10 Things I Am Thankful For.

One holiday we don’t celebrate here in Old Blighty is that of Thanksgiving. I’m kinda jealous of you lot across the pond actually, not only because the grub looks sensational, but also because apparently, we Brits were last in line when they were giving out the ability to express emotion. Maybe we were just enjoying the queue so much we didn’t want to leave? Anyway, the act of boldly stating to an audience the things you’re grateful for is such a simple but enriching thing, and there should definitely be more of it in this world. So, if you have a minute in between scouring the web for the best Black Friday deals and Lamaze-breathing through your food coma, here’s my list of things I’m thankful for this year.

1. Books

My joy at reading completely disappeared during my years at uni and, for someone who was rarely seen without her nose in a book once upon a time, this was really sad. This past year has seen that love rekindle, and I’m so happy to have that back. I’ve read twenty-eight books since January, which seems amazing to me! I’m also currently engrossed in A Clash of Kings and loving it, taking it steady so I can immerse myself properly, and I have a TBR list as long as my arm. A year ago, this would have been completely unheard of.

2. Makeup

Obviously makeup has a place on this list. I used to wear makeup because I felt like I had to, because I needed to be pretty to be valid. Before, I wore no makeup at all, and judged girls who did really harshly. Now I wear makeup because it makes me feel friggin’ awesome. Not only has it given me a wonderful hobby and a cause to write this blog and talk to so many fantastic, like-minded people, it’s also helped my perspective on beauty, feminism, and self-confidence take a complete U-turn. (Also to bomb-ass highlighters everywhere, thank you for giving me cheekbones, luv u)

3. Merlin

This is my cat, Merl, and since the time we made his acquaintance last September, he has brought so much joy to the lives of myself and my family. He makes me laugh everyday with his silly ways, and he makes me feel so happy with something as simple as a little nudge of his head into my hand when I give him a fuss.

4. Recovery and support.

My mental health has been an a huge rise this past year, in large part thanks to finding the right medication and treatment, but also (and no less significantly) because of the unwavering support of a list of people too long to name. Recovery isΒ hard, for a number of reasons, and it takes a great person to stand by someone and take the wheel sometimes while the recoveree is muddling it all out. I’m so lucky to have too many of those people in my life to count on two hands, all playing their own different part and ensuring that, although things have happened this year to try to prove otherwise, the only way for me right now is up.

5. My new bedroom

This is a little project of my mum’s and mine that has been in the works for a while, and it’s finally finished! My new room is absolutely perfect. It’s so pretty and bright and airy with more space than I’m used to, and I can come home and go up to my room and just chill out in this neat and tidy space to call my own. There are still a few bits and pieces needed to finish it off, like a lampshade, but when that happens I’ll give you guys a proper tour!

6. Wagamama

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve ordered their chicken/prawn Pad Thai and peach iced tea this year. It’s my ultimate comfort food!

7. My blog’s progress

Β About this time last year, I decided to choose an actual direction for my blog to go in, and since then, I’ve started to put a lot more effort into what I’m posting. I’m so happy that it’s paid off! I’m hoping to get up to 1000 followers by the end of this year, which would have seemed ridiculous a few months ago but now seems entirely possible — how exciting!

8. Memes

Pretty much all I’ve done on Facebook this year is tag my friends in memes and it’s definitely furthered our relationship for the better. This one was a particular highlight.

9. My job

I’ve spent way too much of 2016 getting increasingly depressed in a job I despised, so I’m literally over the moon to have a job I actually enjoy now. It’s only in a cute cafe serving coffee, so I’m not changing the world here, but I’m surrounded by people I like and get on with, and I get to interact and chat with customers, which I love doing, as long as they’re not knobheads. It’s made such a difference to my state of mind and I’m actually sleeping at a decent time now!

10. Social media

Always been a fan to be honest, but since starting the whole blog thing, it’s allowed me to interact and engage with so many different sorts of people. I’ve had access to an amazing support network in terms of mental health, and it’s always lovely to see feminism-driven conversations circulating and women bigging each other up. Never fails to amaze me!

What are you thankful for?

POST SIGNTURE

Juliet

I'm Juliet and I'm a twenty-something Creative Writing graduate based in the U.K. with a love of books, cats, and cosmetics.

You may also like...

7 Comments

  1. You should start a book club! My love for reading also needs a little bit of rekindling right now, but I’m having trouble getting into a book

    1. That’s such a cool idea! I don’t even know how I’d begin something like that though! Oh dear, I’m sure you’ll get your mojo back! What sort of thing do you like reading? Xxx

  2. This is such a lovely post ☺️ It’s really important to focus on the positives, especially when it comes to recovery and wellbeing, and it sounds like you have so many! Your cat is just the cutest! And I like how you’ve made redoing your bedroom into a little project. Thank you for sharing this post it has really lifted my spirits ☺️ I’ve also nominated you for the real neat blog award tag ☺️ All the details are in my post http://www.millieonhearts.com/the-real-neat-blog-award-tag/ xx

  3. Loved hearing what you’re thankful for Juliet! πŸ™‚

What do you think?