What Are You Grateful For? | Andy Likes Things

Gobble gobble, am I right? It's that time of the year where we talk about things we're thankful for. Everything from family and friends, to Netflixing and chilling - only sometimes together, maybe. It's good to come back to center at least once a year and realize what we're thankful for. We should do it more often than once a year, but it's a start. Here are just a few things for which I am thankful.

Family

How can you not mention being thankful for family during the holiday season? The laughter, the tears, the fights, the beers - which is only sort of an intentional rhyme. I wouldn't be the person I am without the guidance of my family. It's something I'll never be able to properly explain. I'm just a darn lucky dude.

Friends

I've gotten to know some amazing and talented people over the last few years. Each pushing me - whether they know it or not - to be better than I was yesterday. The recurring brunches, the amazing conversations, the coffee meetings, and the volunteer gigs - everything. Everything has been amazing and I can't wait to see who - and what - 2016 brings.

My Job

I'm lucky enough to be challenged by incredibly smart people for nine hours a day. Never once have I been comfortable at work - which is a good thing. Comfort brings on stagnancy and, well, we all know how that goes. My team is so talented and lead by someone so motivating that I'm excited to get things done for her each day. I get to work with technology I still know little about - but that excites me. To wake up and have the ability to learn something new every day - it sometimes leaves me awestruck. 

Quiet

You may be wondering what I mean, but the quiet is something I've come to appreciate more and more with less and less. So often we want to be over-stimulated. We need to have the TV on, we need to be listening to music, we need all the lights on in the house, etc. I am getting better at not needing these things for stimulation. I just seem to get so much more done when it's quiet. Part of the reason I get up at 5 A.M and get into work around 6:15 A.M. is because there is no one there to A) knock on my door or B) cause some sort of distraction. Distractions are good, don't get me wrong. But they have their time and place. And lately, I've just been enjoying the quiet.

Mindfulness

Now this is one I have yet to consistently practice, but am overjoyed that it's on my radar. Not only that it's on my radar - but that there is such a call for it in today's society. Meditation apps like Headspace exist to help users become more mindful, and that's exciting. I'm thankful for the opportunity of mindfullness. I have yet to fully embrace it, but as I do I'm sure I'll report back on my endeavors sometime soon.

So tell me - what are you thankful for?