Ah, Thanksgiving. A day all about stuffing your face with food and filling your table with loved ones. A day which is led up to by a week of people freaking out over how in heck they'll host 15 people in their tiny apartment, or executing cooking marathons for their pre-Thanksgiving feasts and/or the recipe testing leading up to the big day. A day which is followed directly by an orgy of consumerism & capitalism & corporatism that lasts for a full three weeks and is all wrapped up in "holiday cheer." A day which actually celebrates the time when Europeans came over to the Americas, found people who reasonably assisted them with living, and then proceeded to tread on their human rights for perpetuity. Despite all of that - the day is called Thanksgiving. A day for giving thanks.
So here I am, about a week into my own cooking marathons and holiday prepping, carrying around the heaviness of a Trump Presidency and the continued abuse of Native Americans on their own land simply because of oil and money - I'm going to forget about all of that for two or three days. I am feeling burnt out from all of this madness and I need a break! So today, now that I'm officially off work and have officially decided to not accomplish any more real work until at least Friday, I'm going to start off my brain vacation by flipping the script on myself. Instead of being active & awake, busy & in the zone I'm going to go ahead and be soft & slow. Because I deserve a breather - actually, I think we all do. Because taking a step back, a deep breath in and then out, is key to living a healthy, sustainable life. My first step to taking it slow is to look at all that I have instead of all that I want, to give thanks.
This season I am especially, expansively thankful for a little place called the Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator. I. Love. My. Job. The team there, the mission, the energy, the community - it's all incredible and I am so very happy to have it in my life.
I am always always thankful for a solid, stable family dynamic which I can rely on and enjoy no matter what.
I am giddily thankful for friends old & new who understand, appreciate and are entertained by the weirdness that is my being.
I am immeasurably thankful for my Jeremia who teaches me, makes me giggle, and helps me when I'm feeling crazed.
I'm thankful for the people who are working towards a common goal with me, for all of the people in the world who do what they do with love, passion and earnest for the good of us all.
I am thankful for my privilege and access to good food, good people, and good health. I am thankful for all of the opportunities that privilege affords me.
What are you thankful for?