By Glenne Fucci, Regular ContributorNovember 26, 2015
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It’s that time of year -- that time that I hope gives you just as much happiness as it gives me. We’re about to embark on a week of friendsgiving, thanksgiving, visiting family, friends, and loved ones, shamelessly consuming all the delicious food and watching a never-ending loop of football. Maybe we’re traveling far to see those we wish to see more, or maybe we’re just heading to the comfort of our childhood homes with our families. Wherever we go though and whatever we do it is so important that we reflect on the past year and pay our gratitude forward.
From the time we’re little kids, we’re told that the holiday season is about giving thanks for family, friends, good health, and good food. It’s about coming together from those near and far and enjoying a day in which the outside world and all its problems doesn’t seem to exist. But as much as it is a day to give thanks for all that we’re lucky enough to have in our lives, it is also a day to reflect and give thanks to ourselves for all that we have accomplished this year.
It’s so easy to become wrapped up in the chaos of the holidays that we forget to take a step back and appreciate how much we’ve grown over the past year.
We often spend so much time trying to please or impress other people that we minimize our achievements when we really deserve to be proud of the ladies we have become!
Let’s first thank all those in our life that have influenced and shaped us into the fabulous girls that we have morphed into. Let’s thank those those that ensure we are safe and protected and able to live the lives that we dream. But then, let’s thank ourselves.
We have made it through another year, another set of challenges, another obstacle course of life.
You have grown and changed and (hopefully) moved a little closer to the person you hope to become. Thank yourself for finishing a school year, starting a new one, getting a job, moving jobs, making new friends, leaving behind those that dragged you down, and reaching out to those that build you up. Thank yourself for chasing after your dreams. Thank yourself for adventuring to lands near and far, for trying new foods, for meeting new people and experiencing different cultures. Thank yourself for never giving up, even when this year pushed you down in ways you never thought imaginable. Even if you had a tough year, the kind that you want to leave behind and never look back at, you still have grown and changed and are on the road to a promising new year.
Give thanks for all that you contribute -- you have changed the world or, at the very least, someone’s world.
You have changed and shaped your communities and beyond. You have inspired and influenced and impacted those around you in the most positive and beautiful of ways. You are worthy of finding pride and joy and happiness in your accomplishments. What better time to give thanks to yourself then when you’re sharing that love with your loved ones! So, when you're sitting at your holiday dinners this year, give thanks to your family, friends, health and safety, but also give thanks to yourself. You did it, you made it, and it’s time to be hopeful for the year ahead!
What have you accomplished this year? What are you proud of from this year? Tell us below and then thank yourself!
Glenne is a third year law student hailing from NYC, University of Michigan ‘13 grad and Beyonce enthusiast. Currently residing in Korea, her interests include duathlons/triathlons, traveling near and far, documentary films, consuming sugary cereal, watching mid-2000s teen dramas and singing her heart out at Betty Who concerts. You can watch her attempt to navigate Asia and beyond on Instagram @glennefucci.
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