Day 12 

I”m so behind on this, but I’m going to keep going. :)

1) I’m grateful for having friends who put up with my crap. Sometimes I let my emotions get the best of me, and I’m blessed to have you all in my life. 

2) I’m grateful that even though I’m an only child, I’ve never really felt alone in my life my long periods of time. I guess as human beings, we do what we need to in order to compensate for the things we want but might not have. 

Day 11 

1) I’m grateful to have been able to meet up with 2 of my study abroad friends since being in New York. It’s been a wonderful week. 

2) I’m grateful for the sunshine here. The last time I came to NY, it was winter and miserable. Now I can wear just a simple plaid shirt at night and still feel okay. :) 

Day 10 

I) I’m grateful that I no longer have 1 hour nosebleeds. I’ve surprisingly been having a lot of nosebleeds this week. 

2) I’m grateful that I’m not driven by money. At the end of the day, what matters the most are the human connections I’ve made, the lives I’ve bettered or changed, and the mutual love that I share with other people. I don’t want to be remembered by the power I’ve accumulated or the material goods I’ve gained.

I want to be remembered by how I’ve made other people feel and how my words and actions have caused a positive ripple effect in their lives and those around them. 

Day 8 

1) I am grateful to have grown up in a modest simple home. I know how little I need to survive, thrive, and be happy and I appreciate all the little things in life. I prefer and strive to live a more streamlined life. 

I’m not made to live an extravagant lifestyle. Today was my first day in New York, and my dinner costed $600 for 6 people and then another $200 just for drinks. People think it’s okay because it’s the company’s money, but I feel guilty and disgusted seeing all the food wasted and the fact that my coworkers think they have the right to do this. 

2) I am grateful that my coworker came out to me today. And he had no idea I was queer. 

Day 7

1) I swear I always meet the most interesting and coolest people either waiting at the airport or sitting next to them on a plane. I’m grateful that I am not afraid to start these conversations, and somehow, I’m always left with valuable insight. 

2) I’m grateful that I can be vulnerable. I don’t find it to be a weakness but rather something necessary to create depth in my relationships, and honestly, I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

Day 6 

1) I am grateful to have a strong group of friends who I’ve known since elementary school. Some of us talk frequently and some of us don’t as much, but when we all come together, we can talk about everyone we have known throughout the years, how people have changed, laugh about everything, and reminisce about a time I hold close to my heart. 

2) I am grateful that after not seeing Mazie for 3-4 years, the last thing she tells us is that she misses hanging out with us and wants it to happen more often because we’re a good influence on her. The strength of human connection makes me happy. :) 

Day 5 

1) I am grateful for my mom. You have a contagious smile that brightens up everyone’s day. No matter how tired you are from work or how tough your day was, you always end the day with a smile. And I think that’s where my smile comes from - you. 

2) I am grateful for my dad. We may have our differences and faults, but I will always remember the way you take care of mom every time she’s sick or the times when she couldn’t walk. It is a beautiful selfless act of love, and it’s something I want to carry into all my romantic relationships. 

Day 4 

1) I’m grateful for the person that I’ve become - a tiger friend. I don’t know exactly how I became this way. It might have been a combination of friends in the past commenting on my passive aggressiveness, me wanting to work on this because I hate passive aggressive people and never want to be one of them, and just surrounding myself with blunt honest people. I’ve become the friend who will always give you tough love even if it might hurt because I have your best interest at heart. I will be the friend who will comfort you and then tell you all the things you don’t want to hear, and I will never say things just to make you happy unless it’s true. But I’ll also have your back. This friendship isn’t suitable for everyone, but the ones who appreciate it are the ones I keep in my life.  

2) I am grateful for all the genuine friends I have in my life. I always ask myself how I got so lucky. Because I value myself becoming a tiger friend, I also value the tiger friends I have in my life who have helped me develop to become the person I am today. I have the most incredible support system in the world, and I honestly feel so blessed every single day. I would not be the person I am today without you all.