I wrote this list four months prior to Thanksgiving. Reflecting on the people and things I am thankful for. I have been thankful long before now.

Thank you to my friends. The friends that called, texted, or emailed to check in on me. You don’t even know how much that one text or voicemail made me smile or lifted my spirit so I could get out of bed. Many of you simply said, “Tell me what you need, and I will make it happen.” Your unwavering support gave me strength.

Thank you to my friends who were out of work at the same time. You sent me texts, calls of encouragement, leads, ideas, and contacts to find work. The support of strong women made a world of difference. I learned how important it is to make and maintain both friends and a strong network of people that support you. With or without a boyfriend, husband, or partner, never lose your friends. Keep and maintain those friendships. There will come a time in life when you will need them, and they will be there! Keep our friends close!

Thank you to Vodka. Need I say more…?

Thank you to my mentor who is a strong, beautiful, amazing leader and mother. I am thankful that while we spoke for an interview, she saw something in me she wanted to support. She has opened doors and experiences for me in life.

Thank you to my phone. I upgraded when I got laid off thinking that I would have a job soon after. Well, the job didn’t come right away, but my iPhone gave me the ability to write down my funniest, saddest, deepest thoughts. That was like therapy.

Thank you to my best friend. You have been there for 25 years and have always unconditionally stood by me with love and laughter. Never in a million years would I have thought I could be so lucky to have someone like you in my life. I learned so much from you. You mean everything to me. I love you.

Thank you to my yoga and meditation teachers.

Thank you to my doctor and therapist. You both truly saved me from myself.

Thank you to Roxie, my dog. Every day she came to me with joy, a wagging tail, and unconditional love.

Thank you to my daughter. I hope by the time you reads this you will understand what I went through, the reasons for the decisions I made, and my up and downs through the most life changing events a person can go through. I love you more that words can express. Your strength, positive attitude, and loving nature helped me more than you will ever know.

Finally, thank you to indifference. I have discovered indifference can go beyond how you feel about strangers on the street and criminals in jail. Indifference can apply to everyday people you interact with. People can be selfish, hide things, abandon you, and not communicate. You can have people who you consider the closest people in your life turn out to not be strong enough and to not care enough. I realized that I have to take care of myself. I realized I have a daughter who is counting on me. I realized everything I have to be thankful for are the same things that make me strong.

I am thankful.