Category Archives: #ThankfulFor

#ThankfulFor Day Three: Chance conversations

Isn’t it funny when certain situations are unexpectedly disarming? I find myself much less nervous to reveal inner musings to someone new when the likelihood we’ll cross paths again is slim to none.

Example: I had a refreshing conversation with my cab driver last night. He was from Palestine, wise in the ways of the world and very far from his native way of life; I am from Wisconsin, educated but naive and immersed in the same lifestyle I’ve nearly always had. Yet we connected over a core belief it turns out our families happened to share: Money, it comes and it goes – what matters is health and love. If you’re fortunate enough to have both, you’ve got all you need for happiness. I had chalked up the day to being average at best, then this short, chance encounter provided me with some much-needed perspective on what it takes to be happy.

Do you ever find yourself revealing little known facts about yourself in the company of strangers? Tell me I’m not alone here!


#ThankfulFor Day Two: Books


Books(via pinterest)

Can you imagine where you’d be right now without literacy? I take my ability to read for granted far too often, but one thing that makes me grateful for it time and time again is when I am transported to another time, mindset or world thanks to a well-written book. There is nothing else like it. Right now I’m reading this and this, both of which are great reads. Recently I’ve read several books by male authors, which is new for me, and I’m enjoying the slight tilt from the portrayals and descriptions I’m accustomed to. And of course, with gratitude for good books comes gratitude for talented authors. Thank you to the authors for putting your work out there to be both criticized and appreciated by the world at large.

What’s the best book you’ve read lately? If you’re into sharing reading lists, friend me on GoodReads.

#ThankfulFor Day One: These three women

Since my blogging consistency is about as predictable as the Midwestern weather, I figured, why the hell not? I recently realized why Thanksgiving is quite possibly my favorite holiday – amazing food, great company, not nearly as much pressure or superficiality that encroaches on other holidays. It’s all around awesome.

So, to celebrate this awesome holiday, I’ll be posting every day this month with a little ditty on something I’m thankful for. Not in any particular order, and doing my best to keep it short and sweet. Without further ado…

These three women

Julia, Leia, Kelly, Colleena

I am thankful many if not most days for these three women. We all decided to study abroad in Peru for various reasons, and it was there that we came together. Since then we’ve shared joy in beautiful moments, and divided the burdens of hardship between us. They have helped me to grow into a better person and friend, and I am constantly in awe of their abilities and determination that I know will help them change the world. We have found something truly special, and I consider myself fortunate to call them some of my closest friends.

What are you thankful for today?