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Expressing Gratitude for 2019, Tangentier-Style

A few weeks ago I presented you with an invitation. So, did you take me up on it? Did you think about what good things, big, small or average entered your life in 2019? Did you also think about how they got there? Perhaps a friend sent you a link? Or you literally walked into it? (Large bump on forehead, but hey – the apartment of your dreams!) Maybe you talked with a stranger about a book you weren’t crazy about, which prompted her to recommend one she thought you would enjoy, and now it’s your new favorite?

I want to hear about them – whatever you feel like sharing – below. I’ll get the gratitude party started with some of the things I’m thankful were in my sphere in 2019.

The Tangentier’s incomplete gratitude list for 2019

In no particular order:

  • This blog, which has brought me peace and happiness since I launched it in August. I’m grateful for Alex Stedman of The Frugality and Anna Newton of The Anna Edit for inspiring me with their useful, approachable content and beautiful photography and style. I found them after my 2018 trip to London, when I became obsessed with British content.

  • My dog, Izzy, and the large-dog rescue organization who just happened to take him in because they couldn’t resist his cuteness. Izzy has kept me company and given me many laughs and snuggles through difficult times this year. Unemployment would have been a much lonelier experience without him.

  • I finally got around to binging “Homeland.” Why? Someone I went on two dates with but who wasn’t ready to pursue a relationship related his obsession with it to me. So, thanks, Michael!

  • Instagram accounts @prettycitylondon, @eatnlondon, @londoncoffeeshops, @thelondontraveldiaries and @elensham and others for inspiring me and providing destinations to add to my itinerary for my 2019 trip to London. Again, I found them after my 2018 trip!

  • My last job, which I loved for many reasons, helped me to see people in shades of grey. I now have more empathy and appreciation for those who don’t share my beliefs and opinions.

  • My visits to the New Jersey shore and Crayola Experience in Easton, PA with my nephew. It was so much fun to experience these places through his then 4 1/2-year-old eyes. We were originally supposed to take a trip to Hilton Head, but our plans changed when my sister’s dog became ill. Fortunately, the doggy got better and we had an amazing time closer to their home!

  • Discovering a love for hiking. I enjoyed it the first time, in Los Angeles. But I wouldn’t have made the trip to Joshua Tree for my second hike (which cemented the activity as a new favorite) had I not been unemployed and available to take a long weekend away!

  • My health, especially my mental and emotional health regarding eating, started to change in 2018 but became ingrained in 2019. I did this with the help of a life coach whom I met through a close friend. I would not have had this experience had I not reconciled with this friend after a falling out a few years before.

  • Season 2 of “Fleabag.” I mean, come on. Excellent performance and writing by Phoebe Waller-Bridge about an extremely flawed woman. Let’s have more of that, please. Because being extremely flawed is something I can identify with. I only started watching the show to begin with after my BFF told me that Waller-Bridge reminded her of me. (I’m a much shorter, plumper, larger-chested American version. Without all the awards.)

My nephew coloring at the Crayola Experience last June. Just one of the many good things that came my way in 2019.
My nephew at Crayola Experience in June.


Do you see how sometimes less-than-delightful circumstances can lead to positive events? What are you grateful for, and how did it come your way? Please share below!


Lastly, I want to thank you, dear reader, for coming along with me on this tangential journey. I look forward to hearing more from you in the coming months. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Robyn Kern is the Tangentier. A long-time writer based in Los Angeles with a degree in screenwriting and an interest in mindfulness, many tangents led her here: a place where people can come to find and share inspiration, dwell in each others' passions, and learn how to surround themselves with what they love on the daily.

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