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7 Quick 'Thanks' Friday, November 23

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I did not get on the every day of Thanksgiving/Gratefulness bandwagon that happened earlier this month. It was too much of a commitment for me, if I'm being honest.  So, here are my 7 Quick Takes Friday - Turkey (Thanksgiving) Edition!

- 1 -  Family & Friends - I put this as one take not because it's not important, but because I want to have more room later!  I've got some great parents, siblings, and friends here in Charlotte and around the States (NY, CO, TX, PA, OH, & more).  Thanks for letting me be your sister, daughter, niece, cousin, friend, etc...  You make my life better!

- 2 -  My Home - I love where I live, the environment my roommate & I have (there have been some rough times with previous roommates), how close I am to work, and even more...that I can't think of right now.

- 3 -  An Excellent Job - The job I have right now, Middle & High School Youth Minister, and the one I will begin when I go back to work, Office Manager.  I love working for the Church, being able to live out my faith at work without any repercussions, and working with people of similar values.  Next year, we'll see if I still love my job as Office Manager (I'm thinking I probably will).

- 4 -  The Ability to Move - More than the fact that I am do not have any physical ailments - but that I enjoy working out, I'm able to work out, I can go to the gym - and because of that I have removed 70 pounds of weight from my body.  This has made me so much healthier!  All of the things they test for have improved in the last year - and I haven't been to the doctor for a sickness in (*almost don't want to write it, just in case of some superstition*) almost 2 years!  Just those regular physicals (ugh!) for a refill of prescriptions.

- 5 -  Living in America - We are so blessed here in this country.  We have running, clean water, food on our tables, good schools, religious freedom, the ability to read, the opportunity to work in the field I want, a college education, freedom of speech, and the ability to change our government from the inside (I realize that things look a little crazy here right now, but these freedoms and abilities are fundamental in our country).  It reminds me of Matt Maher's song Woke Up In America.  

- 6 -  The Variety of Life - I am grateful that my evenings are filled with many different activities, radio shows to listen to (favorite right now is The Catholic Guy with Lino Rulli), entertainment in the form of movies & tv, activities going on around Charlotte for young people (& specifically some for young Catholics), new restaurants & events we've been introduced to by Groupon & LivingSocial, etc., etc., etc.

- 7 -  My Faith - I put this last not as least important, but all of my thanksgivings lead up to this one here.  I wouldn't be who I am today without the Lord - or even know the people I know, understand the things I am grateful for, or even really know how to be grateful.


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