Take Time to Give Thanks

In times of great distress, it’s easy to forget to make space for gratitude. This year, in particular, we have all had our fair share of trauma and anxiety, and it’s understandable to lose sight of the things for which we should be grateful.

I know I’m guilty of forgetting to practice gratitude and taking time to be thankful. When I start to feel overwhelmed by anxiety and stress, it’s hard for me to break out of that and think about the things that bring me happiness and serenity. In those moments, I find it useful to take a breath and write out what I’m grateful for.

This year, though it’s been filled with loss and grief, has also brought positive change to my life. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I want to take time to reflect on this year and all the things for which I am thankful.

I moved into a new apartment and started living alone, without roommates or family, for the first time in my life. This experience has taught me independence, how to live on my own, and how to be there for myself. I’ve learned so much about who I am and who I want to be through this experience, and I’m excited for what the future holds in terms of self-growth.

I started studying for the LSAT and preparing for law school applications, which I’ve wanted to do since graduating in May 2019. Taking this solid step toward achieving my future goals has helped motivate me to continue pushing myself to be better and continue reaching for what I want out of life.

In May, I got a puppy. Although I’ve always grown up with family dogs, I’m a first-time dog owner myself. Barry is always there for me, and he helps me want to be more responsible. Knowing that I have a little life that needs me and loves me unconditionally is so fulfilling, and it makes me work harder to take care of myself so that I can take care of him.

In February, I was promoted from intern to Social Media Strategist here at 1N5. With this being my first “adult” job, it’s taught me how to create a work-life balance and know that I need to be in a work-space that is both supportive and fulfilling. The whole team is so passionate about the work we do and so supportive of one another, and I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to share that experience.

I’ve also been given the opportunity to write this blog every week, and while at times I’ve felt unworthy or unqualified for sharing my experiences (hello practicing what I preach, right?), it has both allowed me to practice one of my greatest passions in life, writing, and helped me on my own journey of self-care. Every week, I get to sit in self-reflection and focus on the acts of self-care I’ve performed that, ideally, can help others, too. This blog has allowed me to actually talk about myself and my experiences, which I’d never felt worthy of in the past. I believe I’m a more positive, well-rounded person for it.

Lastly, I’m so thankful that my family and friends have remained safe and healthy this year, and I’m lucky enough to surround myself with loved ones this holiday.

Of course, all of us are on different journeys and what makes one person thankful might not be what makes another person thankful. Taking the time and energy to focus on the good in our lives, however, is invaluable.

This week, whether you’re gathering around the table with your household family or joining in virtually, I encourage you all to take a moment to truly think about what has made you grateful among all the negativity and anxiety in the world this year.

Stay healthy. Stay thankful.


Kayla W.