Post-Thanksgiving Giving of Thanks

Happy Tuesday!  Hope you all are managing to get back into that weekday groove after the long Thanksgiving weekend + all of the festivities that came along with it.

I wanted to pop in today to relay some of my most recent reasons for giving thanks, being as that last week we celebrated Thanksgiving.  And given that you’re taking the time out of your jam-packed schedule to read this, this is probably a good place for me to stop and recognize all of you. 

I can’t really even put into words how blown away I have been lately from all of the support, shout-outs, inquiries + orders I’ve been getting.  This little dream/small business/creative outlet of mine is only FIVE MONTHS OLD, and it already has honestly surpassed my wildest expectations.  So, before I continue, from the very bottom of my heart, thank you.  Thank you for believing in my dreams, for your words of wisdom, your positivity, and your love.

Okay, moving on.

 

Here's a lil' list of a few things for which I have been most thankful this year.

1.) Family:  Earlier this year, my husband and I were married.  A lot of the time, I feel as though people view marriage as just the merging of a couple.  After this year, I see marriage as more than that.  It sincerely is a unification of two families.  Coming from a VERY small family (small as in my entire family could fit into one car, small) and marrying into a much larger family (larger as in they struggle to all fit into the same house sometimes, large), this year has been one for the books.  But through it all, my (now, much larger) family has always been there to cheer me on, give me that extra push I needed, and lets me know that even if I fail, they will never stop loving or supporting my dreams.  And that’s pretty darn cool if you ask me.  Family rocks, and I am SO thankful for that.

2.) Creativity:  According to Webster’s Dictionary, creativity is defined as ‘the ability to make new things or think of new ideas’.  Over the past five months though, I‘ve found creativity to be so much more than that.  To me, creativity reaches beyond the ability to ‘make new things’; it includes the risk you take when you take that leap to make something unlike anything else in the entire world.  Creativity entails pushing your limits, and going above and beyond your comfort zone.  Creativity should never include hoping/wishing/dreaming that other people might find your vision ‘acceptable’.  This year, I am thankful that I was able to redefine creativity for myself.  To push my boundaries, take risks, and be content in knowing that what I create doesn’t need to be what’s ‘trending’ or ‘popular’.  It should be what drives me to get up every morning and live my passion; to be the best version of myself I can be.  Every. Single. Day.

3.) My Past:  For those of you who know me personally, you know about my previous struggles.  You know that I haven’t always been at peace with myself, haven’t always treated my body with the respect and love it deserves, and haven’t put myself first when I’ve really REALLY needed to.  But, after leaving my comfortable 9-5 job, and pursuing my passion, I’ve found a new awareness and appreciation for my past, and what I’ve been through.  Mostly, how lucky I am to be here sitting in my favorite recliner, in my home, sitting next to my loving husband, physically healthy, living, and breathing.  Over the past few years, I’ve had time to reflect on my journey, and how every single struggle or setback I’ve encountered during my twenty-five years here on earth has shaped me to be who I am right now this very second.  The places I’ve been, the people I’ve met, and the experiences I’ve shared with others have all (in some way, shape, or form) molded me into the creative business-owning woman I am today.  So yeah, I guess I’m pretty thankful for my past.  It’s led me to more than I could have EVER dreamed.

 

So, this Holiday season, when the world seems too overwhelming, you can’t find enough hours in the day, or your hair doesn’t look just the way you want it to, take a moment to remember all that you have to give thanks for. It can change your life.

to everyone reading...thank you, thank you, thank you.  I could never ever thank you enough.

*hugs*