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Annual Thankful Blog

Published November 21, 2012 11:58 AM by Lisa Mueller

It's hard to believe that I've written this blog for more than four years, and each year I like to take the time around Thanksgiving to reflect on the wonderful things that have happened this year. Next month, my husband and I will read all of the slips of paper we collect over the year with "joys" inscribed on each piece. These things are probably why I love winter and the holidays as much as I do -- it reminds me of how lucky I am and how much has happened each year.

So without further ado, my blessings for 2012:

1. New job opportunities: I took a huge risk in changing from an acute inpatient setting to an outpatient orthopedic job, and I couldn't be happier with my decision. My commute is half what it used to be so I'm able to spend more time at home. I'm constantly challenged by new diagnoses and have really enjoyed working with my patients in this setting. I've been able to be involved with a lot of new projects, which I'm constantly learning from.

2. New, wonderful, coworkers: I laugh all day. My coworkers and I have a good relationship and they are a big reason why I look forward to going to work each day. I'm very lucky to get along with my teammates.

3. My slowing metabolism: I can't eat the way that I used to. It takes me much longer to get back into shape than when I was younger. Days when I feel sedentary are motivating for me to stay committed to my exercise routine, now more than ever. If my metabolism hadn't slowed down (as I approach my 30s), I'm not sure I would be exercising as often as I do, so that's why I'm thankful for such a dreaded thing.

4. My family and friends: A few times this year I was overwhelmed with stress and my family and friends helped me immensely through those weeks. It's good to have people in your life who you know will always be there.

5. Vacations: I'm thankful for the opportunity to see new places and experience new activities, to turn my cell phone and Facebook off for one whole week. It's funny how often I think of technology as being helpful or a good resource to connect with my loved ones, when in reality it is many times a burden.

6. New life: I became an aunt this year and I'll always be thankful for my little niece. Watching her learn how to lift her head, sit up, smile and laugh is a good reminder of how precious the small things are.

I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving season, and take the time to reflect on your own blessings.

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