A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker forwarded an e-mail to the office about Good Riddance Day. I’ve honestly never heard of the occasion, but apparently people congregate in Times Square to destroy any remembrance of negative things that occurred that year. Of course, this started a discussion of what we’d like to forget about 2016 and I promise you, I couldn’t think of one thing (knock on wood, I know we still have a few weeks to go!).
Of course, this occurrence and the mindset that comes with Thanksgiving, has had me reflecting on all of the positive things in my life. Although I can’t really pinpoint any monumental happenings in 2016, I spent a majority of this year a very happy person, surrounded by very wonderful people. Being away from my family has always been hard for me, but I’m beyond grateful that I’ve met friends here in Raleigh that have helped to fill this void. This year, my two best friends, Kat and Camellia, each asked me to be in their weddings set for next year. When I think of how just two years ago, I barely knew a soul in this town and now, I’ve developed strong enough friendships where people want me involved in their significant life events, I feel like the luckiest kid on the planet.
Also, this is the first year that I won’t be spending Thanksgiving in Pittsburgh with my family. When I came to this realization, I was devastated. I imagined myself spending the holiday alone in my apartment, blinds drawn, Ben & Jerry’s in hand, watching Gilmore Girls on Netflix with a tear-stained face (fyi – this is not an exaggeration, I’m such a baby about FOMO). But, not only do I have plans for this Thursday, they are actually quite fantastic! My other BFF, Sammie, and I will be spending the day hiking (or “casually walking” through the park) and binge watching the Kardashians before heading to our co-worker’s house for Thanksgiving dinner. He’s already sent e-mails about the amazing food and games planned for the evening and I’m actually really looking forward to my first Friendsgiving.
Of course, I’ll probably FaceTime my mom at least three times that day and force my sisters to send multiple pictures, but I’m very happy to know that I’ll still be with people I care about, having a good time and eating way too much pie. I hope you all enjoy your holiday too! 🙂
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