14 Things I’m Grateful For

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Grey Dress | Blanket Scarf | Utility Jacket | Nude Booties

Today’s the day where you gather around the dining room table with friends and family, eat as much as you want, and then take a long turkey nap afterwards.  In honor of Thanksgiving, I’m going to share everything that I am thankful for in my life.

family.  My number one supporters.  They are always there for me when I need them most.  They have raised me since birth and have loved me even before I was born.  God has blessed me with the best family in the world and no matter what happens in our lives, we always make things work and find the best in every situation.  I don’t even know how to put how much I love them and appreciate them into words.  They  have seen me at my work and my best.  They have pushed me to get through some tough situations and have always been there to celebrate my accomplishments.  Although it is so hard to get the entire family under one roof because everyone lives in different parts of the world, I am forever grateful for their love, support, presence, and impact they have made in my life.

my everyday elizabeth babes.  Without you, my blog would be a ghost town.  Every view is so  important to me.  Every comment keeps me going.  Every like keeps me inspired to make more content and to keep writing what I love.  I get so excited when I get DMs of people wearing looks that were inspired by my blog or taking my beauty tips.  You are the reason I love what I do.  I enjoy sharing my fashion and beauty secrets with you because I know you really care and appreciate them.  I’m so thrilled to have taken the leap and started this blog and created this little community of people that share like interests and are innovative and creative.  Thank you to each and every one of you for your encouragement.

good health, doctors, and access to healthcare.  This one might sound cliché, but I am grateful to live in a country where I can run to urgent care and get an antibiotic for my cold.  Whether its the sniffles or something much more major, I’m beyond appreciative to be able to have access to the proper health care.  I’m also grateful for all of the doctors, nurses, EMTs, etc. that take so much time to go to school and become trained on the healthcare field to be able to treat the sick.  Honestly, I should be grateful for this everyday but I tend to take it for granted.

I used to be very sick as a child and was hospitalized often and always got sick… and that really sucks.  I’ve only had a taste of what it’s like to live in a hospital and not be able to run outside and play with friends.  Think of all of the people and kids that are too weak to get out of bed because they are fighting for their lives every single day.  It brings a tear to my eye just thinking about a loved one getting ill or seriously injured.

I know what it’s like to be super sick in the hospital, and I also know what its like to basically live in a waiting room for months, praying for a loved one to wake up from a coma.  So the next time you’re watching Netflix and your dog wants to go on a walk in the middle of an episode of Grey’s Anatomy or you’re dreading about going to a work event, be thankful that you are able to wake up everyday and accomplish these simple daily tasks because others don’t have that privilege.

food and shelter.  Every Monday my boyfriend and I go to the grocery store for the week and I dread it. Don’t get me wrong I love getting out of the house and spending time with him, but it takes me forever to plan dinners for the week and make a list that sticks with a budget.  But there’s nothing like that feeling of opening the fridge and knowing there’s something to fill your belly.  Knowing that I have the funds to buy food to cook dinner with my boyfriend throughout the week feels amazing. Sometimes when I really don’t feel like cooking or I get frustrated with my boyfriend when we’re trying to pick a place to eat, I have to remind myself that I need to be thankful because not everyone has this privilege.

This year, my boyfriend and I decided to get an apartment together.  I’m forever thankful that we took this plunge and began this adventure with him.  Although our apartment isn’t perfect and we don’t have our dream home or anything big like that, I learn something new about him every single day because we live under the same roof.  I love having the opportunity to go on the journey of life with him, and to have a form of shelter we can call ours.

education.  If I didn’t have the opportunity to go to a four year university, I have no idea what I would be doing right now.  You don’t need to go to college if you don’t want.  It’s totally a personal choice.  I know some people who didn’t go to college and are super successful.  But for me, I had no idea what I wanted to do in life and that’s where college came in.

It was the most difficult yet most important (and fun) four years of my life.  I learned so much like how to live on my own, how to drive a car, (yes, I didn’t get my license until I was 19) and learned what I wanted to do which is blogging.  Also, walking across that stage and getting my degree is probably one of the best feelings EVER.

College is also where I found the love of my life.  I never thought I would be meeting my prince charming in college.  Now we’ve been dating for almost two years and are still going strong.  I can’t picture my life without him in it.

caffeine.  Z really gets on to me for being such a caffeine addict, but I can’t help it.  I can’t get through a day without at least one coffee and a cup of another form of caffeine.  Whether it’s coffee, a refresher form Starbucks, or a Coke or Dr Pepper, I just need my caffeine. I get the worst headaches and I am extremely difficult to deal with. I know it’s not the most healthy but I’m slowly working on it.  So don’t mess with my love for caffeine and we’ll be just fine! Ha!

my pup.  I can’t even begin with how thankful I am for this one. I started suffering with extreme anxiety and depression my junior year of college.  I would have panic attacks if I had to leave the house, would wake up during the night with nightmares, I never wanted to get out of bed, and even more.  I ended up talking with my parents and doctors and ended up on a prescription but that still wasn’t enough.  Then my parents agreed that a dog might be a good idea.

For my twenty first birthday, I found a highly recommended breeder, picked out a white miniature schnauzer and held him on my chest, and I knew he was mine.  From that day forward Presley has been in my life as a certified emotional support animal and life has been sweet ever since.  He gives me the motivation to get out of bed every day.  He brings so much happiness and light in my life.  He knows how to take care of me when I’m struggling to get through the day.  He’s my best friend and I can’t live without him.

texting.  This one is so first world but I’m grateful to be able to text and email in order to communicate because I get so nervous when I have to talk on the phone with someone I don’t really know!

google/ internet.  Ah Google.  It’s always there for me when I have a weird question that I don’t want to ask a real person.  It also helps in my work and personal life.  I can google “how to” videos and get inspiration from all over the world through my computer.  Without the Internet, I wouldn’t be able to blog and share the things I love with all of you.

this blog. A fashion blog is way more than just fashion.  It’s helping people simplify their closet.  It’s showing people the on trend styles of the seasons.  It’s showing women that you don’t have to have a lot of money in your bank account to look stylish and put together.  It’s helping those women who don’t have the time to put together outfits and helps women who feel they aren’t good at fashion give them the confidence to be confident and wear what they want and be proud of who they are.

lash extensions.  They boost my confidence and save time getting ready.  If you are debating lash extensions, do your research, find a great lash technician, and go for it.  Hands down the best form of glam.  You can take a nap while getting glammed up… how awesome is that!  I’ll definitely be doing an entire blog post on eyelash extensions soon!

retail therapy.  Although things can spiral out of control and I can buy too much, there’s always returns.  There’s nothing like a new pair of shoes to boost your mood!  Some might say this isn’t a good form of therapy, it definitely makes my heart happy!

travel.  I’m currently in England as I write this because I’m finally visiting my brother and his fiancé, I’m glad we are able to travel.  It’s nice to experience different places and cultures and not feel stuck in one spot in the world.  Traveling helps create memories and and helps you grow as a person and get to know yourself more.  If you have the opportunity to travel…. do it!

the life I live.  This kind of goes with everything throughout this list, but although I can be anxious at times and feel like my life isn’t perfect enough, I’m still proud of what I have, and where I come from.  To say that I’m thankful for a loving family, a home, food, good health, a dog, this blog, and all of the extra stuff is an understatement.  Words cannot express how enlightened I am with my life.  Although I always want more and feel that my life can be improved, I’m still so overwhelmed with everything I have and everything I feel on a daily basis.  I am so grateful for everything in life, the good and bad.

Being grateful shouldn’t only be on Thanksgiving.  Be grateful everyday.  Whether you have had a perfectly good day, or a really crappy one.  write down three to five things you are grateful for every night before bed in a gratitude journal.  If I’m being honest, I am a bit of a pessimist at times and this really helps boost my mood.  We are so privileged to have the lives that we live everyday, and have the opportunity to live those lives with the people, pets, and things we love the most.  I wish you a happy Thanksgiving holiday and stay safe this Black Friday!

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