FBFF: Gratitude

I joined the Fashion Beauty Friend Friday Group a couple of weeks ago, but this is the first week I’ve been able to do a post!  How cool that my first post lands on the one-year anniversary of FBFF!  This week, the questions are all about gratitude, a topic that has been on my mind a lot recently as I approach this turning point in my life.

me, mom, sister

1. When it comes to me personally – I owe a lot of who I am to: Well this is the obvious answer, but it is completely true- my parents.  They have worked so hard and sacrificed so much to be able to give my siblings and I a good life.  Also, they have always encouraged me to strive to do my best and they are always there to catch me when I fall, so for that, I am eternally grateful to them.

2. When it comes to me professionally – I owe a lot of who I am to: I’m not sure I can call myself a professional, yet, but at my current level in life, I would have to say my boss Cyndi.  I have been working for her since my freshman year of college and it has been an absolute pleasure.  Cyndi quickly became more than a boss to me- she’s more like an aunt =)  She has always been concerned for my well-being and supported me and I know that she’ll support me with whatever step I decide to take next in my life.

3. When it comes to the art of blogging, I’m grateful to these people for helping me through some rough spots:
For this question, I would answer that I’m grateful to the people who helped me realize that my blogging is worthwhile- it has certainly given me the motivation to keep going.  Just to name a few: SophiAshley, Laura, Courtney, Casee, Alyse

4. One blogging challenge I’m grateful happened because it made me stronger was…
Hmmm, I think the greatest blogging challenge has been learning the in’s and out’s of blogging.  You know, when I started off, I thought, “Okay, I’ll write some posts and people will read them!”  As someone once said (I don’t remember who, let me know if you do!), my thinking was “If you blog, they will come.”  Of course, I soon learned that it is not like this and that you have to work to form that community.  It was a great lesson to learn, though, because I have met so many wonderful people through this blog =)

5. To my readers, I’d like to say…
Thank you from the very bottom of my heart.  Seriously, there are so many times when I just wish I could give each an every one of you a ginormous hug!  Thank you for reading what I write, for your comments, and for your encouragement- I could not do this without you!  Lastly, thank you for sticking by me as this blog has grown and evolved and I hope you will continue to do so =)

Tell me: Your answers to any/all of these questions!

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  1. ohsosophi says

    Awww thanks for the shoutout :) You are such an inspiration to me, too! I have no idea how it is that you manage to post as consistently as you do AND leave tons of comments AND, y'know, go to one of the best universities in the world. I'm in awe, pretty much.

    You have such a beautiful family, too. Goodness me.


  2. Titineandtotoche says

    Hello! Thank you so much for visiting my blog!! I'm so glad you did, because I got to know yours, and I've really liked it :)!
    The second photo is so nice, it shows you're a really close family :)

  3. Monique says

    I'm a new reader and have been enjoying your blog for the last few days. I'm glad it's enjoyable for you as well. You ladies are so cute…you have lovely smiles and I love the goofy photo. So important to give thanks! Have a great weekend.

  4. Ellenreviewsblog says

    cute second photo :) great photo with your mom and sis. :) I agree with #4 and yay for the #5! :) have a great day! :)

    • says

      I’m still rdinaeg, Amanda! But it’s understandable that momentum will flag in the face of other projects and ideas and work and life. Now that my course blog is just a personal blog, my energy has definitely diminished: I was writing long posts with lots of links before, perhaps because I thought I had a captive audience at the time (some of the students in the seminar), but now I’m barely able to post a link to some news story every couple weeks. So it goes. But as long as your blog lives, it lives happily among my bookmarks.

  5. Julie Iliana says

    I love the last picture! you girls are adorable! :) and I really like your answers to these questions. I totally feel you on #4, it's something I'm in the process of learning as well (though sometimes it's a little hard to keep up with hehe) but that's the beauty of blogging!

    PS- muchas gracias por tus palabras. el dia va rapido asi que no es muy duro estar aqui en el trabajo. jajaja! me cuesta un poco escribir el español :p


  6. Nnenna says

    You're more than welcome Sophi! That is so kind of you to say =) Aww, I love that you think I post consistently because I'm always worried that I don't post enough or respond to comments in as timely of a manner as I would like to! Thank you so much and it's so true what I said earlier- it is lovely people like you that help me keep going =) xx

  7. Nnenna says

    Thank you so much for your kind words Monique, you've really made my day! Haha, thanks- my mom is one goofy lady, even though she likes to pretend she's not! ;) Hope you're having a lovely weekend!