Thankfulness Thursday IV - Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 23, 2017


Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

It feels superbly strange that today is Thanksgiving, but here we are, and it's been lovely. I feel like I love Thanksgiving a little bit more every year. It's just such a nice day of calm and quiet, with coffee and food and family and texts that make you smile and the start of the holiday season. We started decorating our house for Christmas last night, hanging up stocking and setting out snowmen as the Spotify Christmas playlist got broken out for the first time of the season. It finally feels like the holidays, and as much as I've been putting it off, I'm happy that they're here. The holidays are so warm and cozy and wonderful, and I'm finally ready to embrace them.

In honor of Thanksgiving, instead of just talking about what I'm thankful for this week, I want to talk about what I'm thankful for this year. Because as many little things as I'm thankful for each week, there are also some crazy amazing blessings from this year, and Thanksgiving is the perfect day to think about those.

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I am thankful for the first show of the year that I was able to be a part of, and the huge, huge blessing that it was. It was an original show, written by someone who I absolutely love to pieces, and it was one of the most special experiences of my life. It was a show that stretched me in so many ways, but was so much fun and oh, what a joy.

I am thankful for friends. Friends deserve a whole blog post of their own, because goodness do I have some great ones. Friends who love me and laugh with me and rant with me and talk on the phone with me at midnight when we're both half asleep. I'm thankful for real life friends who go on the most random spontaneous adventures with me, and I'm thankful for internet friends who I can dream of doing that with. My internet friends are some of the most incredible people that I know, and I'm so thankful to have people in my life like them who are there when regular life just gets to be too much. I'm thankful for friends like Aimee and Mary Shelley, internet friends who have become real life friends. Friends are SUCH A BLESSING UGH and I'm so thankful for them.

I am thankful for The Music Man. The show that meant more to me than any other. The time of my life that dreams are made of, where all of the dearest people in my life came together to create something that I could not be prouder of. Zaneeta Shinn was the dream role that I never knew existed, and I'll forever have a piece of my heart in River City.

I am thankful for writing, for the fact that I finished my first novel and am in the middle of my second. Writing is forever my love, and I just want to do it for the rest of my life.

I am thankful for the summer, for the warmth and the most random of adventures and fun. Dance classes and the beach, editing my novel and dreaming up new projects. It was a joy of a season, crazy but good.

I am thankful for senior year, as messy as it is. It's a strange season, but it's a good one, and I'm thankful to be in it right now.

I am thankful for family, as obvious as that is. They love me despite my craziness, and they're pretty darn wonderful.

I am thankful for hope, for the knowledge that there's a future ahead of me and that God has a plan for that. I'm trying to look towards the crazy unknowns with optimism instead of pessimism, and while this doesn't come easily for me, I'm determined to keep this mindset.

I am thankful that God works things out in the best possible way, even when I'm stressed out or anxious or not knowing why things are happening the way that they are. I'm thankful that I don't have to have that pressure on me, because at the end of the day, I'm not the one in control of things, He is, and even though I have trouble keeping that in mind sometimes, it's the truth, and I'm so thankful for that.

I am thankful for this year. It's been a whirlwind and a mess and a dream all at once, but oh, am I thankful.

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• Thankfulness Thursday Friends 

Daminika @ Walking in the Sonshine

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I hope that you've had a wonderful Thanksgiving, friend. I am so thankful for you. ♥

12 comments:

  1. Splendid post, Grace! Happy Thanksgiving! (I'm definitely thankful for you as well. xxxx)

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    1. I am so thankful for YOU, Amelia! You are always such an encouragement. I hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderful!

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  2. Happy Thanksgiving!! These posts are so lovely.

    (also my acting troupe is doing Music Man this year and I'm auditioning for Zaneeta Shinn!!!)

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that your day was wonderful. I'm so thankful for you!

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  3. "I'm trying to look towards the crazy unknowns with optimism instead of pessimism" - the future is so big it's scary, but at the same time, I'm sure it holds a lot of joy and goodness! I think I shall join you in attempting this optimism ;)
    - Jem Jones

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  4. Hey Grace! I nominated you for the 2017 Liebster Award... your blog is lovely and in my opinion you thoroughly deserve it. :) No pressure, and if you've already been nominated no problem at all. Link: https://importantnothingsweb.wordpress.com/2017/12/01/2017-liebster-award/

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    1. Aww, thank you so much for the nomination, Olivia! I will go check it out right now!

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  5. I love the thankfulness here!!! And the Christmas vibes. :) This is my most favourite time of year - that's what I'M thankful for today!

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