In light the holiday, I wanted to take this opportunity to talk about a few of the things I am thankful for in my life. I don’t write personal posts very often, but I feel like it’s important to “humanize” myself a little. As much as I love blogging and all the fun things that come with it, I try and live my life in a way that focuses on the big picture. What I mean is that I try to keep everything in perspective. I love blogging. I could talk fashion all day. I love shoes just as much (maybe more) than the next girl. I like decor. Makeup is a hobby. All of these things are true, but they are, in essence, so small compared to the things I am truly thankful for; the things and people in my life that would never be the same without. I hope this post gives you a better idea of who I really am, and my life outside of this little corner of the Internet.
My boyfriend, Ryan, is one of the most important people in my life. This will be our third Thanksgiving together, and I couldn’t be more blessed to have him as my boyfriend, best friend, and roomie all in one :) We started dating my freshman year of college in April of 2012. It’s hard to imagine what the past few years would’ve been like without him. I can’t help but smile thinking about our first dates; he used to drive to my dorm room after work all the time to take me out to dinner, movies, whatever he could. We’ve come a long way since then. He puts up with me when I’m moody, holds me when I’m upset, celebrates my accomplishments, and supports me in everything I do. I am extremely lucky to have him in my life.
My journey through college has been a crazy one. I had no idea what I wanted to major in, and still don’t really have a “dream job,” despite my love for my major and what I am learning. While I put in a lot of work, and believe that I partly worked for the opportunities I have had, I know that fate also plays a role in it. I have been given opportunities to learn, to grow, to work hard, and to meet amazing people. One example: over the summer, I was given the opportunity to intern with The Federal Reserve. The job description and my skill set barely matched, but the people there believed in me enough to give me the opportunity to work hard. That is not an opportunity I can give myself; other people had to believe in me. I will forever be grateful for my experience, the people I met, and the ways I have grown as a person because of my experience.
There’s no way to include photos of ALL the girls I am thankful for, but let’s just say: I am EXTREMELY blessed with an amazing group of girls who I wouldn’t trade for the world. Some friends I’ve known since middle school; some I met in college; some I met this summer. It’s so comforting to know that no matter what happens, I have people to lean on when things get hard and people to celebrate with when things are great. One of my favorite quotes is to “hold onto the constants in your life.” That’s exactly what I plan on doing.
I am thankful for YOU, the people who read my blog, e-mail me, comment on my posts, interact with me, and support me and this little space I call “Life with Lyss.” This blog has given me SUCH an outlet to express myself and connect with people I would have never met otherwise. I am extremely thankful to be able to write this TO you. Thank you for supporting my blog, and never be afraid to reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help you.