A Positive Thanksgiving

In unprecedented times like today, there is still so much to be thankful for.

I feel my mind has been all over the place to a point where I would obsess in an unhealthy way over success.

I learned that once I start something, I need to finish it. Burn out is real my friends! I’ve been feeling burnt out lately and with an "on the go" mentality to a point where my body has become dependent on caffeine to get me through the days physically and mentally.

Many options have been explored recently. Could it be a coincidence? If you remember, the start of 2020 I wrote a blog post called, 2020: The Year of Change & Growth.

Since the beginning of the year I started this blog, took advantage of the pro’s of a network marketing business, explored real estate opportunities, engaged in life coaching education and now pursuing cosmetology again as a side hustle.

I keep up on focusing on “what’s next” rather than taking a step back and looking at “what I have.”

You may be thinking why out of all days is she choosing to write about this? To answer your question, I feel like today is the perfect today to reflect on where I am today and what I’m thankful for. Maybe you can relate or maybe you cannot however, my foot has been glued on to the gas pedal and I was having difficulty changing gears and putting my foot on the break pedal. I kept going and going until I was forced to stop.

That’s when I tested positive for Covid-19. My life paused and my foot was forced to leave the gas pedal and turn off the vehicle temporarily.

Getting my test results back my first reaction was," %$!@%!"

At first, I thought I was asymptomatic then I learned on Day 2 that I wasn't. It’s wild to think that I tested positive for the illness majority of the world fears.

So let's fast forward, here I am, in the living room on thanksgiving day with a belly full of instant mashed potatoes and canned sweet potatoes. Since our whole household tested positive no one felt strong enough to make a traditional thanksgiving dinner from scratch. I do miss the smell of Angelo's moms cooking! Also, the feeling of hustling around, sitting around the table and sharing laughs with family members and friends. This Thanksgiving holiday is the first where no one wants to be around us. (I mean I don't blame them, we are a household of Covid!)

I’m actually sitting back, relaxing and thinking about what I’m really thankful for and what this holiday is all about. I feel like the meaning of the holiday is sometimes forgotten unintentionally. A turkey serves as a symbol for the holiday rather than the focus of giving thanks. We even wish one another,"Happy Turkey Day!" How many families really go around the dinner table and give thanks? Definitely not enough, in my opinion!

I remember back in March when I went from full-time to part-time to almost being laid off from my job due to the Covid-19 pandemic. I was on Indeed applying to jobs hoping I will find work rather than file for unemployment like the majority of people I know.

I was so grateful when I got a job offer for an Administrative Assistant position that came with a nice raise. Holy cow was I excited! I made the decision to take the job and it felt like I was starting a new beginning and taking a risk since I was leaving my comfort zone for a new job opportunity.

Months later, I worked towards a promotion and proudly earned the title, Program Manager.

Every milestone reached, I felt as if everything in my life was coming together. Now, why do I feel like I’m not doing enough? I can't stress this enough and again, I came to the realization that I continue to look for “what's next” rather than “what I have.”

I’m so thankful that I’m recovering along with everyone in my household.

I’m so thankful that I live in a Country where opportunities are endless.

I’m so thankful for the love and care my boyfriend showed me when I was sick in bed. There’s never a time he isn't there when I need him. The way he worries about me is priceless.

I’m so thankful that I’m working 6 days a week and was able to find part time work for extra cash. My boyfriend and I are saving x amount of money each month and I definitely do not take that for granted.

I’m so thankful that I voted for the first time this year!

I’m so thankful for rekindling old relationships and starting new ones. Strong relationships with friends and family are so important.

I’m so thankful that I started The Brooks Journal to where I now have a public platform to share my thoughts and ideas with you all.

I have so many ideas and lots of dreams. However, it's crucial for me to take one step at a time.

One step towards my goal and the next step towards reflecting and appreciating how far I’ve come.

"A Positive Thanksgiving" I felt this was an appropriate title for this post because not only did we test positive for Covid however, we all chose to have a positive mental attitude this holiday.

I want to encourage all my readers to take a pause and to be thankful for the food on your plates this holiday, having the opportunity to love and to be loved and to please take a minute to think about what you're grateful for.