Many of my blog posts are fun reads, so this month I thought what would be a really col way to do something special for Thanksgiving – one of my favorite holidays. I think most people get excited about Thanksgiving because the idea of turkey, cranberry sauce, and grandma’s perfect pumpkin pie start to dance in their head. I mean let’s be honest it is the one time of the year that you can be gluttonous and not feel bad about it, that is until you try to fit into your skinny jeans the next day. But.. have no fear, you won’t be needing that napkin just yet, for this blog post is taking a turn away from food and thinking more more deeply about the word “thanks” in Thanksgiving.
Thanks (see I already used it!) to my cousin, Allie, who reminded me that some people talk about some things they are thankful for each day of the week leading up to Thanksgiving. – I thought this was a perfect way to help me really think this through. So it’s my pleasure to share with anyone that reads this a little more insight to my life and what I am most thankful after 26 years. Some things I talk about may be funny, while others may be deeper thoughts, some things I talk about may be material items, and others may be just memories. None the less I think it would be nice to look back on this list each year and add to this list, for it will be a constant reminder to me just how lucky I am and how thankful I should always be.
November 1, 2012: Today I am thankful that my Mom & Dad did not run after my car and drag me out of it when I decided to move to California. They selflessly let their little girl grow up and make a big decision that forever changed the direction not only my life but also theirs. They let me chase after a big dream in an even bigger city and I am forever grateful. Mom & Dad thank you for always believing in me, for pushing me to always be better, and for instilling in me the idea that “I could do anything if I put my mind to it.” There are a thousand more things I could thank you both for – together and separately, so don’t be surprised if I don’t mention you more as my thoughts continue. Xoxo Love you Mom & Dad!
Ok.. I didn’t move in a Van.. but this could have been what a dramatization could have looked like.
November 2, 2012: Today I am thankful for all the friends I have met along this 3 year adventure. I could not have made San Francisco feel somewhat like a home without you. Mckensie, you were my first friend at Yelp and an even better friend at Happy Hour. Christie & Laura you were my first roommates and showed me that living in the sunset, well wasn’t really in the city, but it was great to have a place to rest my head at night knowing I made it here! The Castro sisters, Brittany, and Carleigh it took me over a year to finally feel like I had a family, & Navid my BF who took a chance on a girl with a silly hat.
November 3, 2012: Today I am thankful for charities. Upon going to a fundraising event this weekend, it is amazing that so many people from different background and walks of life can rally together for one cause and fight for something at the end of the day that they all believe in. This past weekend reminded me a lot of all the fun times I had in college that were devoted to our beloved “Anchor Splash” – a chary event put on to raise money for the blind. We had more fun trying to teach fraternities how to synchronize swim than we even realized. The bigger picture was that we were making a difference and helping those who needed it the most. So as a Delta Gamma Alumni would say “Do Good” in the world and next time you’re at Walgreens or the grocery store and they ask you to give a dollar for the American Red Cross or for Breast Cancer dig a litter deeper … and give two.
Help someone today.
November 4, 2012: Today is simple…. I am thankful for Nutella. Yup! You read that right… Nutella. The oh so ooey and gooey chocolate hazelnut spread that must have been made by a chocolate angel. You can make anything taste better (maybe even broccoli although I haven’t tried) and you remind me of my travels in Greece. Thank you for being so damn good…my thighs hate you – but my tastebuds will forever be in your debt and gratitude.
November 5, 2012: Today I am thankful for the homeless people in SF. Everyday you are a constant reminder of how lucky I am to have been successful in my life and to have made the choices I have made. Even though at times you scare me, annoy me, run out in the middle of the street as I am driving, & talk so much craziness that it doesn’t even sound English…. you actually make a difference in my day and remind me to remind myself how lucky we all have it.
If you’d like to read an inspiring story of a “characters” I have gotten the pleasure to come to really appreciate in SF visit my old blog. “Callie Goes To Cali” – there you’ll see a blog post called “Who Says Hollywood Only Has Characters.” – one of my favorite posts of all time!
Fisherman’s Warf – Tree Man. He will hide behind his tree limbs and jump out at you. “Pay for your THRILL”
More to come!