These past couple weeks I have been enjoying getting to post fun things about fashion on my blog. It has been a great outlet so far. I have been striving to make sure that it never feels like an obligation, because it should be fun… After all it's an outlet, so I might as well have fun with it. I have been brainstorming about how to utilize my friends around me so that we can use our strengths to support each other and have fun together. So far I have just a handful of posts up. I have been extremely intentional about asking my friends to be involved. Sara Tramp, Kara McFarlane and Grace Clibourn are some of my good friends.
Kara is a good photographer that is building her portfolio and is doing full-time freelance work. Sara blogs for fun as a hobby and has a kick-ass Instagram that is taking off. Grace occasionally takes photos for me but more importantly she is my best friend...well, 1 of 2 and she is super cute! So, thus far I have managed to schedule hangouts with my friends and the blogging aspect has been a side project while we are hanging out. I’m finding that this little blogging outlet has actually forced me to become strategic and intentional about being a part of community.
Grace, Kara and I went to coffee last week at a local café called Found, located in Eagle Rock. We took some photos and then we all went to a short dinner after. We talked about life and about how we each have some fun things we are looking forward to in this next season. I have found it extremely refreshing and encouraging to just sit with good people that are in the same stage of life as me. It’s nice to know that you are not alone on this life journey, and that we all have good days and bad days. It's so comforting to know there are people standing with you! I have been very thankful for this new season.
I have been thinking about Thanksgiving these past couple days and how I really want to cultivate a heart of thankfulness and gratitude this season. I am trying to choose some tangible ways to show my family and friends that I am thankful and grateful for them. I also have been trying to be more intentional about noticing people that I encounter throughout my day. My dad is so good at this. He literally starts a conversation with most everyone he meets. Growing up he always took time to ask the cashiers at the marketplace how they were doing. I work for Anthropologie as a fun side job and I have noticed how much I appreciate when people take time to ask how my day is. I want to be someone who notices people, and takes time to engage in real life conversations with the people around me.
Something we can all be better at is being more intentional about noticing people, and choosing to be proactive about turning our hearts to gratitude and thankfulness. I challenge you all to choose one or even two ways to show gratitude or thankfulness this Thanksgiving season.
I think the key is choosing something that is tangible and that you can actually do. Print a card off Pinterest and send it to a friend. Have coffee or tea with your grandma or your boss. Give the homeless person you see on the street everyday a small care package. Or even ask the clerk at the drugstore how their day is. There are small things we can do to shift our attitudes toward gratitude and thankfulness -- even when we are in tough seasons. When we take time to notice people, or even thank them, it not only encourages them, it shifts something in us. Warmest wishes to you this season; I would love to hear about anything you are specifically grateful for this season!
PS. If you are looking for good coffee, great pastries (specifically the coffee cake), a wonderful cup of tea, or just a welcoming place to catch up with a friend or even to study, be sure to check out Found coffee! Obviously those are all the award winning bullet points for a great coffee shop!
All photos in this post were taken by Kara McFarlane!