3 Things I'm Thankful For This Year

In honor of Thanksgiving coming up this month, I want to take this opportunity to publicize my gratitude for the life that I have. I have been trying to practice daily gratitude, but it’s challenging. So far, I'm happy if I can remember to give thanks once a week! But I remind myself that just because I don’t write them down every day does not make me any less grateful for the good things in my life.

I have many things on my gratitude list, and below are my top three things that I'm thankful for this year.

3 Things I'm Thankful For | Dany Chan

3 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

My People

I am thankful for my family and friends, who all make my life richer in different ways. I love them, and they love me. I am also grateful for the writing community at large. Though most are strangers, they share my passion for writing and truly understand the ups and downs of a writing life that I'm trying to cultivate.

My Creative Drive

I am grateful for having this need to create. During the past few months, my life has changed a lot, with a big move and leaving my job. My creative projects continue to keep me from falling into a serious depression over the big things that I can't control. I look forward to my creative writing sessions every day.

My Planning Obsession

And speaking of control, I am very thankful for my obsession to plan things.

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.
— Benjamin Franklin

I agree with Ben wholeheartedly! Especially during my current situation when my days are open and free of appointments: if I don't plan for writing, reading, child-care pickups, or housecleaning, for example, I could easily fritter away those hours in front of a screen and just feel horrible afterwards.


I will keep trying to cultivate a daily practice of gratitude, but regardless of when I can manage it—once a day, once a week, once a month, or even once a year—expressing gratitude helps me to look beyond my daily worries and struggles to recognize all the good that is in my life. I hope to inspire you to do the same.

Let’s chat!

What are the top three things that you’re thankful for this year?