Remembering what I am thankful for at the end of the year is a great way for me to reflect on everything I've learned and everything I have been given in this beautiful life. Sometimes, I can forget everything I DO have because I am so focused on what I DON'T have. Even though this list only names 17 things, that doesn't mean I'm not only thankful for 17 things (I just can't think of anything else to add right here at this moment)!

1. Coffee. 

You gave me life when all I wanted was to be asleep in my warm and cozy bed.

2. My new car, Daisy. 

Even though you replaced my OG, I think I'll love you just as much.

3. Longwood University. 

Choosing this school was the best decision I've ever made.

4. Heat and electricity. 

After we lost power in a snowstorm, I have never been more thankful for heat and wifi in my entire life.

5. The person who found my credit card on the side of the road and turned it into LUPD instead of stealing it. 

You give me faith in humanity.

6. People to go "cloud-gazing" with.  

Oh, what a surprise this was!

7. Jesus. 

I don't know where I would be without Him.

8. People who listen to me b*tch about anything at any time of day. 

You know who you are.

9. Waking up to my dog be the happiest pup in the entire world. 

My dog is cuter than yours, don't @ me.

10.  Potstickers. 

I ate you for dinner more times than I care to admit, but you will forever remain my favorite.

11.  My support system. 

Friends, family, my treatment team... thank you for all you do.

12.  Country music. 

Thank you for being something I can jam to, whether I'm in my car, the library, or my shower.

13.  Headspace. 

I always thought the whole meditation "trend" was something for liberals (!!), but I have found so much peace and joy through it.

14. The gym. 

You always make me a happier person at the end of the day, even if I can't feel my legs for the rest of the week.

15.  My "kiddos."

They aren't actually my kids, but being a nanny to five different kids this year has helped me grow in so many ways.

16.  My health. 

Mentally and physically, I am in a good place, and I could not be more grateful for this.

17.  The ability to forgive others. 

I hate to admit this, but can be a very petty and passive-aggressive person when I feel someone has wronged me. However, this only hurts me in the end, so this year, I've learned to forgive others and move on.

Focusing on what you DO have will change your outlook on life; it can be something simple or something extravagant.