Things For Which I Am Thankful!

8th April 2018

Hey everyone!

I got tagged by the lovely Andi to write a post about the things I am thankful for. Andi very bravely opened up about her mental health struggles in her post and how it’s affected her life for quite a while now. I’ve recently told my own story about my current situation with my physical health and thrown in the odd mention of my struggle with anxiety. When you’re going through a really tough time, no matter what exactly it is, sometimes your view point can get a bit blurry. Anything good in your life can either go a bit unnoticed as you’re either wrapped in your own misery blanket or those things can become just as terrifying as they’re another thing to lose.

I’ve always been a pretty resilient person, I don’t know how or why but I find it quite easy to hide things and put on a brave face. Obviously we all have days where it’s just not an option and curling up in bed is the only way to get through it without going off the rails a bit. I’m only human and so are you. Being thankful and grateful for what you have around you is something that’s always stuck with me. I don’t think people will ever be truly happy if they’re constantly thinking they’ll be happy once they get this certain promotion or find “the one” or have a baby etc. It’s so great to have goals and aspirations but what’s not healthy is depending your sanity and joy on them. Anyway, in no particular order here are some of many things that I am very thankful for.

I’m Thankful For… My Family.

I think everyones family is dysfunctional or odd to a certain extent but you love them and appreciate them for what they are. I’m very lucky to have such a great bond with a few members of my family, especially my mum. I definitely would’ve had triple the amount of breakdowns without her helping me out on so many occasions. We barely ever argue but we can never stay mad at each other on the odd occasion that we do. She’s a true hero and my best pal and my life would most definitely suck without her. I uploaded a post about her recently on Mothers Day that you can read here too.

I’m Thankful For… My Boyfriend.

I mean really, I’m never quiet in outing what a babe he is. Jake is quite literally the loveliest person I’ve ever met and someone I really hope is in my life forever. I can’t begin to explain how much he’s done for me, especially over the past year. I‘ve probably changed what I want to do with my life about 12 times since we’ve been together and he’s enthusiastically supported every venture. He’s also supported every hair colour, weird makeup look and blog post I pull him into. He cooks for me, brushes my hair and shows me so much love on my bad days but also runs around with me and celebrates on my good ones. I won’t get too soppy but I’m so excited to see where our future goes, 10/10 would raise multiple humans and own dogs with him. He’s my lobster (you’ll only get that if you’re a friends fanatic like us).

I’m Thankful For… My Motivation & determination.

For some reason, I have been gifted with being incredibly motivated when it comes to things I love doing. It can actually get really annoying as I don’t give myself well needed rest a lot of the time as my brain is constantly switched on thinking “let’s do this, let’s do that”. Don’t get me wrong, I do have periods where I feel like a literal deflated balloon and do not want to move but this happens less the more passionate I am about something, I find. I’m also fiercely determined to make a fabulous life for myself and for the people I love and no matter what life throws at me, I will succeed. I will have a great job that I love, I will have my own cute little family and a good 5 or so dogs and I will be extremely happy. Under no circumstance will I let obstacles, no matter how big or small, stop me from reaching those things. No matter how long it takes, I know I’ll get there and I won’t give up.

I’m Thankful For… My Friends.

This is a wide topic. When I say friends I mean my best friends, my online friends, my long distance friends, my friends I only see every now and again but still show love. If you’ve supported me at all over the past year in my quite frankly most awful time, consider yourself in this category. I’ve had friends really disappoint and hurt me with their lack of presence and compassion but I’ve also had friends I never expected step up and be a huge part of my life now. I’m so grateful for all the genuine and true friends I have, especially the ones that message me often asking how I am. You’ve no idea just how much it can brighten my day!

I’m Thankful For… My Dog.

Nacho is quite literally my little ray of sunshine. Some days I want to kill her as she wants to be stuck to me 24/7 and can whine like a little hyena but most of the time it’s all love and constant cuddles. She’s the sweetest little friend and companion. She always knows when I’m feeling unwell or sad and is just happy to curl up next to me and provide warmth and love. Sometimes she attempts to lick me to death too or bring me a shoe/toy she’s chewed the eyes out of which is also great but gross. I don’t know what I’d do without the little chubby fur baby, I’m so thankful she’s my dog.

I’m Thankful For… My Creativity and Talents.

My creativity and talents are my outlet for everything. Every emotion, every event in my life. Whether it be writing, music, photography, tattoos, fashion, makeup etc. I am so thankful that I have so many ways to express myself, my emotions and my personality. Not that I’m necessarily saying I’m an expert or any good at them all but I’ve put a lot of effort into getting where I am with a lot of them and I’m proud of that. I’m also grateful that the older I get, the less I care about what people think. This encourages me to do all of this more as I feel I am me when I’m being creative. I don’t want to tie myself to one title or one niche anymore. There are so many things I love doing and I feel like this blog helps me showcase nearly all of them at once.

I could go on forever and I apologise because I kind of have gone on a bit here. Despite my struggles, I’m a very lucky person. I’ll never forget that and I’ll do my absolute best not to take it for granted. As my mum says, “there’s always something to be grateful for”. Try and think of something every day even if it’s tiny – guaranteed you’ll be feeling more positive and better about your life in no time. To end I just want to say that my inbox is always open for anyone who may need to talk. I’m going to finish with this quote as it really resonated with me and I think it’s fitting for anyone going through a hard time.

You don’t drown by falling in the water, you drown by staying there.” – Edwin Louis Cole

I’d like to invite Alice, Becky and Abbie to share things they’re thankful for if they want to!

’Til Next Time,

47 responses to “Things For Which I Am Thankful!”

  1. Miranda says:

    Beautiful, I am so proud of you xxx

  2. Thankyou for doing the tag – I love reading positive posts from other people, and I knew I would love yours obviously..? I always see your mum comment on all of your blog posts, which is the cutest thing in the entire world and you’re super fortunate to have such a supportive parent and such a wonderful relationship with her! ? And you already know that I think you and Jake are absolute couple goals – I love seeing him support you as he always does, and seeing the two of you happy together makes me happy! I’m so proud of you as your friend for how resilient and motivated you always are, you don’t let anything keep you down for long which I bloody love! ? Thankyou again for completing the tag, and I love the quote you included as well, that definitely resonates with me at the moment! ?

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Always up for supporting you girl! I know I am, I don’t know what I’d do without her support! Hehe, I do love our relationship and I feel oh so lucky every day to have him. Thank you, that honestly means so much! I try my absolute best and I feel it does pay off most of the time. I hope you’re doing okay lovely! X

  3. Kelly says:

    Great post! Nacho is so cute!

  4. Susanne says:

    I love those types of posts! It’s always so easy to overlook the good and positive things in life, thus I enjoy reading posts where it is highlighted. This made my day. ♥

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I totally agree, it’s so great to just sit and reflect on them sometimes and realise how lucky you are! X

  5. Sophie says:

    I love that this post is mainly about people rather than the physical things. It truly shows it’s who not what that matters. I was very happy to see your dog in there, what post would be complete without a furry friend x


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      I didn’t even realise that until now, thank you for pointing that out! It really does, I’m very thankful for all the physical and material things in my life too but not even half as much as the amazing people! X

  6. Sophie says:

    This is such a lovely post, I think we sometimes all forget the good things in our life and focus on the negatives!

    Nacho is so cute, is she a jug? We have a Jug named Arthur and he is so funny but so naughty haha!

    Sophie x

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aw thank you! Yes unfortunately it can be easy to but it’s important to always remember that if you have great people and a roof over your head, you’re pretty damn lucky and everything else is a bonus!
      Yes she is hehe, aww that’s amazing!! I’d love to see a pic! X

  7. What a lovely post – it definitely is good to look and appreciate all the things you are thankful for. It’s great that you have such a close relationship with your mum! I wasn’t too close with my mum before but the past few years we have got closer and it is great. It makes me wish it happened earlier. Also, your dog is soo cute!! We’ll be getting a golden retriever puppy in about 6 weeks or so and I can’t wait. Dogs really do bring happiness into your life 🙂


    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Aww well I’m so happy you’ve built a better relationship, there’s nothing better! It makes me feel like I didn’t miss out on a sister. Hehe thank you, good luck! Puppies are such a handful! X

  8. Ahh this is a lovely post Alice, it’s so easy to wrap yourself in a ‘misery blanket’ but remembering the positives is definitely the best outlook to have! ❤️❤️

  9. Liz says:

    I love this post! It’s brightened up my Sunday evening and made me think about what I’m thankful for!
    Liz xx

  10. Eena says:

    I love love love this post! We often get so caught up with how busy our lives are, that we forget to show appreciation for the people and things that matter! Can I just say, you and your boyfriend are so adorable! 🙂

    cabin twenty-four

  11. Jade says:

    I love posts like this!! ? I really don’t stop to meditate on what I’m grateful for enough- especially recently when I seem to constantly be worrying about things that aren’t that important when I think about it! ?

    Also, Nacho is gorgeous!! ? xx

    Jade |

    • blacktulipbeauty says:

      Thank you so much Jade! It’s always good to reflect and realise what’s important. She is, isn’t she!? Hehe Xx

  12. Nancy says:

    It’s always great to take a step back and reflect on what we’re tankful for. You and your family are adorable! I agree that every family has its own oddness to an extent. Love how you and your boyfriend support each other on so many levels! It’s always great to have a high level of motivation and determination! Help keep you going for a while! Thanks for sharing the things you’re helpful for!

  13. Jas says:

    This is such a lovely, heartwarming idea for a post. It can be so lovely to reflect on the things and people around us and really appreciate our lives.

  14. Tawnya says:

    Really enjoyed the post. I feel like people tend to focus on what’s going wrong in their life or what they don’t have, and forget to think about what they do have. Thank you for sharing.

  15. Annie says:

    This is such a nice post! I really enjoyed reading it! I think it’s so important to remind ourselves of the people and qualities we’re thankful for. Thank you for sharing this!

  16. Laura says:

    This is such a lovely post!! So important to acknowledge the things you are thankful for, really highlights all the positive things in life which is definitely something we need more of. I may use this as a post for my blog, I hope you don’t mind!
    Love Laura x

  17. Lovely to read such a positive post 🙂 Dogs really are the best companions when we are feeling unwell!


  18. Lovely blog – i do this every night before I go to bed. My dogs are usually in there!

  19. Such a lovely post, and a great idea too. Your dog is so cute.

    Emma x

  20. Paige says:

    Such a great post! I especially love the one about being motivated! It’s such a wonderful quality!

  21. Yara Mel says:

    Gratitude is an amazing practice!
    Loving the positivety of this post, great list.

  22. kuks says:

    Sometimes, when we are going through hard times we forget there are so many things to be thankful for.
    Wonder Cottage 

  23. Marta says:

    It is good to have things that you are thankful for so they can remaind you that you have things to be proud of.

  24. Alicia says:

    Oh I love this post, Dogs are the best companion I’m so thankful for my little pug Louie! He also is stuck to me 24/7 haha

    Alicia Xo

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