Friday Five – November 28th – What I’m Most Thankful For

Happy belated Thanksgiving everybody!  I had hoped to wish all of you a Happy Thanksgiving prior to now, but you may have noticed things have been a bit quiet here on the blog this week.  That wasn’t my intention, but lots of things at work and in regular life took more time than expected earlier this week, and then things got even busier when we tried to beat the first DC snowfall of the year and get out of town before the weather got bad.  We weren’t supposed to leave until Wednesday afternoon, but fortunately, we were able to rebook our flight and leave at 6am Wednesday morning.  As it turns out, our original flight wasn’t canceled, but you never know what could have happened!

With yesterday having been Thanksgiving, its only appropriate that I dedicate this week’s Friday Five to highlighting what I’m most thankful for.  I did this last year, and I plan to write a similar post every year.

Its important to remember what we’re thankful for throughout the year, not just around Thanksgiving.  Since the beginning of November, I’ve been participating in two photo a day challenges on Instagram, which has helped me to step back and recognize the little things that I’ve been thankful for each day.  I have so much to be thankful for, including:

1.  My health and my physical ability to run


Photo Credit: Potomac River Running

Not everybody is physically able to run or workout to the abilities that they’d like to, and having the ability to be as active as I am is something that I cannot take for granted.

2.  My parents


My parents have made so many things possible for me, and although I’ve said it many times already, I’m beyond thankful that they made the trip to Disney World in January to see me cross the finish line of my first half marathon.  After how supportive they were throughout my years of dancing, and how involved my mom was back stage at each dance performance, it was perfect to be able to celebrate my running milestone with them back in January.

3.  Our dog, Riley


Preston and I absolutely love and adore our first child, our two year old English Springer Spaniel.  He’s the perfect companion, cuddler, and all around best pal.

4.  Fabulous friends

I am beyond thankful for all of my wonderful friends, near and far, in person and online.  Its wonderful to have all of you in my life!

5.  My husband


Preston is by far the most important person in my life.  He is the most supportive husband I could have ever asked for, and is there for me in so many ways.  When I’m struggling, he knows exactly how to help me, and when I’ve accomplished something, he always comes up with the perfect way to celebrate.  Its hard to believe that last week marked the five year anniversary of our first date.  I cannot wait to celebrate another five, ten, fifty years together.

QOTD: What are you most thankful for?

As always, thank you to the DC Trifecta Bloggers (Courtney from Eat Pray Run DC, Mar from Mar on the Run, and Cynthia from You Signed Up For What?!) for hosting the weekly Friday Five Link Up.  Be sure to check out their posts as well!


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26 Responses to Friday Five – November 28th – What I’m Most Thankful For

  1. I don’t think I can pick a “most” thankful for – unless perhaps my health, which supports everything else, including my ability to be there for those I love.

  2. The ability to run is a great one. I think we take that for granted sometimes. I know I do. Appreciate that we are able to do it when others are not as fortunate.

  3. joannamurnan says:

    I’m thankful for my husband, my daughter, and my sweet new baby on the way! I’m also so thankful for my health! It’s the basis of everything! Happy Thanksgiving to you 🙂

  4. Great list. I’m grateful for many of the same things. 🙂

  5. Great list, very sweet! I’ve really enjoyed all of the Instagram challenges…it really makes you think about all the wonderful things we have in life. Love your first picture, and your dog!

  6. Chaitali says:

    Great list! There so much to be thankful for and I agree it’s important to try to remember that all year long. I hope you have a great vacation!

  7. hope you guys are having a great holiday weekend!

  8. runninrocker says:

    Such awesome things to be grateful for! Your pics are great and your dog is adorable!

  9. Lesley says:

    Yup, health, my family and friends, and my fur baby. She helped me put up my tree today and already I’ve had to tell her not to climb it.

  10. wonderful! I’m so thankful to everyone who shares a space in my life. Great post!

  11. haleyduke17 says:

    There are so many things to be thankful for. I am most thankful for my family. We are loud and obnoxious, but they are great!!
    Hope you had a great thanksgiving.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Great list!! Didn’t get a chance to write one up this past Friday, but thanks for being part of my #4 as well!

  13. Coco says:

    Oh, so sweet! I love the shout out to your dog!

  14. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    Your photos are adorable! And what a cute dog!

  15. Pingback: Friday Five – Five Things I’m Thankful For | From Dancing to Running

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