For months, my best friend has been trying to get me on board something called the Gratitude Project. Every day, she said, think of one thing you’re grateful for and put it out there for the world to see. Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, whatever. She swore it would make me feel more blessed than I already do.

I think today, I have more to be thankful for than usual. Today I’ve found a measure of forgiveness from people I’ve hurt. Today I’ve received support from people I love. And today I’m leaving for Spain, in what I’m certain will be one of the most challenging, exciting and amazing experiences of my life. For all that, and everything else, I’m grateful.

Our flight will be leaving in a few hours – 5:30 p.m. EST – and I’ll be off on a journey that I feel will be much more than just a semester abroad for me. One way or another, the next month will be a defining moment in my career and my personal life; it will be an opportunity for me to examine the choices I’ve made thus far and the reasons I made them, as well as what steps I’m to take next. It’s a lot to place on an already very busy five weeks, but it’s a crucial acknowledgment that deserves to be said aloud.

I think it’s right to take a moment – before I make that leap – to be thankful for where I am, how I got here and the people who helped me on my way.

As Pinterest puts it:


It’s a good thing to always keep in mind.

See you in Spain.

3 thoughts

  1. And always remember to enjoy and have fun! BTW…grilled sardines and veggies, good rioja (reserva) great company at a street bistro…hmmm!!!

  2. You are always inspiring, Jessica. Every time I feel lost with the decisions I made, I run to your blog to seek comfort. Thank you.

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