Happy Thanksgiving, kittens! In years past, I have written up a fun little list of things I’m thankful for (2013, 2012). Today, I want to focus on two main things I’m thankful for this year in particular. 2014 has been a monumental year for me in a lot of ways, and I’m so grateful for the experiences I’ve had and the people I’ve had along my side.
First and most of all, I’m thankful for my friends. Friendship can be a weird thing, especially when looked at in a long-term kind of way. People come and go, you realize some people aren’t who you thought they were, or you just grow out of each other. I feel like life is a game of curating a collection of the friends you’ll have for the rest of your life. Right now, today, I feel like my friendships are stronger than they’ve ever been. This includes friends I’ve had for years and friends I’ve made only recently. It includes my blog friends. It includes both of my parents and my brother. It includes my Girl Gang. It absolutely includes Dago.
I’m so thankful to be surrounded by people who support me, who give me space to grow and become the person I am. I’m thankful for their forgiveness, for their loyalty, for their art, for leading significant lives and for being truly influential on my life. My friends are amazing, y’all. I know everyone says that about their friends, but mine are movers and shakers. They’re feelers and makers. They change lives and pave ways. I love my friends and I’m so, so humbled to be witness to their greatness. And, on top of all of that, they make me feel like I am valuable too. I’m awfully lucky to have them.
The other thing I am exceedingly thankful for this year is my job. For three and a half years, I gave myself to a job that I loved. This was a life-changing experience in every sense of the word. Leaving that job was difficult for a lot of reasons I’ve already discussed, but ended up being one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Working at Junebug is totally a dream job. Not just a recent dream job, but as my parents would tell you, it’s really what I’ve always wanted to do. Because it’s a small company, my voice is really valued. I get to see everything I create come to fruition. I get to form these relationships based in the appreciation of art and love. I work with an awesome team and everything we do is towards the greater goal of being better than the day before. 
There are, of course, tons of other things I’m thankful for. My friendships and my job have made a lot of other things in my life easier, more attainable, and better, so that’s why I wanted to focus on them.

What are you thankful for this year? Whether you’re staying home or traveling, have a safe holiday!

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