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Happy Thanksgiving – What am I thankful for?

If anything is achieved on Thanksgiving besides a turkey hangover, it’s the remembrance that we all have something to be thankful for. Though I am far far away from my family and friends back home whom I miss more than ever (especially on holidays). They can rest assured that I am happy, healthy and thinking of them this thanksgiving. I also really hope no-one decided to deep-fry a turkey (horror) this year.

I read this great article talking about the “top 10 regrets in life by those about to die” {morbid I know} but it made some really thought-provoking points. Especially how important it is to value time with friends & family while also pursuing your dreams. You think that would be obvious but honestly, it really isn’t. People still work too much, hold ‘life’ grudges over stupid things that don’t matter, don’t make time for friends and stick with the same job they hate while feeling like that can’t change. My hope is that sometime in life, a catalyst will occur and shake those individuals in a way nothing else could. I just saw the trailer for this documentary discussing exactly that, and it might be worth watching and getting inspired.

#throwbackthursday – remember back in the day when photos sometimes got ‘spliced’ . Here is one with a kid trying to kill my family from ‘under’ the table

For me personally, I am very thankful this year. What for? First off my Italian partner-in-crime t-man who has really stepped up for me this year and supported me in all my crazy pursuits (recently even accompanying me to an all-women conference), for his (and my) lovely family, for the opportunities offered to me to explore new career paths and improve old ones, for the time spent with my very awesome group of friends in Florence, for meeting new awesome Italian friends, for all of the delicious healthy {and not so healthy} food I often eat, for the opportunity to travel. This list could go on into infinitely.

This isn’t meant to be a long post, just one I knew I had to write.

I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday this year and implore you to take a step back sometimes and just be aware of the [hopefully] wonderful people around you. Make sure they know how much you appreciate them. This includes pets.

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  1. kawaiicat7
    22.11.2012 at 15:37

    Great Post!! Good advice as well 🙂 I forgot about photosplicing!!! creepy stuff!
    Im Thankful I got the chance to meet u and T-man 😀 *hugs*

    1. ggnitaly84
      22.11.2012 at 15:58

      splicing is so 1990’s! I remember the sheer fear of when you would pick up your photos as walgreens and not know if half of them would be your thumb. I am so happy we met you and theron! you guys rock!!!! hugs** right back at you

  2. Carmen Caserta
    22.11.2012 at 18:52

    Happy Thanksgiving! I loved that list of life regrets. Thank you for sharing.

    1. ggnitaly84
      23.11.2012 at 0:19

      Thank you for reading it, hope you had a great thanksgiving 🙂