21 Things I’m Grateful for This Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Thanksgiving is a time to reflect back on everything that we are thankful for.  There is so much to be grateful for every single day, not just today.
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For those of you who don’t know, I have been keeping a gratitude journal since May of 2016.  Every day, I write down at least three things that I’m thankful for.  This simple exercise has completely changed my life.  It has opened my eyes to many aspects of my life that I have taken for granted over the years.  There will 100% be a post solely dedicated to gratitude, but until then, here’s a sneak peek into my gratitude journal and the top 21 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
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1.  My family
2.  Every single one of my friends
3.  Waking up each morning
4.  My friend’s surgery going well
5.  Living in Manhattan
6. Running into old friends and catching up with friends I haven’t seen in some time
7. Being very happy and enjoying the journey
8. My blog and YouTube channel—will be launched soon! 🙂
9. Almost 21 days without coffee! I’m feeling so much less anxious and my sleep and skin have seriously improved!
10. Being able to hop on a train and escape to CT to be with my family for the holiday
11.  The start of the holiday season!
12.  Being employed
13.  Meditative mornings to myself
14.  For all the recent opportunities that have come my way
15.  Finally getting a bit of a much needed break. I’ve been in need of some serious R&R
16.  For everything I have had the opportunity to experience (good and bad) in 2017 this far
17.  Feeling inspired. I woke up yesterday morning in a blah mood (perhaps also because of this rain), and I opened up my phone to a Gabrielle Bernstein video that inspired me and put me back on track. The Universe will always give you what you need!
18.  For the tradition of Thanksgiving
19.  Whoever invented pie (although I’m not a huge pie fan, I love it around this time of year!)
20.  My persistence and strength when times are tough
21.  Anyone and everyone reading this—thank you for taking the time to do so!
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I wish you all a very happy and safe Thanksgiving! I hope you ate copious amounts turkey and watched a lot of football.  This holiday certainly calls for some serious

R&R with your family and loved ones, so I hope you enjoy!
Xx Marisa
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Chocolates & Love Songs

Happy Valentine’s Day! I just wanted to take the time to write a short post on this lovely day.

I’ve only really celebrated this holiday with a significant other once a few years ago. I was so genuinely excited to celebrate my first real Valentine’s Day, especially with someone I really cared about at the time. Valentine’s Day is indeed cute and romantic, but let’s be real—the holiday is a lot of hype that can lead to heartache if you’re that person that doesn’t have that special someone.

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So this year, yours truly is dating but single (and ready to mingle 🙂 ). I’m sill working on locking down that special someone, but until I find my prince, this holiday will be completely dedicated to celebrating all the love around me. I’m so grateful to have all of this love and compassion from my family, friends, followers, and fellow bloggers in my life.

This Valentine’s Day we should not only celebrate our significant others, but we should also try to spread and share the love around to everyone in our lives.  Don’t be disappointed if you are single and don’t have any prospects. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and certainly don’t focus on what you believe to be missing from your life.

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Focus on the copious amount of love around you from your family, friends, coworkers, pets, etc. That is the love you should be thriving off of. It’s all about perception—do not focus on what you don’t have or who you don’t have in your life. Appreciate what and whom you have in your life.  Love is all around you. Be thankful for all of the relationships in your life. The more grateful you are, the more positivity you attract. What you give, you receive, and with this in mindset, you will indeed attract that special someone into your life.

Above all, love yourself first.

Happy Valentine’s Day, happy Galantine’s Day, and/or happy tindering my friends!

Xx Marisa

Me, Myself, and I

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Shirt: Zara

Skirt: Urban Outfitters

Tassel Necklace: BCBG

Thigh High Boots: Forever 21

Choker: Forever 21

Bracelet: Baublebar

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Street art by Apexer (@apexer) for Space NK USA

Found on Mott and Prince St.

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Photography by Tiffany Chen @photosbytifff