Media Grits

#Blessed: Giving Thanks for a Full Life

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I’m 50 percent optimist, 50 percent pessimist, which I’m pretty sure makes me 100 percent human. That said, if ever the former wins out over the latter, it’s Thanksgiving week, am I right?


My dear friend Alex recently wrote a very sweet post on all the things for which she’s grateful, and given the way my mood has been oscillating wildly this fall, I thought it beneficial for my soul to point out all the things making me happy and humble of late:

A husband who would move mountains for me. Whether making me dinner nightly, serving as my business manager or simply allowing me to be my own independent person as I go off and further my career, SVV is the bee’s knees. Every girl should be so lucky.


A puppy who is effortlessly and endlessly emo. I mean, have you ever seen someone so sad be so cute? Ella aka Eeyore aka The Queen of the Audible Sigh keeps me smiling always, even when she dive-bombs a pile of fresh deer poo headfirst (oh, it happened, friends).

Maltese Puppy

A collaborative community brimming with creative, supportive individuals. I had no idea coming back to Nashville would be as rewarding as it had turned out to be. I also had no idea that I would ever settle in a place permanently, but I think that indeed has happened.

image courtesy of Cameron Powell

image courtesy of Cameron Powell

A beautiful old house that suits us to a tee. Who would have ever thought we’d discover such a charming homestead that’s so “us” to call our own?

Victorian House

Monthly visits with one of my besties. We may live 2,500 miles apart, but Jade and I—who may have been referred to as sister wives on more than one occasion—manage to average seeing each other every four to five weeks.


A close-knit circle of media friends who fill me up. At the forefront of said community are the writers, marketers and publicists with whom I interact regularly. Coming from an opportunistic, competitive media landscape in San Francisco, it’s been gratifying seeing how Nashvillians media types support one another.

Media Grits

A healthy body. I’ve always had an immune system of steel, and I’m thankful that I rarely get sick or injured and am able to hit the gym hard whenever I feel the urge. While my fitness has taken a backseat to my new job this fall, I have managed to keep the 18 pounds and six percent of body fat that I lost earlier this year off. Here’s to ramping up my trainer sessions, maintaining a healthy balance between eating out and working out, and getting even trimmer in 2015.

This blog and all the incredible people it has brought in my life (every one of you included). This pair of handsome lads and their relentless cheerleading immediately come to mind, as does this family of sartorial talent—putting myself out there on the Internet has brought so much good fortune and friendship these past eight years. Anytime I think my day has come to retire as a blogger, I simply can’t give up this community.

NVR Guys

The means to travel. I am fully aware that not everyone is capable of traveling, whether restricted by finances, circumstance or job. Though it definitely didn’t happen overnight, I’m grateful I was able to carve out a career I love that both keeps my bank account healthy and allows me much-needed flexibility.


My family. They are who made me who I am, all the pluses and minuses, and the people I could not live without. I’m also happy to report that, as of yesterday, my sister and her fiance are now Tennessee residents! I thought it couldn’t get better than living down the road from my parents, but now that Kari and Josh are also a short drive a way, life is that much sweeter. (Get ready to be put to work, guys.)


What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

  • November 26, 2014

    Aw, I loved this post! Happy Thanksgiving, Kristin!

    • November 26, 2014

      You, too! Hope it’s full of lots of pie (and that you send me the leftovers) 😉

  • November 26, 2014

    And I’m thankful that you keep this blog going. 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving, Kristin.

    • November 26, 2014

      And I’m thankful for wonderful Interwebs people like you =)

  • November 26, 2014

    Happy Thanksgiving Kristin!

    • November 30, 2014

      Hope you had a great one yourself!

  • November 27, 2014
    Briel K.

    Great post! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Your hair looks awesome in that first pic! 🙂

    • November 30, 2014

      Thanks, girl! That’s what happens when Miss Tennessee does your ‘do for you 😉

  • November 29, 2014

    Love this post, love you, and love the shoutout in the first paragraph. What a lovely, smile-inducing reminder that we are living a life that’s good (Nashville reference what what!)

    • November 30, 2014

      We will go on the hunt for Lennon and Maisy when you come visit next summer…or maybe they’ll make it easy for us and play the Opry while you’re here! 😉

  • December 1, 2014

    What a lovely post! All of these photos made me smile – you definitely have quite a lot to be thankful for this season!

  • December 1, 2014

    You look lovely Kristin and this post is just what we need before the mayhem of Xmas!
    We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving in Britain or Germany where I live, but I have loads of American friends, so we usually celebrate with them.

    What are I thankful for? I’m thankful for the health of my husband, my son, and my brothers. I’m thankful for being a European and living the life that I want to live and I’m thankful for being alive and well and getting invited to other Thanksgiving celebrations! YOLO right! In fact, last years’ party was great. We must have been at least about 30 – 40 people all going and coming and because most of our friends are artists, there was singing, playing instruments, and performing. It was crazy!

  • December 1, 2014

    Love this Kristin!!

    I definitely miss the creative community in Nashville. It’s been fun keeping up with y’all via social media. Love seeing what you’re up to!!

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