Amelia: 10 Things I’m Thankful For This Year

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! Here’s what I’m thankful for this year (in addition to my amazing Photoshop skills)…

When she curls up and tucks her nose like this I just die at the cuteness.

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1. My dog Lucca. My sidekick, my bestie, my shadow, my ride or die, my heart. I’m thankful for her every second.

Detail. #weaving

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2. My loom. This year, I discovered weaving and what I believe will be a lifelong passion. Weaving tapestries calms my mind and soothes this ADD brain of mine. I’m thankful for my hands that allow me to do this work, and my eyes for being able to see the possibilities on a freshly warped loom, and Maryanne Moodie for being such an inspiring teacher and artist.

3. Beyonce’s foot phone. I will never not think this is absolutely hilarious. The fact that it’s Beyonce being hilarious makes it even better.

4. Charlie Hunnam. Specifically DAT ASS and DAT SWERVE.

5. My friends and family. After my depression worsened this year, I decided not to relocate to Los Angeles as planned. My friends and family in New York were quick to offer their support, but couldn’t hide their happiness that I decided to stay in New York. I needed this reminder of how much love I have here and it made all the difference in the world.

6. Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, Brooklyn. While I decided to stay in NYC, I knew I also needed a change in scenery — and within a week, everything fell into place, as I stumbled upon the Brooklyn apartment of my dreams. What’s that look like? A bedroom, a fireplace mantel, a tiny balcony, wonderful landlords and the best neighborhood in all five boroughs. I’m thankful for how much these simple things have revived my soul!

7. A loved one’s sobriety. One of the most important people in the world to me got sober this year. I am thankful for everything and everyone that supported him, but I am especially thankful for his own commitment and determination in finding a better way to live.

8. The Frisky. Seven years and counting. It hasn’t always been easy, but nothing that really matters is. And of course, much gratitude goes out to all our staffers, contributors and readers.

That last chapter.

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9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This, so far, is my favorite book I’ve read this year. It’s such a beautiful, epic story and the last chapter is a revelation.

10. Susan Miller’s horoscopes. Despite being ill, Susan has kept up with posting her lengthy, detailed, free and always crazily on point horoscopes. If I could, I would not interact with the world at the start of a new month until Susan has told me wassup.