One of the things I was most thankful for this Thanksgiving was the opportunity to go home to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. In the past four years, I have not been able to go home for Thanksgiving due to the short break. One of the best things about working full- time is vacation and holiday days, allowing me to go home and spend time with my parents and younger brother. And getting to see autumn after all of these years of a SoCal winter and fall was delightful, even if it was mostly over by the time I made it back home.
Another thing I'm thankful for is having a job. There are moments of frustration where things don't seem to go the way that I would like for them to go, but overall, I'm very grateful that PwC decided to take a chance on me and hire me straight out of college. Every day is a new learning opportunity, and I hope that I can live up to their expectations of me. I'm thankful for great co-workers and the best first team I could have ever hoped for. Working with and getting to know everyone on my team these past couple of months has been so valuable, and despite the fact that we are no longer working together daily, I love that we still text each other.
Not having a permanent address means that there are a lot of things I can't do, but thankfully, I was able to have a tree up this year. I know that Christmas trees add very little to the true meaning of Christmas, but coming home to the smell of my pine tree and seeing the twinkling lights always makes me happier when I get home from work. And of course, my tree has one of my favorite things in the world: Toy Story's Little Green Men! The past couple of years, several of my dear friends have given me LGM ornaments, and I've added all my key chains and small stuffed animals into the tree as well to make it "me" (shout out to the best roommate for letting me decorate our tree like this!).