It’s only two days after Christmas (and a lot of people are on vacation) but I honestly didn’t mind that I had to be back to work this morning. Granted, I think I could get used to staying up late watching movies and sleeping in the next day (all while eating glorious, delicious, gluttonous food) but I am feeling super grateful lately for my new job and the fact that I have one. I am at the risk of being annoyingly grateful to others (if the truth be told).
Today would have been my Grandpa Bell’s birthday and it’s 4 years ago today that my college best friend moved to Austin, TX. But really, it's the last 6 months that I reflect on that have been quite a ride for me. I got married to the love of my life. I experienced the happiest day of my life because of that. I l lost my job. I experienced an ugly depression because of that. I found new full-time job (which I love). I found a new part-time teaching job (which I think I am going to love – I start in January).
Even though it seems like short span between the job loss and job gain, it was not a good time for me and I am grateful that I wake up next to someone I love and that I have a job to go to today that I love.
You can’t help but think at this time of year about making New Year’s Resolutions and what to hope for in the New Year. “Oh, I should drink more water, work out more, eat less junk food, participate in random acts of kindness, donate more, earn more money, travel more, etc.” However, I think I’ve had enough change for a while and I’d like to make this next one about being more grateful. Somehow, I think that attitude will impact many areas of my life.
I know it has been a tough year for many and I hope that we all have a wonderful 2013 full of lots of JOY.
About the author: Erin Wike has recently transitioned in to married life, recruiting for creative professionals and will be teaching at Loyola University in Chicago. Follow her at @eebell