As I arrive back in Brooklyn from a long holiday weekend back home in Ohio, I can't help but to think about a few things:
1. I have the very best family in the world. I know that a lot of people think this about their own family, but there are also a lot of people who don't. I'm so grateful to be on the positive side of this. My mom is my very best friend - I'm her mini-me, a spitting image. She's also the best person in the world, so to feel like I'm walking in her footsteps is validation that I'm doing something right. I'm also picking up on some of my favorite things about my father - a goofy sense of humor (and the lack of a filter that can sometimes create an awkward moment), a strong opinion and hard head (we may disagree a great deal but I admire his passion and ability to stand by his word), and the need to take the most moral route to success. My sister and I had a rocky relationship through our adolescence, but maturity has proven to be the glue to our now flourishing friendship and I love her so much more everyday. Over the past year, she has defied all of the odds and all of the judgements I've carelessly and regretfully tossed her way. I couldn't be more proud of her. She's the best mother I've ever met.
2. You don't have to get along with everybody. But as long as you're not adding fuel to the fire, as long as you're minding your own business, and as long as you're pushing to do the right thing, not getting along with one person is totally alright. I'm learning that my fuse is much shorter with people that I dislike, but biting my tongue has proven to be the best move when people are intentionally nudging at my weak spots. You can have the winning argument all figured out, you can have some amazingly damaging blackmail in your back pocket, but that doesn't mean waving it in your opposer's face is the right thing to do. Save your energy for the people you love, and as Michelle Obama says, When they go low, we go high.
3. Friends always prove what kind of friend they are in a time of need. That phrase is typically partnered with a negative connotation, but this time is quite the opposite. Yesterday was a rocky day for me, and my friends displayed their loyalty without missing a beat. A dramatic situation found it's way to being a source of gratitude. This really is the season to be thankful!
4. I did ZERO Black Friday shopping this year. None. It felt amazing.
Jeans: Banjara Collection
Bag: Haystacks Brand
Photos by Alyssa Timoteo