My favorite holiday hands down is Thanksgiving. Why? Because it is a holiday centered around good food and spending time with family. I love that there is no pressure to spend money on gifts and the focus is placed on quality family time.
15: The Shoes on My Feet.
Living in Boston requires a lot of walking. With the cold fast approaching, I am grateful to have shoes that not only allow me to walk several miles a day between school, work, and the gym, but they also keep my feet warm and dry.
14: Cozy Sweaters.
My least favorite season is winter. I am no fan of the cold, but to combat this, my favorite thing to do is cuddle up with a cozy sweater and a good book.
13: A Safe Home.
Knowing that I can go to sleep every night and not worry about feeling unsafe is a huge reason to be grateful. I am so lucky to have a roof over my head and a safe bed to sleep.
Nothing beats a delicious chocolate bar after the end of a long day.
I love, love, love the outdoors. Seeing the beauty of nature helps remind me there is life outside the four walls of my apartment where I spend a majority of time studying. Getting out, enjoying the fresh air, and seeing the sites helps me feel rejuvenated.
10: My job.
There are definitely days when I wake up and do not want to go to work. However, through my job, I have not only grown as a leader, but I have learned so much about medicine. As a medical scribe, I have seen first hand the good and bad sides of working as a physician, and am still motivated to become one someday.
This year my friends in Boston got together and cooked our own Thanksgiving dinner. I got enjoy celebrating my favorite holiday not only with my family, but also my friends who have become my second family.
To those who are not dancers, it sometimes may be difficult to understand the feeling I get from dancing. Whether it is with a group of friends, in a class in the studio, or just alone in my room, there is something about just letting the world around you fade and losing yourself to the music. Dance has allowed me to work through the ups and downs of life and express things that I can’t always put into words.
7: Amazing Food
My mom is a wonderful cook. She works very hard to provide healthy and delicious foods for us on Thanksgiving. I am lucky to get to eat to my heart’s desire surrounded by family.
6: Family Traditions.
My favorite part about Thanksgiving is cooking with my mom and grandma. I look forward to spending quality time in the kitchen working on creating beloved family recipes. Another family tradition we have is making ginger bread houses. Every year after we clean up from dinner, my sister, grandma, cousins, and I make individual ginger bread houses. While it is quite messy, but so worth having to clean up frosting, sugar, and candy pieces because the memories I have made in the process will last a life time.
5: The Ability to Exercise.
I am incredibly lucky to not only have the ability to walk and function without major difficulties, but I am grateful that I am able to workout. I love the feeling I get pushing my body to its physical limits and the mental health benefits of working out help me to maintain my sanity with a busy schedule.
4: Graduate School.
Yeah, some days are really tough, I feel sleep deprived most weeks, and I barely have time to go to the grocery store, let alone do laundry. But the best part is, I’m learning so much and the skills I’m learning are going to allow me to create changes to help others.
3: My Goals.
Change is often very uncomfortable and difficult. Yet, without change, I won’t be able to reach my goals of becoming a doctor and helping improve the lives of others. I know it is a long road to attain my goals, yet they keep me motivated each and every day.
2: My Friends.
Shout out to all my friends here in Boston and back home in Illinois. The friends I made in Boston have made being so far away from home so much easier. Spending time with them is guaranteed to be filled with laughter and good memories. I cannot wait to be reunited with my friends back home. Being so far away from them is definitely hard, but talking on the phone with them can make a hard day seem just a little brighter.
1: My Family.
In my book, family comes first. I would not be where I am today without my parents and sister. Their love and support helps me to push through weeks filled with exams and endless projects. I am so grateful to have such amazing people in my life that continue to inspire me to reach my dreams.
Life is full of blessings, all it takes to realize them is to just look around you. What are you thankful for this year?