It’s been a pretty fabulous year.
2014 has been the first year that neither my husband nor myself were in graduate school at any point in our marriage.
I am already looking forward to 2015 and all the anticipation it brings. I am looking forward to the end of 2014 when we get to spend two weeks with my family in Southern California.
But before we get there I am thankful for what has happened so far this year.
Here are the top three things I am thankful for this year.
1. Getting to take the leap I dreamt about for almost two years- my own retail space.
This has been quite an adventure over the last 6 months or so. And I am not gonna lie, it has not all been glamorous. I have struggled with satisfaction, stress, and comparing myself and products to others. But it has been an incredible journey that has not only improved my own style and skills but has also taught me a lot about myself. I
have learned am learning to have confidence in myself, my work, and my dreams. I’m learning that doing my best is good enough.
2. That my husband is my biggest fan, hugest encouragement, and so much more than Executive Vice President of Everything.
He certainly does help with everything around here- from proofing blogs, going shopping with me, and helping re-arrange and stage our retail space. And I am so thankful for that. But most of all I am thankful for his constant and un-wavering confidence in me, even and especially when I don’t have it in myself. He has given me innumerable pep talks, high fives, and hugs.
3. Above everything, I am thankful that my identity is not found in this.
Not in this blog, not in my booth, not in how much I succeed or how well I paint or decorate or write. And thank goodness. What a relief that my identity is in Christ. Sure He gave me these gifts and talents and desires and dreams and ways to chase them. But when it all boils down, it’s all about Him. I love getting to use my talents and dreams and abilities for others and through that for Him. But how constantly do I get caught up in trying to find my identity and self-worth in this rather than Him? And of course that disappoints. The thing I want and desire more than almost anything in the world. Because it does not define me.
This Thanksgiving will be a relaxed one for the hubby and me. We are going to eat amazing food from one of our favorite restaurants. Talk a walk in the cool autumn air with our dogs. Enjoy the simplicity of the day and bask in our incredible life we are blessed to live.
I hope you and your family have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving.