20 Things I’m Grateful for from 2020

in no particular order, here is my 2020 gratitude list:

  1. The B Word was born. It had been a long time coming, but in 2020, I finally launched my creative writing blog, and I’m so grateful that I did.
  2. “River” was published. I’m still in disbelief that one of my original writings was published by The Merrimack Review, but I’m eternally grateful.
  3. I grew closer to God this year. I prayed more. I fasted more. I read my Bible more. My faith strengthened, and I saw God move in my heart.
  4. I completed therapy for the first time. It was hard, but it was life changing . . . and with a Black counselor!
  5. I grew a lot mentally. Self-awareness, self-confidence, self-love, self-control, self-discipline, and more. Going into 2021, my mind is stronger than it has ever been, and I’m grateful.
  6. My family never lacked or went without. 2020 has been the year of the pandemic. I’m grateful beyond words that my family has consistently had everything we’ve needed, be it our homes or food on the table. It’s a blessing we must remember not to take for granted.
  7. I turned 22.
  8. I grew remarkably as a writer and am beginning to find my voice and decipher the kinds of stories I must tell.
  9. I had two 4.0 semesters.
  10. I applied to graduate school.
  11. I am one semester away from obtaining my bachelor’s degree. You can expect a graduation photoshoot in the coming months.
  12. I fell in love with African American literature in an entirely new way. I’ve been an avid reader my entire life, and I always read books by Black authors with Black characters. Still, something about my readings and studies this year has forever changed my appreciation of the written word by Black writers.
  13. New visions were generated, and new seeds were planted. I have so many great things planned, and I can’t wait to fully bring them to fruition.
  14. I wrote a lot of really amazing stories. I’ll never rush my creative process or release work prematurely, but I hope to be able to share some of them in 2021.
  15. I’m grateful for my family and friends. Whether near or far, I’m grateful for all the ones who love and support me.
  16. I have amazing professors. As I’ve prepared applications for graduate school and delved deeper into writing, I’m grateful for professors who have gone above and beyond to pour into me and invest in my future.
  17. I get to work in a place that I love. Even though it’s not permanent, I’m grateful to still work in a place that I love, have room for growth, and feel supported by those around me.
  18. I’ve realized how much I am a student of life. Everyday has been a day to learn, and I’m grateful to be a student of life.
  19. You. Not just you, but my entire small group of readers. I’m grateful for every person who has visited The B Word and read even a single word of anything I’ve written. I’m grateful for your support, and I’m grateful that the words I write resonate with you beyond the pages I release them onto.
  20. I am alive. I am healthy. I am blessed. And I’m grateful.

Let me know in comments: What’s one thing you’re grateful for from the year 2020? Wishing you all a blessed and safe New Year!

6 thoughts on “20 Things I’m Grateful for from 2020

  1. I’m so Grateful to have myself and my children and Family still be alive and healthy and have the opportunity to continue forward into 2021🥰

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  2. I am grateful for life throughout the chaos of the world. So proud to be a reader of your great work and look forward to all that you will share. Thank you

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  3. I am grateful that God loves me enough to save me. My soul, my spirit and keep me here in the flesh. I am grateful that I see growth in my family this year. I am grateful that as much as I have experienced in my life, God allows me to use it to help others make it through their stuff smoother. Life worth living 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

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  4. I am grateful that God has kept me and my family in the land of the living. And throughout this pandemic He’s allowed me to continue to serve my community. I’m also grateful that my family and I have not gone without during this pandemic and last but not least, I’m grateful for you Brandon because your words touch me in so many ways. God bless us all as we take on 2021.

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  5. I am grateful for life and the ability to share it great people such as you bro. Keep up the great work and continue to set the standard. Peace and love young king.

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  6. This is absolutely amazing as usual. I’m grateful for the ability to be grateful. Looking forward to great onward and upward opportunities in 2021. Love you B 😘

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