Finding Joy in What You Have

Chicago fashion blogger

Outfit details: Sweater (similar) // Jacket // Blanket Scarf // Shoes

Hubs took these photos of me on a random Sunday afternoon. It was our first slow Sunday in a while and we were itching to get out and do something. We settled on a walk around the neighborhood. L (I’m going to start calling Logan “L” bc 1.) I’m lazy 2.) it sounds kinda cool and 3.) I want to be more like Kendi) also had a great idea of getting a Shannon in the City photoshoot in. What a great dude. Pretty buildings like the one behind me making being a Chicago fashion blogger v easy. But today I don’t want to talk about fashion. I want to talk about something personal. Finding joy in what you have.

I’m writing this on Christmas Eve. Typing as I sit in front of the TV while my sister plays with my hair. My brother is drinking a 312, L is dozing off into a half slumber, my dad is crunching his way through a candy cane, and my mom is resting after 4 trips to the grocery store. It’s wonderful.

I feel like it can be hard to be grateful for what you have this time of year. We’re (as a society) encouraged to make wish lists filled with things we probably don’t need. We compare our holidays to the ones we see on Instagram, Facebook, or a Holiday card. The holiday season is when I get stressed out about traveling, making important memories, keeping track of my cat, not gaining five pounds, etc. I focus on these arbitrary things even though I know they don’t matter. Even though I know my family. My friends. My home are what matter. I need to actively remind myself that the feeling of being together is what matters most.

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: I’m not a patient person. I snap at people I love. I get annoyed when I feel like I’m failing and take it out on whoever is closest to me. And it’s sitting here in my living room; wearing a pair of cat holiday pajamas, surrounded by those I love most that I realize I need to take a breath and enjoy. I will enjoy being able to wake up in the same house as my family on Christmas morning and I will enjoy eating a meal together on Christmas Eve.

So I challenge you to be the same. Include your mom on an inside joke. Thank your dad for making his famous fudge. Give your brother a hug. And laugh when things go wrong.

Happy holidays.


Shanny Pants

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  • Aw, you’re so right about slowing down and being grateful for what you have during the holiday season. I’m a super impatient person too, so I totally get the struggle!! I hope you had an amazing Christmas and happy new year! xo

    • Thank you! Here’s to 2018!!! 🙂