Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers! This past year has been an incredible journey. We officially launched the blog in March and the site in February and have some much in the pipeline for 2019! According to Carla Vista, Soberocity has been named one of the Top 30 Sober Blogs of the year! We are so thankful to each and everyone one of you who are in our community, together we truly are infinitely strong. Below you will find what our bloggers and interviewees are thankful for. If you want to be featured in our follow up #ThankfukThursday post, leave a comment below on what you are thankful for.
In 2010, I had the chance to live in one of my favorite parts of New York City, the Park Slope section of Brooklyn. I had about a seven minute walk to the park the Slope is named for, Prospect Park, designed by the same person who created Central Park in the heart of Manhattan. I loved walking its wandering paths through the trees and by the water, and if I ignored the sounds of nearby cars, I could pretend I was actually in the woods somewhere rural. It was with a surprised laugh one time while doing this I had the thought, “Wow, this is almost as nice as my backyard where I grew up!” True. Because my “backyard” from age 4 to 20 was made up of acres of fields that were just the welcome mat for hundreds more acres of beautiful woodland, complete with walking paths, stands of evergreens, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries growing wild, a large beaver pond dotted by the beavers’ lodges, and clear, cold streams you could drink from, gliding over polished pebbles and stones. I am deeply thankful for having been raised in such a place, with the companionship of dozens of species of birds, deer, small mammals, turtles, snakes, and the hushed spaces where you could hear your own footsteps and breathing as the sky turned overhead. It taught me the sacredness of the natural world and filled my heart with a beauty I could always turn to when the pain we humans inflict on each other was too much.
Singer/ Songwriter, Featured in March
Since my interview with Soberocity, I’ve been on tour with Live Different, going into schools and performing for students. The hope is that my music, and the words of the motivational speakers will resonate with them as we share about kindness. I’m so grateful for signing with BMG, and being able tour the country to share my message with kids who need to hear it. I get to live out my dream as well as connect with so many kids who are desperate for hope and inspiration. I am so thankful for this experience and for the support of my friends and family.
This year, I am thankful for my family, husband, and friends. I feel very blessed to have all their support and unconditional love- it’s what makes life worth living! Additionally, I feel thankful for my job (which I love) and the ability to help people every single day.
Soberocity Editor in Chief
I am thankful for my loving boyfriend and incredible cat, Eve. For the love and support of my family and friends. And for all of the lives that we have been able to touch through Soberocity. It has been a profound experience getting to know all of you and I look forward to continuing our mission in 2019.
Soberocity Ambassador/ Singer / Songwriter, Featured in October
Since my interview with Soberocity, I recently returned home to Memphis for 10 days for some performances. I feel so refreshed and inspired. I am thankful for the love that I receive from all those surrounding me. Thankful that I was able to follow my dream of moving to NYC in pursuit of bigger things and thankful that I am able to do what I love and inspire others in the process. Sometimes I get down, i feel uninspired, and compare myself to others but, that suddenly goes away as soon as I think about all the people who care for me. Perspective is everything.
Self Love/ Resident Baker
One of the things that I became extremely thankful for this year is God. Over the past few years, I have struggled with a lot of physical and emotional turmoil, and at some points, I really wanted to just call it quits. Numerous times, I found myself throwing in the towel and feeling as though things would never get better; a lot of the time, I gave up hope. However, with my journey to God this year I realized that–though I didn’t notice it at the time–the only way I was sustained was because God has His hand on me. When I thought my family would never be happy again, when I thought the rainy days would never end, He was there to bring light out of the darkness. This year, I am so grateful for my God because though I didn’t turn to Him, He always made sure to hold onto me and this heart. Though my past is hard, my family has suffered and getting to a healthy state of mind took a while, I know that it was possible because of God and I am forever thankful to Him for all that He has done.
Poet/ Short Story Author
I am thankful for family, friends, and good health. I am thankful to have a roof over my head and food to eat. I am thankful for everyone in my life who has supported me and helped me to through college. I thankful to my teachers and professors. I am thankful for the Soberocity community and a talented team of writers to work with. Happy Thanksgiving everyone.
I’m thankful that I get to spend Thanksgiving this year with people I love. I’m grateful I have time off from work knowing that most of the people I care about are going to be able to enjoy their Thanksgiving as well. I’m also happy to hear the gym is open for part of the day so I can get a proper workout in!
It looks like another year has passed and I’m still alive, still learning, still failing but still breathing. I couldn’t be more thankful for everything I have learned so far on this path and how well I am doing with being able to separate myself from my situations and look at them from a neutral perspective. Not even just separating from my situation, but becoming separate from my ego. Separate from the piece of me that never wants to help but speaks the loudest. Always giving me the worst advice, always drowning out the portions of myself that are trying to help and every time I listen to it, it creates a stronger and more direct line of communication to my brain. So here is to another thanksgiving that will come and go, and another chance for me to starve my ego and strengthen my soul.