It’s been an amazing year for the Chicks. We met each other. We celebrated two book birthdays. We even started this blog! With Thanksgiving next week, we wanted to share our appreciation for all the good things that made us most happy this year.
I have a lot to be thankful for this year. My family. My friends. My job. This blog. Believe me when I say that I give thanks for those blessings every single day, which is why I’m going to go a lighter route and give thanks to this meme. (Before you click, just know that it does have foul language.) Why? Because it has made me laugh each and every time I’ve seen it. No matter if I’m having a good day or (more often) if I’m having a bad day, I see this photo and I find myself literally LOLing. Life can be hectic. It can be sad. It can be scary. With so much bad out there—in both our personal lives and the world in general—sometimes you just need to be thankful that you still have the ability to laugh. This is my reminder.
Okay, let me just say that if you’d asked me a year ago if I’d be sitting here trying to articulate what I’m thankful for as a published author on a multi-author blog where I share space with three phenomenally talented writers, two of whom I didn’t even know existed a year ago… I would have said you were koo koo krazy. And yet I am! So I’m beyond thankful for the opportunities this past year has gifted me with, and for the people who’ve made my dreams come true. As always, I am grateful for my husband, kid and dogs – not necessarily in that order. And I am particularly grateful for the fact that my beloved mother still possesses her wits and health as she stares down 89. And I pray that next year I’ll be writing about how thankful I am that she’s staring down the big 9-0.
I’m thankful for little things, like the tree outside my kitchen window that blooms with tiny purple flowers all year long. I’m thankful for big things, like the fact that I get to be a writer for a living and that I took a chance on moving to San Francisco. I’m thankful for profound things, like friends and family and a roof over my head. And I’m thankful for weird, random things, like the fact that Sharknados aren’t real. I’m thankful for my fabulous fellow Chicks. I’m thankful that I found the perfect china cabinet on craigslist to display my grandmother’s tea set. I’m thankful for every single person who stops by our blog. (Seriously, thank you!) And I’m thankful that this baby goat gave it all he’s got.
This November I’m of course grateful for all the “usual” things. You know, the ones which should never be taken for granted—family, friends, health, and more. But this year my gratitude meter is on steroids. It’s been a crazy twelve months, and at the risk of sliding into Sap City here, I have to say I’m feeling a little overwhelmed with emotion as we head into this holiday season.
Recently my husband started a new job he really loves and I did, too: my first book pubbed earlier this month. It almost feels like New Year’s right now rather than Thanksgiving, because I’ve reflected so much lately on where I’ve been and where I’m headed. This year in particular, my writing—and actually becoming published—brought me so much joy (and some roller-coaster nerves). But I know I’d be nowhere on this crazy literary road without my fellow Chicks. Marla, Ellen, and Kellye have been my friends, cheerleaders, and no-fail brake system for those (ahem) very occasional times it was Writer Meltdown Ahead. Humor, patience, generosity, expertise, and so many intangibles I can’t even list. Forget the turkey. What’s Thanksgiving without a few great Chicks?
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Chicks on the Case! Now it’s your turn. What are you thankful for? Drop us a note in the comments so we can all celebrate together!
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