Living A Life of Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
— John F. Kennedy

A constant question Rico and I asked each other is "how did we get here?". We look around and feel grateful for the life we've built together, our loving families that have guided and supported us, the uplifting friends we surround ourselves with, and the energy we have to poured into our own passions. How did we get here? is our reminder to be thankful. The question makes us stop in our tracks and reflect back on what it has taken to get us to where we are today. While it has become a bit of a running joke to ask, it truly is important to us to keep asking and living within that.

This year as Thanksgiving is upon us, we have so much to be thankful for. When I look back at how our lives looked through the years of our relationship (coming up on 8 baby!) a comforting love fills me. Meeting each other in those early college years and building a life from there is strange. As lost souls unsure of what we wanted to do or be, we came together and helped one another without stifling our growth as individuals. It was a balancing act like much of how our relationship works. I'm grateful to have had him in my life during key moments that have shaped who I am and that we have been able to stick together to create a life that both of us could only dream of back then. When we ask how did we get here? We think back to those college days. I see us sitting in his dorm room having one of our long life talks. I can say with certainty our life now isn't what we pictured then because it is truly so much more than we could have ever imagined.

As we grew together and each found our way, our families were always there supporting both of us. I grew up with a close family. They instilled in me important manors and lessons to guide me throughout the years. They helped me to become a strong person early on in life so that when I was on my own figuring things out, I had the right tools to do so. Once I met Rico, I was lucky enough to have this double. To have two loving families on either side cheering you on is a magical feeling. They aren't in-laws to me, they are family—plain and simple.

The next best thing to family is friends. I feel lucky to have met a lot of beautiful souls in all the different stages and parts of my life. Each one has taught me so much and I am forever grateful to have souls that open my mind and teach me new things—"if you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room." Throughout life's transitions, I have carried along the best of friends who have shown unconditional love and support not only to me but to all the people who cross their paths as well. It's safe to say that some times the friendship road can be bumpy but what's important to me is that the right people always remain. A sign of a good soul is empathy, compassion, understanding, and love to all— through the good and the bad.

Without the support of my husband, family, and friends, pursuing Sea of Atlas wouldn't be half as fun. The continued support guides me and pushes me to do the best I can every day. I am forever grateful to have people in my life that understand my passion and want to help me in my journey. Sea of Atlas has come to mean so much to me. It is who I am. It lives and breathes straight from my soul. I could not imagine doing anything else. The best part of waking up in the morning is knowing I can sit down and freely create. Thank you to all who have supported me throughout the years and have helped make this a realty. It means the world to me.

I believe that we should always reflect back on where we came from, what we have been through, the struggles, the highlights, who we used to be and who we are now. It helps us be reminded of our path. It takes a lot to get through life especially in a way that you are proud of. To surround yourself with loving people and accomplish dreams. No matter where you are at in your stage of life, the past is what will help remind you of what you need for today and tomorrow. Continue being thankful and humble along the way.

Happy (early) Thanksgiving everyone!