And Happy Holidays of course! The greatest gift I received this Christmas was finding a job that has allowed me to request the holidays off and still get paid for the days that I miss. To fill you all in, I used to work in retail where working during the holiday season was a must. I spent the holidays alone last year in my little apartment, catching up on my Netflix shows. This time around though, I caught a flight home to Texas for Christmas and I’m thankful that I get to spend this time with my family. As a matter of fact, I just stepped off the plane as we speak. I’m only here for three days but, I’m going to make the most out of my time here because I rarely get to see my parents as is.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned about Christmas over the years, it’s that the older you get, the less you worry about receiving gifts. These past couple of years, I’ve just always been grateful for being able to be surrounded by love, positive energy, good laughs, great food, and wine. If anything, we spend our time outside of the house at the San Antonio Riverwalk, enjoying the scenery. They never cease to amaze me with the beautifully arranged Christmas lights, the gigantic tree, and the many families we see who are strolling through, just like us. This year though, as I stroll the Riverwalk, a Starbucks coffee in hand, I’ll be thinking of you all.
First and foremost, I want to thank you all for being patient with me while I was figuring out this whole blogging ordeal. With all the things I had going on; working countless hours, moving to a new state, and just getting my life together in general, I had completely neglected my blog. Even when I was ready to get back into it, I wanted to take it a step further; saving money to purchase a domain, finding the perfect template, and finding the most authentic version of myself to put out to the world. It took longer than I expected. Yet, when I finally relaunched, you all continued to read and engage in every post like I had never left.
I also want to thank you all for the constant engagement; the likes, the shares, the comments that are genuine and not just a “Great post!” I enjoy reading the paragraphs of comments that you all leave and I love responding; creating discussions that are inspiring, insightful, and unforgettable. When I started back blogging, my goals were to help others with their self discovery and get people talking. Mission accomplished. As the new year approaches, there will be more to come and even better content than you’ve gotten from me in these last couple of months.
Lastly, I want to thank you all for just supporting me overall. Every blogger goes through the phase of not knowing whether or not they’re making an impact. I’m not really one to be worried about the numbers; how many followers or views I have. What matter to me most is having a genuine support system, which is what I’ve found in all of you who consistently keep up with my posts. Then there are those bloggers who have dropped countless amounts of knowledge on me about engagement tips, what groups to join, hashtags to use, etc. I’m always looking for ways to improve my blog and it’s nice to have people who are willing to share some of the ins and outs of this passion for writing that we all share.
I have big plans coming for Life of Shai as we head into the new year. My life is changing for the better and at a drastically increasing rate. There will be plenty of stories, life lessons, and new experiences to come as I continue this self discovery journey. I hope that you all stick with me and spread the word to bring new people into my world to walk this journey with me.
I hope your last week of the year is filled with love, laughter, and light.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!