Thanksgiving 2016

Is it just me or did Thanksgiving come extremely quick? It seems like just yesterday we were back home celebrating 4th of July and now here we are at the end of November celebrating Thanksgiving. As the 2016 holiday season approaches I wanted to the time to share a few things I am thankful for. 

It's obvious that I am thankful for the typical things like my family, a roof over my head, and air in my lungs, but while still Blessed, 2016 has not been easy. I wanted to take the time to give thanks to situations that have come my way in 2016 that, while negative, I am still able to give thanks to what I was able to take from them.  Here are 3 unconventional situations I am giving thanks to this Thanksgiving and I hope it inspires you to re-evaluate some of the hard times you may have gone through this year.

1. This year I lost two very important people in my life. First person being someone who was like a brother to me, "Man" and the second being my childhood dance teacher Mrs. Anita Neil. While losing them was devastating, the thing I am thankful for are the messages they left me with. "Man" taught me to live life to the fullest. Appreciate every day, don't stress the small stuff, and enjoy life no matter what hands I am dealt. Mrs. Neil taught me to follow my passions, give back, never settle when it comes to what I want to do in life, and to live a life of intent. 

2. This year is the first year I am spending both Thanksgiving and Christmas away from my family. While bitter sweet and while I have always been grateful for and appreciated my family, not being able to spend the holidays with them has taken my love and appreciation to another level. Don't take for granted the time you are able to spend with your family during the holiday season. 

3. Last but not least, I am thankful for being frustrated at work. Sometimes all it takes is a little frustration to light the fire under your ass you need to step it up a notch. It's the motivation I needed to work really hard to make other things happen for myself. So this holiday season I am choosing to look at it as the push I need to make sure I am living up to my fullest potential.

I encourage you all to take a step back, re-evaluate the negative situations you have/are going through and try to find the blessing in the lesson. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

**Enjoy some of my favorite throwback Thursday photos

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