Dec 11, 2014

My Grown Up Christmas List

{Brought back from the 2011 archives}

Remember as a child, when you would watch movies and the theme always ended up being some version of "family is most important at Christmas"? I remember watching and thinking, "Sure, but if I don't get _______ this year, I'm going to be PISSED."

As it turns out, when you're on the verge of 25, it seems as if God sends tiny angels to show you the true meaning of Christmas. And it doesn't revolve around a new pair of designer jeans, an expensive piece of jewelry, or technology that will be obsolete in six months after the new and improved version comes out.

A lot of things have happened this year that has changed my perspective. My brother went to college. Our family lost two of our precious members, our dogs: Toby & Harley (Rest in peace, guys! I love you and miss you both every day), and my mom and dad put their house up for sale. It was bittersweet, but I'm excited for new beginnings.

So, while I'm sure I could use a new pair of shoes or a gift card to Sephora (yeah, right), my wishes for this year weren't  (mostly) anything material. YOU CAN'T BUY LOVE, FOLKS. I couldn't be more content just being in my childhood home (who knows how long we'll have it to enjoy), hanging out with my growing weed of a brother, and enjoying time with my parents. 

It's also so bizarre how I feel about coming back here. I legitmately could not care to do anything except see my family, and I'm already awaiting January 2nd when I return back to Los Angeles. Last year I was dreading going back to Cali. Funny how so much can change within 12 months.

So my wish this Christmas isn't for a ton; mostly, they're things only God can provide. 

My Grown Up Christmas List 
  • For everyone to feel loved by someone
  • For peace to be brought to those who are sad and struggling
  • For those missing a loved one this holiday to feel fulfilled and comforted
  • That everyone can experience a miracle at least once in their life
  • That every child has warm clothes and a roof over their head, with loving caregivers to nurture them
  • A two hour massage (typing on a computer all day can bring one some epic back pain)
  • A giant savings account
  • Packers get another Super Bowl win 
  • Ryan Seacrest to mentor me (dream big?)
  • For everyone to be given the best gift of all: hope for the future
Take some time to make someone else feel important this holiday. Actually, scratch that -- this entire next year. Resolute to be kind when it's hard to be, be patient when you're in a rush, and do something once a day to make another person's entire week. Be careful with your words and with one another's hearts, and if you love someone, be sure to give it all you've got.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,


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