Part of that probably stems from the fact that growing up, Thanksgiving wasn't a huge, crazy affair for my family. Sure, we had turkey and pie, but we didn't live near any extended family and they lived too far away to travel just for a long weekend. It was normally just us and more of a relaxing day off school and work than anything. (PS: I don't even like turkey....honey baked ham all the way!)
Another reason is my "all or nothing" rebellious attitude in life. Yes, I'm one of those "if you're going to be thankful for something, do it all year round" type of people. I'm also one of those rebellious, "let's do the opposite of what everyone else is doing" type of people. I think it's great that everyone can set aside some time to remind themselves (and others...social media peer pressure anyone??) what they're thankful for, but I think the world would be a much better place if we did this all year round instead of just one month out of the year. Anyone up for the challenge?? :)
Either way, I do acknowledge that it's great to count your blessings and in an attempt to "go along with the crowd" (insert shocked face emoji here), here are two things I'm thankful for right now:
Matthew | You're the only person on Earth who I can be 100% myself with and you put up with my crazy pessimism all the time. (You also put up with me when I'm hangry, so that's saying a lot.) You always support me and encourage me when things are hard. Without you I would eat a constant rotation of cereal, Totino's pizzas, and mac & cheese (with pepper!) for dinner, so I guess I owe my health to you, too. (PS: Click here and go follow him on Google+. He posts a lot more than I do & has way less followers than me. Soooo not cool.)
YouTube | I've found so many great channels to watch on YouTube this past year. Some of my favorites are EssieButton, AmeliaLiana, MissGlamorazzi, and the Shaytards. When faced with the choice to watch something on TV or YouTube, I'll always chose YouTube. Why?? Because it's REAL reality TV. It's the good, the bad, and the ugly. It's 100% real life and it's something I think there needs to be more of. (Disclaimer: I'm not denying the fact that I still binge watch Real Housewives and the Kardashians....I just acknowledge the fact that those shows aren't actually realistic to any normal person's life.)
A lot of YouTubers have recently posted thoughts about how discouraging it is to film vlogs and constantly be criticized in the comments about their messy house, their no-make-up faces, and other REAL LIFE problems that we all have. I want to encourage them to push through the madness because the world NEEDS more of the imperfections. In the seemingly perfect world of Pinterest, Instagram, and blogging, most people only tend to show the good stuff. The staged stuff. The pictures that look perfect but what you don't see is the dirty laundry right outside of the frame. Vlogging on YouTube changes all that. It shows the world that it's okay if your kitchen isn't clean 100% of the time. It doesn't have to be embarrassing to walk outside without makeup on. You shouldn't have to be ashamed that your house isn't spotless all the time. It's REAL LIFE. For real. And I think it should be celebrated.
Obligatory Thanksgiving post (& mini-YouTube rant) over.......let's move on to CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!