Give Thanks


Wow. It’s hard to believe it is already November. It feels like just yesterday I was traipsing through  Utah’s high desert, climbing mountains in Colorado, and playing in the sunshine on a salty shore. But it is, and for me November means, coffee shops, pumpkin everything, and reflection. Time to think back on the year that has passed.

I realize that it is cliche’ to say that in this of all months I find myself full of reasons to give thanks; we do after all have an entire holiday dedicated to it. But despite my desperate need to always go against convention, I am indeed, very truly grateful.

This last year just like any year has been full of ups an downs, the usual merry go round of emotions we all are riding. But even though the ride is the same, it seems that something has changed with the rider.  This year I started out on my own in a way I’ve never known before. This year I took less time for me and spent more time giving to others. This year I consciously chose to look at life differently.  Instead of focusing completely on my own success I stopped to think how I could help others succeed as well. Instead of worrying over my own troubles, I chose to focus on my victories. I pushed aside the negative, so there would be more room for the positive. This year I laughed more, gave more, and cared more. And the result was a funny thing. I succeeded more. I found allies in unlikely places.  I forgave those who didn’t or couldn’t understand. I accepted help when it was offered. And for the first time in a very long time I chose the path of least resistance, and along it I found, joy, love, and happiness.

The truth I discovered this year is that not everyone will understand you, not everyone will love you. But people are people. We are imperfect, every single one of us. We’re all a work in progress. So forgive those you can, and be grateful for all that you have, not lustful for what you don’t. The world is a truly beautiful place if you just take a look at it from the right angle. Just like in photography perspective is everything.  Adjust your focus you may be amazed at what you find in the snapshots.

If it weren’t for everyone of you. You who read my winded musings, you who “like” my photos, you who have invited my art into your homes, you with kind words, and you who silently support me my life would not be what it is. My dream would not have been reachable. From the bottom of my heart thank you. When I look back at my year, it is you that I see.

And so in the spirit of gratitude, thankfulness, and joy. I want to continue on my year of giving.  From now until the 22nd of December 25% of all sales will be donated to the Toys For Tots Foundation to help purchase toys for children in need during the holidays.  If you use the coupon code: HOLLYJOLLY2014 on the Etsy Shop you can save $10 on all purchases $30 or more.

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Just a small way to say thank you to all of you, for your love support and genuine kindness. Happy Holidays, I truly hope you all had a year as filled with love as mine.