the littlest thanks (week 1)

As I’m sure you’ve seen, #30daysofthankfulness is trending all over Facebook and twitter.  I’ve decided that this is an excellent idea for the littlest lilac, but to simplify, I’m going to do it in weekly installments.  So, here we go!

In no particular order (I’ll actually move things around to keep it interesting in all five installments!):

#1 – I’m so thankful for my family.  Happy, sad, angry, excited, and every emotion in between, they are there for me.  The five of us are amazingly close, and I would not trade one day with them for ANYTHING.

#2 – My pets.  My house is a zoo, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.  Two dogs, a cat, four chickens, two hamsters, a gerbil, a beta, a pond full of fish and frogs, and a snake. (Am I forgetting anyone?)  They offer me unconditional love, regardless of how my day went!

#3 – The opportunities I’ve been given.  Not everyone gets the chance to grow up in a small-ish New England town, attend a top college, and continue on to their masters rather seamlessly.  I fully realize that I’m one of the lucky few who has been given all the opportunities that I have, and I am grateful for that every day.

#4 – Montauk.  I would be a completely different person today if I didn’t have this small, magical town to retreat to every summer.  Montauk has presented me with countless opportunities and so many friendships that are completely irreplaceable.  I only hope that my children will have the same incredible experience there that I have.

#5 – I’m so thankful that my internship has turned out to be one of the best experiences I’ve had to date in my life.  No, I’m not over exaggerating.  I genuinely love waking up every day and going to see the employees of Region 12.  They are helpful, kind, caring, respectful, and always have a way of making me laugh.  Starting the year off knowing no one at all, it could have been a very difficult year.  I’m so thankful and appreciative that it is completely, 100% the opposite.

#6 – The fact that I’m healthy is something that I so frequently take for granted.  I’m so grateful that I am able to run around and chase kids on the playground, have no need for glasses/contacts, and that I have no allergies to speak of.  *KNOCK ON WOOD*  Small colds, bumps, and aches aside, I’m a perfectly healthy 23 year old female.  I’m so blessed.

#7 – My new ‘backyard’ is absolutely amazing.  Living literally right next to the Roxbury land trust provides miles of hiking trails and opportunities to just wander and get back to nature.  I’ve loved every minute I’ve spent back there, and I’m looking forward to hours more to come!

Check back next week for days 8-14!

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