thankfulI know its extremely cliché to talk about being thankful in the days leading up to Thanksgiving Day… but I don’t really care. I’ll just say that its a convenient coincidence, is that cool?

The year is coming to a close and as I reflect back on 2014 and years past, while some were clearly better than others I have always had something to be thankful for. I’m grateful that this year has been so amazing from start to finish, there have been minimal bumps in the road here and there but overall its been totally legit… hands down one of the best years of my life.

It’s been pretty tame, most of my days include working, eating, sleeping and little else… and the only vacation time I used was to go to a convention for Android Enthusiast and Developers.  But hey, its my life and I love it! I’ve somehow managed to NOT become a single cat lady this year, although I’ll admit there were times it was tempting (living by yourself gets lonely, don’t judge).

So what am I thankful for? Well lets get the simple one out of the way… I’m thankful my job, it may not have the best pay but at least I have one. Its also the first full-time job I’ve had that is Monday-Friday which is nice, I love my lazy weekends. My job has enabled me to meet one of my now closest friends as well as given me the opportunity to finally have a job where I can sit on my butt in front of a computer most of the day and listen to music on my headphones. I can’t deny that I don’t have my stressful moments from time to time but overall its a great gig and I’m happy to have it.

I’m also thankful for my family, and that’s a lot coming from me because there was a period in my life where aside from my mom I couldn’t stand to be around any of my family on my dad’s side or hers. I could attribute that to being antisocial but I think it goes a little deeper than that… however, since coming back home I’ve made a lot of progress with trying to make peace and right wrongs. I feel like I have my family’s support more than ever before and that I am actually making them proud for a change. If you’re even remotely close to me, you may know that my step mother and I have not always had the best relationship but at this point in time you’d never be able to tell. We love and respect each other and I genuinely feel like we are finally beginning to have a bond where she seems like my second mother. She still throws me a little tough love here and there but it does nothing but make me stronger.

Lastly, I’m thankful for my friends… I may not have a plethora of them but I have just enough to keep me sane and I feel like I can trust all of them. Some people may find it strange but right about now the majority of my closest friends are people that I have met online (mostly through Google+) some I have gotten around to meeting face to face, others I will eventually I’m sure. I’m not going to drop names because the list would be a bit long but they all know who they are whether I talk to them every day or every few weeks they are great at being an open ear when I need to vent as well as a voice of reason. The same can be said for the friends I’ve met the “typical” way… I think the last time I saw my best (female) friend from high school was around Easter and before that I hadn’t seen her in over a year… we only talk a few times a year but I know that if I am going through something major she’s always got my back, and she knows that it works both ways. I could say the same for all of my friends, they’re the best support group a girl could ever have.

Going a little further, while I still don’t wish to name drop I will say that one particular best friend has recently stepped up in my life in a major way and it makes me very happy. He’s always been an amazing friend and we’ve been close for  awhile  now (nearly 2 1/2 years) and I’m grateful that we seem to be getting even closer. I kind of feel like an idiot at times though because until recent reflection I never realized just how much he’s always been there for me no matter what either of us have been going through, that’s a true friend if I ever knew it 🙂 so thank you “boo” for always making me laugh/smile and managing to calm me down when I’m super pissed lol… you’re the best!

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