A few weeks ago, I shared how difficult it has been to be in the midst of a serious injury. How significant it has been on my emotional health and how much it has impacted my life. I’ve been really struggling to remain positive and find things in the everyday to be grateful for. I wanted this blog to be a place for me to focus on all of the good in my life, but in reality, life is tough sometimes. It’s definitely okay not to be okay. It is super easy to be grateful when on the upswing in life. The sun shines brighter, you can feel love stronger, life sparkles when things are good. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, practicing gratitude when things are hard and when we REALLY don’t want to, is when practicing gratitude matters the most.

I am so grateful for the people in my life, the ones who show up for me. Even when I don’t know that I need it and even when I know that I do and reject it anyway. The persistent people, the ones who call instead of text, who show up at my door insisting that they can’t wait to sit on the couch and do nothing with me. The ones who can read me better than most, who screen right past my bullshit. I am grateful for these people. I am lucky to call them my friends.

I really hope that you have at least one person in your life that you can rely on like this. Someone who you are able to be your most authentic self with. Someone who loves you for you, just as you are, and also wants the best for you, so they encourage you to grow. Someone who doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear, but what you need to hear. Someone who has seen you at your absolute worst and loves you anyway. This person doesn’t necessarily need to be a lover, but a family member, a friend or a co-worker.

I hope for at least one of these people for you, friends. If you do have one of these people, I’d like to ask a favor: tell them how much they mean to you. Appreciate them and put the work in. There isn’t anything that is more important than letting the people we care about know how much we appreciate them.

Sending you lots of love, warm hugs and courage. We can get through these hard times. There is something good waiting for us on the other side.