I had one topic for a post today and just kept putting off writing it day after day. It’s not that the topic isn’t important (it is!) but the right words haven’t been attached to the idea yet.
I had driven home for a few days this past weekend and got back to my apartment yesterday afternoon and as I was getting ready to head back out for an appointment, I had this sudden rush of gratitude. It’s been a little over year since the conclusion of 50 States In A Year and while I’m still dealing with many of the repercussions of it, I’m feeling so much more optimistic around it all.
I sat down to write a short little “thank you” to post on my personal Facebook page and it turned into something much longer than I expected but the overwhelming response continued to show the support that I have around me every single day, so instead of trying to right something new, I want to share this with you all because it extends beyond just those I’m Facebook friends with…
One year ago, I had to swallow my pride and announce the premature ending of my 50 States In A Year project…A lot has happened in that year, during the 10 months on the road, and the months of planning leading up to it all.
Maybe I’m feeling a bit nostalgic today, or maybe I’m looking ahead and remaining hopeful that I will soon be able to close the final puzzle piece holding me down from moving past a lot of it…but regardless of what it is, I want to take this moment to thank *every single person* who has supported me through it all – the before, the during, and (especially) the after.
I haven’t gone into details publicly with what happened and I have no plan to (right now), but let’s just say that it has been one of the biggest learning experiences of my life that I know I will look back on and be proud to see how I rose from the ashes.
I am forever in your debt so once again, to every single person who has supported me through this, I am so very grateful for your friendship.
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That’s all I have today. Go say “thank you” to someone who you don’t think you say it to enough.
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I think it’s great that in that moment you were able to express it!
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Beautiful, and touching Katie. I hope your heart and soul are full to the brim and you live without zero regret. It’s all one big learning experience. 🙂
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I love this-I am focusing on being more thankful lately also!
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I’ve always been a believer that there’s always something to be thankful for, even when times are tough or things don’t go the way we thought they would. So I loved this post. Thanks for sharing what you’re willing to share. 🙂
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I love how you keep a positive outlook throughout the difficult times since I know that’s not always easy to do.
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I’ve also been thinking back on the past year quite a bit, its amazing how much things change…i’m thankful we have the ability to continue changing.
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I know that has to be hard for you, but you have such a great attitude! Gratitude is such an important part of a happy life, and I am glad you have found gratitude and peace.
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Such an amazing way to look at things Katie! Such an amazing attitude!
LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about this post. It’s not always easy to feel gratitude in life’s difficult moments, but to seek out the important lessons… well, it’s testimony of the kind of person you are 🙂 Excited for all that lies ahead for you, sweet one.
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Gratitude is SO important to have. I don’t know what happened but you will be able to grow because of it.
GRATEFULNESS! It’s such a blessing to see someone who is grateful for the challenges and the obstacles that have confronted them; it really is the cure to discontentment or complaining. I love this Katie.
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Great reminder to be thankful. Some days we just need that!
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Yep, Im pushing myself to feel more gratitude each day too. There are so many supportive loving people in my life who i dont thank enough!
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Love, love, love – I think it’s so important to recognize those who have stood by you, supported you, and challenged you. It’s definitely something we don’t do enough!
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What a great reminder to be thankful and grateful for what we have today, tomorrow may not come.
LOVE this post! Expressing gratitude is such a huge things I think we need to do more often! This is my little reminder to be extra thankful today!
I”m having a Thankful Thursday moment as well. Like I said when we talked on Tuesday–sometimes, you just have to be thankful for the experiences, even if they don’t work out the way you thought they would or should.
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Gratitude…we could all use more of it! I think your post was wonderful…and whenever the words come to attach to it you’ll share, but I think just spreading gratitude makes your journey worth it…hugs!
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