So Much to Be Thankful For

This post is clearly a little late, but I think it is super important for me to talk a little bit more about what I’ve been thankful for this year. And also just to update the blog, which I have been abysmal at this year.

 

2019 has certainly been an interesting one for me. A lot of it was centered around change I think. I moved to SF at the very end of 2018 (a week before Christmas if you all remember), and this year has been a lot of getting adjusted to the West Coast and really building a new life out here. Now in all honesty, I have no idea how long I will actually be living out here (NYC is always calling me back), but I can say that living in SF and starting with Google has certainly been an adventure.

 

Now though, I will start in on what I’m thankful for this year. First and foremost, I am always thankful for family. They are my forever support system, the people I know will always be there for me to catch me when I fall, encourage me when I’m down, and celebrate my happiest moments! Even though I haven’t seen them that often this year because of the move (and that I had to miss Thanksgiving with them), I am forever the most thankful for them!

 

 

The second thing that I’m grateful for is my new job and career at Google! Obviously my career is something that has always been important to me, working as a consultant before and now working at what is consistently ranked as the best company in the world, but now that I’m almost 4 years out of college (OH MY GOD) I’m realizing that career is something that I am really focused on. So this year I am extremely thankful that I made the move from consulting when I did, I think it was truly the right time, and that I landed at Google! I remember back in undergrad when I was looking for internships I was all about Google and thought that would be the best internship in the world! But then I interned for GQ and discovered my passion for consulting, so I never really pursued Google. Then when I was thinking about leaving IBM for another consulting firm or going to a hedge fund Google reached out to me and looking back now I couldn’t be happier that they did! I’m so looking forward to growing myself and my career at this wonderful company.

 

 

The third thing I’m grateful for is the continued ability to travel! I’ve been lucky enough to go on some really exciting trips this year, such as  St. Thomas, Mallorca  Luxembourg, and Amsterdam (as well as some exciting others), and I love the fact that I’ve been able to still do one of the things I enjoy most, seeing experiencing new places and cultures!

 

 

The fourth thing I’m so happy about this year is my health and being able to do workouts and play sports that I love! As many of you know I do love working out (most of the time) and try to stay as physically and mentally healthy as possible. I love a good workout class and have been as into Barrys Bootcamp in SF as I was before I moved here. This has been a huge part of my fitness here and is partially responsible for me being as fit as I can remember. I also have been able to get back into volleyball and tennis, which I really wasn’t doing before I moved here! Both of those sports were such a big part of my life when I was growing up, and I love that we have come full circle!

 

 

The last thing I’m thankful for (that I’m going to write about at least, there are several other things I’m thankful for as well) are my friends.

 

I’ve been lucky enough to meet some amazing people since I moved to SF and form some truly incredible and meaningful relationships. I also have somehow been so lucky that some of my closest friends have also moved from the east coast and now live in SF. In fact, I live with one of my best friends from college! I can’t imagine SF without these friends that I’ve made, and they’ve been a huge part into why I’ve been able to really assimilate to the city!

 

And that’s my (late) Thanksgiving post! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is getting ready for more festivities in December!

 

JRL

 

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