[fusion_builder_container backgroundcolor=”” backgroundimage=”” backgroundrepeat=”no-repeat” backgroundposition=”left top” backgroundattachment=”scroll” bordersize=”0px” bordercolor=”” borderstyle=”solid” paddingtop=”0px” paddingbottom=”0px” paddingleft=”40px” paddingright=”40px” menu_anchor=”” class=”” id=””][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][fusion_text][/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]Thanksgiving is one of the few times in my crazy life I put aside my everyday worries and take the time to cherish the simple (but most vital) things – family, friends and great food. In New York, where often people are away from family, we get together to create our version of a friendsgiving. No man is left behind and it is the perfect occasion to bring together new and old friends alike.

Thanksgiving is also a great time to reflect on the occurrences of the year past.

This year has gone by in a whirl and yet has been immensely slow. It has been a year where much has gone awry. But it has been one that has allowed me to realize just how much I have to be thankful for. For all my closest friends and me, it has been a year full of love, loss, embracing our fears but most importantly hope.

The funny thing when dealing with loss is that you think it will break you but invariably make you stronger. I don’t know what has been harder for me – dealing with loss or knowing that nothing truly “breaks” you. Somehow, you find it in you to walk on. I also cannot begin to express my gratitude for those of you who have been through this year with me and oftentimes the kindness extended by complete strangers. You’ve all allowed me to learn a simple lesson – to accept myself. To celebrate flaws and imperfections in myself and others. And to always have the strength to move forward – even when it feels like things are going nowhere.

Some may say that it is a very lonely thought that you only have yourself to depend on. But when you realize that you and you alone have the power to affect change in your life – it is the most liberating feeling in the world. I want to say thank you – to all those of you who stop by the blog to read my musings and indulge in my love for fashion, to those of you who’ve allowed me to put pieces of me back together and to those of you who’ve given me moments I didn’t think I would ever be lucky enough to have. I’ll leave you with words from the immortal Maya Angelou, who always lifts me up – “Have courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time.”

Hope you’re having a lovely holiday weekend with all those you hold dear (Let’s try and not break the bank for Black Friday, though I’m sure I’ll be the first one guilty of this).