Thankful Always

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope your day was full of family, good food and a moment where you could reflect on what you’re thankful for.

I always celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. It is often the only time I see my aunts and uncles. My family is hilarious and I often leave with a belly full and energized for Black Friday shopping!

This year was no different. I got to see some of my favorite people and hug on the babies. As I was driving to Kroger this morning to pick up last minute cooking supplies I began to think about what am I most grateful for this year.

After several thoughts it came to one key theme LOVE…

Love for my Family 💜

This past year has been a series of ups and downs. Throughout the journey my sister has always been a phone call or Facetime away. Her and her family came over for a full work day in the summer, made me a thoughtful late night delivery when I was so sad I couldn’t even answer the door and heard me go on and on about the same things. Our relationship continues to grow and become stronger with each year. She is the true definition of family.

My beautiful daughter. I don’t talk much about her on here because I believe in a clear line between dating and my kid… but any gratitude post would be vastly incomplete without her. She is beyond exceptional! Perfect blend of smart and sassy. She’s my best friend, greatest road dj (Mama this one is a banger) and truly the Rory to my Lorelai.

 Love for my Friends💛

This year I have tried to focus on being a good friend. Yet it doesn’t matter how good I am to my friends they always out do me. They send me the best text messages, tell the funniest stories and know the exact moment to make sure I’m okay. These past few months, especially, I have been beyond grateful for the words of encouragement, stories of heartbreak (to remind me I’m not alone), and the listening ear over drinks or yoga. It has been much needed and something I can never repay.

Love & Romance ❤️

This was the tough one and the joy moment I had today. It is so easy for me to think about the last few months and the heartbreak that has accompanied it.

I had a realization, most of this year was spent being head over heels for a great guy. I had a year of heart jumps at every single text message, calls to listen and laugh, and a partner to get through life. While it may not have worked out; the joy, exciting fear and feeling of having found my life love was one that I can’t take away.

I am so grateful for allowing myself to fall for a risk. Yes, it was a little embarrassing writing a blog declaring that this is the man I will marry and then the next how he broke up with me. However, I jumped in full force and fought like hell to get him back. It was worth it because now I know I can and I will for the next guy. Love cannot be planned, has no timeline and is always worth it. I have learned many lessons through this process that will bring me closer to my true love.

Love for Myself

I have said it before but now is the time for me. I’m taking classes, making time for friends and family and enjoying peaceful moments where I can reflect and be grateful!

This year has not always been easy but with the abundance of love from my family, friends, a joyful romance, and my strength I have so much to be thankful for! Truly thankful 😍


  1. Jill, you are the BEST!!! You will always look back & say “I should have done this different”. But, you didn’t & that’s okay because it was “Your” life and that’s the way YOU lived it. Always know, you are loved by a whole lot of people and beyond that, it is out of your control. Relax, take a deep breath and enjoy! Life is to short to worry about what might have been, what is and what will be!!!

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