Happy Holidays from THL!

The first day of November hit, and suddenly, the world turned its attention to the holidays. Ads appeared everywhere boasting holiday sales, the biggest savings you’d see all year. Black Friday and Cyber Monday came and went with a deluge of emails urging us all to shop, shop, shop.

While I am one to love shopping — and writing about shopping — today is a day to remember that Christmas and the holiday season in general are not about buying clothes or stocking up on makeup. They are not about clipping coupons or heading out to shop at  the stroke of midnight.

Not even remotely.

The holidays are about family. They are about spending time with the people you love the most, and letting them know how much they mean to you. They are about drawing each other near and holding each other close, being grateful to have people who love you and ground you in the midst of the craziness that is our world today.

They are about remembering your past and being hopeful for your future. They are about giving more than you receive, and not just giving in a monetary or commercial way, but giving of time, love, patience and care. They are about opening our hearts, clearing our minds and just being present in a fleeting moment in time that will soon be a mere memory.

I know I have a lot to be grateful for: from my family and friends, to my job and this labor of love that is THL, my life is filled with blessings both large and small over which I continually pinch myself.

So today, I will take stock not of the gifts that were under my Christmas tree, but of the gifts I’ve been given throughout my life and the gift that is my life in general.

I urge you all to try do the same, not just today, but every day. I know I will.

Thanks for reading, and I wish you all a very happy holiday season.




A Day of Thanks

I woke up this morning, opened my eyes and saw the familiar walls of my home. I got out of bed, walked around, brushed my teeth, ate breakfast and spent the first half of the day in my pajamas. I was surrounded by my family (including my dog), and we shared a delicious meal. After dinner, we gathered in the family room to watch television together, all laughing and joking together.

This, to me, is a perfect day. And it is a collection of small things like these that inspire such gratitude in my heart not just on this Thanksgiving Day, but every day. To wake up, to see, to breathe, to live. To spend a day with my loving family in my warm house, to eat good food, to laugh. These are the things that I hold most dear, the things I appreciate the most in my life.

But on this Thanksgiving, I have something else to be grateful for — Take Her Lead. Embarking on the journey that has been THL was one of the most exciting, yet slightly terrifying things I have ever done. When I published my first post, I remember thinking, “What if no one reads it? What if all the work I plan on putting into this amounts to nothing?” As the posts accumulated and the days and weeks progressed, I realized my fears were unfounded — people were reading my posts and my hard work seemed to pay off.

And this is where I thank you, the readers. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to read what I post on THL, thank you for commenting and interacting with me and thank you for following me either here on the site or on social media. Without you, I’m not sure where this site would be right now.

I am thankful every day of every year for my wonderful family, but this year, I have a little more to be grateful for because of THL— my life has forever been changed by this site.

THL allows me to practice my passion every single day, and there is no better feeling in the world than to do what you love day in and day out. So thank you, readers, for sticking with me since I introduced myself all those many months ago. I hope you continue on this journey with me wherever it may lead.

Happy Thanksgiving all.