I look forward to the holidays every year. Spending time with my family warms my heart and leaves me content. Life can be so overwhelming, but when our families gather, the stress just seems to dissipate. My husband and I have been blessed with exceptional parents. Overwhelmingly generous, loving, caring, and reliable. Our lives would be mundane and empty without them. I have heard so many horrendous in-law stories over the years. Some so dreadful I often thought about remaining single forever! I, however, hit the in-law jackpot and have been winning ever since. I love watching my parents develop a bond with them as well. They genuinely enjoy each other’s company. That is certainly a rarity nowadays! It’s an honor and privilege to spend the holidays with both sides, all under one roof!
Thanksgiving, or as I like to unfortunately call it, “the neglected holiday,” is right around the corner. In between wrapping and frantic shopping, stop and take a moment to reflect. Hold off on decorating the tree until after the turkey is carved and the tryptophan subsides! This year and every year, I give thanks for my family. Their health and happiness far exceeds any tangible gift I may receive this Christmas. Waking up to my girls and sitting down for turkey and stuffing, I vow to be present and grateful for my unimaginable blessings. The days may be long, but the years so short and momentary. Cherish them fondly.
Our world is in constant turmoil. Stories of violence and tragedy flood the news channels daily. Our safety and trust in humanity has been severely compromised. Attending a recreational concert or running to the mall is deemed unsafe and risky. It’s hard to keep the faith and remain positive in a time of desperate uncertainty. Despite these hardships, I pledge to still find beauty and purity around me. Our innocent children offer promise and light amid the unfortunate darkness that surrounds us.
I will not be “neglecting” Thanksgiving, for I have so many graces in my life. I am especially thankful that I found the courage to venture into styling. It has been one of the most rewarding and satisfying years yet! More importantly, I am thankful for all of you, for following along on this fashion journey. I wish you a very happy, healthy, and fashionable holiday season. May it be spent laughing, eating, and being close to the ones you love while giving thanks for all that is still good in our own lives. Remember, “there’s always something to be thankful for.”
“Eat, Drink, and be thankful”
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