Thoughts on Things

November 21, 2017

I feel like so much and nothing is going on at the same time. Outwardly, I suppose it's a lot of nothing. Internally and behind the scenes, a lot is taking place. As such, I have some thoughts rolling around my head and figured I needed to use my digital penceive to get them out.

+ This year my family is not exchanging Christmas gifts. Part of me is all are you kidding me!? but another part is saying ok. this is good.  The thing is, my niece is 5 and has ZERO interest in Christmas. It strikes me as incredibly odd but she just doesn't care. She'd rather play in the paper than open gifts. And when you talk to her it's a lot of 'remember when we...' which is honestly the way it should  be. She remembers the things we do and the places I take her and has no care for materialistic items.

+ While watching the news yesterday morning several JCPenney commercials aired. being one of my favorite stores I was half listening to see if they had any good deals for this weekend. Then the announcement came that their doors were opening at 2 pm on Thanksgiving day. I have never been more disappointed in a company. I want to write a letter but I can't even formulate what to say other than shame on you and this disrespectful behavior. 

+ The House approved the proposed tax bill... and I actually read the news on it. It's incomprehensible to me how certain individuals constantly complain about the increasing national debt, yet this very policy they've proposed, and approved, is set to raise the debt by 1.4 trillion dollars over 10 years. And one of the proposed changes - reducing corporate tax from 35% to 20% - will cost 1.5 trillion dollars over that same time period. 

+ I am sooo full of gratitude lately. I stepped out of my bedroom this past weekend and almost started crying over how much I love the way my living room, and entire apartment, have come together. This is now my favorite room in the house. 

+ I've mentioned it here and there about getting my finances in order but I have officially reached a point where the current "story of my finances" is no longer serving me. It hasn't been for a while, but I have finally taken steps to change it. And it feels amazing.  

+ I've always thought that making friends as an adult is difficult. And although I suppose it still can have its challenges, what I have noticed is that the people I would call "friend" today, are people I genuinely want in my life, not because I feel like I'm obligated to keep communication open. Quality over quantity. 

+ Earlier in the season I volunteered to participate in my company's work with NY Cares and buy holiday gifts for 3 kids and a senior. You guys, I can't tell you how full my heart was reading these letters to Santa and being able to buy these kids, and senior, everything they asked for. If I receive nothing else this year, that feeling, of selflessly giving to someone else, and knowing that it will make them happy, was more than enough.

+ I am so excited for the first snow. Like, really truly, super excited this year. I'm not sure why. Maybe because I have someone to do snow things with? I don't know. Either way, I'm praying for snow days.

Those are just a few of the thoughts and things on my mind lately.

How about you?

What have you been mulling over?

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  1. Gratitude is what the season is about anyway so Im glad your niece (and you) see it that way. BTW your new living room couch is SOOOO GORG! Its exactly what I want for my place, though Im sitting with my current set for a bit longer. I can't wait to see snow this winter so I feel excited with you - the difference is you're accustomed to snow and I on the other hand might lose my shit when I see it.

  2. The shopping on Thanksgiving thing doesn't bother me but there's nothing I want that badly to be out in the crowds. When I was a waitress, I worked Thanksgiving and Easter because those were the busiest days, so I can't get behind the outrage. But I also don't participate either.

  3. I also don't like that stores have started moving Black Friday deals back to Thanksgiving.

  4. Gratitude and a happy, giving heart- two of the best ways to waltz into and celebrate the holiday season! Way to go, girl!!
    I worked retail one year ON Thanksgiving. Oddly enough, I was having a terrible night with my family and my mood was so sour... going in to the mall and being around the people and Christmas decorations actually put me in a BETTER mood that night. Lol

  5. I actually find it refreshing that you aren't exchanging gifts for Christmas. It's something I've proposed to my family year after year and everyone always looks at me like I'm Medusa lol. I'm also trying to get my finances together with a goal to pay off my student loans in 5 years (instead of 15) which means extreme lifestyle changes starting next year. A lil nerve wracking but I just gotta stay focused on the end game. Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving break Michael! xoxo

  6. I bought presents for a child in a shelter last year (through my job) and I LOVED doing it...I need to do that again. I also kind of love focusing more on traditions and things like that on holidays, rather than presents. It's impressive that a 5 year old learned that so quickly!

  7. damn, 2pm on christmas day? that's insane. it's one thing for a store to open and not force their employees to work if they don't want to (i worked at a large chain when i first moved here and if you didn't want to work thanksgiving, you didn't have to, no questions asked, though you had to work black friday in that case) but something tells me jc penney isn't that nice.
    i agree about friends. i only have a few friends in this country and it is definitely more important to have quality over quantity.. but damn it really is hard to make friends as an adult. thank goodness for blogging friendships, right?

  8. I agree that it's crazy for stores to open at 2 in the afternoon on Thanksgiving. Those poor employees should be home with their families. My family has cut back on Christmas gifts this year too and at first I was hesitant but now I'm really happy about it. We are focusing on each other!

  9. Boo on JC Penney. I don't really do the Black Friday thing... but if I did.. that would be on my mind! So unfair to employees. :( The no present thing sounds great and hard at the same time. I would agree. We are keeping some exchanges minimal, and others a bit more detailed. Mostly just trying to give from the heart. :) I'm so looking forward to snow too! :) XO - Alexandra

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