The first Thankful Thursday in a new year and a new decade! Here’s to starting the year off right, so that way I can start the Roaring 20’s 2.0 off right. The 2010s were challenging, but this decade is going to be amazing!
Without rhyme or reason, Instagram deleted my Happiness Box Project Instagram account. They claimed I violated TOS, but I don’t really know how I could have. To appeal, I had to handwrite a code that Facebook/Instagram sent me along with my full name and username. I had to take a photo of me holding this sign with both hands and my face showing, then e-mail the photo to the company. I did this a few hours ago and so far, nothing. How bizarre. I deleted Facebook two years ago and I’m thinking I might delete Instagram too. How can a company delete an account without explaining how the account violates the TOS? I’m a happiness, kindness, joy, and personal growth page for crying out loud! I had a Canadian Lyft driver today and we were chatting about this. He said, “Americans hate happiness and that’s why your account was deleted. Next you’ll be arrested for spreading kindness.” We had a good laugh.
Christina also reached out and we had a good laugh too. I guess opening my Happiness Box was an act of subversion. Getting tattoos, piercings, spending time with friends, family and different communities, that must be something egregious on my part. Obviously, Christina chuckled. Hey, I’m grateful for the laughs.
Yesterday I saw the Connors and it was so nice to catch up. I spent an hour with them and I told them that I would visit this weekend. I am thankful for them and I am thankful for friends and family too.
Also, Sarah sent me this sweet gift today. I am grateful for Sarah, Teddy, and their mom, Bernadine. I want to visit London to see my cousin; they’re in Manchester, about four hours away, and Bernadine told me that when I’m ready to visit, let her know. After I pay off some things, I want to do that.
Oh! My former co-worker gave me a lotto ticket for the holidays, but I put her card straight into my Happiness Box and when I opened it yesterday, I scratched it and won a free ticket. Dad picked up my new ticket this morning and when I got home today from the library, same thing. I walked to the local mart and passed the co-worker’s house. She was out with her grandsons, I thanked her and we caught up for 15 minutes. I went to the mart, picked up a new ticket, scratched it there and won $2. What a lucky start to the year and it was really kind of my former co-worker to do that.
What are you thankful for?