Friday Five: 5 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

It’s Friday, so I’m linking up with Running on Happy and Fairytales and Fitness for the Friday Five 2.0. Apropos of something, this week the topic is “Giving Thanks.” If you come around here much, you know I am a big fan of the power of gratitude in living a happy life. I’ve mentioned it in over 100 posts according to my handy WordPress stats. I could spend all day writing about things I’m thankful for, but I’ll go for big categories.

5 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

13 years ago last week

15 years ago yesterday.

1. The Husband. I was never a little girl who dreamed about what her life would be like and certainly not about a fairy tale wedding or marriage. Not to say that my life or marriage is a fairy tale by any means, but it is very full, pretty amazing and beyond any of the wildest dreams I had growing up. The Husband and I have made so many friends and traveled around the world. We both have the opportunity to pursue our personal passions and do interesting work. We still make each other laugh every day.

2. Our friends. The Husband and I have wonderful friends from all corners of our lives. When we moved to Chicago 11 years ago, we never could have imagined the awesome people we would meet running, working, car racing and just living here in Chicago. We add those to our great friends from growing up, college, grad school and work. In the last few years, I’ve made so many awesome blogger and fitness community friends, too. I am beyond grateful for friends old and new, young and old, near and far. Each and every friend we have adds something special to our lives. I’m not even going to try to make a collage of a representative sampling of friends. You know who you are… picture yourself above this paragraph!

Need more pics of our folks and extended family!

3. Our family. My mom, in-laws, brothers, sister-in-laws, brother-in-law, nieces and nephew may not always “get” why I run and our wacky lifestyle but they always support and love us just the same. We are very lucky. I may not speak to or see our families as often as I should, but I’m grateful for their love and support.

4. My health and ability to run. If you have been around here a while, you may remember that I had a health scare in 2011. It wasn’t really that big of a deal, but it could have been. I also had several years of running injuries that finally got better. I am overwhelmed with gratitude for each and every step I can run. This helps me to have fun with it and keep on smiling, even when it’s hard. This year my running has been slower and sometimes frustrating but I am still filled with gratitude at being able to run.

5. You! This blog has brought me so much unexpected happiness. When I started it 5+ years ago, I had no idea that anyone would read it much less that I would have the opportunity to meet so many great people, try so many new products and experiences and work with many awesome companies. Thank you all for stopping by, for your comments and suggestions. I’m truly grateful for you.

And, speaking of gratitude, I really liked this post on zen habits “Why Living a Life of Gratitude Can Make You Happy. I especially like the prayer of gratitude that he ends with. Here it is:

What are you thankful for this year?

Wishing you all happiness and gratitude in this week of Thanksgiving!



  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your husband!

  2. Krista says:

    LOVE THIS! Great prayer of gratitude.

  3. I’m thankful for having great friends and an awesome support system. I’m also grateful for my job even if it’s stressful. I get to do it from home which rocks. I’m thankful for my online friends and bloggers like you too- it’s fun to read blogs, learn about products, win giveaways, and I also love seeing and reading about Chicago!

  4. It sounds like you have so much to be thankful for and wonderful family and friends. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Happy Anniversary! I am very thankful for my family and friends. Have a great weekend. Hope you two get to do something fun this weekend to celebrate your special day.

  6. Dana Rodriguez says:

    What a great post! Happy Anniversary and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your hubby! 🙂

  7. ellen beck says:

    Happy Anniversary!! When people can still make each other happy, you know youre doing something right. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. I echo all of this. It has been a hell of a year for the Lemmers, and next year will be even more impressive–but it is the people in our lives who pull us through and carry us on.
    Happy happy anniversary!

  9. Moll j says:

    Great post and a great reminder that being thankful is the most important thing we can do in our lives. I really believe that if you don’t have gratitude, you don’t have happiness.

  10. Love reading this! I am also thankful for my health and my family.

  11. Amber Ludwig says:

    Love love love!! I am thankful for so much!! I have had a hard year so Ive spent a lot of time trying to focus on being thankful for the good <3 My family, friends, son and opportunities!

  12. Lisa Brown says:

    Congratulations on 15 years. How wonderful!

  13. Devin Agran says:

    I am so grateful to have you as my sis and can’t wait to see you soon!

  14. Arlinda says:

    What a great list. I hope it continues to grow each and every year for you!

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