Deep-fried turkey, football and a food coma—what could be better? With Thanksgiving approaching, I started to reflect on all the things I am thankful for and realized I would be hard pressed to find someone who has a life more lucky than mine. Although I am truly grateful for the cliché things, I decided to jot down some of the simple things that make me happy. So indulge me as I rattle off my list of what I’m thankful for:
• our refreshingly cool weather that lets us wear sweaters even though it’s 72 degrees and the rest of the country would laugh at us
• for little girls living in the White House (how cool is the White House Christmas special going to be next year?) • laughter and those little wrinkle lines around the eyes • a cupcake shop opening on Las Olas • running into McSteamy TWICE in one lifetime • not having to cook Thanksgiving dinner • my super-cool, loving parents, who were my “economic bailout plan” all through college and grad school, and long before congress officially coined that term
• Madonna finding a new Boy Toy and giving women hope that there is life after 50!
• the Dolphins winning more than one game no matter how ugly some of those wins have been • my wonderful brothers who are so supportive, handsome, and nice • a life that is rich and full—often too full—vs. boring • gas being $2.10 a gallon • my personal stylist, Katie • teaming up with Shawn and Adam to participate in the Kids and Fins Publix shopping spree with our two little buddies from Larkdale Elementary, Tobias and Rodney—what a team we were! • my job as Society Scene publisher and having such deep roots in my hometown • those Fendi shoes calling out my name at the precise moment I walked by the store • my girlfriends who love me. Forever, for always and no matter what! I don’t know what I’d do without them
• the ability to give something back to others in need, and that charity doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to make a big difference • that we picked a president so I can watch Grey’s Anatomy without 745 political ads • to have been the recipient of many people’s generosity • that my niece and nephew actually think I am pretty cool • being part of such a wonderful company that cares so much about each and every one of you and the community as a whole • my mom’s phone calls • the super-special people I work with who show up everyday ready to take on the day’s challenges • memories. Good, bad, all of my memories. That I can remember things period • that you read Society Scene every Wednesday • all the good unsung people who routinely do good unsung things • homemade chocolate chip cookie dough • country music—yeehaw! • truffle chips at YOLO • my adorably perfect and never boring doggie, who loves me like no one else could • all the fabulous people I have met this year at all the functions I have been to. Thanks to all of you for continuing to support our community, and for giving us something to write about each week
• Georgia Bulldogs football—oh wait, that was in September when they were ranked #1—oh well
Well, enough about me. I recently read that you should be grateful for the place you are at now because there are others who are in worst places that would love to be in the struggle you are in. So I wanted to share a few small (and some silly) things I am thankful for because we all know many people (or maybe even ourselves) who are experiencing some difficult times. Whatever the challenge is, having a grateful perspective on life can bring you into focus.
Be happy, enjoy life, I try my best to—as I am just plain thankful!
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