Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday growing up. Our family (and friends who have basically become family) all met at my aunt’s house for a day filled with football, N64, and family bonding time. The best part was our post-dinner walk – we’d walk a mile loop (with the elders and the babies leading on golf carts). The loop would end through my family’s Christmas Tree Farm, which always opens the day after Thanksgiving. It wasn’t until I was older that I understood why working Friday at the farm was tough, although the bins of empty wine bottles should have been a give away. This Thanksgiving, we’re down in Atlanta but I can’t wait to get back to the farm in two weeks! In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few things that I’m grateful for on this Thanksgiving.
- My health – I know I’ve discussed my diagnosis of ankylosing spondylitis a lot on this blog. Even though my disease is certainly an inconvenience, it doesn’t define me. I can walk my dog, go for a run with a co-worker, drive my car to work, and pass as a ‘normal’ person.
- My friends – in the past year, there’s been quite a few trials and tribulations, especially since moving 1,200 miles from my hometown. I don’t know what I’d do without my Core Four group, my co-workers who make work manageable, my barn family, my college friends who stayed in touch. I’m surrounded by incredible, supportive people that I don’t know what I’d do without.
- My brain – growing up, I was the ‘smart’ one, but I never really had any context. In the past year, I’ve been challenged in my job, my friendships, and my personal life. I love learning and teaching and I’ve had so many opportunities in the past year to do both.
- My job – I’m really fortunate: I have a job that is fun and challenging, I’m paid a comfortable amount. I’ve had opportunities to prove myself and I’ve worked on projects that have made my voice heard.
- My man – L is the most patient, calming, challenging, hard-working person I know.He puts up with my crazy schemes and always pours me a glass of wine when it’s been a tough day. He is truly the ying to my yang and I know I wouldn’t have made it through the tough parts of the past year without him by my side (or on the other end of the phone when I’m yelling about Atlanta traffic).
This outfit was strategically planned. The yoga pants and crop top enable gluttonous eating. Plus, since we’re spending Thanksgiving in Atlanta, there’s no need for real shoes! All and all, a winning and comfortable outfit.
Sound off: what are you up to on Thanksgiving?
Cardigan: LOFT purchased second-hand three years ago for $12 (similar, similar)
Top: H&M purchased three years ago in Spain for €19 (similar, similar)
Yoga Pants: Old Navy purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Slippers: UGG purchased eight years ago for $100 (similar, similar)