Feeling Thankful For This Year

Feeling Thankful For This Year

I am honestly in disbelief that 2020 is coming to a close in just 35 short days. This year has brought more learning, laughs, tears, anxiety and new beginnings than any other year I have had. I think I can speak for many people when I say as much as this year has brought good, I am ready for it to be a thing of the past. I am not too optimistic 2021 will start any better than 2020 ended but the thought of a better year gives me hope and brings me excitement.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all. Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday because it not only brings family together to gather around wonderful food but it is the only time we spend time together without the expectation of gifts. This Thanksgiving will look differently. We had our Thanksgiving with my husband’s mom and dad last Sunday. Then, today we will pick up food from my mom’s house then go back home and have “Zoomsgiving” with my family. I have a lot of family that live in town and we all live in different households and work in various places. For safety, we decided a Zoom call would be best for everyone. It’s not what any of us wanted,but I can be thankful we can gather in some capacity.

I decided to take the time today to reflect on all that I am thankful for. Taking the time to remember all this year brought can help you forget all the things this year took away. Not all of this year was bad and I have a lot to be thankful for. We all have a lot to be thankful for so I also encourage you to write down some good things this year has brought, you’ll be amazed what you write down.

First and foremost, I am always thankful for my husband and our life we have together. My husband and I have been together for 12 years and we started our relationship as two puppy love kids and through out the years, our relationship has evolved and gotten stronger. We’ve grown together, seen the good and bad together and everyday we both choose each other. My husband makes me feel loved, supported and cherished everyday. Quarantine and the events of this year have only made us closer and stronger. We have cooked together more, laughed more, snuggled more and communicated more. When chaos surrounded us outside, and my anxiety was at its peak, he pulled me in close and alleviated my dark thoughts. Thank you Logan for your unconditional love and support. Here is to the rest of our life!

Logan
Logan

I am deeply connected to my family. Not only my immediate family but my extended family and my married family. To me, family comes first and I am incredibly thankful to all of them. This year brought a new family member. My sister in law had another baby girl in May and when COVID seemed at its worst, baby Ava came and brought happiness to all of us. I spent a lot of time with my mom and dad this year which always feels good and brings me back to my roots. I spent time with siblings, cousins and in-laws throughout the year. Every moment spent with all of them, even if it was over a Zoom call has meant the world to me. I am beyond thankful for all of you and I look forward to more years spent with people who make me feel whole.

My siblings and I
My siblings and I
My married family
My married family
Cousin day-not everyone is there but love you all!
Cousin day-not everyone is there but love you all!
My yiyi at her Silverthorne house
My yiyi at her Silverthorne house
My mom and dad
My mom and dad

To my friends. This year, obviously was a weird one and we couldn’t keep our traditional murder mystery party or friendsgiving and bringing in the New Year together looks like it may not happen. I am still thankful for all of you and all the times we had together this year, even if it wasn’t that many.Thank you for always being there when needed and for your love this year and every year!

Definitely an old picture, but a great picture
Definitely an old picture, but a great picture

My small business has been the biggest change for me this year and I couldn’t be more thankful for all it has brought me. My small business has giving me a sense of purpose, excitement and direction. I have really struggled in my professional career, thinking I was never doing what I was “meant to do.” Every job had some kind of set back and they never brought me clear happiness. My small business is everything I’ve wanted. I am productive, creative, goal oriented and successful while also being able to be flexible with my time. I have been able to coach gymnastics more, see family more and actually have energy at the end of the day for a workout. I’ve been able to collaborate with amazing people, create work for complete strangers and push myself in ways I never thought possible. When I got my first Etsy order in March, I cried. No, I bawled. I was so over the moon and that feeling has not stopped to this day. Everyday is a work in progress and I learn more every hour I spend thinking and working on my business. I’m so thankful to the people who have encouraged and loved me throughout this process. I’m thankful for Sweetly Lived Design, it’s such a joy and so empowering to work for myself doing what I love. Here is to more years of living sweetly!

One of my favorite hand lettering doodles I did this year
One of my favorite hand lettering doodles I did this year

COVID has taken so many people and has taken a toll on families, businesses and the globe. This year, I reflect back and I’m just sad that this sickness happened. I’m sad government leadership failed and the people now are dealing with the outcome. I could go on and on about the frustrations, anxiety and sadness that has filled this year, but I choose to continue to think of what I am thankful for. I am so thankful this year for my health. I am thankful my family is healthy, my friends are healthy and the ones I love who had COVID are healthy. I’m thankful my husband and I are strong and thriving and I continue to hope that everyone will be safe and smart so we can move on from this nightmare. I’m so lucky to be able to work from home and I’m grateful to be able to work and stay healthy. I so admire everyone who is constantly putting their health on the line to help others. Without our governors, teachers, doctors, nurses, grocery store workers, restaurant workers, retail workers,bus drivers and everyone else who are doing all they can to keep our world spinning, I don’t know what we all would have done. Thank you to all of you for doing the best you can in a horrible situation.

Always choose kindness
Always choose kindness

Finally, I’m thankful for the future. Whatever it may hold. I’m thankful because I know I have wonderful family, friends, job and health on my side. I’m thankful the future looks brighter and will bring many changes to my life. Good or bad, these changes will fill me with more love and happiness in the end. I’m thankful to chase the future with awesome people- the ride will be full of ups and downs but it’s the journey not the destination as my husband would say.

I hope you all enjoy your holiday season and enjoy it safely. This holiday time will be different for everybody but instead of looking at it negatively, we have the choice to think about it positively and remember all we are thankful for in the process. I’ll continue to do the next right thing and I hope you do as well. Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season! Live sweetly dear friends ❤️

Kayla

Sweetly Lived Design

Published by Kayla Gee

I am a teacher turned creative professional. I run an Etsy shop creating hand lettered and hand drawn cards, signs and other paper items. I also create custom hand made hand lettered wedding stationery and decor. You can find all of the links to get in touch with me on my website home page. I am a cat momma and I love to be outside. Can’t wait to connect with you!

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