Friday, November 18, 2011

With (oh so many) Thanks

Two years ago, one Sunday morning, I went with my roommate and her boyfriend to cheer on a friend who was doing the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco. I stood in amazement amidst other supporters and spectators on the Marina Green, watching all the swimmers run to shore and transition out of their wetsuits into their biking gear. My eye caught an older man, around 65 or so, tall, lean, taking his wetsuit off. I noticed he had outlined, in black marker, around his heart. And it read "Heart Transplant 2000." I will never forget him.

It's easy to get caught up in the negative in life. Most of the time it feels like we're just trying to deal. With stuff. In the midst of all the craziness that is life, there are so many things, people, and experiences to be grateful for. This is what is important in life; this is what I want to remember every day.

Here are just a few things I am grateful for.

Sunday Farmers' Markets

My supportive, thoughtful, and crafty roommate who is just as happy as I am when in the kitchen.

My legs. They allow me to jump and run. And my best friend, Julie.

My Mom. And my Big Sister (not pictured).

My very best friends from childhood.

Central Park NYC. And, my TA. (Inside joke, but lets just say, I won.)

Girlfriends in the city.

Home in San Luis Obispo. 

Laughter. And puppies named [Marga}Rita.

College best friends from UC Davis. And creepy photos of Kacey.


The city I live in. I am so incredibly spoiled. It's ridiculous.

And yes, I entered the 2012 lottery for the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon. I sure do hope I get in.

What are you grateful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!
XO Laura

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