First off, Happy Thanksgiving! What a beautiful holiday, setting aside time to reflect on what you are thankful for and spending it with those you love. However, we should all make it a habit to do this more outside of the holiday. How much more happy would the world be if we all set aside time for gratitude and filled our daily lives with people we love?
To kick off my Thanksgiving, I want to share 8 things I am thankful for. This is not an exhaustive list, just some things that are on my mind today.
1. I am a transplant here in Portland, which means I often do not get to spend the holidays with my family. My friends and their families know this, and I ALWAYS get invited over to multiple friends’ homes to share the holidays with them. My adopted families and friends mean the world to me, especially this year.Thank you.
2. My sister has some never ending love to give, and I need lots right about now. I hope everyone has an Amy in their life.
3. I have a job where I legitimately feel like I am making a difference. I feel really good about that.
4. I am ever so grateful for my new family member and rescue dog, Huey. Adopting a dog has been a lifelong dream, and I am finally (as) ready (as I can be). Yeah, we have our ups and downs, but we are learning our way. I smile every time I look at him. So in love.
6. Even though my house is still unpacked and a messy disaster, I have a home. Sometimes I just catch myself sitting here staring into the yonder in disbelief that it’s mine. Yeah, I have a lot of work to do. But I appreciate every chore. Weird, no?
7. I met a woman who said I inspired her to wear mismatched earrings because I was rocking a random outfit. I just loved what I was wearing and felt good in it even though others may not have felt the same (I got some weird looks and stares that day). Mint tights and burgundy saddle shoes for the win! Inspiring others to “be real” feels really good, especially when the person I inspired turned out to be someone who also inspired me on a personal level.
8. This year has taught me to be who I am, no excuses, no apologies. Even if it means losing people along the way. If people don’t love you for who you are, then don’t go out of your way to be someone you’re not. You will never be happy, and you will never live up to their expectations. Be unequivocally you. Always.