Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!! I am so happy to be home, spending this holiday with my family–as it is a MUCH needed break from my crazy busy life! Thanksgiving is definitely my favorite holiday. It is one of the very few holidays that isn’t surrounded by gift giving (well unless you’re one of those black friday shoppers, which that’s technically the day after thanksgiving!) Thanksgiving at my house, while there are only four of us plus three furry friends, looks like a GIANT feast. As you can imagine, my food obsessed family loves a holiday that’s surrounded by fellowship and eating! No gifts necessary, just sharing around the table what we are thankful for over a wonderful meal :)
With my college career ending in just three weeks, It is hard not to think about the next big thing or the next task I need to complete…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing! However, I feel like often times when we have this mindset, it’s easy to lose sight of the present moment! Enjoying the little things and being aware of all the good around you! After all, your past and present are simply illusions. They don’t exist. Don’t let life the right here, right now, pass you by. I’m not going to act like the present is always peachy, because believe me, it’s not. BUT I am a firm believer in that you can find something good out of every bad situation, every struggle is a lesson, and everything happens the way it’s supposed to! Positivity is contagious and gratitude for all that you DO have is the key to a happy life. You don’t have to have it all together to be appreciative of the present moment! Life is a process and half the battle is just getting to where you wanna be–so live for the NOW and let the future happen when and how it is meant to happen :)
With that being said, I challenge all of you to reflect on what you have right here, right now, and express gratitude for all the good you have going on (whether it’s little or big) !! Go after what you want and never look back! Don’t obsess over the past and let the future worry about you. Be present in all that you do and live in the moment! :)
I hope you all have a great thanksgiving, spending it with the people who mean the most to you!! I am thankful for y’all!
Just a few things I am thankful for…
I am thankful to have an amazing family that has my back in everything I do. I am thankful for my fur child Nola and the joy she brings to me everyday (also my two pups that live at home). I am thankful for the friends that have never left my side and continually make an effort to be in my life. I am thankful for good health and being able to enjoy one of my favorite hobbies, cycling, without pain. I am thankful for good restaurants and talented chefs for inspiring my passion for cooking. I am thankful for nutrition and the power it has to completely transform your life. I am thankful for having the opportunity to pursue both my passions (cooking+nutrition). I am thankful to have a steady job where I do what I love. I am thankful for having the opportunity to travel to places like New York City and New Orleans that have completely captured my heart. I am thankful to call the beautiful state of Kentucky a second home and for Chicago, always being my #1! Most of all, I am thankful to God for making all of these things possible :)