We often spend one day a year reflecting on how thankful we are. Well, I have spent a lot of time thanking God, reflecting on my life, and being grateful for my parents, my journey, and specifically this year making it thus far unscathed. During my prayer time, I realized that this is a Season of Thanksgiving for me. Today I want to share what I’m most thankful for. It’s a lot so bear with me.... Let’s start with my parents. Growing up my parents weren’t married but I like to call them a team especially during my teenage years. I would ask mama for something and she would say ask your daddy 🤦🏾♀️. Immediately I knew the answer was no. It would make me so mad because she would say he might say yes knowing good and well he was going to say no. One year he even wrote me a letter to say Happy Birthday I sent you some money buy something but preferably not that Kango you asked for 🥴😂😂 . As a young person, they were on my nerves as I’m sure your parents were too. But looking back I am so thankful for them. For every no, for every long conversation, for always sticking with me even when I didn’t do right. For seeing me through every phase in my life. For pushing me to be better than I thought I could be. For paying my cell phone bill at 30 lol (daddy please don’t get any ideas) 😂 for supporting every single idea I have (my mama is The Holloman Foundation) she makes it all happen.
Next up I have some pretty great siblings. I’m not being biased but I met y’all, sisters and brothers, LOL j/k. But seriously they are super supportive and always a listening ear. Torrie is the GOAT, Tysan will never let you be set up, sis is always going to give you a heads up, Jordan always answers the phone and provides a good laugh just when you need it most.
My friend's real friends better than your friends ( I think that’s what Beyoncé said 😂) You are the company you keep and I’m in good company that is all.
At just 30 I’m on my second career. I started working with Forest Service and I figured out early that wasn’t for me. I’m thankful for my time with them, the experience I gained, and the people I met. But I’m more thankful that I now have a career that I’m growing in and that I love. Working with and developing students is my passion.
I’m a doctor I know y’all are tired of hearing it but I’m not tired of saying it 🤷🏾♀️. Seriously though I’m still celebrating 🥳 this major milestone in my life. It’s been a year but it still feels so surreal. I’m thankful because I remember telling Mrs. Chestnut my high school guidance counselor that I was struggling my freshman year of college. No matter what I did I couldn’t make the grades. I wanted to tell my parents that I couldn’t do it. She gave me the pep talk of my life and look at me now I have three degrees. So I’m extremely grateful for the good people that helped to push me along the way. And y’all my mama and daddy like to say I’m a doctor so I’m thankful I was able to do something to make them proud.
Every day I say thank you Lord for good health and a sound mind. Too often we take those things for granted. When I say I’m thankful to have made it this far unscathed I truly mean it. COVID-19 has run rampant and so many lives have been lost. I’m grateful, that my family and I haven’t been infected. I’m also grateful that we have made it back home each day. My mistakes, my shortcomings, my life experiences, my setbacks. I’m thankful for the climb. I’ve learned it’s an uphill battle but I’m more equipped for it not solely because of the good but some of the bad too. It shaped me into a fighter.
Last but certainly not least I’m thankful that I know God, that I’m in a relationship with God, that I can look back over my life and see the hand of God. Most importantly I’m thankful that I speak to God daily and he speaks back ❤️
Now I challenge you to take some time today and reflect on who and what you’re thankful for. Don’t wait until thanksgiving and remember after thanksgiving still be thankful ❤️