As I get older, I've learned to love thanksgiving over other holidays. A day where we gather with our loved ones and focus on what we are thankful for. Food and love, who doesn't want that?
This time last year, my mom had recovered enough to visit our new apartment for Thanksgiving. I was so excited for my mom to see our tiny new place, which we quickly moved out of two months later. Chris and I killed ourselves to organize our new apartment as much as we could for her visit. I ordered a four person turkey dinner from Whole Foods. My brother picked up my mom from her nursing home and drove her up to visit us. It was the best Thanksgiving I had.
Remember The Good Moments
We didn't have a dining table. My mom thought we were having ham and wanted dark meat, which we didn't order. While the food was mediocre, our home was tiny and cramped, it was the best Thanksgiving I'd had in awhile. Because I knew how precious each day I had with my mom was and I was grateful for one more holiday with her. Things were looking good again. Soon after this dinner, my mom got very sick and passed away. But I had this one last holiday with her and I am so thankful for that moment. I will forever remember the day. It was hot and sunny. We walked to 85 degrees to buy pastries. We all cramped around our coffee table and ate the worse turkey dinner I'd ever had.
As the holidays approach, I was filled with fear, anxiety, and grief. I am still grieving, but today I choose to focus on the good. My mom would want that for us. Am I sad she's gone? FUCK YES! Do I want to be angry and avoid everyone? Yes, at times I do. It seems like a constant battle inside at times and honestly sometimes I loose. The world is filled with so much anger, hate, and grief. Today, I choose to be thankful for all I do have and encourage you to do the same.
Let's Have A Happy Thanksgiving
Therefor in an effort to focus on all there is to be thankful for this year, I want to share 5 things I'm thankful for in honor of Thanksgiving 2017. My hope is that this post inspires you to share with me, your loved ones, and/or just yourself what you are thankful for this thanksgiving.
- My Family
Without my brother and sister, I'm not sure I could have survived the last year and 1/2. Siblings are the only ones who know everything about you inside and out. Chris, my husband who is probably the best husband ever and the only man and partner for me. I'm thankful to have them around and to be able to spend Thanksgiving together.
2. Good Friends
I have a handful of good friends. The ones who truly get me, allow me to be myself with no judgment. These are the friends that have been around for 10+ years.
3. A Job I Love
To be able to get up everyday to do a job I am passionate about and love is more than I ever dreamed of having and I am so thankful to be able to do this full time.
4. A Home
As stressful as it is to live in L.A. and pay way too much for rent, I am thankful for our home. I am thankful for the space we are able to rent.
I am so thankful for you and this community that you are apart of. It is because of you that I am able to continue to create content full time. So I hope you have a VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING this year!
Now it's your turn. Share what you are thankful for this Thanksgiving in the comments below.
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