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things to be thankful for any time of year


Last winter, I went kind of all-out with New Year’s resolution posts. Since we just celebrated Thanksgiving and we’re now approaching the end of 2016 (YIKES), I wanted to reflect on how I’ve tackled my goals as well on the kind of things we should resolve to do more often.

Last December, I resolved to keep doing me. I wanted to focus on being my best, happiest self, and have been trying to rid my life of all things toxic. I had an amazing 2015. I studied abroad, worked hard in school, and got an internship that helped me get to where I am today. So far in 2016, I had another incredible internship, graduated from college, and landed a great job. I’ve also been selling my writing and feel like I can finally say, with confidence, that I’m a writer.

I’m thankful for a lot of things when I wake up every day–I’m grateful I was able to stay in NYC after finishing school, I’m grateful that I get to work in an industry I’ve always dreamed of, I’m grateful that I’m healthy, and I’m grateful for the good things to come. Anyway, here are things we can all be thankful for, all the time.giphy-8

be thankful for…

Happy hour.

Whoever pays for your Netflix account. And just Netflix, in general.

Instagram filters.

Double star days at Starbucks.

Free shipping.

The pizza delivery guy who works rain or shine.


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the most wonderful/terrible time of the year

Christmas in NYC is unlike anywhere else. The fluorescent city gets even more illuminated with department store decorations and sparkling pine trees in every office building. Now that’s officially December, final exams are approaching (a little too quickly, for my liking), and I’m getting excited for winter break (hello, Cancun).


This is a stressful time of year for everyone, especially students. On top of brainstorming creative gift ideas for friends and family, we’re cramming for exams and churning out term papers. I have never been a fan of midterms and finals because I don’t feel like they’re a good assessment of knowledge. It’s hard to stay calm when such a large portion of your grade rests on a single test.

I’ve been doing great in 3/4 of my courses this semester. I am finishing up the endless core curriculum required by my university, taking a biological anthropology course for a science requirement. It’s been brutal, so I am really focusing on just passing this class. As I’ve been interning at a publication and getting a sense of the field I’ll be working in once I graduate, courses like these seem even more meaningless and I just can’t find the energy to care all that much.

christmastime in the most beautiful city 🎄 #newyork #NYC #blogger #Christmas #Rockefeller #lights

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Overall, this has been one of the best semesters of my college experience…not that anything will ever top studying abroad. I love my internship, am genuinely interested in most of my courses, and have a great job lined up for next semester. And I have a beautiful city to ease the pain that comes with finals.

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holidazed & confused

The holiday season is quickly approaching (my bank account is terrified), and Christmas decorations sprung up around the city before Halloween had even passed. In theory, I love the holidays. I love the idea of spending time with your loved ones, relaxing and rejuvenating, and enjoying holiday traditions. In reality, holidays are often stressful, expensive, and uncomfortable, especially if you hate the cold.

We have an artificial Christmas tree every year, instead of an authentic, New England-grown pine. Many of my childhood friends have family traditions of hunting for the perfect tree, chopping it down together, and tying it to the roof of their Volvos. My family has often used the Christmas season as an excuse to go on vacation…we conveniently snuck away to Honolulu several times, and most recently roadtripped to Key West. This year, we’re off to Cancun, though not until after the new year.

I definitely prefer Thanksgiving to Christmas. There’s none of the pressure that comes with exchanging gifts, and instead all you have to do is eat a ton of food and take a nap. As a college student, T’giving is kind of crappy though because we only get a couple of days off from classes, and then are pretty much thrown into finals as soon as we get back. After working at Delish all semester, I’m pretty excited to try out some of the recipes I’ve been writing about/tasting/testing with my mom, and fall is always crazy beautiful in New England. Instagrams to come.

homemade fall eats

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