Number 13 on my 30 before 30 was to create an appreciation list of all the things I am thankful for.
When you really begin to think of the things you have, there is a lot to be thankful for. For a basic example; internet, a computer, phone or tablet, a home, food to eat, water to drink, family, friends, clothing, education, work and endless small and large things in between. We all have unique circumstances and may not have the exact same things or living environment as other people. These differences are what make the things in your life to appreciate, personal to you. I think it’s a positive exercise to focus on the things in your life that are good and to appreciate them.
This is my list of 25 things that I appreciate in my life and I am thankful for.
- ??? Family
My mum and dad are wonderfully kind people and I am so lucky to have them. They put up with and are understanding of my crazy brains which I know wouldn’t be easy. We have been through some very difficult times, with my dad having cancer twice, loosing my grandparents and the impacts of mental illness. I like to think that we are a strong family unit and I can trust them completely.
- ? Home
Although I live with my parents and don’t have my ‘own home’ I feel very comfortable and welcome. I am lucky to be able to have this home where I can renovate my bedroom and make a space for myself.
- ? Animals
My animals are apart of my family, each having a unique personality and ability to bring character and joy into my life.
- ? Friends
My friends are awesome. So awesome their awesomeness is off the awesome scale. Thank you, awesomely.
- ? Support
My family and friends are very understanding and have helped me in so many ways. I also have a support network that has currently helped me to find a level of stability and be able to focus on the future, through study.
- ?? Location
Australia is my home and I am glad that I live here. Not only can I have support with my health, but I can also study and access services that are important. I live in a small community in country New South Wales and I love the peaceful tranquility of country life.
- ? Education
Expanding my horizons and being able to learn about something that I love (design) is a wonderful experience. I am thankful that I have the opportunity to study and the ability to cope. So I might not be able to study full time, but I am doing what I can and developing more confidence in my abilities.
- ? Doctor
There have been times when my doctor hasn’t been on the same page, but even so I am thankful that I have found someone who has been able to assist me and provide support.
- ? Internet
I have complained of having bad internet, but I can’t imagine life without it. I have been able to connect with so many people around the world, express myself through design and now access education. It has really become a major part of my daily life.
- ? Words
So I might not be the best communicator and get a bit fumbled with my words sometimes, but I am thankful that I can use words as a way to express and create. Growing up, words became a means of interaction with other people, especially in the ‘Internet Age’. When sharing my words with other, I like to think that I am sharing them in a good way and for the right reasons.
- ? Photography
In recent years photography has become a part of my life that is special. I wouldn’t call myself a professional, I just love the whole process. Having a subject, adjusting settings, picking angels, taking shots (*click*), reviewing photos, downloading, selecting, editing, uploading, sharing. It doesn’t just have to be photography with my DSLR, through Instagram I also enjoy mobile photography.
- ? Books
So many magical worlds to escape into, so many characters to love and hate. Reading books is like watching movies, but you are within that universe on a much more personal level. When you a reading a book that you absolutely love, you never want it to end.
- ? Design
There are so many levels of design, it could be easy to say that I appreciate it in all forms, and I do in many ways, but I don’t think I yet understand them all (study is helping with that).
- ? ? Computer/Gadgets
My iMac, iPhone and iPad are my gadgets that I use daily. So, I might be an iFreak, but using Apple products are those that I am familiar with and enjoy. I recently upgraded to a new iMac which has been such a great beast. When I am using a lot of different design programs my old Mac Book would have a hard struggle. I don’t get gadgets for the sake of it, I use them for as long as they serve a purpose and are than shared with family.
- ? Digital Art
I have such a great and developing love for creating digital art. Adobe Illustrator is often open where I am doodling different ideas or making digital gifts for friends. It’s not just about making digital art myself, I love browsing works that other people have created. Specifically DeviantArt has become a community that I frequent.
I watch a lot of movies. Ever since I was a child it has always been a tradition that mum and I watch movies together. Paired with those positive memories, I continue to watch them. A lot of them. In the past we would always buy DVDs, but now with the internet watching and renting them online is so much easier. My favourite genres are; animation, thriller, science-fiction, horror, comedy and action. When you watch a movie that has been created well, it is a great experience.
- ? Websites
I can’t imagine myself in a world that I used the internet just to look at emails and be apart of social media. Maybe this is because I logged on prior to the creation of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Creating websites has always been tied into using the internet for me and I see it as continuing to be apart of my life for as long as possible.
- ? Television
Many years ago I hardly watched much TV. Now, there are so many shows that I like. Breaking Bad is currently my favourite series of all time and at the moment I am watching: American Horror Story, Scream Queens, Mr Robot, Penny Dreadful, Game of Thrones, Better Call Saul and a number of others that catch my interest.
- ? Games
One of the first ever computer games that I played was Doom. Games have come a long way since those days. One of my favourite games that I have played in the last few years has been Beyond: Two Souls. I also have a terrible Candy Crush addiction and accidentally forced my mum into one as well. Sorry. Oh yeah and I like enticing cats into my garden, hehehe.
- ? Blogging
It’s hard to believe that I have been blogging since around 2002/2003. Blogging has taught me so much. It has enabled me to meet many interesting people, to improve my patience with words (aha, still improving) and has been a positive place to share my thoughts and opinions.
- ⚡️ Harry Potter
I am thankful for Harry Potter for the fantastic literary adventure that gave me many of my favourite characters, but also because it gave me many of my dearest friends. We shared many years of fandom, role-plays, crazyness and bonding within the universe of Harry Potter. I’m not the same fan of the series I once was, but it has a special place in my heart. Fantastic Beats and where to find them looks (film) looks like it will be awesome.
- ? Fanlistings
I began creating fanlistings in 2003 or 2004 and they were the starting point of my interest in website design. Without them I don’t think I would have continued to make websites. They also taught me to look at coding and understand the basics of PHP (remember Enthusiast includes?) which later became a way that I could understand WordPress.
- ? Domains
Domains might seem like a weird thing to be thankful for, but they have brought me a lot of joy over the years. I have owned over 200 of them for different things, and each one has had a different impact on my life.
- ? Kawaii
I love Kawaii culture. Everything cute, happy and positive. I have found that so many people within that environment are really nice people and are not judgemental of others.
Toys are magical. They are created for imagination and play. How can you not admire something that has a sole purpose to be used in such a positive and beautiful way. I like to collect cute plush toys, Disney Tsum Tsums, Pusheen and anything that really makes me smile.
1. What is something you’re thankful for?
2. Do you have an appreciation post? (If you do link me too it)
3. If your ‘main appreciation’ was removed from your life, how would it change the way you lived?