12/5/11

Thankful/ A Look Back Part 1

I realize that Thanksgiving has passed and that most people shared what they were thankful for most then. However, my feelings of thanks extend throughout the whole year, and especially at the holiday season.

This post will be a bit more personal than most, but I want to share what I am thankful for today, at this time of my life. The past 6 years of my life have been challenging. I have been blessed in many ways, but I have also had my fair share of trials and tribulations.

From 2005-2010, I graduated college, moved back to Kansas City, my mom was diagnosed with cancer (which we believed at the time to be treatable), got a new job, became involved in a significant relationship, bought a house, lost my mom to said cancer, sold first house and bought a second, got laid off, lost my grandmother, lost my great aunt, got a new job, had that significant relationship end abruptly, took in  roommates, lost my great-uncle, entered the world of dating for the first time in 6+ years, and fell in love...again. All by the tender age of 27. Whew! What a ride it has been.

2011 brought a much needed change of pace. I could breathe this year. I could look at my life and feel good about every aspect: no drama, a happy, satisfying relationship, a great job and my health. My 28th year has treated me well. It has taken me awhile to truly appreciate all the positive things, however. It took time for me to shake off the feeling that something bad was going to happen. I had experienced so many challenging life events that anytime something great happened, I felt myself waiting or expecting for the other shoe to drop so-to-speak.

Since we are dangerously close to the end of another year, I want to look back upon 2011 and share with you the moments that helped me enjoy my life again and live in the moment. The memories that I am forever grateful for. The people that make my life whole.

Starting with our trip last week to Vegas! We spent Thanksgiving visiting my uncle in sunny Las Vegas. I know everyone says this when they get back from vacation but man, is it true...it was GREAT to get away!


Justin and I joked that we must be getting old because all we seemed to do in Sin City was eat. Oh my goodness, did our taste buds get spoiled! First up, the best dinner of MY LIFE. And I don't say that lightly, because this girl loves to eat. Alize is located on the 56th floor of the Palms making it the 5th highest restaurant in the world and allowing for the best views of the Strip.


We also visited Thomas Keller's Bouchon, in the Venetian for lunch.


The week before Vegas, I volunteered at the annual DIFFA Holidays by Design event, supporting AIDS awareness.
Earlier in the month, one of my favorite friends from college tied the knot. Not only is Jessica ridiculously beautiful (she could easily stand in for Jessica Alba any day), but she is truly one of the sweetest and funniest people I know.

If she wasn't so awesome, I'd totally hate her;) Congrats Jes and Andrew!

This Summer brought many fun memories under the sun, including my birthday wine weekend-

A visit from one of my best friends, Annalisa, in from Seattle-

Dinner out with friends-
And bowling for Justin's birthday-
Of course we've spent a lot time with family, both Justin's and mine-
And took many trips to the dog park with the apple of my eye, my beloved pupsters-
So, here I am. Thankful. Reflective. Content. I can only hope that the New Year will be just as fulfilling. Here's to everyone having a lovely 2012! I hope you can find the time to reflect during the chaos of the holiday season and find some moments of  peace.

*This is part 1 of a 2-part series. I'll be doing a look back at the house projects that we completed this year as well:)

love, S

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