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30 Days of Thankful 2013 Edition- Day 1

Friday, November 01, 2013

I did this last year, too, and had some fun with it. Its always appropriate to focus on thankfulness and gratitude any time of year, but we're extra-reminded during the holidays.

In light of the recent things happening in my life and the intense depression I've been experiencing, I think I need the "30 Days of Thankful" more than ever this year. Depression is seriously soul-decaying and it makes it so difficult to see anything beyond the hopelessness, emptiness, perceived abandonment & isolation, loneliness, etc. One of the things I've been trying to do is take the focus outward instead of inward. So, we'll see if finding 30 things to be thankful for can help me get myself out of this funk in time for me to enjoy my family and friends for the holidays.

Day 1
Today I am thankful for my best friend Shaina (aka Shy). We met when my mom used to take me to her mom's daycare. Of course, that's a little earlier than my memories allow. We were [unknowingly] reunited our freshman year in high school and have been BFF's ever since. Sometimes more time than we like elapses between conversations, but we always pick up and go forward. I can always count on her to be a shoulder to cry on, an ear to listen, and another laugh so I'm not the only one making a fool of myself.

And after all, who else would make a 4 hour trip by car to come make sure you're okay?







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ARUNNINGKAT 11/4/2013 5:43PM

    What a great friend you have! And I love the idea of posting something you are grateful for every day! Love the photos of you and your friend too!

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SDLOV3R 11/3/2013 2:18AM

    Thank you for posting this. A couple of my friends on fb are doing this as well and I think it is so so important in this hectic and stressful world to focus on what is going RIGHT in our lives. Know that you have a friend in me (Toy Story song bomb, lol). I'm looking forward to your blog posts to tide me over until IRON GIRL in December!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/2/2013 3:54AM

    Such a great idea for a series of posts! I'm up with my little girl (7 month old) and it's ridiculously early (3:48am) and your blog put a nice smile on my otherwise tired and sleep-deprived face. It's so easy (too easy) to forget the good things we have in our lives to be thankful for, and when we think of them it certainly can make us realize things are better than they might seem. For example, sleep deprivation is a hilariously unfunny experience, lol, but I'm thankful for the smile my little girl gives me when I first come and rescue her in the middle of the night. Even though it's an unpleasant thing to have to wake up, at least it reminds me that it's worth every second. PS. The picture of you and your friend against the darkened sky is absolutely beautiful. :-D

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/2/2013 3:36AM

    Jilly,
I loved this...what a good friend! And good times!
Gratitude is essential to stay on top of any kind of negativity!
I look forward to your posts...
Love you!
Mary
P.S. I am grateful for finding you on Spark and having you as my SparkFriend!

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