Thanksgiving is days away and, while many of us have sales over sales on our minds, we're also thinking about what brings us feelings of gratitude and happiness. For me, family and friends are what bring the feelings of gratitude.
Over the years, I have come to understand that it is not things that bring me lasting happiness, but what remains once the "thrill" of whatever purchase I made passes.
Is it content or emptiness that remains? I have found countless times that it's the emptiness (I'll explain below) that pushed me to buy one thing or another. Don't get me wrong - you know I have my weakness for pretty dresses and about other hundred items, and they bring me joy, but many times those purchases made me feel guilty. Guilt is not a pretty feeling.
When I met my now husband, I quickly learned that he was very interested in his ancestry and was very proud of his thought-heritage. He was sharing the knowledge he accumulated over the years and dreamed of visiting the places where his ancestors lived, in hopes of connecting with some relatives, distant or not.
While we're planning to travel to those places, we learned that there are a lot more to add to the list than we initially thought.
There is something so beautiful and yet mystical about the fog. Being in SoCal I've come to love it and I've found that taking pictures in it makes for some eerie but beautiful photos, especially if there's a bit of sun coming through it.
Last weekend I found myself taking an unintentional break from the grid, reason why there was no new post on here. Even if it wasn't planned, it felt good to disconnect a bit and just enjoy some family time. We had family visiting from out-of-state, so we headed to Oceanside to spend a few days together by the beach. While the weekend was predicted to be sunny and warm, we ended up with a completely different situation.