A Pre-Feast Moment of Gratitude

Happy Thanksgiving Eve, friends! As we get closer to my favorite day of 2015 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Day, not Christmas, guys – I can’t believe how fast the year has flown by. Did time go by this fast when I was younger? Is that something aging women say?

As we step into my favorite eating holiday of the year, it’s easy to forget the reason for the season – gratitude.

I’ve discussed how taking daily pauses of gratitude has changed my life before. By taking a moment for introspection every day and taking a second to remember who I am and what I’ve got, I’ve become a much happier person.

As it’s Thanksgiving, it makes more sense to look at the bigger picture. Here are five big things I’m thankful for in 2015:

1. Fulfillment of a Lifelong Dream

I’ve wanted to live in Chicago since I was little. It was either the Windy City or The Big Apple, and I knew I couldn’t hack it in NYC long-term. Getting here has often felt like a nine-year journey that started in college, and I’m so grateful that every decision and even misstep in my life that ultimately brought me here. I’m thankful I’m finally exactly where I should be.

2. Sisters

10 years ago I wasn’t very close with my sisters. Hell, 5 years ago I wasn’t very close with my sisters. But something has happened in the last few years that drew us together. Group texts? Snapchat? Whatever it was, I’m grateful it happened.

My dad always told me my sisters and I would be the best life-long friends we could ever ask for. I can’t speak for them, but he was absolutely right on my end.

3. Long-distance Friendships

The whole making new friends thing is going well. Exceedingly well, actually. I’m incredibly awkward, but I’m starting to meet other awkward people. So it’s working out in my favor.

The people who keep me grounded, though, are the people who text me almost every single morning and chat with me about the mundane moments of life, like how my interval training is going or if I’ve started my holiday baking yet. Those are the friends who have made this move to Chicago the easiest on me. Much love to you guys!

4. A Stimulating Job

I’ve always followed my gut when it comes to my career – if something feels like fun and provides constant challenges and opportunities for growth, I go for it. I’ve always believed that I could find the kind of job that felt like fun at least 90% of the time. And finally, here I am. And I get to work in sweatpants with my dog curled up around my feet. Bonus!

5. Health and Happiness

We live in a world in which many people – many women specifically – don’t have a safe and happy home. Therefore, it’s important for me to take a step back and remind myself I have a warm home, three square meals a day, and the right to be treated as a person and not property.

Five amazing things for which I’m grateful. It’s been a good year.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!



  • Brian Sirimaturos
    December 10, 2015

    Love your lists…and this one also! So important to think about all the things we do have going for us…thank you for reminding me to step back and reflect.

    • Allison
      December 10, 2015

      Thanks, Brian! Daily pauses for gratitude really has improved my life. I hope it does the same for you!