Happy Thanksgiving Lovies!
I hope you all are having an amazing day filled with love, good food and gratitude.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to have a post this year on Thanksgiving, but last night sparked a bit of gratitude in my heart that I had to spill about! 🙂
Although I wasn’t able to spend Thanksgiving Day with my family this year due to work, I went home this past weekend and celebrated with them early! In order to keep the North Carolina celebration going I spent Thanksgiving Eve in New York with a few girlfriends from my home state that are here for the holidays. As we kicked backed on the rooftop of the Refinery Hotel and laughed about life over a few glasses of wine, we began a discussion about all the things in our life that we are grateful for. It began with the usual family and amazing friends that we have in our lives, but it later began to dig into the dark places of our lives that have now been brought to an area of light because of perseverance.
The idea of living in New York City to many can seem like an invigorating lifestyle that includes nonstop hustle & bustle, beautiful skylines & parties, and a dream being made. This happens for some, but not for all. For many it is a struggle to find a decent apartment that is bigger than a matchbox and doesn’t cost over $1200, or to be a artist and stay at a job that has nothing to do with your craft and/or passion but pays the bills. At times, some may find themselves having to crash on a couch because they need time to save money. Others may find themselves contemplating if this city is even worth the fight to survive. These are all the sometime grim realities of living in New York City. However, what we realized is that during these difficult times a seed is planted inside of us. You must be determined to take care of that seed and have the patience to watch it grow into something beautiful, because many give up and don’t believe that the current elements will be able to produce anything beautiful. But it is the few who persevere and continue to water what is inside of them that can see the beautiful gift that has been forming all along and continues to grow.
Although none of us are at a place where we feel our seed is fully bloomed, it is so amazing to be able to see how all of the struggles and setbacks have placed us on our current path to greatness. It gave us a attitude of gratitude and so much to be thankful for on this beautiful Thanksgiving Day! 🙂
Turtleneck: Forever 21 || Boyfriends Jeans: Express || Jacket: Father & Son Antiques || Boots: BCBG Maxzria
Photographer: Najah Cobb
Xo, Chrissy Joy