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Day 199: Traditions and Five Things I’m Grateful For

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

Outfit Details
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)

Day 197: Almost there!

I really like the company I work for. The only problem is that we have a service arm – meaning we get next to no company holidays. I’m so jealous of all of my creative agencies who have basically from now until mid-January off. Even L is barely working this week! Well, he’s going to be offended – he’s working hard but he has three company days off.

Anyways, today I actually slept in a little – instead of going to barre in the morning, I’m running this afternoon with my wubby! I brought these great reflective vests but M says he won’t wear it. TBD on who wins this battle….

Once again, I valiantly planned on wearing a skirt today, but it was too cold. I’m turning into one of those southern wimps I used to make fun of. Anyways, I’m falling back on my old standby (just like yesterday). There’s nothing a bright cardigan can’t fix!

Sound off: How are you spending your vacation?

Outfit Details
Cardigan: J. Crew Factory purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Top: J. Crew purchased two years ago for $30 (similar, similar)
Pants: Loft purchased one year ago for $40 (similar, similar)
Shoes: Nordstrom Rack (Abound) purchased ten months ago for $30 (exact, similar)

Day 191: Happy Hump-Day!

Happy hump-day! It’s been a superbly successful day. Also, did you know that superbly is a legit word? I’m a little shocked. Anyways, I kicked off this morning with a barre class – right now at work a couple of co-workers and I are seeing who can work out the most during November. I’m ahead for now, but just barely. Plus I know next week will be a little rough with Thanksgiving and all! Aside from my work-out game strong, I also have been killing it at work today. I led a 40 person call successfully, so that was awesome. To be honest, I thrive on presenting. I missed my calling to be on stage – that’s for sure!

I love these pants – I have to wear them with heels and they make my legs look banging. It’s starting to get chilly here in Atlanta, so I actually do need a jacket! When I can shop again, I’m searching for these pants in some other colors – maybe navy, green, and white?

Sound off: any Thanksgiving plans?

Outfit Details
Shirt: Old Navy purchased three years ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Bottom: ThredUp (The Limited) purchased one year ago for $20 (similar, similar)
Heels: J. Crew Factory purchased 3 years ago for $50 (exact, similar)