Staying Thankful Amidst a Pandemic | Thankful Thursday

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No doubt 2020 has been a challenging year. With COVID bringing so many challenges of how to navigate working from home, putting our life on pause, trying to stay healthy, keeping your mental health in check, and figuring out if it's even safe to see family this year; it can be easy to write off this year as the worst year ever and continue to list out every negative thing that's happened. And I get it. 

There were times this year where I have felt the absolute lowest I've ever felt. Times where I would literally cry every. single. day. until I couldn't anymore because I was so dehydrated. I've felt the world go black as I experienced loss, the mental toll of being sick with COVID and in isolation for a month, and constant fear for my loved ones as I watch so many people continue to be so careless with this pandemic. It's been a hard year, I get it. 

But with all of that being said, that's just more of a reason for us to be even more thankful for what we currently have. 

Staying Thankful Amidst a Pandemic
Staying thankful amidst a pandemic

All my life my mom is always telling me to check my perspective and to always look at things on the positive side. She would always tell me how there's light in everything and to stop dwelling on the things you have no control over. And you all know what they say about moms: they're always right. 

As we get closer to Thanksgiving and the holidays, I've been reflecting more on my life and all I have to be thankful for and appreciate. Many of you know that a few months ago I moved in with Christian and his brother. Yeah, downsizing from my two-bedroom apartment into a bedroom and an office is a little tight. And sure there are times where I get a little annoyed that space isn't as clean and tidy as I would like or we bump heads on dishes, but at the end of the day, I'm so grateful to even have a place to live and be around some company. I mean, let's be honest, a full sink of dirty dishes is way better than being completely alone and crying myself to sleep every night. Perspective. 

Staying Thankful Amidst a pandemic

I remember coming across this quote that went something along the lines of "you can't appreciate light without darkness" and it has really stuck with me through the second half of this year. It's really put things into perspective for me and made me have a deeper appreciation for even the littlest things now. For example, I remember feeling so happy and excited just to get out of my apartment and walk outside to check the mail for the first time in three weeks after I was cleared of COVID. I got excited, to be able to just walk around my apartment. Something I took for granted every day. 

Here are a few other things I'm especially thankful for this year:

  • My health - this year showed me more than ever the importance of taking care of yourself
  • My support system - people in my life have shifted this year, but I am really thankful for the people who are here and have given me so much more than I can ever imagine 
  • The highs of this year - as tough as 2020 has been, it wasn't all bad. I got to visit Disney and Peru (pre-COVID lockdown of course), dove back into blogging, moved in with Christian, have a closer relationship with my parents, etc. 
  • Healthcare workers and those working the frontline every day during this pandemic - my heart truly goes out to them working so hard every day to help others 
  • Little everyday joys - switching up our home decor for the holidays, spontaneous dance parties in the kitchen, an unexpected kind DM from a follower, the little joys mean so much now
  • Trader Joe's - I mean, c'mon. The superior grocery store chain with the best snacks. 

Staying Thankful Amidst a pandemic
Staying Thankful Amidst a Pandemic

What are you thankful for this year? I hope you all have a wonderful day and as always, thank you for reading.




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