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Happy Thanksgiving! What Are You Thankful For?

Yesterday, when my daughter came home from school, she showed me this great note her teacher made for her. My daughter was BEGGING me to read it because she simply adores school. I did and Natalie had SUCH a GRIN on her face. It really meant a lot to her that her teacher wrote her this simple note. I am loving the experiences my daughter is having this year. So glad to be a part of it all.

The note got me thinking – we never really say what we are thankful for on a regular basis. We don’t just randomly thank people for being good friends, parents etc. I’ve mentioned this before, but since today is Thanksgiving I thought I’d mention it again.

I am, of course, thankful for my family and friends. Without them I don’t know where I would have ended up. And I quite literally mean that – the right people came into my life at the right time. They picked me up, helped me stand, pointed me towards a better path and cheered me on as I took my first steps.

Specifically Jennifer, Sylvia and my husband Bill.

I was so lost in college and high school. It’s a part of my life that I try to forget but know how important it is to remember. Whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right?

I’m thankful for my children – who have shown me unconditional love. A feeling that is warm and pure and true.

I’m thankful for my job – I’ve had an unbelievable run doing things I would have never done had I not started to blog. From doing the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards to flying to Costa Rica to cover an NBC show – it’s all truly a blessing.

I’m thankful for my health – although I’m not the healthiest person out there. I have a sound mind and can deal with my ailments when it really comes down to it.

I’m thankful for the friends I’ve met through blogging – specifically my Getting Gorgeous partner Audrey. She is such an inspiration and we continue to push one another to great lengths. Who knows where we will end up!? She’s truly one of my best friends.

I’m thankful for my mother – who I’m learning to understand more and more as I age. She had a tough run, but managed to pull herself together to take care of me as a child and now as an adult.

I’m thankful it’s not illegal to kill plants… Forget about a green thumb. Mine is black. LOL!

I am thankful for music – specifically Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson. Those ladies calm my soul every single day of the year.

I am thankful for YOU – for visiting this blog and leaving all your comments. I read every single one of them and it makes me feel so connected. We are all in this together so it’s nice to hear your voice every now and then. 🙂

Now, it’s your turn – what are you thankful for?

Have a great holiday today!!

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Vera Sweeney, mom, blogger, social media influencer and New York resident, is the founder of LadyAndTheBlog.com. She is considered one of the top female digital influencers in today’s social media space. Her lifestyle and parenting brand helps busy women stay on top of the latest trends in fashion, food, family and travel.


  1. Love you, Vera! Feel exactly the same way about YOU!
    Have a great day!!!!

  2. Awww, that brought a tear to my eye. I felt like I was watching you accept and award whilst reading that lovely post 🙂 You’re a great person Vera, as a reader of your blogs I am thankful for YOU because you do an amazing job at keeping us informed with gossip and fashion, which are in my opinion 2 very important things to be informed on! Keep doing what you do best!

  3. Turkey is in the oven and Mr. Momtrends took the kids to train station to pick up in-laws. Taking a moment to thank all my favorite blogger friends for their support and encouragement this year. Cheers! I’m thankful for the abundance of blessings in my life–family, work, healthy–I feel like I have hit the jackpot.

    This holiday is amazing at bringing the focus back to things that are important. Hugs to you and the family.

  4. I’m thankful for my amazing family and friends.

    I’m thankful for my bosses, who have no idea the blessings they’ve brought to my life. 🙂

    I agree with the above comment – I’m thankful for your blogging and sharing your life with the rest of us.

    I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family.

  5. That’s beautiful. My sister inlaw teaches also and asked the students to write out a list of 100 things to be thankful for. Some students were able to do it easily while others had a hard time. It’s nice to think of these things.

  6. I’m thankful for dogs because they are waaaay better than people.

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