What are you thankful for?

With all of the hate, chaos, and negativity seen in the world today… I wanted to share more positive thoughts for you. Just how hate bring outs more hate, the same goes with love and hope. Here are the things I am thankful for in no particular order or ranking.

Shawna Ainslie

She is a wonderful person that is awesome at bringing out the best in someone. She has helped me improve the writing that I share with you. She created the group Link Your Life and helped so many people. She was the first person to guest post on my site. I am honored to know her.

Shareen Mansfield

She is another wonderful person. She has a lot of strength and courage that other people feed off of. She helps others feel empowered as they share their story. She will come to the rescue when someone is being harassed. I would not be where I am today without her reaching out to me first. I am honored to know her too.


I have been working at my current job for about 4 years now and I love it. I am able to have evenings, weekends and holidays off. This allows me to spend a lot more time with my friends and family. This was very difficult to do with my previous job. I plan on working at my current job for a really long time.


For the longest time, I hid from them my mental illness. I was afraid to tell them about my depression and anxiety issues. I thought that they would not believe me and shut me out. The truth is that it was actually the opposite. They understood what I was dealing with and embraced it. Without their love and compassion, I would have given up along time ago.


Yes I struggle with depression and anxiety but that doesn’t mean that my life is worth any less than anyone else. My life has purpose. People have loved and appreciated the many posts I have written. For the longest time, I used to wish I had a different life. After learning about myself more, I cherish my life.


My relationship with GOD may not be perfect but words can not truly explain the things GOD has done for me. Yes I have had losses and heartbreaks but the things GOD has done on the other side of it is unbelievable. The reason that I love and respect everyone is because of my faith. Without my faith, the depression and anxiety would be too much to handle.

Being different

For the longest time, I wanted to be just like everyone else. I would try to fit in physically, fashion wise or even try acting like them. It was very frustrating when I was not able to accomplish it every time that I tried to. I gave up and just embraced everything about who I am. This has been one of the best decisions in my life.

I will add to this as time goes along because it is actually hard to think of what I am thankful for. Plus life does change daily. I would love to see what you are thankful for. If you write a blog post about this, let me know in the comment section below with a link to it. I will add that link to this blog post like these…

Charli Mills Sweet Sixteen

Devon Hall 16 things I am thankful for

Until my next post…. Share. Inspire. Conquer.



  • Fabiola Rodriguez (#)
    October 17th, 2016

    This is wonderful. I discovered gratitude only recently and it has made a huge difference in my life. I’m going through some tough times, but gratitude makes me feel happy and positive despite the difficult days.

  • Shareen Mansfield (#)
    October 19th, 2016

    Absolutely ❤️ Adore you & how much you do for us.

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog. (#)
    October 21st, 2016

    The last one is my favorite! It comes with age, of course. I think, when everyones younger, they all want to be alike. But age shows us just how lucky we are to be different from the people around us 🙂

  • Roy Miller (#)
    October 21st, 2016

    I liked the way you broke it down. We could all use more gratitude in our lives.

  • Jo (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    It’s so nice to have good people in our lives. I know some people that need lots of people around them but I prefer a few good people who are here when it counts. How nice that you have a job that enables you to spend more time with friends and family; it’s worth holding onto 🙂

  • valj2750 (#)
    April 1st, 2017

    Welcome to the blog hop. I think you have listed very positive items and the gratitude you feel for these things is evident in your post.

  • clark (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    Welcome to the TToT!
    Enjoyed your list, the individual items and the way it’s presented (I enjoy the TToT of this reason, there are no rigid conventions to be followed or rules and such, just sharing things that cause us to feel grateful).

  • Ida P. Krause (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    Very good list of things to be thankful for. It was great to participate this week.

    • Thomas Ives (#)
      April 3rd, 2017

      Thank you 🙂

  • Josie Two Shoes (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    Hello, welcome to Ten Things of Thankful! I was so happy to see your post link-up pop in first this weekend, with a really great list of thankful things and reasons to be grateful. Family and faith are so very important to me as well, and I could really relate to life, finding the courage to be real just as you are and accepting yourself for the unique creation God intended you to be! I also tried when I was younger to be “normal” and to fit in and failed miserably, but the older I get the happier I become with who I have turned out to be. I know my life has been to teach me things, to help me relate to others, and to serve as an encourager, just as you do on this blog. Blessings to you my friend, I hope we will see you at TToT again next week! 🙂

    • Thomas Ives (#)
      April 3rd, 2017

      Thanks 🙂 Your comment is a very good insight into how life should be seen by us.

  • Missy (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    I never had the chance to fit in, I’m the oldest of 4 girls and the only brunette and I loved it. Being yourself is absolutely freeing, no need to pretend. Great post!

    • Thomas Ives (#)
      April 3rd, 2017

      Thank you 🙂

  • Patricia (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    I think faith helps us be comfortable with who we are and to celebrate our differences. How boring life would be if there was just sameness all around.

    • Thomas Ives (#)
      April 3rd, 2017

      Totally agree. Life would be so boring if we were all identical.

  • Kristi (#)
    April 2nd, 2017

    Glad to see you linked up to the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop! (tenthingsofthankful.blogspot.com) The link up goes live every weekend.

    • Thomas Ives (#)
      April 3rd, 2017

      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • Lisa @ The Meaning of Me (#)
    April 3rd, 2017

    You made it! You made it! You made it! I’m SO happy that you came to join us here at TToT, Thomas! Hooray!
    Shareen and Shawna are indeed awesome – I’m very glad to have fallen in with you wonderful folks over at Link Your Life.
    And having a job that is well-suited to you is indeed something to be thankful for. I hope you continue to be happy working there.
    I’m with you on the being different thing. For a long time growing up I felt that being different was “wrong” somehow. Heck, it’s hard not to feel that way as an adult, you know? But different is a wonderful thing. Being able to accept our Self and to love and embrace all that we are is absolutely a wonderful thing.
    I’m just so glad to see you here! Tickled. Have a great week!

  • Pat B (#)
    April 4th, 2017

    I enjoyed reading your post as well as some of the links you shared. Being around people who bring out the best in us is important. That is one of the many reasons I enjoy the Ten Things of Thankful blog hop.

  • messymimi (#)
    April 7th, 2017

    What a blessing that your family supports you in your difficulties! May they continue to do so.

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