Things Iโ€™m Thankful For ๐Ÿ’›

Today is Thanksgiving and although Iโ€™m in full-blown holiday retail mode, I wanted to take some time to reflect on what Iโ€™m thankful for this year. 

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My New Apartment

I lived in my last apartment with my roommate for 5 years! It was a spur-of-the-moment decision (which I rarely make, Iโ€™m very calculated usually!) but it just felt right! David and I signed our lease together and moved in and I couldnโ€™t be happier. Itโ€™s twice as big as my last place, I absolutely love the location, and the best part? I get to wake up to his handsome face every single day! ๐Ÿ™Œ 

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 My Man

I met David around this time last year, and itโ€™s so nostalgic just thinking about it! Iโ€™ll never forget that moment I saw him from across the room! Seems cliche, but he came up and said hi, bought me my favorite drink, and the rest is history. I am going to be forever grateful for meeting the man of my dreams and I am so blessed to be on this life journey with him! My only regret is I wish I had met him sooner ๐Ÿ’› 

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 My Family

My mom has put up with so much over the years, and I feel like this is the first year I actually havenโ€™t given her hell! Haha! Sheโ€™s always pushed me to be the best version of me I can be and she taught me to be strong yet loving. Thank you mom! I am also grateful for my big family on both sides, they are the best!  ๐Ÿ‚

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 My Friends

I feel like this is a given... but my friends have been with me through the ups and through the downs - you know who you are! I have made so many new friends this year that Iโ€™m blessed to have met and I have to say: I feel like the best is yet to come! Iโ€™ve made some amazing memories with my friends - new and old - and I canโ€™t wait to see what gatherings, parties, weddings, birthdays that the next year brings! 

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My Career

Now THIS is something I could almost cry about while writing. Just a few short years ago I was so lost and in a very dark place. I had already been doing YouTube beauty videos as a creative outlet but suddenly stopped for multiple life reasons. Finding my niche in the beauty community and the individuals in management that saw that spark in me is something I will be forever grateful for! I took the opportunities presented to me and ran with them, and now I work for an amazing company in the job of my dreams. I am truly blessed and proof that when you feel your most lost - you can make a comeback and flourish into your true potential! ๐Ÿท

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This Blog

I felt SO guilty when I went through all those life mishaps a few years ago and quit doing videos on YouTube. Itโ€™s something that I will forever regret because looking back now, a lot of people could learn from my mistakes. However, this year is the year I really wanted to make sure I re-ignited that passion inside of me for blogging as a creative outlet. I had queencarlene.com years ago, but never really felt like I was dedicated and I was confused about how I wanted to go about blogging. This time around, I have that drive and passion and even though every once in awhile I may have a lull, I know Iโ€™ll pick right back up where I left off! Since taking my blog seriously again in July and launching it in October of this year, Iโ€™ve alreasy gotten amazing opportunities I would only use to dream of! I canโ€™t wait to continue this journey and Iโ€™m thankful you all are on it with me!  ๐Ÿ

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My Health  

This also seems like a given, but a few years ago when I was unhappy and miserable I also got some horrible news: I was borderline diabetic! I knew I had to make a change and I knew I had to make it quickly. I changed my eating habits, started to work out again, watched my sugar & alcohol content more (I could never cut out wine though!) and I lost about 45 lbs! I still have a long way to go and have gained a few pounds back from being so happy (Iโ€™m looking at you, David!) but thatโ€™s ok - I feel recommitted! And Iโ€™m grateful to have found some tools along the way including Teami Blends. Iโ€™m on day 10 of my 30 day detox and Iโ€™ve already lost 5lbs! Iโ€™ll keep you updated on another post, but so far itโ€™s helping me jump-start when Iโ€™ve already had in motion for my health! โœจ

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 Traveling

This year has been the best when it comes to traveling! Itโ€™s been forever since I took the time to really plan out trips with friends and loved ones - and I was able to make multiple trips this year! My girls and I went to Vegas for a bachelorette party, Iโ€™ve been able to go camping, and we went on our first vacation together to the beautiful Puerto Vallarta! I have a whole blog post for our trip to PV coming soon, Iโ€™m still sorting out the photos and reminiscing! ๐Ÿ’• 

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I have SO much to be thankful for and I am so very blessed.  I hope everyone else has an amazing Thanksgiving and remember to be grateful for every moment!