Thursday, November 24, 2011

Pausing for a moment of Thanks

Theres a certain joy and peace the holiday season can stir up in ones soul making every moment feel magical and each of lives blessings that much greater. I haven't often felt this holiday magic in my adult life and have always found holidays and large family gatherings which I couldn't attend to be heartbreaking events. In the four years that my husband and I have been married, we have only had the opportunity to celebrate one thanksgiving in 2007. Unfortunately for me, I chose a career path post college that would have me tied up on evenings, weekends, and of course holidays.

Taking a recent leap of faith to leave my steady corporate career for the unknown has provided new challenges and opportunities for me, and has allowed me the freedom to celebrate in joyful banter my first thanksgiving since 2007. So naturally I'm feeling a little extra thankful today to be a part of family celebrations once again, but beyond that I have so much more to give thanks for on this day.

This year I am thankful for...

my husband.
This has been a year filled with changes for me, one that I wouldn't have been able to make it through without the support of my faithful husband. With every decision I have made, my man has been by my side 100% encouraging growth and change believing in the opportunities that may lay ahead. His patience and love has encouraged me to step outside of my area of comfort in life to make audacious decisions. Living recklessly can make my confidence waiver, but D is always there cheering me on and believing in me. It's difficult to find someone who you love and will stand besides you whole-heartily in even your darkest and most clueless moments, and I am a very blessed woman to have found a man that is my #1 fan and I his.

Thank you D for allowing me to take chances that scare the pants off of you, but always encouraging it. Your incredible faith that it will all work out makes me love you and feel like the luckiest lady on this earth.

my family.
People always say that you can chose your friends but you can't chose your family. I think if I was given the choice that I still would chose my fam. My family is quite possibly the most diverse group of people on the face of the earth, but I wouldn't have it any other way.

My parents on August 18th, 2007 at my wedding

Younger, but much taller, siblings

Adorable niece and nephews

The not-so-typical grandparents

Extremely loving and supportive in-laws

Brothers...and lots of them
Friendships and love

Lots of men...and just as many dogs

Family that is spread out across the country, but always comes together for the holidays
God and his grace.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

His grace is sufficient for me, his grace is sufficient when I am weak. 

my health and the freedom of movement.
The greatest lesson I have learned this year would be that life is best lived through expressions of movement and sweat.

My soul aches to feel the freedom that lies beyond my skin and yearns to see every end of the earth. There is no permanency here on earth and our bodies are temporary housing for the death that none can defeat. Being able to use my one body to experience the beauty of the world is a gift which I feel more thanks for as each day passes.

age and the wisdom it brings.
When I was young I always wanted to be old, and now that I'm older I wish that I could go back to my younger self and tell that crazy girl to "enjoy life as it is and take in the present time". Gray hairs and wrinkles are slowly beginning to take form and gravity is starting to pull things towards the earth, but I enjoy this process. 

27th birthday in NYC
As my 30's are creeping closer each day and the thought of little ones prancing around my house is beginning to prance into my heart, I feel confident and comfortable with myself and appreciate the naivety that my early 20's brought.

Miles and Chase.
Time is best spend in warm fuzzy cuddles in a snuggie with my two besties. These pups have become my children, and their best interest and welfare is always on my mind. I honestly feel that if a person has never felt the love of a pet that they haven't lived.

Happy 4th birthday Chase

My Miles

Chase always hams it up for the camera

Miles is a beach maniac

Brotherly love

Unconditional, unending, unwavering, uncomplicated love. 

a rather foggy road ahead.
Quitting my job several months ago in order to pursue things that have purpose and special meaning in my heart hasn't been easy. But I am thankful that when I was given the opportunity for change, I took it. Most days I have no idea what the heck I'm doing and spend a lot of time flying by the seat of my pants, but a very wise person once told me 'if you do what you love, the money will eventually follow'. My heart is hopefully and patient because I know that ahead there are great things to come with time.

Grateful for every last one of them. The marathon that was blown to hell. The 10 miler were I finally felt like a racer. The trail half where I had a major PR and the time of my life. The 8k where I where I started in the elite corral and my family surprised me by coming out to support me. That stupid half in the spring where I went into a hypothermic shock after crossing the finish. And the sweet taste of finally beating my 5k PR in July.

There is that pesky heel strike at it again
Every single race, even the ones where I feel short of my goal and things didn't go as planned, I feel extremely blessed to have experienced. Running has brought a grave amount of perspective into my life that I don't think I could have gained through any other experience. I don't have to run, I chose to because the effect it has on everything else in my life. It is an unreal feeling to be able to feel like you could run for days and never lose the will to stop, and is a metaphor for how I live my life.

this blog.
Thank you to all of you that continue to stop here reading my random rantings and filling my heart with encouragement. Being able to connect with others across the world has been such a valuable experience, one that has begun to shape who I am. Your words of wisdom and support have overfilled my heart.

laughs and giggles, cuddles and kisses, I love yous and embraces, tears and maturation, the tangibles and intangibles...
every moment of my life that has led me down this road to the point I'm at today. I'm not perfect, but I'm determined to live my best life (thank you Oprah). I don't want to waste a moments time feeling angry or holding grudges because life on earth is short, and you never know when you will breathe your last breath.

Happy thanksgiving to all. Wishing that your holiday is filled with love and memories.

What are you thankful for this holiday season?


  1. I just love reading your posts, Britt. You are such a wonderful writer and person! I am thankful for many of the same things as you. I think you've listed sme pretty amazing things. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Awww thanks for sharing so much of yourself on this blog, Britt. I've only been following you for 2 months, but I already feel like you've kept me inspired by your reflective and ambitious spirit. I hope you have a lovely holiday with all the people that you are so thankful for. On this day, in this moment I am so thankful for my dearest husband, my two kitties, my house, my parents, my health, friends both new and old and the support of an awesome blogger community.

  3. Happy thansgiving Britt! Such well written post...with wise and beautiful words. I too, am thankful for the wonderful people in my life.

  4. Beautiful post :)
    . Im definitely thankful for many of the same things as you- my family, my boyfriend, my pup, my ability to run and hopefully inspire people around me.

    Happy thanksgiving!

  5. Great post! Thanks for sharing your blessings!

  6. Coolest post I've read all day! You summed up everything so perfectly. You are very blessed.

  7. Wow, you really are blessed and I love how you realize that through the good times and the challenging times. I admire your 'career change' so much as that is something that weighs heavily on my heart so often and I know takes so much courage to do!

  8. What a great post :) Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! I'm thankful for much of the same: my husband, my family, my health.

  9. I LOVED reading this and learning more about your family!! I love the picture of you and your parents on your wedding day. You are incredibly beautiful!

  10. I love the picture of you with your parents on your wedding day! You look so happy!

  11. Great post! I used to think people in their 30's were so old! Now that I am mid-thirties, it's not so bad. ;)

  12. I love your list of things that you're thankful for! I am thankful for my family and friends, as well as my job. I'm pretty lucky.