12 Things I am Very Grateful For

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough” — Anonymous

Imma Baradyana
5 min readMar 18


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March is my favorite month of the year. For those of us living in the northern hemisphere, March is when we leave the cold long winter nights behind and we welcome spring. In March, the sun lingers for a bit longer than the months before, flowers start to blossom, and everything around us seems a bit more vibrant.

March is the month of hope and change. It represents rebirth, regrowth, and renewal and as luck would have it, it is also my birthday month. This fitting coincidence adds a personal touch to the spirit of transformation that comes with the third month of the year.

As I continue to reflect on my life and what transformation means to me, this year, I want to pay special attention to the way I express gratitude for being alive, for being me, and for being where I am today. I want to be more thankful for my journey — the highs, the (very low) lows, and everything in between. I want to live my life from a place of gratitude and this article is a step in that direction.

Beyond giving you a deeper glimpse into who I am as a person, I hope the below list of 12 things I am very grateful for inspires your thinking and helps you embrace gratitude as a core value in your life. Here goes:

  1. I am grateful for my parents. If you’ve read my About Me article, then you know that I’m an orphan. I knew my dad for 16 years and my mom for 28. Even though they’re no longer alive, they gave me so much love and support as a child and young adult to last a lifetime. They also gave me a sister and a brother. I really couldn’t have asked for better parents and if given the choice, knowing that they would die before my 30th birthday, I would still choose them.
  2. I am grateful for my friends, the family I chose. These are the people who hold me up when I need support, who congratulate and clap for me, who encourage me and make me laugh. My life would be less vibrant and exciting without them.
  3. I am grateful for my blog and for everyone who takes the time to read my articles. Writing is not just another hobby for me. I started writing when I felt like my grief would eat me alive and I didn’t want to let it. Writing keeps me sane. Thank you for following…



Imma Baradyana

International tech professional. Writes about personal, professional, and academic experiences. Learn more at immabaradyana.com