Oh what thanks there are to give…

This Thanksgiving, I find myself in a much different situation than I’ve ever been before. I’ve always struggled with over planning, future-glancing and wondering what things should be, all of which came crashing down in one fell swoop this year. But remarkably, that crash of all-things-planned was exactly what I needed in order to be happy, proving once again that all things happen for a reason.

A year ago today, I was still relatively new at a small company, all sunshine and unicorns at the possibilities that awaited me there. Darrell was less than satisfied in his role, and was looking to make a change. Since then, we’ve been lucky enough to have Darrell move into a position he loves, giving him a change of pace, scenery and salary, all three things he’d been needing for a very long time. And while the honeymoon phase of my employment waned, my desire to start freelancing grew. The wonderful happenstance of Darrell’s new employment meant the possibility that I’d be able to strike out on my own was becoming possible, and as you already know, fell into my lap unexpectedly just a few months ago. Since then, we’ve both become incredibly aware of just how lucky we are. And with that, I think it’s time I list out just a few of the things I’m very thankful for this year:

  • I’m thankful that both of us are healthy and happy.
  • I’m thankful that we find satisfaction in what we do for a living.
  • I’m thankful that we’re able to spend more time together.
  • I’m thankful for two wonderful families that love and support us in everything we do.
  • I’m thankful for all of the opportunities that lie ahead of us.

This blog, of course, has suffered a bit in the throes of change. It’s difficult for me to talk about things before they become a reality; I’m sort of superstitious and don’t want to jinx things before they happen. So when I’m awaiting news, contracts or anything else that seems blog-worthy, I tend to go radio silent for fear of losing out on a major opportunity. And that’s how things have been for the past month or so, working here and there on projects while a few potentially big opportunities await on the horizon. Suffice it to say that I’m still waiting, but there are so many things to be thankful for right now that I had to break the moratorium on posts.

I’d love to hear from you: what are you thankful for this year? What silver linings have you stumbled upon this year?