Monday, November 24, 2014

Thankful for All Things.

This year has been a crazy one, but one that I wouldn't change for the world. Thanksgiving always makes me really reflective - to me, it's a time where I consciously think about all the amazing things that my life is holding, and just take the time to be extra vigilant and aware of all of the amazing things, big and little, that I have in my life that keep me going.

Blogger friends.
I've been lucky enough this year to have some phenomenal blogger meetups, turning virtual friends into real-life friends, which I'm kind of obsessed with.

With Christina and Leeann in Central Park.

Kari (my laundered spirit), B, Pam, M, and Kristen at our NYC blog brunch.

Netflix/Hulu/HBO Go.
But really... nothing can make me unwind more than a lazy ass Friday night spent watching too much television.

Red wine.

Also, obviously.

Guys, I would lack inspiration for so much - recipes, blog posts, fitness tips, zen guidance and inspiration - if it wasn't for this site that sucks up my time so beautifully. 

Shifting family dynamics.
I used to never believe it would be possible for me to have a positive relationship with my parents and brother, yet I find myself now calling them just to say hi, to invite them over for dinner, and schedule time to see them in person. It's become important to me to have them involved in my life, and I'm so grateful for that.

Okay, so when my parents met Anthony for the first time, we went to a tapas place.. one of the desserts was a zepole tree, which came out with a cloud of cotton candy. My parents could not even handle themselves.

Influenster and the Influenster App are pretty fantastic - you get the opportunity to connect your social media platforms and then have the chance to qualify for VoxBoxes - which are these awesome colored boxes filled with new products from various brands. Last year alone, I received the J'adore VoxBox that had face masks, Hershey's kisses, tea, etc. and the Victoria's Secret VoxBox, which came with a pair of yoga pants AND a sports bra. How many companies do you know that will send you all of this just to review?! I'm a fan and will continue to use it and reap the rewards.

New experiences, new foods, new places. I'm all about travel and am so grateful that I've had the opportunity to see so many new and beautiful places this year.

Troyes, France.
Our Airbnb apartment in Philly!

New friends. 
I've met some awesome people, mostly as a result of dating Anthony, and I'm so thankful for the ability to blend in easily and for them all being so accepting and warm.

Old friends.
I have the greatest people ever in my life, who are so filled with positive energy and encouragement, but who are also willing to totally kick me in the ass when I need it. I really can't ask for much more, friendship wise.

Reunited for the first time since Costa Rica in summer of 2012!

Good books.
I've read so many great ones this year, and I love how teaching gives me a window to share some of my favorite books/ones that really impacted me with a younger generation.

I eat these by the dozen, for real. And they encourage me to eat more salad, so I mean, how could I not be thankful?

And honestly, everyone else I encounter should be grateful for coffee too, because otherwise they would have to deal with a real bitch on a regular basis.

Home ownership. 
Listen, I cry about mortgage payments. I cry about how expensive electric bills are. I cry about the fact that the on-premise laundry is absolute shit and my clothes come out dirtier afterwards. At the end of the day though, my home is my happy place, and where I control the flow of how things go. I am so thankful for the fact that I have a roof over my head, and a pretty perfect one for me, at that.

Aveda Facials.
I originally had it as just "facials," but thought that you might think my new job was a little more x-rated... I've been going to a phenomenal Aveda facialist for the past year, and I'm telling you, she's a miracle worker. Not only that, but she recommends holistic methods that I can be doing to improve my overall health, and skin. Acne is something I've struggled with for a very long time, and adult acne is a real bitch, so I'm extra appreciative of her helping me with my number one insecurity.

Cute animal pictures.
Because really? How could you not feel happiness after seeing some of these?

Two polar opposites, but two of the most powerful things where again, I'm in full control. I love seeing my body stretch more, push harder, and look better after consistent effort and practice. This summer, I really pushed for speed and for improving my overall run times and I was able to really improve my overall times.

New relationships.
They say things happen when you least expect them to. Never did I think that Instagram (seriously) would bring two people together, or that I could have a relationship built on communication and mutual respect.
I'm ridiculously happy, which is terrifying because it's been so easy and natural, which is not what I'm used to, but am unbelievably grateful for the change for the best. I'm so excited about things and to see how everything continues to progress.

Cole Haan.
Seriously, my feet thank you and your Nike Air inserts. My bank account isn't too thrilled with you, considering you consist about 75% of my shoes, but my feet, which are more important, are so grateful.


New job.
I'm officially breaking up with teaching in a classroom and obtained a position as a credit recovery services trainer for a corporate position. Basically this means more money (a LOT more money), PTO instead of summers off (so I can take off ANY time), have 30% travel, and am totally on the forefront of this new division within the company, so I get to create the curriculum and everything from the ground up!

Yoga pants.
Particularly when I'm on my couch watching Netflix, drinking wine (and particularly when they're free from Influenster).

Always dessert. Always.

All the things I take for granted so regularly.
Running water, Internet access, heat, electricity, literacy, a college education, grocery stores, clean drinking water, the right to vote, people who love me deeply, the ability to speak my mind and bullshit as much as I want on this blog, and a future that is still so bright.

What are some of the things - little and big - that you're most thankful for? 

Currently listening to: Runaway (U & I) Kaskade Remix - Galantis 


Jax said...

I didnt know you were a NYer...holllaaa lol :)

Oh how I love avocado and coffee...and how I wish I could eat a zeppole with cotton candy. It sounds like you have a lot to be thankful for. :)

beautybrain said...

i really enjoyed this post! Sounds like you have so much to be thankful for!

B @ The Sequin Notebook said...

Cheers to blog friends becoming real friends - I'm definitely thankful for that as well! There is so much to love in this post...I'm cracking up over that cotton candy cloud, and I literally laughed out loud over the need to clarify "AVEDA facials." Love that you have so much to be thankful for and that you're humble enough to appreciate it all! xoxo

(Also, you need to explain how I can get in on that Influenster goodness, because you know I'm all about that free stuff!)

Kizzy Von Doll said...

These are wonderful...there is always a time to be thankful for things and so much around to be thankful for :) I loved your list and I'm happy there are so many things/people making life happy for you as well :)) Long may it continue doll :))) I hope your week is going well lovely :) xx

Sara Louise said...

OOh girl! Look at that booty! ;)
This list is awesome, I love how it's full of the little stuff, and the big stuff, and all of it makes up the important stuff xx

HiFashion said...

I've had a very reflective couple of days, even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving here. We are so lucky compared to so many people in the world. I'm thankful for my family and friends. But I'm also really thankful for Gin and Netflix!

Elle Sees said...

i am grateful for you in my life! you have been just the most wonderful, supportive force and i truly appreciate it.

Olivia Fuller said...

Happy (late) Thanksgiving lady! Such a lovely and inspiring post. I'm so glad you had a good year with new friends, new and stronger relationships and a positive career change -- so excited for you!
I've got to find you on Pinterest, I've been addicted to that site myself, lately :). Hope you're enjoying the holiday break!


Rebecca Harasym said...

The craziest years are the best! I too wouldn't trade them for anything! I think we learn the most in these kinds of years! Loved to hear what you are thankful for, the little things and the big things! That owl picture is just too adorable! I agree family is so important and so happy yours are involved in your life!


Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Obsessed with that runaway song! This post genuinely makes me so happy!

Christina said...

Aww, thanks for the shout out! I'm so thankful for meeting you and becoming friends! You are awesome. I think you've convinced me to get a facialist! My skin is the worst it's ever been lately. Right now it's mostly because of the weather and I'm working on switching up my diet, so it might not be done changing, but I want some expert advice. Tell me more about your Cole Haan shoes! My podiatrist gave me a list of recommendations for shoes (I have a heel spur and it's killing me lately!) and they were on it, but I've never bought any before.