Thursday, November 22, 2012

Start each day with a grateful heart

I am forever grateful to be living the life I live...

I am rather healthy and so are my dear ones
My children are kind and smart and funny and I am grateful for many happy years I have spent with my husband
I have wonderful friends that have become my family and support system far away from my actual family
My job let's me utilize my talents and education and my boss is understanding and flexible
I laugh often and easily and don't consider anybody my enemy
I live relatively comfortable and sheltered life in a country which makes big dreams possible

I could look at my life quite differently...

I have had my share of the sadness, sorrow and misfortune
I have known abuse and lived in poverty
I have become pregnant very young and struggled working minimum wage jobs
Both my children had some serious issues at some point and my marriage has been rocky at times
I have once been diagnosed with life threatening illness 

But I choose to think I am incredibly lucky and should count my blessings twice

I am incredibly grateful to my parents and ancestors, for the combination of genetic makeup and upbringing that made me an eternal optimist, a dreamer and a believer in the best that is still to come

This a greatest gift I ever received and I hope I can pass it on to my children


This is not my actual Thanksgiving outfit since I am writing this post ahead of time, but I love orange and green around this time of year.
colder day version
I am wearing almost all J.Crew: cashmere shawl popover in heather agate, Surf tweed charter skirt, Nottingham boots in Pony Brown, herringbone tights and garden floral wool scarf.

The green pumps are by Jeffrey Campbell.

I will be spending the Thanksgiving with my friends in their house and again, I am very grateful for being invited and therefore having it easy this year.


What are the things you are most grateful for?
Where are you spending your Thanksgiving and what will you be wearing?

Please share, it would be no fun without you!!!


  1. Lovely post ajc!
    I hope you have a great day. I'll be home making a Thanksgiving dinner for my family, I'll be phoning my family in Georgia and missing them.
    I'm sure your friends will be thankful to have you with them with your gorgeous smile and infectious laughter! Have fun.

  2. Oh boy you are all tearing me up today.
    Have a lovely day with your family.

  3. Oh I love this!!! It is so good to have perspective, isn't it? I am still very sad these days, but very grateful as well for every gift I have been given! I hope you have a wonderful day with family and friends!

  4. I'm grateful for this lovely and thoughtful post. Thank you - sto lat!

  5. Beautiful post. Its hard sometimes to see past the unfortunate things and circumstances, but I was given the chance to open my eyes and see another day. I'm thankful for that. Another day to try and get it right.

  6. You are so sweet and it is always uplifting to read your posts. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. ajc, even though it's not Thanksgiving Day up here you struck a chord with me. Thank you! As hard as they are, trials and bumps do make us appreciate good things and people that much more. Hope you've had a very happy, tasty, stylie and relaxing day with your family.

  8. what a beautiful post. my blessings are too great to list here but they are v similar to yours. have a simply beautiful day. xoxo

  9. Happy Thanksgiving AJC,
    If I look back at the previous posts one can see the rays of sunshine and great sense of humour shining through.
    Thanks for sharing with us and could you please have extra stuffing for me. xo

  10. Happy Thanksgiving! Great post:)

  11. Great post. I look at your blog every day and really enjoy your energy. AWESOME! You sound like someone I'd like to hang out with.

    love your outfits! Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Since it is impossible to change the facts without suffering the consequences of distortion, you attitude is the magic elixir. Amazing and brave and self serving in a good way.

  13. I love this heartfelt post, ajc and I hope your Thanksgiving was very enjoyable! You have a wonderful attitude, you come across very down to earth and I can tell you possess many other lovely qualities:) Wishing you and yours a terrific holiday season!