Happy Thanksgiving!

I feel like we were so overdue for a holiday, ya know? Thanksgiving arrived just in time.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving surrounded by friends or family or pets or strangers- whatever or whomever you have that make you feel loved and grateful.

I addition to all the normal stuff (husband, dogs, fam, etc.), I’m incredibly thankful for the blogging community that I find myself immersed in daily. From the random packages to the planned gift swaps, from my blogger pen pal group to the people I email with and befriend on Facebook… I’m just really grateful for you all ❤︎

If you find yourself here over the holiday/weekend, I hope you know that I’m glad you’ve stopped by. If you’re looking for something to read while you wait for the guests to arrive or the turkey to cook or the bloating to subside 😉 be sure to check out these posts:

Have a great Thanksgiving & weekend!

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I Can’t Think of Anything to Say But ‘Thank You’

I wasn’t planning on posting today, but the amount of feedback and love and advice I received on Monday was so overwhelming. Originally I had a little “thank you” sentence added to Wednesday’s post but I decided that just wasn’t enough.

I write in this space because it helps me collect my thoughts and express my opinions or imagination in a structured way. When I started Life as Louise (just over two years ago) I wasn’t sure it’d attract any traffic but I didn’t care- I just wanted a space to call my own and write creatively. The people that I’ve ‘met’ and now interactive with almost daily are such an unexpected bonus. You guys are the sweetest souls and I feel so happy when I get to connect with you, both here and on your blogs. I really, really appreciate your thoughts from Monday and I feel so lucky to have this community of supportive, intelligent women. You are all truly wonderful friends. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I feel so grateful for this blog and everyone that takes the time to visit and interact here 🙂

(Even if you’re not a comment-er, I’m glad you’ve stopped by!)

I typically have a list of blogs saved to my “favorites” on my computer than I visit most days. When new people interact with me or I see interesting comments on other blogs I visit those writers and sometimes add them to my list. (Just FYI if you were curious about my following habits.) Even if you don’t get a notification, I always respond to blog comments here.  It might take me a week, but I try to address everyone that stops by and leaves a thought.

I’m happy to know what topics interest people most- thank you for taking the time to address that on Monday! I’d planned on continuing to “just be me” in this space, but it seriously warmed my heart to hear how many people look forward to coming here and reading because they see me as genuine or honest or real. You guys are the most wonderful humans ❤︎

I’m happy to be in the smaller pond of bloggers (not that I consider you guys small- I’m just defining myself here). I’m glad that I can write whatever comes to me and I feel so awestruck that people actually enjoy it. Thank you for your kindness and friendship. I never imagined this outcome when I started blogging.

So before I go, I’ve seen some other bloggers do this and I absolutely love it: I always send Christmas cards to friends and family! I’ve connected with so many amazing people here & this year I want to extend my mailing list to blog-friends, too! (Essentially it’s a holiday card with two of the cutest puppies ever on it… 😉 ) Don’t be shy- if you want a Christmas card this year shoot me an email with your address! audreylou09@gmail.com
*(I think it goes without saying, but obviously I’d keep your address 100% private!)

Ok, I’m off to hit up my third Thanksgiving dinner.
No comments today since I’m still warm and fuzzy from Monday❤︎

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On the Road Again (w/ A Grateful Heart)

Last Monday was my birthday & I was bombarded with 15 texts, two phone calls, +60 Facebook posts, and a ton of blog comments & snaps & tweets wishing me a happy day/week/year ❤︎ I am so grateful for my community & tribe & environment.

Today we’re home from 4 days at the beach. We started the trip with a visit to the Circleville Pumpkin Festival in southern Ohio with my brother & sister-in-law. Then K and I hung out in Myrtle Beach for a while. And last night we got to reunite with our fur kids. It was another fantastic weekend.

Since I’m quite tired and keeping this short, I figured I’d drop a few links to my Twitter, Instagram, & SnapChat since I haven’t done that in a while. If you don’t follow me there you should  😀

Tweet Me on Twitter!
Follow along on Instagram!
Check out my snap story as audie_lou

Have a great Monday!

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A Grateful Heart with Ember Grey

 

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It’s Wednesday and I am so total ready to just check out. #ButICan’t

Today I’m linking up with:
Laura and Lauren and Nadine and Kathy and Alanna and Sarah (Plucky)! (Whew, that was a long one!)
Time to confess…

Since Sunday I have worked 24 hours at my full time gig & 6 hours at the part time place, spent 8 hours in a car, survived IKEA, and attended a major sporting event. #BringOnTheHolidays #IWorkRetailOnBlackFriday #ICoordinateAWeddingOnSaturday #I’mPrayingForSundayToArrive

We spent Monday night in #CLE watching the #Cavs beat the Orlando basketball people… (I don’t know who they are…) #IStillDon’tGetSports #WeBoughtShirtsToFitIn

Speaking of sports… my one true love just wrapped up another season and I have to wait until next year for more races #IAlreadyMissYouNASCAR #Let’sGoRacing

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Fallout Boy is in my top 3 favorite bands. I feel like that alone is a confession… #EmoKid4Ever #WhereIsYourBoyTonight #Guy-liner&SkinnyJeans

I will do everything in my power to avoid letting my food touch on my plate tomorrow. #ExceptMashedPotatoesAndGravy #YummmmyMashedPotatoes

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Monday I gushed about the blog world, but we have some crazy-cool IRL friends, too. #ThanksForTheTickets,Nic&Erx #ThanksForGoingWithUs,Woz&Kelsey #ThanksForHangingChristmasLightsWithMe,Kayla

I’m secretly looking forward to working retail on Black Friday… I know that’s weird. #Hello6am #IWantToSeeCrazyPeople

And on that note, I’m off to work a full day and then enjoy four days off from my full time job! Woot woot!

What are your Thanksgiving plans? Favorite side dish? Are you venturing out Thursday night or Friday morning to score some deals??

-Louise

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HUMPDAY CONFESSIONS

Thankful Fridays

Welcome to Friday, my friends! ❤️ This week I’ve been very intentional about celebrating every day, but I will admit I’m happy to see the weekend! Tonight I’m going to see Christmas trees at a local museum with my mom and tomorrow my best friend and I are attempting to hang Christmas lights on the house! (K is off the hook since business is booming due to his recent trip to Texas.)

Before I launch into this week’s thankful-topic, I wanted to share some of my favorite reads from this week!

  • I love Amber’s heart and blog, Mr. Thomas and Me, and I think the idea of being welcome (and welcoming others) is SO important- especially right now.
  • I JUST discovered Ashten’s blog, Just Go Left, and I LOVE her passion for cold noses and wagging tails!
  • Faith at Life with Mrs. G & the Artist is starting a new “After I Do” series! I’m so excited to read more from her (& her future guest bloggers)!

Alrighty, on to today’s main topic.

This week I am thankful for the family I gained when K and I tied the knot! My mother-in-law celebrated her birthday on Wednesday and I am so fortunate to have her in my life! K was raised by two wonderful people and we’re very lucky to live so close to them and have them so involved in our life. (K’s dad actually works with him at the business!)

I also gained a sister-in-law (and her family of five) and a brother-in-law (who just got married last month)! K also has a ton of aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents that have always treated me like family and it makes get-together all the better. Thanksgiving is always a crazy, busy, yummy holiday thanks to our family 🙂

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Tell me! What are you thankful for this week?

-Louise

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Thankful Fridays

November always makes me extra thankful. I try to carry this attitude into the other 11 months, but November (and Thanksgiving) gives me that extra little push. Last year I posted weekly about the things I was thankful for and this year Fridays will be my weekly dose of thankfulness!

Today I’m going to share a story about K that has kept my heart full and glowing.

A few weeks ago K went to his normal hair salon and got his normal cut. His stylist was very new to the job but one of his usual girls was coaching her along (and K assured the girls that it was just hair and it would grow back). After it was all over (and there were no major mistakes), K noticed that the girl who’d been assisting was half asleep at her salon chair. He was going to tease her about it, but she shared that she hadn’t been to sleep in two days because she was working two jobs to keep her and her (unemployed) boyfriend feed and housed. When K went to the counter to pay he tipped his stylist a fair amount and left $20 for the half-asleep girl.

(Can I just stop here and tell you how much I love my husband?)

Later we talked about the girl’s tight situation. He said that another stylist in the salon was getting ready to pawn a ring so that she and her boyfriend could afford necessities. It was a certainly a holy-cow-we-are-blessed moment for him.

So often we joke about having no money to pick up steaks at the grocery store or buy a new pair of shoes at the mall, but in all honesty we have full tummies, spoiled dogs, and a warm place to sleep every night. Some people work so, so hard and still don’t have those things guaranteed to them. I know this, and I know you know this, but every once in a while the reminder is a serious punch to the gut.

K and I would survive without all our luxuries, but I am thankful that we don’t have to right now. More than that, I am thankful for a grounded husband who notices when others are struggling and does what he can to lessen their burden.

-Louise

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Thankful Fridays

Hope you had a happy Thanksgiving! Here’s my final installment for the month 🙂 I know it’s SUPER LATE (as in, it’s already December), but who cares. Hehe.

Nov 22: Today I am thankful to have friends all of the world. It’s so awesome to travel to other cities and still known people. Having connections while away from home is definitely a blessing!

Nov 23: I got home from Indy at 2am today and I am SO thankful for small towns. I love to vacation and I don’t mind touring bigger cities, but deep down I like my little towns, country roads, and cow-filled farms.

Nov 24: I can’t believe I’ve wait so long to express my thankfulness for K. I have never met anyone in the entire world that is so compatible to me. I don’t like describing his as my “best friend” because I consider him so much more. K can read my mind and he is such an awesome, challenging, like-minded partner. I am so grateful to lay to claim to him forever 😉

Nov 25: Today I am thankful for my organizational skills. I would go absolutely crazy if I couldn’t manage my time and tasks appropriately. I don’t know where I inherited it (ha), but I’m glad I’ve got it!

Nov 26: Today I am thankful for all the help K and I receive. We have family members that help us with the business, parents that have helped us financially in the past, and friends that are always willing to lend a hand. Happy Birthday to my Aunt Wendy, and THANK YOU for all the help last week!

Nov 27: Today I am thankful for days off to sleep in and spend time with family and friends!

Nov 28: Last but not least, I’m definitely thankful for the people that read my blog, like my writing, and give me feed back. It feels good to know I’m not the only one reading these posts. Thank you!

-Louise