Finding Joy

This Thanksgiving, I have so much in my life to be grateful for. 2016 has been a hell of a year – at times, it was nearly unbearable. This year has stretched and tested me in ways I never expected. But as it comes to a close, all I can say is that I’ve come through the fire, and am feeling more content with my life than I have in a long time.

At the end of October, I started a job that I’m really loving. I’m excited to go to work in the morning, and get to see the direct impact that my work has on other people. It is challenging and busy, and at times overwhelming, but I never go home feeling like I’ve wasted time. It’s a very, very good feeling.

Kyle and I joined the Rotary Club of Dupont Circle, and Tuesdays are now my favorite night of the week. I feel lucky to have found a club that makes me feel at home.

Speaking of home, I’m absolutely in love with our apartment and our new neighborhood. I loved our years in Glover Park, but it’s so nice to have new places to explore. We are only blocks away from the zoo, one of my all time favorite places in the city, and are walking distance from our friends. I bike to work every day, and love the periods of calm it bookends my day with. We’re almost done adding the finishing touches to our apartment, and I love how cozy it feels. Our home is exactly what I wanted it to be.

About a month ago, Kyle and I made the decision to try a ketogenic diet – almost no carbs, high fat. I call it the bunless bacon cheeseburger diet. Weight loss aside, we were hoping that it would alleviate the symptoms of a health condition that impacts Kyle’s life, and mine indirectly, every minute of every day. I’m happy to say that it seems to be working on all fronts; we’re both down about 10 pounds (Macedonian food is delicious, but is not necessarily known for being light), and Kyle is feeling better than ever. For once, the crazy people on the internet were right.

So even though there’s a lot about 2017 that feels uncertain and terrifying, particularly when it comes to the political landscape, if there’s anything I’ve learned from this year it’s that shitty situations can have happy endings. I’m thankful for the family and friends that have supported me this year and every year, thankful for the new paths that have opened to me, and thankful for each and every day I have on this planet. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.


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