With Thanksgiving being tomorrow, we wanted to take the day to reflect on some of the biggest things we are thankful for this year. There’s always so much to be appreciative of and grateful for, from family and friends to love and happiness, having a roof over our heads, food on the table and jobs that we are passionate about. There will always be ups and downs throughout life, and I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all had our fair share of them, but focusing on the things we do have instead of the things we don’t, makes us realize how lucky we really are. While each of our lists could be a mile long, we narrowed down to three things that we’re feeling extra thankful for this year.
Our Team: Our team goes beyond just the four us and I’m so thankful for each and every one of them. From our managers in LA, to our business partners in NYC, our dev team in London and few more sprinkled around. I wouldn’t be able to grow Gal Meets Glam and take our business to new heights without this group of people. This has been one of the most rewarding and challenging years for me, learning how to let go of complete control and trust the team we have built. Surrounding myself with people who are kind and thoughtful and hard working was the best decision I could have made.
Our Readers: There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about how grateful I am to have such an incredible group of supportive readers. It’s because of you that I’ve been able to turn a side hobby into a business and it’s something I don’t take lightly. When I get to connect with people in real life, or even just have conversations via email or direct messages on Instagram, it makes everything feel very real and incredibly rewarding. A majority of the time, it’s mostly me sharing, so I love when I get to hear from you. I’m so thankful for all of you who have been on this crazy journey us with, regardless if you’ve been here from the beginning or you just found GMG a week ago. You’ve been able to help me turn my dreams into reality and I will forever be grateful for your support.
Health: My grandpa was dealing with some serious medical problems over the past year, which was really scary. He’s doing much better now, but it’s always a big eye opening experience. He’s constantly reminding us that health is the number one thing we can focus on. It doesn’t matter if our business is thriving or we’re getting to travel, because if we don’t have our health, then many of those things aren’t possible. I feel so lucky to be healthy and active and have a family who’s the same, because I know that at any moment something can change.
Opportunity: I’m extremely thankful for the opportunities that Julia and I have every day in our lives. I never overlook the fact of how lucky we are to have great opportunities coming our way. While most of these opportunities have come of as a result of hard, smart work, I know that luck is partially at play. No matter where we are at I think it’s important to learn to appreciate every choice we get to make because not everyone gets to decide on where their path takes them in life.
Julia: It sounds overly expected of me but one of the things I’m most thankful for is Julia. Considering we spend probably 22 hours a day or more in the same room as each other, she’s an influence on me in every single part of my life. You probably already know how great Julia is but I’ve seen her at her highest highs and her lowests lows and everything she does makes me love her more. I’m thankful that I’m married to someone that I can’t get enough of.
Good Food: I love good food, it doesn’t even have to be fancy or look pretty, I just love delicious food. Food is a necessity, it’s fuel to keep us alive. It could very much be something that’s like gasoline to a car, but it’s not. Each ingredient is filled with complexities unique to itself and these enhance life. I’m also thankful for the power that food has to bring us together, to share time, conversations and happy moments.
Fear: Anytime I’m faced with making a big life changing decision I always remember the quote “Everything you want is on the other side of fear”. This year was all about taking big leaps in my life from changing jobs (twice), forming new relationships, and moving to Charleston on my own I’ve had some good and bad but incredibly valuable experiences in every situation. So far every scary opportunity I jumped on this year has been hugely rewarding and fear was the driving force that kept me motivated to follow through in every aspect.
Support: I’m the youngest of four kids in my family and I’ve always been the one to walk to the beat of my own drum. I was the only child to leave the tri-state area for college, the first to ditch my career path in healthcare for one in fashion/creative marketing, and the first to move solo 1k+ miles away from home. As crazy as I may have driven my parents with all the unknown for my distant future, my family never tried to convince me otherwise in any of my decisions. They’ve been a constant support system and the best cheerleaders around! I feel so humbled and grateful for their love.
Charleston: After almost four years in Boston I was in desperate need of change and new surroundings to be inspired by and moving to Charleston was the answer to that need. My exposure to all that is historic and creative here has been incredible and it’s only been five months. The art scene is astounding and I am in complete awe by all of the local artists I learn about or get the lucky chance to meet. Not only that but I feel so fortunate every time I step outside to explore Charleston’s culture through architecture, nature, and people – I’m inspired by it all a little more each day.
Community : This has been a year of transition and exciting changes. I’m thankful for the ever-growing community I have here in Charleston. It’s been so fun to cheer each other on during this season of our lives and introduce new friends to old ones. I feel incredibly lucky to be surrounded by a host of incredible friends here, people of all ages and in all walks of life.
Home: The house a few of my friends and I are renting has a great kitchen, with a big table in it. Often times you’ll find us around that table, enjoying a homemade meal inspired by our stacks of cookbooks. My roommates are awesome cooks, and I’m picking up a few new skills myself, with a few burnt and overly cooked meals along the way.
Charleston: The proximity to the water, the short distance to wherever you need to go, and the exciting arts and food & bev scene… I’m glad to call this city home.