I don’t make New Year’s resolutions; instead, I set goals throughout each year and try my best to follow through. So, rather than make New Year’s resolutions on this first post of the New Year, I am expressing my gratitude.
After all, I have much to be grateful for.
Family. I’m so blessed to have wonderful people in my family. Arielle and I — plus our cats and a goldfish — form a great family and a loving household. Of all the children in the world, the right one for me was placed in my arms on a hot day in China.
I love her immeasurably. We are not only mother and daughter, but we are friends. I hope she continues to confide in me and come to me with her problems, and that our lines of communication stay open.
Although my family is a distance from me, I’m still close to them. I’m lucky my parents are still alive. We speak on the phone weekly, and I know how lucky I am to hear their voices on the other end and to visit them. I’m fortunate to have an aunt who forged a close relationship with me from the moment I was born. We are close to this day and have Skyped.
My only sibling, my brother, is a rock star. He has been a supportive, rational force throughout my cancer diagnosis and treatment, and he was present for two surgeries. Though I did radiation and chemotherapy alone, he made sure I knew how much he loved me.
I’m blessed to have a sweet sister-in-law, whom I consider a friend. And I’m grateful to have two wonderful nephews, one who is in high school, and the other an adorable two-year-old.
Though my grandparents are deceased, I was fortunate to know them well. They taught me a lot, and I am so glad they were in my life for a long time.
Friends. I have amazing friends — both in-person and online ones. I wasn’t in the online arena when I was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer, but my in-person friends supported me.
NED. I’m so grateful for having no evidence of disease for a good number of years. I do not take this stroke of luck for granted.
Medical team. I have amazing doctors and nurses. I love them all.
Career. Ever since I can remember, I wanted to be a teacher and a writer. When I was 13 to about 18 years old I wanted to be a veterinarian, but truth is, deep down inside, I really wanted to be a writer. I’ve been lucky in college to have an important mentor, my freshman English professor. He nudged me — OK pushed me — to become an English major. Although I initially resisted, I ultimately gave in, and it was the best decision I made.
I now teach English and Humanities at a local university and get to write, too. The best of two great worlds. Through my writing, I am able to connect with others. Teaching gives me the opportunity to help students, and I’m grateful for that. I’ve been able to provide a safe place for students who confide in me about their personal challenges. I’ve helped students in dire circumstances, and I find it amazing — and a blessing — that students feel comfortable enough to confide in me. I enjoy inspiring others to keep learning and to aim for success in all aspects of their lives. I’ve also taught students the value of giving back to the community.
My readers. I’m grateful to you, dear readers. Your reading my posts and your comments mean a lot to me. Happy New Year from Calling the Shots; may your year be filled with joyous moments.
What are you grateful for?
Would you like to share any New Year’s Resolution(s)/goal(s)?
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