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#1 Athena


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Posted 26 November 2015 - 11:37 AM

In light of Thanksgiving, and Christmas and Sinterklaas, I thought it would be nice if we posted about what we are thankful for this year. Here's my quick list, though undoubtedly I'll think of more this afternoon or something.

I'm thankful for:

- my family & Michael
- Michael's and my parents' support
- our dogs
- my psychiatrist
- a nice place to live with nice food on the table
- this forum & my forum friends

More this year specific thanks:
- my family are still here and in good health (it seemed like some people might have bad health but they had good test results)
- my sister and her boyfriend both getting an extension for their PhD (they were so stressed about it)
- our dog Boris not having to have surgery and instead recovering from his illness
- Boris spending more time in the bakery with us
- the fact that Pamuk on occasion spends time in the bakery with us, more than before
- being able to meet my friend Anna (Begins)
- doing sort of okay money-wise and learning about prices in various places
- reading lots of great books
- my dad's calender being a relative success

I can't think of what happened earlier in the year specifically :blush2:. I'll probably think of it at a later point.

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 04:04 PM

I love that you made this a thread  :smile:


This year, I am thankful for:


-My best friends who are always around, even in times of change


-My boyfriend  :friends0:


-A place to live, food and all of that


-The chance to go to university 


-My car


-My job


-Great literature and art and music! 

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Posted 26 November 2015 - 05:11 PM

Wonderful topic!!


There is just so much to be thankful for. Where to start?!


My faith (Jesus follower)

My hubby!!!

My beloved grands!!!

My family and in laws

Health and mental well being

home, food, clothing

my dog Kizzy

Fresh air

Beautiful surroundings

Our own transportation

A love for simplicity


and on and on and on!

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Posted 27 November 2015 - 01:02 PM

This is a brilliant topic. I've waited to reply til I've had a chance to sit down and think about it.


Things I'm generally thankful for:


  • My friends and family, and their unconditional support. Particularly my mum, who lost her mum this year
  • My dog, and I suppose the cats (I don't really know them yet!)
  • My health, despite being very sick this winter I'm actually in good health broadly speaking
  • Having such a wonderful house to live in, which I can afford and is comfortable and feels like home
  • Living in a peaceful country with a good welfare support system which allows me, even when unemployed, to be independent and live well
  • This forum, which has been a second home to me for almost 7 years


Things I'm thankful for this year specifically:


  • Being able to go to London to see/meet my favourite musician (Andrew McMahon) again
  • Pushing myself to better handle my anxiety, take a few risks and do new things, including:
    • travelling abroad by myself for the first time,
    • getting out and meeting some new guys people and having a bit of fun with it,
    • applying for jobs and opportunities I never would previously have thought I was capable of, and in some cases succeeding...
    • ...as well as not being deterred when I fail.
  • My job. I didn't think I'd ever get this job back (it was always on a contract basis), and being approached to return was amazing. My contract has been extended indefinitely - until next April at the very least.
  • Getting on the Exec Assistants panel at the university, so hopefully I'll land a full-time semi-permanent role.
  • My old dog, Holly. Unfortunately we had to put her down in June, after 14.5 years. I'm endlessly grateful for the time we had with her.
  • Being in a good enough financial position to go visit Brussels in Belgium, see Jimmy Carr (next month) and Chris Hadfield (in January).

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 09:07 AM

What a wonderful topic!  It has given me warm, fuzzy feels :D


I am thankful for my family.  By this, I mean my relatives, Os, his relatives, our friends and of, course, my cats.  They are all my family and I am thankful for them all.  I am also extremely thankful to have a roof over my head and food on my table.  This is something that can easily be taken for granted and I try to remind myself often that I am very lucky to have these.  I am also thankful to have a lovely, supportive community on here.  It's comforting to know there is always somewhere to turn too, where the people are always friendly.


Specifically for this year, I am thankful to medicine and our nhs that has helped several family members dealing with illness this year.  Which, in turn, makes me thankful for my own health. 

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Posted 28 November 2015 - 09:17 AM

I love topics like this as it gives me the chance to look back on the year and see how far I have come.


I am grateful for:


my wonderful partner and husband/wife (depending on how you look at it), Coran

our equally wonderful friends including the best door neighbours we could hope for

my job and my work colleagues and all the laughs that we have together

the clients at work and all that they have taught me about how not to judge those with disabilities

the gluten free scones (and Christmas puddings) made our wonderful chef Steve

having the opportunity to travel - I have had 3 fantastic holidays this year - to Iceland, Cornwall and Poland

my freedom

my Kindle and all those lovely books I have read

my house

my shiny new car, which I got earlier this week

my health - on all levels

our ever expanding collection of soft pigs (yes, you did read that right)

being alive

and last of all - being conscious enough to enjoy it!

Edited by Talisman, 28 November 2015 - 09:19 AM.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 12:37 PM

This has got me thinking, a very good post.


My lovely husband (who makes sure all the bills have been paid each month so that I don't have to)

All the lovely holidays that we go on, getting to see quite a few places around the UK

My new ipad so I can read all my books late into the night

My lovely home, with a big garden, where I can wander and chat to my plants and see them in bloom.


On a sad note:

To all our loved ones who have passed on, always in our hearts and never to be forgotten.

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Posted 30 November 2015 - 05:23 PM

- being able to meet my friend Anna (Begins)

:wub: That made my day, I am definitely grateful I was able to make the trip and meet you too.

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Posted 17 November 2016 - 03:58 PM

Decided to bump this up as a reminder.


For many of us this has been a trying year, to say the least! Even in the midst of challenges and struggles, what can you say you are truly thankful for?


I am thankful that our daughter has finally found the help she needed so she and her hubby could get their kids and raise them in a healthy, happy environment.

I am thankful that all of our children are healthy and doing their best

I am thankful for a butt-load of grandkids that makes my heart swell with joy!

I am thankful for my hard working, long suffering husband

I am thankful for my health and mental well being

I am thankful for a lovely home, plenty of food, nice transportation

I am thankful for the health and vitality of both my mother and mother in law

I am thankful for the chance to finish my degree

I am thankful for all the gorgeous trees in all their glorious colors



I am thankful for a loving God and for being alive!



What are YOU thankful for?

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Posted 22 November 2016 - 07:54 PM

ELECTRICITY!  And I'm thankful for the good people who fix it when it's gone off for 48 hours straight in the middle of winter...  :cold:

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 12:27 AM

Such a lovely topic!

I am thankful for:-
> Always and forever my family and friends
> Being a bridesmaid for my sister
> Knowing I will never be without love and support
> Laughter
>Good and honest people who's one simple act of kindness can make somebody's dark day brighter
>God. Yes I believe in Him. However I do not go to church on a regular basis
>Dachshunds. Because they are gorgeous!

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 08:59 AM

I am thankful for the support of my wife, who has had her own problems with her kids over the years, and now seems to have inherited a husband that needs support sometimes too, thanks to my health breaking down this year. Her support is unwavering and unquestioning, and I'm very grateful. If ever I have a rough day and start feeling sorry for myself, she is ready to help me pick myself up again.


On a less serious note, I'm thankful for the lovely warm and fluffy electric blanket we have on the bed! ;)

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 09:19 AM

> My parents and grandparents for taking care of me in some very hard times

> My health 

> Having food and shelter and never having to worry about them

> Being able to help others in need

> My books and my Kindle for helping me cope in difficult times

> A simple life

> Going to Ireland this year and seeing my relatives, visiting Trinity College and drinking some awesome beer. 

> Having tea and cookies with my English teacher from highschool. 

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 06:12 PM

Goodness me - so many things I could fill a whole book.


First and foremost though my fantastic parner and best friend, Coran

also the doctors and nurses at Epsom Hospital who looked after her so well after her recent operation

My next door neighhours John and Marion who are so much more than neighbours, but also really good friends

My friends and all the healers at St Michaels Sanctuary in Ewell 

Corans best friend Sarah, and her parents Gillian and Albert

The staff who live on a small lump of granite in the Bristol Channel, otherwise known as Lundy

Everyone who helped to make my trips to Madeira, Prague and South Wales so enjoyable and interesting

My work colleagues, plus of course the wonderful clients, who teach me so much

My 2 former Managers - I have lost 2 this year. Martyn for supporting me when I felt that others were ganging up on me, and for showing me how to stand my ground, and Mike for teaching me about management and stock control.

Having the opportunity to reapply for what I hope will be a big promotion  

The wonderful gardens that we have at work and having the opportunity to enjoy them

The fruit and veg grown at our horticulture department and the brilliant staff, who always offer me a cup of tea 

My house

My heath

My car

My sense of humour - I have needed it this year in copious amounts

My Kindle and computer

The authors and publishers of all the fantastic books I have read this year

High strength Valerian tablets that have helped me to get a decent nights sleep


I am sure there are loads more !  

Edited by Talisman, 23 November 2016 - 06:16 PM.

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Posted 23 November 2016 - 08:52 PM

First and foremost, my mom e daughter. But most importantly, this year, for the love, protection and devotion of my dog Luka. Luk a bad been with me for 12 years of the most influential events of my life. I could never replace him or love another dog as much. There will never be a stronger bond between me and another animal, it will never be the same. He's been gone 7 nights tonight.

Second, my health

Third, my two good friends, one of which is Gaia

And a year of great books :)

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Posted 27 November 2016 - 10:16 PM

On a serious note:


I am thankful that the term for an elected President in the U.S. is no more than 4 years.

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Posted 28 November 2016 - 08:40 AM

I'm grateful for:

  • Being relatively healthy
  • Temporary financial security
  • Temporary job security
  • A temporary lovely house
  • Modern technology (internet, aeroplanes, whatsapp) allowing me to access the world so easily
  • The BCF, for being my internet home for 8 years
  • Books, music, games, Netflix, all of the mental escapes I have
  • Winter, cold weather, dark evenings
  • An abundance of delicious food
  • Cute animals on the internet and real life
  • My autonomy and right to choose and live as I want
  • Christmas, for even though we're rapid capitalist consumers in the lead up, the fact remains on a global scale societies maintain a tradition of taking some time at the end of each year to be with those they love, to simply take a breath and reflect, and I think that's a wonderfully human thing to do.
  • The CBT course I did this year, which has helped me take some control of my anxiety and depression, as well as taught me to 'stay in the moment'
  • The good experiences I have had this year, which will stay with me far longer than the bad ones.
  • Normally I'd say my friends, but you know what, most of my 'good' friends forgot my birthday and didn't even message me to see if I was okay after a FB post wherein I described a terrible week and painful fall, while tons of acquaintances and BCFers respectively, did those things. So on this occasion, screw my friends. I'm grateful for the people I've never met or haven't spoken to in 6 months who take the time to remember my birthday, and not roll their eyes when I've had a bad week but instead offer words of support.

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