While I’ve always “self-checked” myself to make sure I am staying humble and remaining grateful for the good in my life, especially on days where I may be feeling a little run down, or sad, or self-pitying for whatever trivial reason arises- it was the first appearance of COVID in early 2020 that really made me stop and count my blessings at any opportunity- especially when I saw how drastically it had changed all of our lives and caused so many people to lose their loved ones, their jobs/careers, homes, etc.
As we head into Thanksgiving, this one being the third we’ve celebrated since the pandemic had started- but the first in those nearly three years where my family & I able to sit together, pass food to one another (without having to put a mask on and walk six feet across across the room to hand over a plate of something) and talk/laugh alongside each other- I’m especially thankful.
I’m thankful that my family and myself have remained healthy and safe these past couple of years. I’m thankful to still have my cozy little apartment to come home to every night, and I’m thankful to still have my career and a plethora of side projects going on to keep me busy/entertained and financially stable that were easily adaptable to the changing landscape of the world and how we as a society chose to face it.
And it might sound a little silly- but I’m thankful to have this little corner of the internet to document it all in, too! When I started ‘Coffee & Chiffon’ at the beginning of 2020, I had *no* idea what was about to happen just a few weeks later, but I’ve been able to write consistently, share experiences/adventures, connect with people from all over the world and preserve parts of my life- good and bad- to revisit when needed or desired.
And I think that’s really special.
I’ll be taking the rest of this week off to focus on heading home to visit my family for Thanksgiving, getting some Christmas shopping done and finally finishing decorating my apartment- but I’ll be back next Monday with some final November-isms before we dive into December and the peak of all things holidays!
For those who are celebrating, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. And I truly, genuinely and earnestly do thank you all for reading this and supporting me and this blog over these past couple of years. It means the world to me!
See you all next week!