5 Things I’m thankful for in 2022


Happy Thanksgiving! Each year, despite how sh***y the year has been, I try to write down at least 5 things I am thankful for that year.

Last year, I was thankful for the following:

  • Having a job with lots of overtime
  • Getting to go into the office that one or two days each week
  • Road trips – Highway 12, Las Vegas, Yellowstone
  • My sympathetic co-workers
  • The audiobooks and podcasts keeping me sane while working from home
  • My garden
  • The blogging community

Can we agree that 2022 has been a bad year? The stock market has been in free-fall mode for most of the year. I like to say “one step forward, five steps back” when I see an “up” day because I know it won’t last. My retirement savings, like everyone else, took a tumble, and had incurred quite a steep loss when I had to sell some of my investment to pay for my braces. Then, there’s war on the other side of the world and other stuff was happening.

All the crap aside, today is Thanksgiving, we are supposed to be thankful, not complaining. So without further complaining, here is my list for all that I’m thankful for in 2022:

  • I am thankful for my garden. This is the biggest thing I have to be thankful this year. It kept me busy, sane, and made me happy.
  • I am thankful for work. At times, work feels like it’s the most satisfying thing in life. It’s weird, huh? I think between life at home and my mom, aunt, uncle come to me for every little thing, it makes work feel satisfying.
  • I am thankful for Starbucks coffee. It’s a weird thing to be thankful for but it’s been the thing to help me gain a sense of control in my life because getting coffee by myself helps me convince myself I don’t have a leash around my neck and that my mom isn’t controlling me, not at the moment at least.
  • I am thankful for the blogging community, for my frequent visitors and commenters (you know who you are) for cheering for me on the side, even in hard times, and I will admit that I had some tough times in 2022.
  • Lastly, I am thankful I am okay despite having a few health problems and getting into a car accident in 2022. I’m thankful I made it through another year.

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