Monday, February 1, 2016

Gratitude: A Reflection Upon Turning 30

Soon I turn 30 years old. There is so much that I have to be thankful for. I want to take this time, at my birthday, to reflect on what God has blessed me with.

  1. The sustenance and hope that my faith has provided me. 
  2. My health. 
  3. My husband. He is my best friend and constant comfort. His steady, supporting presence and love have been such a gift to me. I thank God that we found each other 
  4. My younger sister.
  5. My parents.
  6. My older sisters. 
  7. My brother.
  8. My restored relationship with my father. 
  9. My in-laws. I could not ask for better parents-in-law. They are generous, caring, and respectful of my husband and me. 
  10. Music. It has been such an encouragement to me spiritually since I was a child. It provides me with motivation while I'm working out, too. 
  11. My house. It's not big, but it has provided us with a comfortable home for the past six years. The location near a major interstate has proved to be a huge advantage. 
  12. My cats. A constant source of entertainment, these furry friends bring me laughter and joy. They truly are part of our little family. 
  13. My car. I absolutely love my Honda Civic. It's pleasure to drive, and has not had any major issues in its 100,000+ miles. 
  14. My computer. Last Christmas, my in-laws got us a Chromebook, and it is really terrific. Very light and portable with a long battery life. It's perfect for slipping into my bag and bringing to a coffee shop. 
  15. Our gigantic bed. Yes, another material possession, but really - one of the best investments we've made. 
  16. My gym membership and location. For the past six years, my gym has provided me with countless opportunities to relieve stress, especially during the cold winter months. I especially appreciate its 1/8 mile indoor track and group fitness classes. Best of all, it's only a quarter of a mile from my house. How's that for convenience?
  17. My mind. I have been blessed with a decent mind, and it has enabled me (most of the time) to sort though options and make some good choices. 
  18. My education. Choosing a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering was one of the best choices I have made. It wasn't easy, but it has given me instant credibility in the workforce and a significant advantage. 
  19. My work experience. All of my jobs have taught me something. Sometimes the lesson was "This isn't what I want to do for the rest of my life," and sometimes it was, "This is where my passion is!" I'm fortunate to have discovered the type of work that brings me fulfillment at a relatively young age. 
  20. Our financial stability. Both my husband and I are frugal and good at saving money. This has given us a lot of freedom, i.e. being able to take several months off work to find the right next job. It also provides a type of peace knowing that we can handle most unexpected situations that might arise. I'm very fortunate to have found a life partner that shares my conservative approach to finances. 

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