Some of this year has not been easy, in fact parts of it have been horrible. But I've grown, and I've changed, and I've accepted and I've learned.
I never thought I'd say this but I'm grateful.
I'm grateful for the hope and the pain - because without both I wouldn't be who I am today. I'm a different person than I was last Thanksgiving - and that's a good thing. Life is full of experiences and I've decided to let them build me up to reach my brightest and my best self, even if some of them are ugly and painful. They are a part of me.
So I am thankful for what this year has taught me, and what it still will teach me as we make our way into December.
I am thankful - so very thankful - for Ben; a man who makes me laugh even when I'm crying and who understands me in a way no one else does.
I am thankful for my friends and family and the amazing community of love and support that has rallied around us this year.
I am thankful for you. Yes YOU, reading this post. I honestly can say I wouldn't have survived some of my experiences this year without this blog and you as a reader. There were times I couldn't talk about what I was feeling...but I could write about it. And you showed up. And you cared. And you let me vent or be excited or cry.
I appreciate you SO very much - every comment, every re-tweet, every Facebook "like," - this community has become something incredible, and you are a big part of that.
So thank you. For coming back every day (or uh, rather once a week with how often I've been blogging lately!), and for reading and commenting.
Happy Thanksgiving my friends.