What I Am Thankful For

La Casabloga - Fall - Nov 22

This holiday season is a bit different than normal because it is my first time celebrating Thanksgiving, and likely Christmas and New Year’s, outside of the United States. Although Thanksgiving is not celebrated in Italy, I will not let that stop me from keeping the tradition alive that I have been celebrating for the past 26 years.

This year, I feel more thankful than ever before, for so many reasons. Being so far away from home, has caused me to appreciate where I am from more than ever and seeing loved ones in pictures with their families on this special day also comes with its own sense of nostalgia being so far away from my own family.

Today, I am sharing with you 8 reasons why I am feeling extra grateful this Thanksgiving. Starting with…

Living in Italy- We have only been living in Italy for about 4 months now, but the opportunity to live here as been quite an eye-opening experience so far and something so unique as I know not many have the chance to do. Therefore I am enjoying each moment here as much as I can because I know it won’t last forever.

What If We Blog - Vatican City - Nov 8

A bird’s eye view of the Vatican from the top of St. Peter’s Basilica

Seasons-This time of the year in Rome is slowly starting to become my favorite. Can you guess why by looking at the picture below? Sure, we have had our moments of unusually cold weather but this week the weather has been perfect. The trees are starting to fill with the most beautiful shades of green, orange, and yellow that make the city look even more picturesque than it already is. I know..I know..I didn’t think that was possible either. After living in Miami for 4 years, it’s practically always summer there, which I don’t mind, but experiencing all 4 seasons again is mighty beautiful.

La Casabloga - Fall - Nov 22

Technology- Thank God for technology. Without it, it would be nearly impossible to video chat with family. Although it’s not the same as talking face-to-face, it’s sufficient enough to do for the time being. I must admit, I find myself face-timing my parents more now than I did when I lived in Florida!

Family- My family is constantly growing, and although I haven’t lived anywhere near my family since 2012, they are and always will be my #1 and the people who will always love me and support me regardless of what decisions I make.

My boyfriend, Jared- Jared and I are spending our 5th Thanksgiving together today. It’s corny to say, but it’s hard to remember what life was like before I met him. He is, in all shapes and forms, my best friend, support system, and such a beautiful person, inside and out. I am so thankful that God put him in my path.


My travel partner and I took this picture at Festa de Gracia in Barcelona this past August.

New Friends– Spending the holidays away from family and friends in a new place can feel quite lonely. Thankfully we have made some friends that feel like family to us and have welcomed us into their home this holiday and whom we spent Thanksgiving with.


With our good friends, Louie and Gail, who are also expats here in Italy.

Work– Working from home has been truly a blessing in allowing me to travel as much as I have. All I need is my laptop and WiFi to get my job done and I can literally work from anywhere. I never thought I would have as much flexibility as I have to create this kind of lifestyle, but I am so, so grateful for it.

You– Creating this blog and sharing my thoughts online has been a fear of mine for years. It’s always been simply a thought I couldn’t shake off, but I knew that I wanted to do it. Fun fact: I actually started blogging in 2013 but that blog failed and didn’t last longer than 1 year, which is another reason why I was so hesitant to try again, but I am so glad I did. I’m so thankful for the support, comments, likes, and emails I have received from those who read my posts and enjoy what I have to say. I really do love blogging and the interaction I get with you all fills me with so much love.

Where are you celebrating this holiday season and what things are you most thankful for?

All my love,

2 thoughts on “What I Am Thankful For

  1. CVR says:

    Such a great read Estrella. I relate in so many ways to your well crafted pointers. I am also very thankful just for the gift of life. Being able to experience all these new phenomenons that comes with being in a new country is something wonderful. I am very thankful and greatful for that. Keep inspiring us 😊


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    • lacasabloga says:

      Thank you Vidah, we are definitely in the same boat as far as that is concerned so I am glad you can connect to what I am saying. Also, congratulations on the engagement and getting married next year! That is truly so exciting.


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