Friday, November 28, 2014

What I'm Thankful For

Yes, I'm fully aware that it is the day after Thanksgiving. But I'm also aware that yesterday was a day about family and friends and football. So now I can sit back and reflect on all of the wonderful things that I am thankful for in 2014. And it's a lot.

My Grandmother
I've detailed on here everything that's going on with my grandmother right now. It's taken quite a toll on the entire family and we're starting to see how much we've taken for granted over the years. This was our first year having an unconventional holiday of sorts, and it's definitely a reminder of how things used to be. They always say nothing makes you appreciate something quite like the fear of losing it. And that couldn't be more true here. My grandmother is one of the greatest people to ever grace this planet. And I've been blessed to have her as a part of my life for the past 22 years. And we tend to under appreciate the most deserving people sometimes. It's easy to be thankful for Gamma, and I'm so glad we got to spend yesterday with her.

My Grandfather
God bless this man. He's been by my grandmother's side for over 50 years. And now is no different. He's my grandmother's caretaker. He's keeping the family together. He's being a beacon of strength when everyone else can't. And I can't be thankful enough for having him there for her and for us. He's working his butt off to make Gamma happy and I wish we could all do a little bit more to help. I'm thankful he's healthy for now and I hope we can keep him and Gamma that way for a long time to come.

My Family
This is the last of the semi-sad stuff, I promise. But it's something I think we are all thankful for. It's just become extremely apparent through this whole thing with Gamma. I hate that it's taken something as terrible as this for our family to come together like we have, but I'm glad it's happened. I feel closer than ever to my family and I think we've grown together through this. Having a family that's always there for you, especially in a time of need, is something we all tend to take for granted. I love these crazy people and I'm proud to call them mine.

This Blog
In the past, I've really neglected this little place of mine. But this past year I've definitely paid it a lot more love and nurtured it a bit more. And now I'm learning to love it again. So thank you for reading the strange things I write from time to time. 

The University of Georgia
I had a totally over-emotional post about this last week, but it's still something I'm so thankful for. It may seem to dramatic to say that UGA has changed my life. But it has. It was the greatest decision I ever could have made and it's the thing I'm the proudest of in life. I'm sad to be ending my time as a student here in less than a month, but I'm eternally grateful for the things I've gained here.

Team Strength
Last Christmas break I made the decision to give CrossFit a try. And I've never looked back. I loved every second at the box I went to during that break, and when I returned to Athens I was determined to continue down that path. Team Strength isn't a CF affiliate, but it's the place I call home. And it's been one of the greatest decisions I've ever made. I'm mentally and physically a stronger person than I was a year ago because of this gym and these people. And I thank God every day that I get a chance to workout there.

New Friends
Isn't funny how you always meet or bond with people right as y'all are leaving each other? Or does that only happen to me? Towards the end of last semester I ended up becoming really great friends with a bunch of people that were about to graduate and leave. Then all of my old friends went with them and I was left feeling like I was the only soul left in Athens. But friends of friends turned into best friends and I couldn't be happier. I'm so thankful for the people I've been able to surround myself with in 2014 and I look forward to those people being something I'm thankful for forever.

What are you thankful for this year?

xoxo, jgp

1 comment:

  1. Hi Caley!
    I just stumbled across your blog and I can't wait to read more!!!