An Appreciation Piece

This little blog is about health and wellness among other silly topics. I focus on the health aspect a ton, especially in regards to eating and exercising, but I think it’s time to talk a little bit more about wellness. This topic is so broad because it ranges from mental and intellectual strength, as well as the things you like to do and the people in which you spend time. Wellness, among other more complicated factors, equates to happiness.

My family is a huge contributor to that happiness, from childhood to now. I’ve been writing snippets of my weight loss journey into book form, but sometimes I find myself drifting into more of a memoir, thinking back on my childhood.

I’m lucky because I am so close to much of my family, especially my parents, sister, brother, and now brother-in-law. There are three other people who have made such an important impact on my life and since this blog shares so much of my story, I’d like to share a little bit about them.


My Auntie Bea, Uncle Peter, and cousin Maura have been there for me and my siblings every single step of the way, from the big occasions like graduations and weddings, to the smaller daily events, such as picking us up from school, going to the movies, or just hanging out at the house talking and playing games.


Summers always include visiting them at their summer home- days spent at the beach, trips to The Christmas Tree Shoppe, cookouts in the backyard, cocktail hours, long-lasting card games, and trips to Dairy Queen to end the night. Vacations are always that more special, from Disney World and Storyland, to London and Oxford (we might have gotten a little fancier as we get older).


Holidays are special for what they mean, but also the traditions we’ve built together. Movies with my Auntie Bea the day before Thanksgiving, a more intimate dinner together before the rest of the family comes over for dessert, lunch on Christmas Eve, and cheesy potatoes and games on Christmas.


My siblings and I have dragged them to dance recitals, cheerleading competitions, and hockey games, but I don’t think they see it as being dragged- and I think that proves just how much love is there. We’ve had casual take-out dinners or fancy meals in the private rooms and laughed just as hard no matter where we were.


There are so many memories that we’ve made together and so much of that has made me into the person I am today. It is their presence, love, and support that has given me strength. Not everyone gets a BB & the P with M, and my siblings and I, we’re the lucky ones because we do.



As a whole, we don’t get to choose who we are related to, but through a million and one lifetimes, I would choose them. And I hope they know that.


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