turkey for me. turkey for you. 

Ahh thanksgiving. A time to be thankful. I am so thankful for so many things. We read and hear a lot about the things people are thankful for. We feel compelled to share how thankful we are for the things that go without saying, like our family and health, and I of course am thankful for these things too but am here to list all of the underdogs that I am truly thankful for.
This idea came to me from a memory I can never shake. During Esthetic school, we were asked to write a list of 5 things we were thankful for and not include our name on paper. Then we passed them in and our instructor shuffled and passed them out again, announcing that each person would read the paper they had and the class had to guess who it belonged to. Fuck. 
I sat, sweating, anxiously awaiting my scroll to be read. I listened to “my family”, “my freedom”, “my mom”, “my home”, as I shuddered. I hoped someone with a sense of humor had mine. Then, the quietest girl in class began reading,
“The things I am most thankful for are: 1)Fake eyelashes 2) Being born a blonde 3) My hairdresser Kelly 4)Chanel 5) Strawberry Sundaes.”

#dead.

Without further adieu: The things I am most thankful for, 2015:

-My pups fluff 1 and fluff 2

-Ice coffee

-Legit bakeries

-IPhone Notes. Every fuckin article I write and every list to my life is lives here

-Dominos lets you order it how ever you want

-Nars creamy concealer

-Buxom lipgloss

-TheHauteMess.com

-The PBS Buddha documentary

-Freedom of speech (even in the most offended country)

-Duo Lingo for teaching me French

-Pinterest recipes

-Zyrtec D and Breathe Right Strips

-Fake eyelashes for disguising my crosseyedness

-Craft beer for making weekdays tolerable

-My boyfriends cooking for getting my tits back to a DD

-Jenna Marbles for making inappropriate acceptable

-Hyaluronic Acid for fixing my face and giving me something to preach about

-Drunk History

-Strawberry Sundaes.
I love you all that read this nonsense. I love my friends, near and far, Boston I miss you so much. I miss Heavenly Donuts and legit Dunkins, penuchi fudge, and real Italian food… all the “northern things” I can’t enjoy anymore! So  grateful for my family, my new nieces Violet and Mia, my puppy lovins, my novio, my new job, house and life. Grateful for my strength and resilience and the lessons of acceptance I have grasped. Life is good and it’s a great day to celebrate. Linda, my BFF overseas, represent for all the fatties in America xx

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Erika Lauren is a Boston born twenty something French girl spending her days as an esthetician, makeup artist, and dog mom, and her nights as a writer. She's a content creator for The Haute Mess, XOJane, and Narrative.ly. Reader discretion advised: She suffers from lalochezia. Email: ErikaLauren9@yahoo.com

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