This is definitely a more personal post than I typically publish on Five Foot and Fabulous, but I feel like with the upcoming holiday, it’s important to remember all the things to be thankful for. The past year has been a whirlwind with so many different experiences than what I’m used to, but I wouldn’t trade any of them away.
This one is kind of a given, but I honestly don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for the amazing support given to me by my wonderful family. My parents are my number one fans, and they help me so much with school and finances and other daily things. I would be lost without them. I can’t forget my lovely brother, niece, grandparents, aunts, uncles…I am who I am today because of all of their influences, and I’m forever grateful for that.
Huge shout out to my friends. They’re the anchors that keep me steady, some of my main sources of advice, and they can always put a smile on my face. They’re like family to me, and I wouldn’t want it any other way.
So maybe I don’t go to Harvard or Yale, but Iowa State University is an amazing school with a beautiful campus, wonderful people, and a fantastic fashion program. It’s home to the third best apparel merchandising program in the nation, and I’m blessed enough to be enrolled in it. I feel blessed in general just to be able to attend a four year university since there are so many who aren’t able to. I hope that someday everyone will be able to attend any public university they want without worrying about finances or anything like that.
Since I turned 16, I’ve almost constantly held a job. I started working at a restaurant less than a month after my birthday, and I worked there straight through for 2 and 1/2 years until I left for my freshman year of college. At school that year, I didn’t have a job to get used to things in a different environment, but I came back to the restaurant to work during the summer. This school year, I got a retail job that I’m in love with and definitely plan on keeping for the rest of my college career. I feel incredibly lucky for having both of these jobs.
5. My faith
I always labeled myself a Lutheran, even before I started going to church regularly because that’s what my parents told me we were. I started going to church on a weekly basis in 7th grade when I started a confirmation program. I can’t even begin to explain how much my faith grew in those years of learning bible verses and worshipping God. Although I have difficulties finding time to attend church regularly now, I still hold strong to my faith and morals, and the whole experience is changing me for the better.
This is probably the millennial in me talking, but I could not imagine my life without all the technology that I have in it today. Laptop, cell phone, camera, even my car! These are the things that I take advantage of every day, but are all actually extremely valuable. They make daily living so much easier and more efficient, and I should take more time to appreciate them on a more frequent basis.
7. Clubs and Organizations
Another huge advantage of attending Iowa State: there are amazing opportunities outside of class to get involved in career-building organizations. I’m involved in both the fashion magazine and the huge student-run fashion show that we have every spring. I enjoy every minute of my involvement in these two activities, and they both improve my resume and my experience for my future career in the apparel industry.
Admittedly, I haven’t done a whole lot of traveling. I’ve been to a handful of states in the U.S. along with a week-long trip to London, but that’s about it. Every travel experience has impacted me in some way, though, especially the ones in the more recent years. I am extremely happy to say that I’ll be experiencing more of the world next year, and I can’t wait to share the details with all of you once everything gets finalized.
9. Music and Literature
Both music and literature have huge impacts on my life. There’s hardly ever a time when I don’t have some sort of music playing in the background. It helps me focus, it keeps me happy, and there are so many high-quality artists and songs out there. The same goes for books. I love having time to sit down and read a good book, although it sadly doesn’t happen much during the school year.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for my blog and its success in the past 7 months that I’ve had it. It’s grown larger than I ever imagined, but networks like HerCampus help to keep me motivated and wanting to grow more and more every single day. I’m thankful for every single person who has viewed my blog even once and for all of the brands who trusted me to represent their company.
I’m thankful for so much more than this, but the list is too long to put into words. What are you all thankful for? Let me know in the comments.