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Posted Dec 26 2013 4:57am

Today just seems like a good day to be thankful considering it’s the day after Christmas and I have a lot to be thankful for. I’m going to turn Amanda’s thinking out loud  linkup into a thankful one.

I’m thankful for… family. I know not everybody has the greatest relationships with their families and I’m really lucky to be so close with mine. That’s not to say we get along all the time (trust me, we fight more often than not), but I love them and they have always been the most supportive people in my life. You can’t argue with that.

Jamaica 2010

Jamaica 2010

I’m thankful for… a break. I know I’ve complained about these weeks of nothing a lot, but the more I thought about it, the more it’s sinking in that this is probably the last extended “vacation” I’m going to have until I retire. That’s a scary thought. I’ll have a job this summer whether I’m lifeguarding or working full time. I am lucky to have this month to be a college kid one last time.

secretly I'd rather have one last summer on the boat

secretly I’d rather have one last summer on the boat

I’m thankful for… home. I know this is a luxury I take for granted. Someone I used to be very close to is in the navy. He is currently deployed right now. We talk every few months, but I haven’t seen him in 5 years (since he enlisted). The fact that he isn’t able to be home with his family on Christmas makes me realize just how lucky I am to be home. We’re already making plans to hang out all the time when we are both home in May even though we haven’t seen each other since I was 16 and he was 18. Time flies.

My 16 year old self. I look the same.

My 16 year old self.

I’m thankful for… my body. I know one day I won’t be able to do as much as I do right now, but that’s okay. I haven’t sat still since I was probably two years old when I first began swimming and skiing (clearly fitness is important to my parents too). I’ve put it through the ringer in more ways than one. I love being active and being able to move, but I also realize I’m lucky that I haven’t ever been seriously injured to prevent me from doing what I love.

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I’m thankful for… my friends. There’s something to be said about the people you grew up with. My closest friends at home are the ones I went to preschool with. The ones I suffered through 7 days a week of swimming with. The ones who became my entire social life in high school even though we went to different schools. To this day they’re the only ones from home I keep in touch with. They saw me at my best and at my worst and while there was a time when I forced that distance between us, we have quickly made up for lost time. They know the fastest way to my heart is through ice cream. True friends right there.

senior year state meet

senior year state meet

I’m thankful for… the holidays. I love the buildup of the holiday season and I always hate the day after Christmas which is why I’m writing this post as a reflection. Our tree comes down around new years so I’m savoring the last bits of it. Yesterday was a good one. It always is. Sharing good food with the people you love- it doesn’t get any better.

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I’m thankful for… opportunities. I’ve gotten a lot of interest in my resume even if nothing has worked out yet (apparently it’s too early for me to secure a job for May). I know a lot of the interest comes from my internship experience, but if there’s anything you learn in school, it’s that networking is everything, and I happen to have a family that is fairly well-connected in the fields I’m applying for jobs in.

I love my family.

I love my family.

I’m thankful for… luxuries. I know I grew up in a pretty well-off town. I was sheltered (and still am, to some degree) until I went to college and saw that my lifestyle isn’t the same as others. I went from feeling “average” to realizing that I am lucky my parents can afford to provide me with the luxuries I’ve grown up with. Ski vacations, a boat to live on, car payments, credit cards… those are all things I have taken for granted. Wow, I sound like a brat typing that out. But until I was 18, I thought all of those things were normal. Clearly, they aren’t normal.

I. Miss. Cassandra.

I. Miss. Cassandra.

I’m thankful for… how far I’ve come. I know I say this all the time but being home is a tough reminder for me of who I was 4 years ago. I don’t have the happiest memories here but it gets easier each time I come back. For the first time in 4 years, I’m flying home for spring break. For the first time since Starting college, I’m coming home to celebrate Easter with my family. Those may seem like luxuries (and they are) but they’re two major events I avoided for years because I couldn’t stand the idea of spending any extra time at home than absolutely necessary. It’s a nice change to tolerate, if not enjoy, being home. Lucky for me, this may be the last Christmas in my house. We’re moving in the next year or two and that makes this the best Christmas ever because it means I’ll no longer have to pretend I’m a rhode island resident. I’ll be one.


I’m thankful for…the end. My graduation announcements came in the mail this week. In less than 5 months I’ll be a college graduate. I got so many questions yesterday about my plans for after college (as expected) but I’ve never felt more ready for the next chapter as I do now.

What are you thankful for?

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