What Am I Grateful For?

As we celebrate the Holiday season, it’s universally encouraged to take time and appreciate. Appreciate family, friends, good health, personal passions, and fond memories of moments passed. I’ve been blessed with all of the above. But, in accordance with unspoken blogger law, I must post my most loved online. So here’s what I’ve loved most about 2013.

1. My family.

For those of you that know them, you know that they’re a quirky, lovable bunch. My sisters are my soulmates; my father is my hero; my extended family–boyfriend’s family included–is a group with enough compassion, intellect, affection, and support that I wake up grateful for their presence every single day. They’re not afraid to push my buttons (“What could you possibly do with a film and new media degree?“), or to make me push myself (“Finish your programming assignment, and then you can have the rest of the bacon.”) I only wish that excuses to travel cross-country were easier to come by than occasional holidays.

Katie, Emily and me at Dave Matthews 2013

Katie, Emily and me at Dave Matthews 2013

2. Jake.

Alright, fine, it’s nauseating, I know. But having someone in your life for 12 years an annoyance, nine years a friend, and seven years a partner accumulates an awful lot of appreciation. He knows how to sooth my anxious tendencies and tolerate my juvenile sense of humor when I’m overtired. He’ll send surprise flowers when I’m having a rough day, remind me to avoid apples on an empty stomach (even though I love them and citric acid allergies are dumb), and frame my published bylines out of his own pride alone. Truly a keeper, I think.

Jake and me at a wedding this summer!

Jake and me at a wedding this summer!

3. The Girls in my life.

Girls is capitalized for a reason. They indulge in my high-maintenance wardrobe orchestration, never judge my affection for Qdoba or Five Guys, happily watch as I swoon over the latest nice thing that Jake did, and they listen to me talk about the same dumb stuff all the time. All the time! I don’t know how I got so lucky, but through thick and thin, no matter how many times I listen to the same 10 songs on repeat, they’re in the car singing along.

Christina, me, Jenn, and Savannah this Halloween.

Christina, me, Jenn, and Savannah this Halloween.

4. My education.

Everyone has ups and downs with their undergraduate experience, but I’ll be graduating in May with an indescribable appreciation. Wheaton has afforded me incredible instruction in a liberal arts curriculum, particularly in my major and minor departments (Film & New Media Studies, Journalism Studies, and Hispanic Studies). My advisors–Professor Josh Stenger and Professor Talitha Espiritu–are fantastic professional mentors, my courses are challenging and exciting, and my extracurricular experiences with the preceptor program, wind symphony, and school newspaper have been life-changing…not to mention the internship experience I’ve gained with Passport Magazine, The Celebrity Cafe, Teen Vogue, Dering Hall, Oribe Hair Care, and JAYE Magazine. Couldn’t have done it without you, Wheaton.

Wheaton College Preceptors & Deans Interns 2013-2014

Wheaton College Preceptors & Deans Interns 2013-2014

For now,  I’m closing my laptop for nap and family time. We’ll be doing our annual cousins movie date soon (though without a new Twilight movie, I’m not sure what we’ll be watching). What are you all most thankful for today?

Stay gracious, dear readers.

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