by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
I was driving the other day and saw a homeless man on the side of the road with a sign made out of cardboard that said "Out of Work. Please Help." Seeing someone homeless unfortunately is nothing uncommon but this particular guy had a dog with him. I actually saw him a few days before this occurrence at the exact same spot with his dog and the same sign. Of course seeing someone homeless always makes you count your blessings and hope they have somewhere to stay and have food to eat, but seeing him with his dog really hit hard. Thoughts started popping in my head like "Is he able to feed the dog?", "Does the dog have water? The dog will die without water.", "Do they have somewhere to stay?", "I wonder if he would take a check?" I didn't mean the last part to be funny, I never carry cash so it would be the only thing I have to offer him but I know it would be useless. As I rode past him in my car I had to look the other way because I just felt so guilty riding past him and his poor dog in my warm car heading to lunch. I feel like I always want more and more and never step back and appreciate what I do have. I know this post won't change this poor man and his dog's situation but I wanted to reflect on my life and what I'm thankful for. Instead of always thinking of how my life could be better, I need to realize it could be A LOT worse and I'm extremely fortunate for what I do have. 

My Health: Between a classmate from high school getting diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma this year to 29 year old Brittany Maynard choosing to end her life after being diagnosed with a glioblastoma, I'm so thankful for my health. I'm a huge hypochondriac and any sudden ache or pain I assume the worst. No one is guaranteed tomorrow so instead of me worrying about everything I'm trying to start loving the life I do have and enjoy each day like it's my last.

My Husband: My 10 year high school reunion was this past weekend and I didn't go but I thought about it all weekend and how I've changed since high school. I had barely any confidence in high school and wasn't happy with myself. In fact I didn't start feeling really secure with who I was until I met Theo. I feel like I've finally become the person I've always wanted to be and it's all because of him. I love him so much and although we bicker a lot, we're both hardheaded what can I say, I'm so thankful for him and the life we've started together.

My Mom: My mom divorced my dad when I was in 6th grade and although the divorce was so hard on my brother and I, hence the low esteem growing up, I'm so thankful she did it. It was the best choice for all of us. My mom remarried and couldn't be happier. She and my step dad gave my brother and I the best life they could and I thank them so much for that.

My Family: When I hear co workers and friends talk about how they aren't able to see their family for the holidays it's hard for me to understand because I've always lived near my family. I love how close we are and how we have zero drama. Or maybe we do, we just do the Southern thing of acting like everything is great and ignore it! We've all been so close and I hope we always stay that way. 

My House: We got so lucky with our house. It's truly my dream home and a house I never thought I would own till I was older. There's so much more I'd love to do to it that would cost money and sometimes I feel like I'm too busy worrying about getting it painted or fixing up a spare bedroom that no one goes into. I should be happy I have a place to call home and that we can afford our bills and our mortgage. 
This picture is getting me excited about decorating this year for Christmas!

My Job: I complain about working but then I complain about not having money to do anything! You gotta work to enjoy the finer things in life and I'm lucky to have a job I like a lot.  I always say there's no perfect schedule in healthcare but mine is as pretty close as you can get. 
In my case it's a 12 hour wait!

Pixie: I love this dog like she's my child, well let's be real she IS my child. She's the sweetest most loving dog and she has brought so much happiness to my life. Like the saying goes, "Who Rescued Who?"

The Blog: I'm thankful for all of the awesome people I've met through blogging. Everyone starts a blog as an escape from normal life but I never expected to make such good friends through it too! I'm also thankful for all of you for reading it. I write for myself of course but it is nice to know there are a few people out there enjoying it as well. ;)

So those are my top things I'm thankful for. I hate that it took seeing a homeless man and his dog on the side of the road to make me really reflect on everything. 

What are you thankful for?
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  1. Aww love this! So many things to be thankful for. I'm some what of a hypochondriac too but I'm definitely thankful for my health too. And of course family!

    <3, Pamela

  2. I could not agree with you on this more!! You said it best and it's easy to get caught up in the things that we want, but it's the non-material things that are priceless that we are the most thankful for. We have a lot of homeless people in the city and it's always hard to pass by...but that's when I really do count my blessings!! The biggest one being health, without that we really don't have anything!!

  3. this is such a sweet post!! and your house looks beaaautiful! i cant wait to come over haha :) im really thankful to be living somewhere warm this winter (i know it's "cold" now but trust me chicago is worse!). Im also thankful I get to visit family next week for thanksgiving! I cant imagine celebrating the holidays without family. xo jillian - cornflake dreams

  4. Love this post Ally :) That photo of you and Theo is my favorite! I have to say I'm jealous that you've got family so close by, I think a lot of people don't realize how important that is. I agree about the blogging, having great friends like you and Theo and the rest of our little blogger group has made such a difference!

  5. What a great list! I agree with all of these things! It's funny how I complain about going to work each week, but when I step back and look at it I am very lucky to have a good job with great benefits that allows me to pay my bills and go to grad school :)

  6. Love this, such a great reminder. Yesterday when I got home and was hanging up my coat, for some reason I got this overwhelming feeling about how most of us are not truly thankful and realize just how lucky we are to have things like heat in our home or a coat. Then later in the evening I saw the quote "The things you take for granted, others are praying for" We all have so so much to be thankful for and sometimes we need to just stop and think about it :) Something I'm working on for sure!

  7. This post made me tear up. Everything you mentioned is such a blessing - and gosh we are lucky.

  8. What a great post! It's so nice to remember, not just on Thanksgiving, how many things we each have to be thankful for. The front porch to your house looks beautiful and Pixie is ADORABLE!!

  9. We have so, so much to be thankful for. Very true! You're my double-whammy thankful item as a friend and family ;)

  10. Love this! It's easy to get caught up in the things we DON'T have but this time of year always makes me reflect on how thankful I am for what I do have. After all, it could all be gone in an instant. Love that picture of you and Theo!

  11. The work that I did the past two years really put my life, and luxuries, into perspective and spend more time being thankful for the things thin credibly supportive husband and family. I view the homeless so differently now and my heart breaks when I drive past any standing in the cold. And although my kids often make me want to pull my hair out, I'm so blessed to have two healthy, smart, thriving daughters. I think I've always found Thanksgiving to be my favorite holiday because it's one of the few big ones that doesn't involve any gift-giving and is really just about being with people that you love (or pretend to tolerate!). It's refreshing to read your list of things that really matter in your life too!

  12. So sweet. Love this post and it's always important to sit back and realize how lucky we really are. We have a lot to be thankful for and sometimes that can be easy to forget! xoxo

  13. It is very easy to forget to be so thankful for things we have until life throws us curve balls. This is a great post, thanks for reminding me to be thankful. (and if it makes you feel better , a lot of "homeless" are milking the system, some people are even bringing their kids out now for sympathy) And if he is genuine, they are usually more selfless this most and would give anything to their four legged companions.

  14. Such a great post! We're all guilty of wanting more and sometimes lose sight of all we have. We have so much to be thankful for. And it sounds like you have a great life with awesome people surrounding you :) xoxoxo

  15. Love this post! A great reminder of all we have to be thankful for!


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