Gosh, is my heart full. And, my stomach! ;) I spent the Thanksgiving holiday yesterday with surrounded by some of the most important people in my life. I am pretty darn thankful for my family. The things I have seem so basic and simple, but I don’t ever want to take them for granted. Growing up, I was taught morals and values, but also encouraged to think for myself. I was shown by action, not just words. I was raised with strong examples of marriage and love, not only from my own parents, but my 11 sets of aunts and uncles and 2 sets of grandparents, all amazing examples of enduring, loving relationships, all still married except for grandma who is widowed. I also have a brother and 30 first cousins (yes 30!!) who are talented, successful people, or children with really bright futures (I’m the 4th oldest, so many are still quite young!). My in-laws are pretty amazing too. I feel lucky to be a part of this family and I feel lucky to have an amazing husband who is like my father in so many ways. I have equally important friends in my life. Oh, and not to brag, but I have the best dog in the world. Ok, ok, fine, I won’t be that person. One of the best dogs in the world.
I am also beyond thankful for my clients. For you. I really am living the dream. I can’t describe how lucky I feel to wake up every morning and spend my days doing something I love. I am privileged and honored to do what I do and to have been a part of so many fantastic wedding celebrations. It’s truly one of the happiest days of a person’s life and I get to be a part of that. I get to photograph. I get to do something I truly feel passion for. I’m definitely a lucky girl and though any business owner will tell you it’s hard work (like super hard), it doesn’t feel like it when you truly love it in your heart.
I am thankful for all the people in the my life. I am thankful for the experiences I have had. I am thankful that I have the ability to make time for my other passions in life like cooking, running, hanging out with friends, traveling, reading, organizing my house (yes, I love organizing!!), talking leisurely walks around this neighborhood that I love (NE Minneapolis!) with a great playlist on my iPod shuffle, group fitness classes at my gym, dinners and wine dates with photographer friends, and so much more. As much as it’s a love/hate relationship, I am also thankful for social media and the capability to connect with people I would’ve otherwise likely lost touch with. (See some of my favorite iPhone pics from the from the past year or check out my passions on Instagram!)
What are you thankful for? Whatever it is, I hope you enjoyed the holiday yesterday and had a chance to reflect on all the wonderful things in your life.