We’re going into the chillier months in the PNW which means a lot more time indoors for me. One thing you all have to know about me is that If I’m at home, I’m usually wearing comfy pants and not jeans. In fact, I went through a phase (like a year!) where I never wore jeans after having Cole! Now I own (ONLY!) two pairs of blue jeans because comfy pants are definitely my #1. I recently got these steel blue crushed velvet pants from PinkBlush and Oh my goodness, they are SO cute, and I was happily surprised with how soft they are. I am wearing a size medium for reference as my legs are super long. I can definitely see myself wearing them at home, to bed, and even to the grocery store-ya’ll see how I wasn’t joking that I like to be comfy? 😉
Not only is it getting chillier and heading towards winter, but we are just around the corner to Thanksgiving. Can you believe how 2017 is flying by!?! It’s a time of year that we are constantly reminded to “be thankful” and to “remember all that we have.” I think that’s a great idea, but it also can be something we are so used to hearing that it doesn’t really mean very much to us anymore. It’s like yeah, yeah, yeah, I’ve heard it!
Recently, I had a few weeks where I was feeling pretty down and depressed. I was so focused on all the things in my life that I didn’t have and the difficulties in my life. I also felt kind of overwhelmed with comparison and looking at other people, wishing I had what they had, especially in regards to my blog. I saw other girls that were growing quicker and had nicer cameras, and it made me feel frustrated. Needless to say, it was a pretty yucky feeling that I wanted to be able to shake off.
What helped me get out of this slump, was reminding myself of all I DO have and all that I can be thankful for. Now, to be honest, I’m not totally clear of these struggles but this definitely helped me turn the corner. My days got a little brighter again! I realized that I shouldn’t take certain things for granted like my health, my kid’s health, my wonderful apartment I love, my family and best friends. I realized that there are a lot of other people that are struggling so much more than I am. Maybe they aren’t a single parent, living off of a tight budget like me, but they are dealing with other, much harder difficulties like-cancer, poverty, or an unsupportive family.
In regards to my blog, one of my best friends told me that because I’ve had to work harder for things (like literally I’ve had to learn everything on my own), as I grow she said I will appreciate the process more. I realized she was so right! I need to remember where I’ve come from and how much I’ve learned! I also realized, and I think this point is a huge game changer-I would not want people to be jealous of my success or happiness, so why would I be jealous of other’s? We should be celebrating with other’s when good things happen to them, not comparing.
When it comes down to it, I need to continually remind myself that God has been faithful to me and never stops pouring out His goodness to me. I seriously believe this is the secret of happiness. I mean how many times do we just forget about God’s blessings and answered prayers? It’s like we LOVE to focus and blab on and on about all the bad things and dwell on them. What if, instead, Thanksgiving stopped being just a one time a year event, and started becoming a thought process, an attitude of the heart? I think we would all be a lot more happy! What you do think?
*This blog post was sponsored by Pink Blush. I was compensated with free product, but all opinions are my own. Thank you Pink Blush!