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To be grateful is to feel or show an appreciation for something done or received. Or according to Psychology Today it is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has, as opposed to what one wants (a job / financial stability/two border collie dogs).

I am having a rough time atm. I am feeling like the transition from University to ‘real adulthood’ is not going so smoothly. I feel like all the structure of University has been ripped underneath me, I used to panic about studying for exams (!!!) and now I am panicking because I have no exams to study for (???). I want to update this blog more, but I don’t want it to turn into a dull as hell ramble about how much the economy sucks, and how overqualified I feel for most of the jobs I have a chance of getting. So I am going to practice a little bit of gratitude, and hope that it inspires me to think of more positive blog topics.

  1. I am grateful that after six years of undergraduate study I have no looming examinations in the foreseeable future (even if I am feeling a little unfocused).
  2. I am grateful that when my laptop broke a few weeks ago, Apple fixed it for free (ty Australian Consumer Law!) because applying for jobs with no laptop was not ideal!
  3. I am grateful that I have a little more time to lie in the sun and read a good book
  4. I am grateful that I have a boyfriend that is not a fuckboy and is actually really cool and smart and I can have intellectual conversations with him
  5. I am grateful for my family, and that most of us got to celebrate my grandmother’s 80th birthday yesterday
  6. I am grateful that I am not lactose intolerant and can stuff my face with cheese (esp halloumi) and milk chocolate at any given opportunity
  7. I am grateful that I am over my awkward teenage years and no longer worry about people not liking me for me or gross pimples
  8. I am grateful that I never have to do a law exam again
  9. I am grateful that I have time to exercise and eat well
  10. I am grateful that I found nine other things to be grateful about!
image credit: Julie Jordan Scott 

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