Things I’m Thankful For


Thanksgiving is recognized as a day to give thanks for all the things we cherish in our lives. We often associate Thanksgiving more with the food or the vacation days we get off, but it’s nice to step back and realize all of the good things you have in your life. So I’m going to take the corny/sappy route and write about the things I’m thankful for. And in traditional Rachel tradition, I will also include a few funny and superficial things I’m thankful for to entertain you all.


My family. My parents raised me well. They always made sure I did well in school and was a nice person, which ultimately led me to win prom queen, get accepted into my top choice college and all the other random achievements I’ve received. I mean sure, a lot of that had to do with me being awesome, but I think if I was raised differently I may have turned out a lot worse. They let me move back in after I graduated to help me save money and figure my life out, they make me dinner, and they always are there for me when I need help. In addition to my parents, I have wonderful relatives- grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and a brother who I’m all thankful for as well.


My friends- I’ve had my ups and downs with friends over the years. Some end up not being true friends, some move far away and lose touch, and some just change into different people. But through the thick and thin, I’m lucky enough to have a few great friends who have stuck with me. Some I’ve known since pre-school, some I met in college and some in just the past year or so. These friends are the ones who helped me after a breakup, who are happy for my achievements and who support me in everything that I do. Although my number of true friends may not be huge, I’d rather have a handful of great friends than a bunch of fake ones, and I’m thankful that I can now realize that.


My boyfriend James– Everyday I am reminded how thankful I am to have such an amazing boyfriend. After going through a lot over the past few years, it’s nice to finally be with someone who truly cares about you. James and I were friends before dating, then best friends, then boyfriend and girlfriend- and I am thankful that it worked out that way and progressed in the way that it did. He makes me laugh, blabbers on and on about my accomplishments and how great I am, and makes me feel like a million bucks when I really feel like a nickel (bad analogy- I apologize). I really don’t know where I would be without him.

cat santa hat

My cat- Anyone who has a pet (whether it’s a dog, cat, or gerbil) knows how special they are. They become like a member of your own family and are always around you. My cat, Buddy, somehow always knows when I don’t feel well and will pay extra attention to me. He’s the cutest thing- even when he is bold- and brings a smile to my face. 

My blog readers–  I can’t thank everyone who reads my blog enough- it means so much. What is even better is those who leave sweet and thoughtful comments- whether it’s just once or on each and every post. You all make me feel so great and make my day! For those who have came up to me in person and told me you enjoy reading, thank you as well. It means the world when people tell me they can connect with what I’m saying and that what I write makes them feel like they aren’t alone. The fact that something I write can help someone in any way is amazing. Sure, not all my posts are life-changing, but I try to mix in some serious (life after college) with some fun (fashion) for everyone. I feel like I’ve made so many new friendships with people I have never met- so thank you!

Now onto the silly things I’m thankful for…


My GPS– Honestly, I don’t know what I did before I had a GPS. I’m terrible with directions. I’m a good, cautious driver and I’m smart, but sometimes I can’t remember how to get to and from certain placed. So I’m thankful for my GPS for helping me get to all the interviews, internships, and random doctor visits over the years. Even though she can be wrong sometimes and has a really annoying voice (all of the voice options are annoying, I’ve tried changing it), I’m still thankful for her.

My iPhone– If it weren’t for my iPhone, I would miss out on a ton of urgent e-mails (and some not-so-urgent ones, too). I wouldn’t be able to communicate as quickly or effectively with my friends and boyfriend. I wouldn’t get to experience the addicting things that are Instagram and Words with Friends. I wouldn’t be able to look up that actress on IMDB to win an argument in the heat of the moment. I wouldn’t have ever purchased this awesome kitty case, either. Basically, my iPhone does everything and it just makes me happy so I’m thankful that I have one (and that my aunt and uncle let me on their family plan so I don’t have to pay $100 a month anymore).


What silly and serious things are you thankful for?


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  • A J

    hahaa, you’re so funny! I think my list is pretty much the same (minus the cat, I don’t have a cute  fur ball to love on *sad face*).  I would pretty much die without my parents/grandparents, friends, bf, and navigation!  And since my bf and I are long distance, the phone and computer are the 2 best pieces of technology that I am so thankful for! And good food….cause I really like to eat 😉



    • Rachel

      My boyfriend and I are long distance, too! So I know how you feel AJ

  • Heather

    I love that pic with you and your kitty-  and this week I am VERY thankful for a short work week!


    • Rachel

      I think we all can agree on that!

  • Megan {a ray of sun}

    I’m thankful for all of these things too! Especially my iPhone haha just kidding. But really it does let me connect with all of the other people I’m thankful for! Also, that picture of your cat is too cute!

    • Rachel


  • Feathers & Freckles

    Very cute list of things to be thankful for :) Love that you included your cat!!

    • Rachel

      I had to :)

  • Sharon S

    Hehe the photo of you and Buddy in your santa hats is adorable!

    The Tiny Heart

    • Rachel

      I love it :p

  • AshNFashn

    What a great list! You are very blessed. :)

    xo Ashley

  • Lauren

    What a great post. On the serious side, I’m thankful for my family and my doggies, which I pretty much consider family. 😉 On the less serious side, I’m with you on the iPhone. Where would I be without it?!

    Fizz and Frosting

  • Mackenzie Lee

    So many things to be thankful for, Happy Thanksgiving!


    • Rachel

      Thanks Kenzie, you too!

  • Maria

    This is such a great post! I’m going to do a similar one on Thanksgiving, so I won’t say what I’m thankful for just yet :) but you’re a very lucky girl, Rachel. Love you lots!


    • Rachel

      Can’t wait to read yours Maria! :)

  • Always Maylee

    I love that picture of you and your boyfriend, what a great looking couple! And I’m also thankful for my iphone. I never thought I’d be so attached to my phone, but I am! :)

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • Rachel

      Aw thank you so much Yi-chia! :)

  • Rachel

    Such a cute post! Love all of these photos :) Of you and your family, friends LOVE the one of you and your bf and how cute is your cat?!

    Iphone… totally agree.  It sleeps with me at night 😉 :) 

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much Rachel! :)

  • fromproseccotoplaid

    Aw love this so much! Great pictures. You and your boyfriend are adorable, and I don’t know how I’d survive without my gps either! xo, Julie

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much Julie!

  • Olga Zgonnik

    great post!

    I’m having a jewelry giveaway starting today, make sure to enter and good luck :) hope to see you over at my blog

  • Casey

    Such a cute post! I love the pictures! The santa hat on your cat killed me haha! Also, you and your boyfriend are adorable together! xo

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much Casey!

  • ashley nicole catherine

    love this! i think it’s really important to step back and appreciate what we have. i didn’t know we both had a “james” ! :)

    • Rachel

      I never realized that, either! How cool!

  • chelsiemoss

    Gorgeous friends and family! 

    chelsie |

    • Rachel

      Aw thank you!

  • Tiana Lewis

    What a fantastic blog you have here! – The name just gets me :) Its so precious!
    I also love this post. There are so many things to be thankful and you highlighted some of the very best!
    I’m thankful for my friends and family as well – along with things like the freedom to be who I want to be and the opportunity to create!

    tiana of l’esthetique

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much!

  • Rachel

    Hahah we have very similar lists! iPhone is definitely on my silly list, can’t live without it

    Xo, Rachel



  • Dina Karivalis

    Love this list Rachel!  I especially love the pictures of you with your family.  I did the same thing and included silly things that I am Thankful for as well!  It is important to think about EVERYTHING this time of year, haha!  Have a great holiday this week.
    xo Dina
    Sweetest Somethings

    • Rachel

      Aw thanks Dina, you too! I can’t wait to read yours

  • Lily Marek

    Sweet post! We all have so much to be grateful for. In the last year or two I’ve realized that consciously, intentionally noticing my blessings and being grateful for literally everything around me is pretty much the key to happiness. Having that kind of attitude is honestly life changing!


    • Rachel

      Exactly! Sometimes it just takes this time of the year to realize it.

  • amylshaughnessy

    That cat looks JUST like a cat I used to have. His name was Mittens… Poor thing died when he got into my mom’s sewing cabinet and ate about 3 feet of thread off of a spool. 

      Fashion and Beauty Finds

    • Rachel

      Awww :(

  • Rachel P.

    My list looks a lot like yours… family, boyfriend/fiance, iPhone…  but if I have to add something different, it would be the opportunity to travel constantly.  I think it’s so refreshing to wake up in different places, eat different foods, and absorb other cultures (even if they’re not that different from my own).
    RachelHow ‘Bout Some Cake

    • Rachel P.

      Also, your cat looks ADORABLE.  I feel like finding a good cat is a real stroke of luck- so many of them seem unfriendly.

      • Rachel

        haha yes he is pretty good (most of the time!)

  • Maria

    Aww these are beautiful things to be thankful for :-)  That is such a cute kitty!

    • Rachel

      Thank you!

  • Katie Appleyard

    Love your pictures, everybody looks so happy!

    Katie XX

    Apple Lifestyle


  • Kacie Ellis

    Great list! It’s always nice to reflect on all the things you have to be thankful for :)

  • Maya McDonald

    You’re so cute! I’m also very thankful for many of these things {I also have some cats I’m minorly obsessed with}. Also, I would be lost {literally} without my GPS – definitely the best purchase I’ve made in a long time!


    • Rachel

      Glad I’m not alone!

  • caughtonawhim

    I don’t think its corny or sappy to be thankful for all that you have.  Also, I just love the pic of you with Santa cat.  😉

    • Rachel

      Thank you!

  • Michelle

    Awww love this post! I was just thinking about all the things I’m thankful for today. PS: Love the kitty cat! :)

    xo MichelleFierce & Fashionable

    • Rachel

      Thanks Michelle!

  • Courtney Starr

    This is so cute.LOVE that photo of your cat

    • Rachel

      thank you!

  • Elena

    Lovely! The Christmas photo is super charming!

  • Amy Bishop

    What a great post!! You just seem like such a genuine person.  I love it!! Makes me wish I knew you in real life, even though I could practically be your mom:)  I LOVE this time of year!  I can’t wait to spend time with family. I have SO much to be thankful for:):)

    • Rachel

      Aw thank you Amy! And you are NOT old enough to be my mother- stop it! haha

  • sandyalamode

    this is a great list! mine is soo similar!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  • Allyssa

    Great post! I know what you mean about pets. When I was growing up we had 2 cats and they could definitely tell when I was upset. Love that you included a GPS. Without mine, I think I’d probably be lost right now! haha

  • Erika

    OH man that photo of your kitty. LOVE it. 
    and I am also superficially grateful for my iphone. It acts as my gps most of the time :)

    • Rachel

      double thankful!

  • Kristin

    Such a cute post! As you know from my blog, my animals are like family to me, too. I would also include my laptop, which I can’t live without. And maybe Pinterest…because I’m addicted. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving:)!


    • Rachel

      Thank you! Yes, Pinterest is quite an addiction! Happy Thanksgiving to you, too Kristin!

  • LifeAndBows

    What a wonderful post!! You and your boyfriend are so cute and the pic with the kitty is adorable. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • Rachel

      Thank you so much Zhanna!

  • delovely details

    Love your list! Absolutely right about pets, I have two dogs and they are my babies. I also love that you included GPS, while in Italy with a rental car, GPS saved my marriage. Happy Thanksgiving, it’s great to link up with such an awesome blog!

    • Rachel

      Thanks so much!

  • createthatoutfit

    Gorgeous photos! I love the one of you and your cat!

    • Rachel

      thank you Meredith!

  • erin johnson

    That picture with your cat is great!

    • Rachel

      thank you!

  • Ana Fleischmann

    Your cat wearing a Santa hat is adorable!!! I love your list. Family and friends are everything! 

    • Rachel

      sadly, he only kept the hat on for a few seconds!

  • Joanna Dell

    I like this. :)  and your cat is ADORABLE!  I have a soft spot for cats.

    • Rachel

      Thanks, me too!

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