the usual things really – my family, my job, my friends, boyfriend and blog. I’m thankful that even when things aren’t great, the above always manage to help me turn a bad thing into a good thing, and put the fun and joy into everyday life.

  2. niki says

    Such a lovely post. It’s so important to take time out to reflect and be thankful. I’m thankful for a loving family who are always there me and never tried to steer me away from art and design toward a more ‘lucrative’ career path. My husband whom I love very much and for all his support and belief in me while I set up my business. I’m thankful for my amazing friends and for my dog. I’m thankful for this and so much! Thank you for asking the question :)


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