Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. You can find each week’s topic on her site.
This week’s topic is Thankful Freebie. These are not in any particular order. I know a lot of people will pick 10 books, but I decided to go with the things I’m thankful in my life.
My husband. February will be 19 years married for us. We’ve been together on and off since I was 18, but seriously in my early 20’s. We’ve had ups and downs. Lots of challenges. But in the end, he’s my greatest support and cheerleader. I think our love is even stronger now than it was when we got married and I’m looking forward to growing old together.
My friends who are my family. I have some very close friends that I love. I love their families and we’re often times included in family parties and activities. My family is spread around quite a bit and I guess you would call this my found family. I know that they at least like me and some even love me. I would be lost without them.
My family. I’m not close to many people in my family. But I appreciate the ones who are there for me. I also love that I may not see some of them for years and they are so happy and thankful when they see me. It means a lot to me. Things have been weird since my grandparents died, but I think it might be getting better. (I have no siblings.)
Music. I have loved music for as long as I can remember. I connect certain songs to moments in my life. I remember moments because of a song. Music can change my mood quickly and it helps me relax. My husband and I (and sometimes our daughter) go to a lot of pop punk concerts. I’m bummed Warped Tour has ended, but we have found other shows to make up for it. There are no words to explain how I feel at a concert surrounded by people who all love the same thing.
Travel. This is a fairly new one. I traveled with family when I was younger. I know we drove to Florida twice, but I was young and don’t remember it. But we stopped and did things along the way. I have been to the surrounding states. I went to Arizona twice, once in middle school and once in high school (also went to Mexico for a day). Since I’ve been married, my husband and I only went on vacation once and that was with his dad (who paid for it). We went to Las Vegas which really wasn’t our thing (besides the concert we went to). We rented a car and drove to Los Angeles for a day. Our other day was spent in the desert outside the city. I am a huge lover of the desert and was so thrilled to share it with Jesse. That was it until I decided that a trip would be a good graduation gift for our daughter. It was just me and her. After looking at a few places, we decided on San Diego. And that changed everything. I fell in love with the city. I felt at home. Jesse and I have now been there another 3 times and our end goal is to live there. Every time I arrive, it feels like coming home and I cry when we leave. My two best friends and I decided to take a trip for our 40th birthdays. After a change of plans because of a hurricane, we ended up in Aruba. It was beautiful there. This April, I decided to surprise my husband by picking our location myself. I just asked him if he was ok with getting his passport for the first time and if he wanted adventure or ocean relaxing. I figured I knew the answer and was right. Adventure. So I booked us a cottage in the jungle area of Belize. We did go to Guatemala (Tikal) for a day and we drove to the coast for a day. We both vacation hard. There’s not a lot of relaxing. I figure we can do that when we’re older. Our last trip was 4 days and we walked/hiked about 22 miles (not always flat land) and swam a lot. We try to see as much as we can. Wow, that got long. I have total wanderlust now. I never thought I would be that person.
The Free Press. Probably not one people think of often, but it’s become a big deal to me over the past few years. Most of you can guess why. I’m so thankful for the investigative reporting along with the basics of the day.
The Ocean. I’m a water girl. It’s kind of weird because I’m terrified to not see below me. But I grew up going to local beaches. At 10 years old, my parents moved us onto property on a channel and we had a pool. Water has a super calming effect on me. Even just bath water. But the ocean is special. I don’t know what it is. I still don’t go out far, but I’m getting better. Just being by it relaxes me and makes me feel whole.
I don’t have to work. I had a job when I got married. After deciding to cut our salary in half and struggle, I became a stay at home mom. Later on, I tried to go to work part time and my anxiety was so bad. I couldn’t sleep and would shake. I didn’t make it long. We did need the money, but we made it work. My husband has busted his ass at work to get multiple promotions. We can now pay our bills (though emergency things are stressful). We use his bonus for some things we need, but we’ve also decided that we will use that for travel. That way there is something fun for his extra work for that bonus. I do wish I could work. We could move quicker. But I’m thankful that I don’t have to and my husband never makes me feel bad for it.
Books. I don’t really need to explain this one. I’ve been reading since I was 4 and just haven’t stopped. I’m an introvert with anxiety. Books (and music) are my escape.
All of you. I’m so thankful to have the internet to connect with people with the same interests as me. It can be toxic, but it’s also been so helpful for me.
What are you most thankful for?