With the end of the year approaching, it’s a good time to slow down and reflect on the things that bring us joy. Sometimes, it’s only when we pause that we realize just how much we have to be grateful for.
Here’s my list of blessings; I hope it inspires you to find the things that make you happy and hold them close, too.
…that I realized what I love doing and that I’m finally, actually, doing it. An update from my last career post on how I quit my job to pursue my dreams of writing: I recently signed a full-time offer for a job that I love, where I get to write and create content all day. Sometimes life works out and it’s beautiful.
…for the beauty I’ve learned to discover in the everyday; from the changing seasons to that first breath of morning air to the sound of my cats purring.
…for the peace I’ve found within my own skin. I still have a long ways to go, but I’ve never loved my physical self more than I do now. I think my stretch marks are sexy and my face feels free and happy without makeup. I feel blessed from within.
…for the community that I’ve found through this blog. You all inspire me to create better content, to continually ask questions and learn about new and better ways to live sustainably and ethically.
…for my friends and family who bring joy and light and laughter into my life. I am so lucky to be surrounded by so much love. Thank you.
…for the love and support of my partner (you’re seriously THE BEST), without whom none of this would’ve been possible. For those of you who don’t know, he is the person behind all of my lovely outfit photos and also my personal cheerleader and hype man when I’m awkwardly posing during shoots. He is also the reason I was able to quit my job to pursue doing what I really love, because he believes in my dreams even more than I do sometimes.
Thank you, everyone who’s traveled to this little corner of the Internet. Thanks for coming along on this wild ride and thanks for caring about making this world a better place.
And if you haven’t yet, I encourage you to take a moment and celebrate the things that bring you joy. Let me know what you’re grateful for in the comments!
Beret: Vintage from Etsy, similar (note: I’ve always avoided hats because I thought they looked terrible on me, but I ordered this vintage wool beret on a whim and absolutely love the color and how it makes any outfit instantly cuter. Plus, it keeps my ears so warm. Hooray for taking fashion risks!)
Coat: Michael Kors, found secondhand
Sweater: American Apparel
Skirt: DIY, tutorial (note: It took a lot of patience to make this, and I honestly still cannot sew a straight seam, but I’m really happy that I made this because the fabric cost $1, I saved fabric scraps that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and I made it my own damn self! Hopefully, I’ll get better so I can start making my own sewing tutorials on this blog soon.)
Boots: Public Desire*
Note: These photos were taken at Cederberg Tea House, a South African tea and pastry shop. I studied abroad in Cape Town, South Africa, so it was sweet and nostalgic to find a taste of Cape Town in Seattle, in another city I’ve come to call home.
*not a sustainable or ethical brand
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