HAPPY, HAPPY

happy-thanksgiving Happy Thanksgiving to youuu! I hope you're warm & cozy today with your fam, eating well and celebrating like whoa.

This year has brought so many wonderful things to be grateful for. Exciting business things. Fun travel things. Great friendship things. I feel like this year has gone by at 800 miles an hour, so it feels good to devote a whole day to giving thanks... and eating pie.

What are you grateful for today? Raise your hand if it's pie with extra whipped cream... awww yeeeah.

P.S. The Be Happy linkup will resume next week! So get that happiness post ready, girrrl.

P.S.S. Are you ready for my ultimate holiday gift guide?! More deets coming soon. Get excited.

Image: ginger pumpkin pie with graham cracker crust. I know. Classic.

 

MERCI

dream big A couple months back, I shared an entry from my gratitude journal. When it comes to being happy, it's so important to stop and think wow, look at all this awesomeness in my life. Being grateful for what you already have will always bring more awesomeness into your life... fact. Here are a few things, big and small, I wrote down yesterday.

01. working in a field that celebrates creativity... and collaborating with awesome, talented, and passionate people to make this blog a better place.

02. meeting some of my bloggy friends in real life... holywow, they're even better in person guys.

03. all of the comments and support from you guys. Srsly you're amaaazing.

04. that black & white cookie I had from the Hello Social... so nom.

05. being inspired to think BIGGER for myself and artsocial.

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Image: heart of gold by Paloma's Nest

IN LOVE: THXGIVING

Happy Monday, friends! I hope you're all looking at a short work week as we approach Thanksgiving aka stuffing & mashed potato day. Is there anything better than stuffing and mashed potatoes? I'm actually not a big turkey fan (shhh), so I live for the sides... I started thinking about some of my favorite things about Thanksgiving... here's what I found:

1. Ready. Set. Eat. These are probably the best (and most honest/accurate) Thanksgiving invitations ever. Love.

2. SO. I'm really not a great cook... not even a good cook... ok not a cook at all. I can make oatmeal and bagels. That's about the extent of my kitchen skillz. BUT for Thanksgiving, I've always been asked to bring something. When I was younger, I was in charge of rolls... but now, now I'm in charge of green bean casserole. That's right. I'm moving up. Maybe if I had this uh-mazing green dress and green kitchen, I'd cook more... no? (Photographed by Ditte Isager)

3. I love Thanksgiving because it gives me an excuse to reflect and think about all the things I'm grateful for, all the joyous and the maybe not-so-joyous things that are happening in my life. I basically do this on the daily, but it feels like you have to do it on Thanksgiving. This tattoo is the jam.

4. This is the most awesome Thanksgiving-related art print ever... fact. 24K Gold Wishbone by Gilded Mint.

5. I love stuffing, did I mention that already? I could really eat stuffing all year round... hmm why don't I?

6. Such a great photo, yes? It perfectly captures the essence of Thanksgiving... the autumn colors and fancy clothes, the feeling of togetherness and love. Perfect. It just needs a plate of stuffing.

7. Another adorbs Thanksgiving card. Salmon pink and light blue really go well together... just like stuffing and mashed potatoes.

 

Psst - this is a collaborative series with bedsidesign, check out what she's IN LOVE with this week...!

See our pins for the IN LOVE series on pinterest.

 

GRATITUDE MONTH

After a crazy work week, where do I turn? The Happiness Project. I need a good dose of Gretchen wisdom this week. In the chapter I read, she talked about keeping a gratitude journal.

I've been keeping a gratitude journal on and off for the past couple years. It's so much fun to go back and see what I was enjoying - a fro-yo break, laughs with Jesse and Anna (hollaaaa to my amazing friends & coworkers), a empty seat on the light rail. Keeping this journal has helped me focus on the good things - even the littlest of gems - throughout my day. Without this exercise, I may not have even realized what a gift that empty seat on the light rail really was... no, I would've. That's a real treat during rush hour.

Anyhoo, these past two weeks have been super stressful at my day job, and those are the times the gratitude journal really helps. It keeps me focused on the big picture stuff, ya know? In honor of Gretchen and November - with Thanksgiving, it's basically gratitude month, right?? - I thought I'd share my gratitude journal entry from yesterday - no edits! Eep.

1. My boss's positive reaction to my notice to leave. Yep. I did it, friends! I'm free in one week! I thought the "I'm quitting" convo might actually kill me, but it didn't! It was completely fine. I am flooded with joy and relief to be leaving a bad work environment. I learned a HUGE lesson in standing up for what's right for me, no more "hanging in there" or "sticking it out." If something's not working, make a change. The universe is on your side, bro.

2. My dad's text congratulating me on quitting, and his funny Happy Halloween ghost emoticon. Only the best dads in the world fully encourage and support their daughter quitting, eh? I know he'll always be in my corner, that's a good feeling... and he always puts super creative emoticons in his texts - the ghost emoticon looked like this :- <>

3. Cucumber sushi from Whole Foods. No explanation needed. I could eat it errday.

4. Ban.do goodies in the mail! I finally got my brand ambassador goods - woot! Cannot wait to put together a super rad post worthy of ban.do and you awesome readers. Psst - I got one of these bad boys.

5. Kevin buying milk, pears, and Halloween candy. There is NOTHING better than coming home from work and someone else has already done your grocery shopping. I am eternally grateful for every trip to the grocery store he makes... I hate the grocery store. I know, it's weird.

What are you grateful for today?? I'd love to hear!

Image found here.