It is with a really really really heavy heart that I write this entry. Due to professional reasons, this will be my last public thank you. Ugh, I want to shed a tear just writing that.
Wednesday I start a new job and as a lot of media companies have rules about personal blogs now, I will no longer be writing Naked Thanks publicly. I will of course continue to write my thank yous everyday, but I will have to do so in private for the last three months of our journey.
I can’t begin to explain how much I have loved writing this blog with Stacey and I’m not exaggerating when I say that writing my Naked Thanks every night is the best part of my day. Even when I’m exhausted and nodding off between paragraphs or in a horrid state of mind and in no mood to thank, putting pen to paper and thinking about who or what has made my day better has really changed the way I think.
It is easier to be pessimistic. Being thankful sometimes takes a little more work, but what a difference it makes. For me, the changes I have noticed thanks to writing Naked Thanks are that I really appreciate people more and am thankful to be loved. I think I’m also sweating the small stuff less and am more thankful for the little things. It’s those everyday niceties that change the tenor of my day.
Writing Naked Thanks has become as much a part of my day as eating dinner. And I love chatting with my friends and colleagues about my entries and hope that it has made them laugh a little and be thankful about the positive things in their lives. But of course, this is a journey to become a more thankful, happier person and I suppose having others read my thank yous should not be what makes me more thankful. But heck, it was part of the fun.
Stacey, thank you for being my Naked partner in crime. I couldn’t have embarked on this journey with anyone but you. Your vivacious positive attitude is always something I’ve admired and I know few people who can light up a room (or a webpage) like you. You’re also funny as hell and are really good at applying self-tanner.
To all of you who have read Naked Thanks over the last nine months, thank you all for following Stacey and I on this amazing journey. I know Stacey is hilarious enough to carry the site for the both of us for the last three months. She has always made me laugh till I fear wrinkles, which is exactly why I knew I would love writing NT with her.
Know that I’m still thanking everyday and will continue to do so in one way or another for the rest of my life. It’s been incredible, and I’m thankful thankful thankful to Stacey for keeping the ride going. NT4ever. Sniff.