Good morning everyone! And Happy Thanksgiving! Today is easily one of my favorite days of the year. Not only do I get to do two of my favorite things (i.e. running + cooking), but I also get to spend time with family that I don’t see much over the course of the year. Unlike Christmas, Thanksgiving isn’t about presents, but instead centers around good food and good company, which I love.
The other thing I love about Thanksgiving is that it is a timely reminder to all of us to slow down and practice gratitude, acknowledging the things that are enriching our lives day-in and day-out, but somehow go unnoticed in the midst of hectic schedules. Today, as I reflect on the past semester, I’d like to share some of the things that I am most grateful for:
Coming from a community where almost everyone I know goes to college, this is something that is really easy to take for granted. I find it especially easy to lose sight of what a blessing getting to go college is when I find myself swamped with papers, midterms, and hours of cheer practice. At the end of the day though, I am so lucky to attend an amazing university with some of the most intelligent students in the world. Even though the workload is overwhelming at times, I know that there are so many people out there that would gladly take my place.
My first few weeks at college were really hard. I was homesick and very lonely, and I couldn’t figure out why the transition to college wasn’t as easy for me as it seemed for everyone else. After fall break, I returned to school feeling refreshed and something clicked. I began to put myself out there more and try (against my introverted nature) to make new friends. And boy, am I glad I did. My friends have served as an amazing support system the past few weeks and I definitely couldn’t have made it to Thanksgiving break without them.
After my stress fracture last year, I vowed that I would put my body’s health at the top of my priority list. I have a problem with pushing through pain just to get in one more workout, and I have had to work really hard to learn to honor what my body is telling me. Over the past semester, I have trained for and raced a 5k, a 5-miler, a 10k, and a half marathon, on top of cheer practice and resistance training, without sustaining any injuries. Every single day I wake up I am grateful for my ability to run, dance, and workout injury-free, and I will continue to work on listening to my body as a part of this gratefulness.
So, in between watching football and eating large quantities of food, I encourage you all to take time today to reflect on your year and count your abundant blessings. You won’t be sorry.