[infobox subtitle="in Thankfulness" bg="gray" color="black" opacity="on" space="30" link="no link"]An Exercise[/infobox]
'Twas the day after Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. Or at least that's what it seems like at my house today. It's the calm after a splendid storm, a flurry of food, and the generosity of overflowing gifts. Peace and quiet pervades today, a welcome rest after days of cooking, wrapping, and making merry.
It's in these quiet moments that I always find time to reflect, especially at such a momentous time of year. I can't help but look back on the year 2014 at both my victories and grandest defeats (of which there were plenty), compartmentalize them neatly, and then tuck them away as we move into a New Year.
At TheLoDown, we have quite a bit to be thankful for: my team and I live in what we consider to be the greatest city in the world, we get to hang out and eat lots of kale salads, laugh a lot, and celebrate achievements together. And of course, we are thankful for you. Whether you hang with us everyday, occasionally, or are reading TheLoDown for the first time, we appreciate the time that you spend here, the comments you leave, and the energy you create in our community!
Considering the time of year, I thought an exercise in expressing thankfulness was called for. Below, you'll get to know my team members and I better as we jam on what we're thankful for during this special time of the year.
What I'm Thankful For...
2014 has been a transitional year for me, one marked by stress, the grey zone, and the unknown. Through difficult times however come severe moments of clarity, a sharpening of the senses, and a resistance to defeat that grows stronger with every passing moment. If you can get through the uncomfortable moments without totally losing your mind, you are forever more stronger, faster, and better. I'm so thankful to have resilience on my side.
An area that stands out particularly for me is my J-O-B. After shutting down Revelry House earlier this year, a business my partner and I poured our hearts and souls into for almost two years, I had some decisions to make. Neither one of us took a salary during the time we ran RH, and my personal well was close to dry. Faced with both a dilemma and an opportunity, I could either get a job in corporate America or focus on the things I really love to do. Historically, I've always chosen the road less traveled and again, I made the decision to choose personal happiness, success, and well-being over a steady paycheck. I'm thankful for the year 2014 in and of itself, because living in a digital era where expressive, creative people are rewarded for sharing their lives with the world is celebrated and consumed.
Thank the good lord above that I chose to focus on TheLoDown, because without it I never would have met my wonderful team that helps me create and share with you guys multiple times a week. Things would look quite different here without them, and it's with a full, proud heart that I'm so thankful that I'm also able to call Chris, Paige, Paula, and Daise my friends.
Before we get into what they're thankful for, quick shout-outs of thankfulness to my Mom and Dad for always being supportive and giving me hugs from the west coast through FaceTime, my nephew Dylan for showing me what it's like to be a kid again, my therapist for not letting me wade too deep in the deep end, nights when I put my insomnia aside and sleep peacefully, and finally my body for getting out of bed every single morning to make life happen.
This year has been really good to me...busy, but good. I rescued a dog this summer (who I might talk to more than a normal human should talk to their dog), I've been invited to YouTube gatherings where I've met some amazing supporters, I moved into my first apartment in NYC, the list goes on.
I am thankful for all the people who support me in my unusual endeavors (YouTube, photography, etc) and the opportunities I've gotten in those endeavors from working hard. I am thankful to have the life I have and to be able to live in New York City and have insanely indescribably remarkable friends.
Not to get twisty, but I'm thankful for the bad times in this year, as well, because they've taught me to relish the great times and that the bad moments don't last forever and that I can get through them. And of course, lastly, I am thankful thankful that Lo believed in me enough to bring me on as photographer because I've been able to do so much, photographically, and met such lovely people because of it. Happy holidays, everyone.
I owe everything incredible that has happened recently to New York. When I moved here, I don’t think I fully understood what I was getting myself into. Little did I know that everything about my life would change. I was no longer a Montrealer, although I always will be at heart, I was now a New Yorker. Spending my first summer here, I think I started to see why people here are both clinically insane and insanely happy all at the same time. Being a small part of such a chaotic city is both terrifying and inspiring; there’s always something to aspire to or be inspired by. So I’m thankful that New York has helped me start to figure out who I really am and where I want to be.
And of course, to my #1 gang - Lo & my interns - we instantly clicked the second we sat down together. I’m thankful that we’re all in for this ride together. Each and everyone of you guys is insanely talented and has a heart of gold. I never thought I would learn as much as I’m learning or enjoy going to work so much. I’m going to miss our Soho House Fridays when I’m in Paris, you may have to Skype me in.
I'm thankful it's finally the end of the year and that I'm spending the holidays with family! Definitely grateful for all the wonderful opportunities I've been given. 2014 has been the hardest year yet, but I've grown so much as a person. Couldn't have done it without the unconditional love and support from all those near and dear. LoDown fam, this includes you! Thank you for the all the laughter. There's more than enough to carry me through 2015!
This year I'm thankful for my friends and family, who made another year in NYC possible. I am thankful for all of the incredible people I had the opportunity to work with-- people who are insanely talented, driven, creative and kind. 2014 has been a year of change and happiness, and I am looking forward to the surprises in 2015.
Again, dear reader - thank you so much for the support and love. We couldn't do what we do here without you, and as we continue to grow, we'll be sure to make sure everything is about as perfect as we can make it. Feel free to leave a comment below letting us know what you're thankful for in 2014! Have a wonderful holiday season.