A Thankful Heart

This past week was Thanksgiving and I spent it in a cozy little cabin in Blowing Rock, NC with my siblings, aunt, and uncle. It was so nice to have a few days off to recharge and relax before the hustle and bustle of the holidays. Our cabin had amazing views of the Appalachian Mountains that I got to enjoy Thursday. : ) The crisp mountain air was good for the soul. After an amazing meal, which put me and the rest of the clan in a food coma, my brothers (brother-in-law & bro) started up a cozy fire pit. We roasted marshmallows and enjoyed watching the sunset with the sound of the crackling fire. It was mesmerizing watching the glow of the fire whilst being under the stars. As I sat there, I was reminded of how blessed I am. I have a wonderful family, an amazing boyfriend, and friends who genuinely care about me. I have a cute little house, a good job (2 to be exact), an awesome car that I love driving, and the list goes on. I’m thankful for the ups and downs that this year has brought. As another Thanksgiving goes down in the books, I want to continue practicing having a heart of thankfulness every day and not just once a year. I hope everyone had full hearts and bellies this Thanksgiving!


Photo Credit: My lovely sister, Sarah. Check out her site: www.sarsheehan.com.

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Photo Credit: Me (edited with VSCO).




Hello, November!


I love the start of a brand new month! November is a wonderful month – not only is it the month to be thankful but it’s also the month before Christmas! I absolutely LOVE Christmas. The start of the holiday season is always so exciting! I grew up in a large family and Thanksgiving was something I always looked forward to – especially during my college years. I loved being home for the holidays. There’s nothing better than my Mom and Grandma’s homemade Filipino food! I have a close-knit family and I always loved that. I loved hearing the different stories that were shared around the table and the non-stop laughter! I must admit that one of the highlights of these family gatherings is watching my Dad’s videos. Sometimes it was a compilation of various photos of everyone throughout the years and sometimes it would be old family videos that he’d play while we gathered around the TV. It was always embarrassing seeing the younger me – the ginormous glasses, the bowl cut bangs, and the mismatched clothes – THANKFULLY, I outgrew that! Haha… But I remember looking at my dad while we watched these videos and seeing how proud he was of his accomplishments and how he had the whole room erupting in laughter and that always made my heart smile. : ) I am so thankful for my family. I love them all so much. They’ve shaped me into the woman I am today.

What are you thankful for today?