Thanksgiving is literally my favorite holiday ever. I feel like it’s the only holiday when we aren’t expecting any gifts or anything materialistic. While I do a daily gratitude journal, I feel like there is so MUCH that I have to be thankful for this past year. A lot has happened since the beginning of the year, and looking back where I was mentally last year, I definitely feel like I am in a more healthy place.
So while I am not doing a recipe post today I do want to take the time to write something special, this is literally my favorite day of the entire year and I want to share it with you.
The last couple weeks I’ve been waking up with a new perspective and basically starting my day, by saying “Today is going to be the best day of my life”. This simple statement or mantra has totally flipped the way I start my day and end it. I feel like my mood is SO much more positive, my attitude towards everything is better and I am more grateful for everything little thing.
Each year around this time, I look back at last eleven months and everything that has happened, what I’ve been through, and lived. What I’ve experienced, who I’ve met and what has changed and also what I’ve learned. I look back and see everything the universe has gifted me and brought into my life. I am beyond thankful for everything.
This past year has been one heck of a year, my boundaries were pushed beyond belief, I learned just how tough I can really be and just how much I want to continue to follow this journey that I am on.
When I look back on the past few months, it’s insane how quickly the year has passed by and I totally feel like I just moved here a few month ago and then I realize, its been almost a year.
Every year I am grateful enough to have the ability to travel to amazing places, feed my foodie soul and attend unreal events while having the pleasure to meet some extraordinary people who really have impacted my life. This year has been that and so much more.
I try to be as real and transparent on the blog, because if not then what’s the point, I don’t need to pretend here, this is my space, a place where I can let the emotions flow, and it ultimately is what brings me the most amount of joy in life.
So, what am I really thankful for and grateful for..
I moved to Albuquerque on January 31st of this year to continue my blogging journey, and two months laters I celebrated FOP turning one. It was an unreal feeling. Around April my momma bear came for an unexpected and much needed visit. I had just gone through a very traumatic experience, one I hope I can talk about at some point, at the moment, I am not ready. I needed to step back and kind of restart everything, I moved to a new apartment and kind of withdrew from my life. My brother came from Lowell, MA to spend the summer with me and during that time I was able to kind of step out of the shell I had put myself in. I really embraced nature, and all of it’s healing properties. I’ve become very attached to the freeing feeling I get when I am hiking, taking a walk, or just being able to breath in the mountain air.
We went on a lot of small trips here and there and right before he went back to school, in earlier August we went on a very spontaneous trip to Denver where I fell head first in love.
I then realized in less than 72 hours that I wanted to move to Denver and explore more of the beautiful surrounding areas that Colorado has. I felt a more peaceful aura around me, felt like I was finally home, something that weirdly I haven’t felt since moving to Albuquerque.
In September I went on a spur of the moment trip to New York where I attended an amazing book launch, met other bloggers and influencers and met the very incredible Dr. Taz. I was able to also spend sometime with my friend Eric who was in New York around the same time. It worked out perfectly and we ate our way through the city that never sleeps.
My oldest friend from Florida came to Albuquerque and we took a last minute trip to Colorado which literally gave me the chills with how comfortable I felt being there. I love the mountain air, going hiking and the amazing food scene.
On this trip, I decided that I was going to start traveling back and forth between Denver and Albuquerque at least one every other month until I full on moved in 2018.
I started to journal more, and really embrace my spiritual side. I’ve started to embark in a very spiritual journey with the beautiful moon, healing crystals and so much more.
This year I have smiled a lot, cried a lot and felt a lot.
It has been on hell of a year and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I am honestly so grateful for a lot of and it doesn’t matter how crazy, unplanned, traumatic, and chaotic this year has been, it has taught me so much about myself, and I am thankful that I have experienced every little thing I have. Every opportunity I have been given, every phone call, interview, email, comment that I have seen on my blog and Instagram. I am thankful for all of you and for sticking by me and joining me on this journey.
You are all wonderful and beautiful.
I am thankful for it all.
I am beyond thankful that I get to do what I love every day with my blog, sharing my passion for mental health, creating recipes that help with depression, anxiety, insomnia and more. That I get travel and see places, that I had the pleasure of falling in love, even if it was with a place. Meeting people that impact me in more ways than I could ever describe. The universe has really gifted me with so much, and continues to all the time.
I am thankful for all the magic the universe has shared with me and everything it has blessed me with. Thank you so much.
I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember, to always give thanks.