I'll be honest. 2016 has sucked. There are days when I wake up and think that karma has taken a big crap right on our house. I've been looking for a new job for 10 weeks. I took a temp job because frankly you can't live on unemployment, and I can't just sit at home sending resume after resume all in the hopes that someone will call me for an interview.
So, while I will continue to customize and send my resumes out every week, I will change the way I think about 2016, and focus on making 2017 better for every person in our house.
Today, I am thankful for all these things...
- My marriage. 24 years and counting.
- My kids. 18 and almost 23 years old. Smart, strong, and truly nice kids.
- My dogs. Even though they drive me nuts, they are part of our family.
- My house. The roof over my head, and how 22 years ago we turned a house, into a home.
- Our families. Today we sat at a table with 18 people and laughed, and laughed, and laughed. We aren't all related. But we are all family.
- Cars in our driveway.
- Meals on the table. Sure, there are some nights that are full spreads, much like Thanksgiving dinner, but there are also nights where we make due with grilled cheese and soup, or breakfast for dinner.
- My friends. Friends from grade school, middle school, high school and college. Friends made from jobs. Friends I met because of who I married. Friends made because our kids were in sports. Friends made through marriages and after divorces. Friends who get me.
- Our home away from home. Just a little place where we can go and get away from everything.
- My Canon. My husband started me down this path years ago, and upgrades me when he can. I'm always the person behind the camera, and I'm ok with that, because there are times that I can capture that perfect moment in time. Maybe in 2017 I'll move from behind the camera.
- Writing something and having it resonate with the reader. I love when I write something, and people get it.
- Making people laugh. Social media has allowed me the ability to write a post and have people laugh at it...be it related to my neighbors, or ex-colleagues, or something someone in my house said.
- Knowing that deep down, behind my sarcasm and the bad luck we have had, lies true happiness for every single person in my house, every single person in my family, and all my friends.
For the next few weeks before the end of this year, I am going to change the way I think.... everything is going to be turned from negative into positive. I want to roll into 2017 with a great job, another book published, pictures taken that get turned into Christmas cards, and true honest to goodness happiness. You might be wondering, how the hell can that be done in five weeks? I really don't know....but I'll figure it out. There has to be a better way. If anyone wants to join me on this journey, let me know. I can use some encouragement. I think we could all use a better 2017.