I’m thankful for a new beginning

Thanksgiving is a time when we focus on all the blessings in our lives. This year, much like other years, I am thankful for a family who support me, friends who love me, a house to live in and a God who sustains me.

Today, however, I am especially thankful for a new beginning.

If you know me or have been following my blog for very long, you probably know that I graduated in May and that I’ve been looking for a “real job” ever since. I am happy to announce that I will begin my new job as the education reporter for The Salisbury Post on December 11.

This is such an answer to prayer! Over the past six months I’ve really struggled to understand God’s plan and his timing for my life. While Salisbury wasn’t even on my radar as a place I’d want to go, I’m excited for this opportunity to start my career at a strong, daily paper in my beautiful home state. I’m excited to learn from seasoned reporters and editors. I’m excited for this new beginning.

I’m thankful that I have things here in Raleigh that will be hard to leave. I’m going to miss working with Drew and the rest of my Chick-fil-A Cary Towne Center team. Never before have I been so sad to leave a job. I’ve enjoyed working on a fantastic, genuine, cohesive team. I’m going to miss my not-so-small small group on Tuesday nights. I’m going to miss people asking me to bake cupcakes for random events, spur of the moment trips to Walmart and talking for hours after Bible study ends. I’m going to miss going to Christmas at DPAC. I’m going to miss impromptu movie nights with my best friends.

Grown up life is going to be intimidating and challenging, but full of rewards. I’m excited and thankful for this new beginning.

Today, I am thankful

Yesterday I wrote about how I was struggling. Nothing has really changed, except for one conscious decision: I choose to be thankful.

  • I am thankful because I have family and friends (and even friend’s families) who love me and would drop/have dropped everything to help me out. Whether it’s coming to my aid during a crisis, inspecting used cars or inviting me to dinner, these people mean so much to me. Even if these people aren’t my “buddies” (although I DO hang out with some of my friends’ parents), they are precious.
  • I am thankful because I have friends and family that, despite great distance, show me love, hear me out, encourage me and make me laugh.
  • I am thankful for my parents. I am thankful that they are healthy, in love and my rock when things fall apart.
  • I am thankful for the uplifting music playing on my way to and from work today.
  • I am thankful for my job. Yes, I’ve traded my heels for “chicken shoes,” my address doesn’t include a 20002 (or similar) zip code, I’m not sitting behind a computer writing all day and I’m not making as much as I would like to be making as a college graduate; but I am still thankful. I have a boss that exemplifies generosity and graciousness everyday. I have coworkers that are work hard, take care of each other and are genuinely joyful. I get to use my gifts and skills both behind the counter and in building sales for our store.
  • I am thankful for understanding, kind and even jovial tow truck drivers.
  • I am thankful for autumn (including, but not limited to: comfortable days and cool evenings, pumpkin everything, changing leaves and the anticipation of Thanksgiving and Christmas).

“…For all Your goodness I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find…”

~Matt Redman, “10,000 Reasons”