Friday, December 09, 2016

In Appreciation

As the end of the year rapidly approaches, I am taking a moment to count a few of my blessings and appreciate what I have.  I didn't write about them over Thanksgiving break and I think that it can be easy to lose sight of my privilege when I'm so wrapped up in the daily motion of life. 

Family.  I will be spending my holidays divided between my two families: my boyfriend's family and my own.  I appreciate so much love and warmth for it was not always so.  There is a warmth from being around good people that no physical fire can attain.

Health.  I had my yearly checkup and, thankfully, everything came back normal.  As they say, "Health is wealth" . . . because doctor's bills are expensive.

Home.  I appreciate having a roof of my head and a warm house to cozy up inside, especially this time of year.  I fall asleep every night next to my best friend.  All my roommates and I get along.  There is a lovely dog who brings unparalleled vivacity to our home.  When we all hang out together, it's like a constant house party without all the social awkwardness.

Education.  I complain about the hardships of graduate school a lot, but I lamented how the lack of an education turned our election this year.  Graduate school is one of the most mentally arduous things one can do, but I'm grateful to have an education. 

You.  I am thankful for all of you who come here and make Lumière & Lens interactive.  I appreciate every comment, every tweet, every follow.  I started this blog to write purely for myself so thank you for responding so that I'm not purely yelling into a void.  

I want to round out the end of this year on a positive note so this post is in appreciation.  What blessings are you counting?


  1. I am thankful for your existence and your blog <3

    Love, Kandice & Thoughts

  2. Health is wealth indeed! I'm getting a checkup next year too hopefully things turns out ok. But this year I'm thankful for finally being in employment after the constant stress/worry over 3 years and how lucky I am! And being in a position where I can continue to live my life the way I like (within certain boundaries, of course). And you! :-)

    Cherie | sinonym

  3. Medical check ups are such a good idea - I'm going to have a look into this myself. Also, I haven't been blogging in ages, and i love the blog update (sorry if I'm months behind!) but I love the new look!

  4. Health is very important, my grandad is unwell at the moment and it makes you realise life is so precious. I love your list and I can imagine having a dog around is so much fun!

    I'm grateful to have the opportunity to do the work that I love, being married to someone who brings out the best in me and the amazing holidays I've been on this year :)

    Hanh | Hanhabelle