Thankful

At this point, our Thanksgiving dinner has officially concluded (though I'm about to go for round two in a hot second here). There's still so much to be thankful for though, so I thought I'd share a few of my top favorites here. It's been a long time since I've done a personal post, since I'm always concerned about bringing my readers the most valuable content possible, but today seems like the perfect opportunity to open up. Here's what I'm most thankful for this year:

family

Obviously, family is at the top of my list. My parents have provided me with much, much more than I have truly needed throughout the years and have quite honestly spoiled me rotten. I am so grateful for their generosity, which has allowed me to experience many things that some people even twice my age haven't had the opportunity to. 

I'm also thankful for my extended family and for Richard's family. I love them all and cannot imagine what my life would be like without them! 

my sport

I don't talk about it much on this blog, but I've been riding horses for 13 years. It's a huge part of my life, and I practice about five days a week and compete on my college's equestrian team on weekends. Some people have trouble accepting equestrian as a sport ("the horse does all the work"), but trust me, you try and control a thousand pound animal and get it to jump over countless scary looking obstacles and then let's talk. 

Overall, I am so grateful that I've had the amazing opportunity to call myself an equestrian for the majority of my life. I'm also very appreciative of my horse, Ted (pictured), and all that he's taught me in just over a year of working with him. I've definitely become a much more confident and persistent individual due to the experiences that I've had both riding him and participating on my school's team. 

my other half

Anyone who knows me personally knows that Richard truly is my other half. I don't post about him often (which bugs the hell out of him, haha!), but he's my best friend and forever love. He's a huge reason that this blog still exists, because there have been many times when I've wanted to quit. He is such a bright light in my life, and I love him for it! 

my readers

Whether you just stumbled upon The Blonde Chiffon today, or have been a reader since the very beginning (hi mom)...

Thank you. 

I never expected to get this far with blogging, or to have the number of readers and followers that I do today. Your unending support continues to shock me, and means more than you could ever know. I absolutely love this job and wouldn't trade if for a thing, so thank you for encouraging me to pursue it and continue to create content on a regular basis. 

I hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving! I'm off to plan next month's content and search for a new show to binge watch on Netflix. Any suggestions? 

Photos by Katia Popik Photography