Well, here we are.
I remember this exact day last year, sitting at this very bar stool in the kitchen of my childhood home, crafting this post.
Nothing’s changed. And yet, everything has.
Gosh, this past year…has been quite the ride, hasn’t it?
…And owning up to it…
And I’m not talking about all scandals we’ve witnessed and waded through together either…everything from Taylor Swift’s tumultuous love life, to the end of Brangelina, to the return of Gilmore Girls, to Donald Trump‘s election.
Thinking about the time passed between this time last year and now, my heart is literally swelling.
And, no…not in a heart palpitations/I-just-ate-my-body-weight-in-turkey kind of way.
It’s swelling, thinking about another way my life has changed this past year…
I met you.
Sitting here, reflecting on everything I’m thankful for in my life, this year…it’s different.
There’s a new item on my “list” of blessings this year…
I don’t want to make this sound…I don’t know…like I have a bloated sense of importance or whatever, but I truly am so thankful for you, reading this.
Thank you for taking 5 minutes out of your day for reading my words, responding with your thoughts, passing it along to a friend, supporting me on Patreon.
I cannot begin to express how grateful I am for the friendships I’ve been so fortunate to make in this little dusty corner of the interwebs.
BeautyBeyondBones started simply to help those girls struggling with eating disorder recovery and offering hope to their loved ones, and it has grown into a beautiful little community of friends and people, I can honestly say, I care deeply about.
Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I get a lot of comments about how I’ve touched someone’s heart, or offered a perspective that impacted a person’s life that day. But the truth is, you have truly changed my life.
I read every single comment and…I’m getting choked up just thinking about this…
The way you have accepted me, and loved me — all of me — has been incredibly life giving. Thank you for embracing the real me. Thank you for allowing me to share the broken parts of me, and receiving me without judgement or disdain.
That is a gift that I am beyond grateful for.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, friends. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers, always, but especially tonight on this day of gratitude.
And now, it’s time I hop off this bar stool. Just enough time has passed that it’s now socially acceptable to go back to the fridge for a leftover slice of pie 😉
Happy digesting 🙂
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