Since it’s better to do it late than not at all, here’s my list of 20 things I’m thankful for. In no particular order:
1. My dog, Cocoa, is happy and healthy again. She wasn’t feeling too well a month or so ago. Allergies had her licking herself until she was red.
2. I’m finally a published author. (This would probably be No. 1 if I were ranking my list. It’s something I’ve wanted since I was in second grade.) Knowing people are out there, enjoying one of my stories, is one of the best feelings in the world …
3. My car runs great despite its advancing age.
4. I have a roof over my head.
5. I have a day job I don’t hate (most of the time. It has its moments, as longtime readers well know. But when they happen, I try to take a deep breath and remind myself I’m lucky to be employed. Newspapers are a dying breed, after all.)
6. My iPhone. I love being able to check email, tweet and FB on the go. Heck, with all the things I have to do to promote my book(s), it’s practically a necessity.
7. Got a new laptop this year. It was more a “have to,” but I’m still thankful to have my new MacBook.
8. Jamie Mendell’s Good Life Holiday Challenge. If I can manage to apply what I’m learning, it’ll be one of the best things that’s happened to me this year. I think “life-changing” might be a good word to describe it, actually.
9. Friends, both online and IRL.
10. Family, even though I don’t see them often enough. Maybe when I make enough selling books to quit the day job, I’ll move closer to my niece and nephew.
11. A cute, warm new winter coat, with matching scarf, gloves and hat.
12. A body that keeps going even when I don’t treat it as well as I should. (Something I’m realizing through the Good Life Challenge.)
13. I have enough extra cash to make Starbucks my base for writing. Cheaper than renting office space, right? 😉
14. I got out of Flagstaff for the weekend. They got something like two feet of snow in town—but I was down south, in Camp Verde, with the Boyfriend. No shoveling for me!
15. Videos on the Internet can teach me to knit. My mom taught me to crochet when I was about 8, but I’ve always wanted to learn to knit, too. Finally, I’m doing it.
16. Living in beautiful, sunny northern Arizona (snow and all). I’m so glad I decided to leave Indiana in 1999.
17. Quiet times. Sometimes it’s nice to just sit and be still.
18. Two loving cats—but if I ever find out which one keeps peeing on my bed, it’s going to be one.
19. A Boyfriend who loves me at every size, and supports my writing. (This would probably be No. 1 or No. 2 … if I were ranking the list, which I’m not.)
20. Family game time. My parents were big on board games when I was younger, and the Boyfriend’s family likes to play cards. Even though I usually lose (and the Boyfriend is a terrible, smug winner), I still have fun.
I could probably come up with 20 more, but I need to get busy writing. A new story has been calling me.