Today’s a special day, friend, and I hope it’s a very good one for you. I have so many things to be thankful for — a healthy family, El Hub, a somewhat friendly cat, and you.
But that’s not all.
For photography, because it opened my eyes to the world. I’m still just a beginner, but I feel like I’ve come a long way since those first blurry pics of the Barbie Loves MAC collection.
I started out thinking of my camera as a gadget, but now I see it as a paintbrush. Outside, I notice things now that I don’t remember noticing before, like the color of sun-dappled leaves and exactly where the trees cast their shadows just before the sun sets. I’ll watch scenes filmed outdoors on TV shows and know, or think I know at least, what time of day they were shot in by the color of the light.
I really enjoy it, and I’m thankful to have discovered how much I like being behind a lens.
For kindness. I’m in my 30s now, and I have zero tolerance for cruelty, spite, bitterness and things like that. “Life is short,” isn’t a cliché anymore. It’s just the truth.
I feel like I’ve been around for a good chunk of time now, and just when I start to feel beaten down by the nightly news, a young man will hold a door open for an old woman, a child will share her lunch with a hungry friend, a family will adopt a shelter dog — I’ll see some act of kindness somewhere that reminds me what it means to be good.
Kind people of the world, I salute you. You make everything better.
For the musicians who create the music that moves me. Running on the treadmill is easier when I can bop along to Phoenix, and singing in the shower about my neurosis is all the sweeter when it’s to a Sara Bareilles tune.
Okay, superficial moment. I’m also thankful for my Fergie boots, because every single time I wear them I feel like Super Karen! Like the coolest, most stylish, hippest version of myself. I love them…and if the house were on fire, I’d grab El Hub, Tabs, my backup drive, and the boots before running out the door.
And believe it or not, they’re surprisingly comfortable.
Oh, while we’re at it, I’m also thankful for Fun Size Snickers, Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume (my fave scent of 2011), dental floss, Trader Joe’s Mango Bars, ponytail holders that don’t get caught in my hair, Sleepytime Tea and the return of Pop-Up Video to VH1.
For getting the chance to know you. I’ve had the privilege of seeing so many gals here go through life changes, big and small. Babies, graduations, getting jobs, changing careers, marriages, and some breakups, too.
I feel like we’ve been through a lot these past few years, and I just want to say thank you for letting me be a part of your world.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,