I’m finally back after some much-needed family time and time off from the real job. I’ve been dying to post but I wanted to spend every minute possible with my family as we rarely have the opportunity for all of us to be together. I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time ever! I underestimated how much work it would be (thank the Lord for moms) but with everyone’s help, I can say this was the best Thanksgiving to date. We watched old family videos (and I cried my eyes out like a maniac!), played “Heads Up!” and laughed hysterically at our animal impressions and pretty much ate, and ate and ate. Black Friday was spent brunching, movie watching and decorating my mom’s Christmas tree. The senseless consumerism that plagues our society disgusts me, not to mention that I cannot tolerate the typical shopping frenzy that takes place during big sales. Rude people, imbecile drivers, and long lines make me want to punch people in the face! No judgment to those who love that kind of scene, my personality just won’t allow me to partake in that kind of behavior and genuinely enjoy it (hooraaay for online shopping!). OK, rant over. But seriously, at some point this year, I realized that the more gratefulness I practice, as in the kind that forces you to be present and acutely aware, the happier I feel and the easier it becomes to spread that joy around like sun shine. We live in a society that tolerates negativity to an unhealthy level. Destructive criticism disguised as brutal honesty is applauded. We learn that it is normal to dislike your body and to constantly complain and to perpetually want more “stuff”, but the moment you talk about how you love your body and show how you are proud of it, it makes you a narcissist. The moment you start talking about how happy you are and how grateful you are for your life, some people roll their eyes and secretly accuse you of being a “show off” or wanting to rub it in people’s faces, or confess to your coworker how they can’t stand your happy-go-lucky attitude. It’s as if being perpetually dissatisfied is the norm in our society. I believe that embracing gratefulness takes courage and the unwavering conviction that everything is as it should be. It takes guts, and faith: Faith in yourself, faith in your God, and ultimately, faith in the timing of your life. Having goals and being ambitious is what fans the fire of growth. But sometimes, we forget that we need to take a step back and acknowledge how immensely blessed and fortunate we are, and that takes a certain kind of awareness that you will not find in the depths of your iPhone…and that is exactly what I did this past week.
WHAT I’M ROCKING:
Denim Jacket: Stradivarious (old)
Boots & Bracelet: Michael Kors
Handbag: Nordstrom BP
Sunnies: Louis Vuitton
Watch: Movado (vintage)
Nails: “Skating On Thin Ice-Land” GelColor by O.P.I.
Lips: “Bespoken For” Lip Pencil & “Fashion Revival” Lipstick both from MAC