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Adulting + Happy Thanksgiving

Good morning! I’m writing this post quickly before I go run a 5k for my Apple Watch Turkey badge. I like to write these posts in the moment because I think what I would have written 4 days ago is a little different from what I’m writing now.

Today I’m grateful for …

My family. We’re dysfunctional, and almost never agree. But we’re there for the big happy moments, and if anything happened, the big scary moments. We also know how to have a good time, and I appreciate that even more now that I’m an adult and have moved away.

My new family (officially). They’ve felt like my family for awhile now, but I appreciate being welcomed into such a large family with open arms. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents are also so nice, and I’m incredibly grateful to be apart of their big family. I know that I could call on them for help and they’d be there.

Friends who have become family. I tear up when I look at photos from our wedding day of our wedding party. They’re loud, lovable, and completely supportive of us. We’ve made some really big decisions, and they’ve been there every step of the way. I know that I can call on them for anything, and they’ve celebrated every big success with us. Matt’s friends have embraced me, and my friends have embraced him. Seriously, it’s tear-jerking for me.

Our move to Boston. Somedays I want to pack a small bag, move back to the Midwest, and never move back. It’s been really scary, and I still don’t quite feel like I’ve found my place. But it’s pushed me (and us) so far out of the comfort zone and has given me some amazing people. Boston is an amazing city, and I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to start our life out here.

To know what doesn’t work for me. This may be a weird statement, but the past 2 years has been trial and error for me. It’s taken me awhile to find my place and to find what I’m passionate about. But everything that doesn’t work, narrows the list to something that will work. I’m also thankful that my parents have given me the guidance to know how valuable that is.

My parents. These two humans are my favorite people, and I’m constantly grateful that I get to be their daughter. They’ve done so much, and they never pretend that it’s easy or not full of problems. They’re always there for me and have pushed me to do things I knew I wanted to do but was scared. They’re an example of the life that I want to have.

My husband, Matt. It is still pretty weird to say husband, but I’m extra thankful that I finally get to say it. We’ve been through a lot, and he’s always been right there. He’s incredibly supportive of what I want to do, taking photos, letting me take a chance on a start-up, and being there when I knew it wasn’t for me a short time later. He’s hard-working, hilarious, caring, and a million other adjectives. I’m grateful that I have the opportunity to love him, and that he loves me.

This blog. I love this little corner of the internet. I love the people I’ve met, the opportunities I’ve been given, and the ability to write my thoughts. Thank you so much for following along, it means so much!

Finally, I’m thankful for God’s blessings, and for everydoor I thought I should have walked through, but instead led me to this morning, about to go run a 5k.

Happy Thanksgiving from Matt and I to you and yours! Check back tomorrow morning for my favorite black friday sales!

 

xx

Ashley

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