What I’m Thankful For This Year
Well, sitting down to write this, I realize what a crazy year it has been and, of course, how much I have to be thankful for. While it is easy to just put a blanket statement out there for what I am thankful for. You know, friends, family, my dog, my favorite cooking gadgets, etc. I realized what I am most thankful for is inside all of that.
I am thankful for the little moments. The moments that never really get the spotlight. They aren’t big enough for most people to notice or to care. So I am going to share some of those moments with you today. Get ready for some of the picture outtakes that sum up what I’m most thankful for this year.
Giving Thanks for 2017
I did a quick little experiment and I had myself laughing, tearing up and saying “oh yeah” all by looking through the last year in pictures on my phone. Think you don’t have a lot to be thankful for? Take a look at your living scrapbook on your phone or social media and you’ll realize how much you have to be thankful for this year 🙂
I have a LOT that went on this year. Some good, some not so good. But, I am thankful for all those small moments that turned into big memories. Here’s a glimpse at a few things I’m thankful for in 2017.
The Sassiest Little (and not so little) Moments
In no particular order of course…
- Wyoming/Utah with the (now) Gonyeah’s. We crushed some board games and somehow let the boys convince us to climb to the top of that mountain…. (those smiles may be slightly scared grimaces)
- Unwinding on Bald Head Island with My Family. Nothing like an island with no cars and a beachfront filled with flip flops…
- Stratton Brewfest (which I am now renaming Fanny Pack Fest) with the whole crew. We now should go into training for next year’s stein holding competition, because Crossfit did NOT prepare us for that disaster.
- Hibachi with JJ’s Family. And the after party at the Miniature golf course across the street. I’ve never felt more like I belong than with an entire family who struggles to putt a golf ball.
- Tacos (and laughing in the street) in Boston. Spent the week with two coworkers, now friends and mentors. Mariah & Tricia came into my life this year, and I’ve never felt more empowered in my life. (This is the only picture I have :-()
- Expo East with Ashley (aka @MyWeeklyEats). We definitely had our fair share of coffee, probiotics, fiber and weird new foods, but we laughed it all off.
- Hiking with Bode & Company. It is nice to disconnect and challenge myself a few times per year. Also got a few more ADK High Peaks in the bag….now if only I could remember the names….
- Going to the CrossFit Games & Meeting some ladies I really respect the heck out of…
Joy & Claire from Girls Gone WOD Podcast
Julie Foucher, Former Games Athlete, current doctor, and host of Pursuing Health Podcast
- Bachelorette Parties with some pretty stellar people traveling to new places, karaoking in the car and just dancing the night(s) away.
Cape Cod for Nicole’s Bachelorette Key West for Alex’s Bachelorette
- Celebrating the first of my RD friends, Rachel, to have a child….in the most classic fashion of course…escaping the room! To Sully!!! (Whose name is actually now Theo, oh well, we tried).
- Gym Nights & Thursday Swim Nights with my Crossfit Aevitas family. They say you are the 5 people you spend the most time with, and I spend most of my time with these hooligans.
When your crew challenges you to a 400m tire flip, you oblige willingly, no matter how dirty you get.
- And of course, all those random moments with JJ & Bode that always have me smiling. I found the picture below on my phone that I had forgotten about and I couldn’t help but smile.
Thankful for You
And yes, I am thankful for you. Whether you reach out and tell me you made a recipe, learned something new or just liked seeing what I ate for breakfast. It means the world to me that you are there, and you care. Thank you for supporting me and for believing in me. You are the reason I decided to keep up this blog and keep putting sassy recipes and musings out there, so thank you.
Alright, enough of the sappy post, I’m not the best at expressing my emotions/feelings anyway. I do want to challenge you. Besides the challenging at-home workouts below, I want you to try to enjoy the holiday and not get wrapped up in the consumerism of it all. Spend time laughing, napping, playing, relaxing and unwinding. Spend less time shopping (I mean seriously, just I saw an ad that stores are opening early for deals on Thursday, nope, not into that), worrying about what others are doing and not too much time overeating.
At Home Workouts
Now that you know what I’m thankful for (hopefully). I wanted to show you how thankful I am for you by giving you a few of my favorite body-weight at home workouts. I have traveled a lot over the past 2 years and sometimes you have to get creative.
Hold up. I am NOT saying that you need to exercise during your Thanksgiving holiday. While, yes, it would be nice for you to move (not just back and forth from the food table to the couch), do not feel like you need to punish yourself for eating a Thanksgiving feast. Instead, these are meant to give you ideas if you feel the urge to move your body with purpose.
3, 2, 1, GO!
So let’s hear it! What are you thankful for this year?