I take part in a weekly linkup called Ten Things of Thankful which is like a gratitude journal, except that multiple people do it and you get to read about all the wonderful things that they’re thankful for besides yourself!
I decided to join this linkup as a way of reminding myself how lucky I am, which can sometimes be difficult when life throws you a curve ball or two. If you’d like to find out more about the linkup, or join in, then you can click on the image below.
So, another new year is almost upon us. I thought it would be good for this week’s Ten Things of Thankful to reflect on 2017. This year has had a few challenges; then again, life is full of challenges!
I struggled mentally with my doctorate and in early 2017 I resolved to push myself to get my research done and get it submitted by the end of the year. I’m pleased to say I achieved this!
I was also lucky enough to secure a new job not long after submitting my thesis. I have joined a really supportive team and a job which I know will stretch me professionally, which is something I relish.
My husband and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary in June. It was hard to believe only a year had passed as it’d seemed an age ago that we were in Las Vegas!
Our cat’s health has been better this year. He’s been though many tests with the vets, who came to the conclusion that there wasn’t much that could be done. It was frustrating, but I was comforted by the fact that I’d done all I could. He is on regular medication for his kidney dysfunction and a special diet, and has even put back on some of the weight he lost. I hope I have him for a few more years yet, but every day is a blessing. He’s a grumpy so-and-so, but I wouldn’t have him any other way!
Our pooch is still a live-wire , but has calmed down somewhat which is good as we don’t have the energy that she does! She makes us laugh everyday as she is a very independent-minded little dog.
Towards the later part of 2016 my Nan passed away, so 2017 has been a year of ‘getting used to’ her no longer being here. She is often in my thoughts, but this time of year gets me thinking about her (and other family members no longer alive) more. I’m grateful to have had her in my life.
One thing I often neglect to be appreciative of is mine and my husband’s health. We’re both pretty healthy and try to be active, although these winter months mean that going out walking isn’t as appealing! I hope 2018 continues to see us in good health.
I wish all my readers a happy and productive 2018 🙂 What have you been thankful for in 2017?