Home for the Holidays | Gratitude in all circumstances

The smell of home always hits me hard. It’s the most comforting smell in the entire universe. Especially around the holidays. My mom has a magical way of making our home “home” and it amazes me every time I step foot in the house. That may sound silly but it’s true. In the theme of being thankful, it’s one of my most thankful things – to have a home that feels like home, full of loving amazing family. 

Every Thanksgiving Eve I assist my mom with cooking / sit with her chatting while she preps everything. The evening usually consists of me licking the cream cheese wrappers when she’s done with them (gasp – that’s not paleo. I know. But when else would i have this cream-cheese-wrapper-licking opportunity in front of me?!), having to run to the store at least once to grab something we forgot, and drinking wine while staying up way too late. 

But, this year I got sick over Thanksgiving. I was bedridden for days with a fever and non-stop runny nose. I was sad because I couldn’t taste my mom’s amazing food or play games or drink tons of wine with everyone. It kind of sucked, in a not so terrible sucky way because I was at home in my old room being taken care of. 

After recovering from my Thanksgiving sickness, I accidently locked my keys and laptop in my trunk, which stalled my packing and messed up my work flow. I cried, got mad and then had to let go of it. It was okay. I just felt so out of control and hated it. I hate unexpected issues. Like when my phone completely stopped working in Vegas last year. It really messed me up (LOL – I know, first world problems). It’s pathetic and hilarious. I’m learning, day by day, not to get too upset when things like this happen. And we can only learn through experiences I suppose. 

Regardless of the “sucky” things, I am so thankful.

I am thankful for my family.

I am thankful that I rarely get sick.

I am thankful for food and warmth and home. 

I am thankful for humbling experiences.

I am thankful I have a car to lock my keys in.

I am thankful I have a job that I can do from my phone and anywhere.

And above all, I am thankful for you.

Always be thankful, every damn day.


So much love, 


lifestyleHailey Heishman