Today, I would like to take some time to reflect on all that I am fortunate to have in my life.

-I am so thankful for my job. I can walk into my classroom, forget any issues going on in my life, and just teach. The kids I have are so innocent, that helps to keep my own life in perspective and they are so eager to please and so eager to learn that they are practically jumping out of their seats. There is never a dull moment in my classroom. A student once told me that I was the first teacher who made him think that he needs to consider his academic career over his athletic career, which is perhaps the greatest compliment anyone could ever pay me.

-I am grateful for all the adults I have in my life (I refer to them as ‘old’ people). When I am contemplating an issue, a relationship, a move, a thought, I am so fortunate to be surrounded by so many seasoned veterans who can recount their experiences growing up with me, which helps to guide me in my own decisions. And believe me, they all know that I need to speak through my feelings. Knowing that they have gone through similar obstacles and still have come out happy helps me to keep life in perspective; it is somehow comforting to know that everyone else goes through relationship problems, revelations about their families, clashes with peers, and yet they still come out alive.

-I owe my sisters so much gratitude. I was having a bad day, so she brought me home flowers, wrote me a card (even signed the dogs name in it), packed my lunch for me, constantly checks in, and left me Sticky Note messages on my door (My favorite message said, “I out of Stickys, sorry).

-I also have to recognize all of the great friends and coworkers I have in my life. On the same bad day this week, I had an OUTPOURING of support–cards, flowers, plants, chocolate, Starbucks, Chick Fil A milkshakes, caring e-mails and hugs, bags of Starburst, invitations to concerts, happy hours, movies, social gatherings…people that I barely even talk to have reached out and I am so humbled by everyone’s support. My Google chat has been very active 🙂

-I always have to shout out to my grandma, who has been a role model to me. She always stresses the importance of being a strong, independent female character. My grandpa, who went to the hospital with pneumonia this week, and it was so touching to watch the way they interacted and the way they cared about each other. My grandma said, “I wasn’t sure if I would stay with him. In fact, I left a couple times and made it to the city limits before I turned around.” My grandpa, in his old age and sickness, mustered out, “Yes, because you ran out of gas”. My grandpa sole purpose is to do things just to piss my grandma off. However, in these moments in the hospital, I was able to see their undying love and devotion for each other.

-I am proud of my accomplishments thus far in life. At the ripe age of 23, I have planned a golf tournament, started a dance team, graduated college with three majors, paid off half my student loan debt, travelled to Europe, held a steady job, acquired an excellent credit score, was nominated Huskie of the Month in my first year teaching, earned a raise, and received numerous awards and acknowledgements.

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