A note from Joelle...
It's a total coincidence that this post has come out on Thanksgiving - I didn't actually plan that!
If you have been reading my blog for a while, you will know that I love a good moan or sarcastic rant. But when it comes down to it, there are so many thing (little and bigger) that I am really thankful for:
My readers (you) - I can't thank you enough for taking a few minutes out of your precious time to read posts on my blog. Back in the day, it was just me reading it, so I guess I have come a really long way with the readership I now have!
It is so easy to get consumed by the number of comments/likes/shares/views blogs get and then tailor posts just to please readers. I chose not to do that and just write whatever comes out of my head, and you guys have been so supportive of that.
No word of a lie, it really makes my day when you message/tweet me saying that my posts entertained you to made you think - that's all I could ever want!
Education - Gone are the days where I moan about getting up early for university or getting upset about how much work I have to do. I 1) so incredibly
lucky blessed to have gotten into on of the best unis for my degree subject and 2) so fortunate to even have such a high level of education.
There are millions of children and women around the world who would give anything to go to university and get a better life for themselves/their families through that education, so I will never complain again.
Living so close to Uni - I know this is a weird one, but boy, it's such a blessing! It takes 5 mins to get to the library and an addition 2 mins to get to class everyday, which means I'm rarely late and can't make excuses as to why I can't come in and study. As I'm in my third out of four years, every bit of work counts!
My parents - The hardest working people on the entire planet, and that is no exaggeration. Yes, sometimes my hormones kick in and I disrespect them, but since living in a different country to them I have realised that they just want what's best for me and aren't here to ruin my life.
Having four kids is no joke, so I tip my hat to 'em.
Music - Sounds weird, but I have been obsessed with music from a very young age and I have it playing from dusk 'til dawn. Even when I'm walking to uni, I listen to my 'Positive' playlist, which features both worship and super-uplifting songs to start my day off well.
I feel so fortunate to have been able to have music and performance lessons from an early age, which helps when I am really bored. I can just whip out some Bach/Mozart/Tchaikovsky scores and practise on my flute or piccolo.
Being able to read western music is a language in itself, and I will never take that gift for granted.
If you are American, have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Are there any things you are thankful for? It can be as big or as small as you want!