For the last few weeks, I've been doing "it's okay" Thursdays. Today, I think it's appropriate to do a "Thankful Thursday," and here's why:
1) I'm thankful that I have a job. Actually, two jobs, to make ends meet. Although I sometimes grumble at working seven days a week, it has allowed me to be a homeowner, pay off my debt quickly, and frankly, survive and take care of myself. I know many who outwardly might seem like they're doing okay, but really, they're getting further and further in debt. Sometimes I hate having to take care of myself, all by myself, without a significant other's income, but I need to remember to be grateful that I can and I do make it work.
2) I'm thankful that a few weeks ago (on "it's OK Thursday"), I revealed that I had applied for a job on a whim. I was shocked when they interviewed me, and even more shocked when I got the job!!! My first day is less than two weeks away. It's a good pay raise and a good title/promotion for me at a new university. I am so incredibly grateful. Someday, as a result of this job, I might be able to quit my second job and just be a normal person who works Monday to Friday. But for now, I'm going to sock away all my extra income into savings and just catch up for a while. In a year from now, I will see where things are after I've been at the new job a while and have my savings in a better place.
3) I'm thankful that even bad things can turn out for good. I know that really sounds all Cinderella/Polyanna/cheesy. But, the truth of the matter about my job situation is that I left a job in February of this year because I was being sexually harassed by a co-worker. If that guy had not been so obnoxious and unbearable (for 2 years), then I wouldn't have been looking for another job. In February, I found one and made a move from one department to another at the same company. It was a small pay raise, and in a slightly different area of higher education. In the last four months, I have learned a new skill in my job. It's a more universal skill with certain software that I can take to other universities across the country. If it weren't for learning this new skill, I never would have been qualified for or applied for this [even newer] job I'm about to take. So, if it weren't for the inappropriate co-worker, I never would have gotten both of these new jobs or the training it took to be qualified for the second new job by getting the first new job back in February, make sense? It's hard to remember that bad things can work toward a good ending when you're in the middle of the pain, or when you don't know where everything is heading. When I look back over the course that the last 2 years have taken, I can only say I'm grateful. It wasn't easy every step of the way. In fact, it wasn't easy at all. There were many, many bad days. 2011 was just a horrible year (not only because of work, but other things that will have to be for another blog), but in the end, it turned out for the best, and I'm so grateful.
4) While I'm grateful for friends, family, and loved ones, I will leave this Thankful Thursday at that. There is more to my life than work, but that's what's going on with me right now, and I'm overwhelmed by all that is good and all that is G-d, which brought me to this moment.