Happy Friday everyone! I hope that you all had full bellies and warm hearts yesterday. This was the first year that I’ve ever missed spending Thanksgiving with my family at my grandparents’ home in New Jersey; it just didn’t make sense to spend all that money to travel, when I’ll be home for a couple of weeks in less than a month’s time for Christmas. Still, it was a little bit hard for me emotionally to feel like I was missing out on upholding one of my favorite yearly traditions.
Fortunately, my boyfriend’s family welcomed me into their home and went out of their way to make me feel like a part of their family. We ate a delicious Southern-inspired Thanksgiving meal, watched the dog show, played Apples to Apples, and took naps (okay, that was just me). I woke up to a huge Etsy order this morning, so all in all my holiday has been all I could ever ask for.
I do often try to stop and take a moment to recognize and appreciate all of the love, warmth, and happiness that I’ve been granted in my life, but of course those thoughts are more central on Thanksgiving. I am thankful for my family first and foremost, who have loved and supported me without exception over the past 27 years. I love my mom’s kindness, her optimism, and her outgoing nature. I love my dad’s quiet thoughtfulness, the way he’s always ready to offer a helping hand when I could benefit from one, and his constant pursuit of a more peaceful and reflective way of life. I love my sister for her sense of humor and for bringing my niece, Gianna, into this world and raising her to be a fun, bold, spunky young person. I am thankful for my boyfriend and his wonderful family, who have done so much to ease my transition from Boston to Raleigh. I am thankful for my cat, Sadie, who is endlessly amusing and sometimes very sweet. I am thankful for the successes I’ve had, and for the lessons I’ve learned from the setbacks that I’ve encountered (even though they really sucked at the time). I’m thankful for my friends who have known me well enough to push me in the directions I’ve needed to go in, when it wasn’t clear to me or when I was afraid to make a move. I’m thankful for all the forces out there that have conspired to bring me to this point, to just where I am in my life, that have made me who I am, and that have set me on this wonderful, exciting, scary, brilliant journey.