Gratitude on High

I think it is incredible easy to get lost in the myriad dramas we have in our lives. The truth is we all experience pain, hardship, and loneliness, but often times, the only way out of these emotions is through them. I definitely struggled with the idea of being away from my family this Thanksgiving.

Not only was it my brother's birthday, but I also have a nephew back East I've yet to meet. It's not easy to be away from the ones I love, all my traditions (like making carrot cake for my brother's birthday, mini high school reunions at the local bar, and hitting the Top of The Standard for a post-Thanksgiving digestif), and all the familiar joys of home.

This being said, life is about making new memories and reveling in new experiences. Without these experiences, we lose opportunities to grow as people and to make the best of every situation. With that in mind, I set about making the best of my holiday. 

I started my day with a walk in the Pacific Palisades. Seeing a new place that with beautiful views of the entire coastline was a great way to start the day. Plus, I wanted to burn some calories before the feast.

I spent remainder of the day cooking for close friends as we listened to music and talked about life, books, and everything in between. We closed the night with chill jams by the fireplace and pumpkin pie in hand. We all fought the urge to pass out on the couch until we couldn't take it anymore, and drove home. 

My Thanksgiving was really simple and relaxed, but also something I am incredibly thankful to have created together. In truth, I couldn't be more thankful for our orphan Thanksgiving. Anyway, this is what I wore. I wanted something cozy, presentable, but stretchy for when I became the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man later in the evening!