This year, my family got to spend a nice Thanksgiving at my grandparents’ house in Laguna Beach. It was a short 20 minute drive for us, but since those driving minutes took us to the coast, it made a world of a difference. We got to enjoy the 90 degree weather on the beach, playing on the rocks and in the waves, as the Turkey cooked in the oven at their house. It was my version of a perfect day.
Since moving to Utah for school, these moments together as a family have become even more sweet to me. Even if they had taken us to Siberia, I would have enjoyed spending this holiday time with the people on earth who I love and who love me no matter what. My family is really tight and we have seen each other at our best and at our worst and still manage to get along and enjoy being together as much as we can.
If i’m being honest, their love and support (along with my Heavenly Father and His gospel) is what gets me through rough times. This past year, I have come to find out who really is there for me and who loves me even when I’m at my worst. In the past year alone they have seen me sick, crying, stressed, and irritable- and they still love me. I cannot express how grateful I am for you all.
We are all flawed. Flaws are not always endearing or exciting, but can be ugly and annoying. They can make people fight and argue and even tear people apart. I have come to find that the people who love you because and/or in spite of the most annoying parts of you (even when those parts do cause argument or irritation) are the ones to keep close. Thank you to the people in my life who stick by me, no matter what.
I also remembered how much I miss living in this sunny state with my family and some of my closest friends, so I took some pictures to carry with me into the cold Utah December. Sunshine and loved ones are what make me truly happy. (okay and maybe tacos too)
This season, I am going to try and hold those things closer to me by letting my loved ones know what they mean to me and by holding the sunshine in my heart as I keep a more positive outlook. I challenge you to keep whatever it is that makes you happy close this season and to let the people who matter most know how much you appreciate them.