Thursday, November 27, 2014


I'll be the first to admit that when it comes to the Holiday Season, Thanksgiving is never the holiday I'm most excited for. Unlike my younger brother Bentz, who enjoys engorging himself in delicious food, I'm the one who usually ends up dreading my inevitable Holiday weight gain, sulking in the corner.

This year, inspired by my co-worker and fellow blogger, Stephanie, I've decided to embrace the true importance of Thanksgiving, and that is to be thankful! It's easy to get lost in the everyday shuffle once this time of the year encroaches upon us, so I'm happy to take the time today to make note of the things that I'm most thankful for at this time in my life.


It's easy to forget that getting old is privilege. I made a conscious effort in this past year to eat clean and stay active. I'm thankful for each and every day that I can still lace up my running shoes and take a deep breath.


I can't emphasize how much I love and am thankful for my family. My parents are both incredibly strong role models, and my brother and sister are truly my best friends. I can't even begin to explain how different my life would be without them. They keep me grounded and laughing. They support me in all my endeavors with unconditional love and understanding of who I am, and I'm forever grateful for that. 

Whether I've known you for most of my life or we've gotten closer within this past year, I only choose to surround myself with the absolute best people. Being an introvert, making new friends doesn't happen very often for me. So if I can call you my friend, know that I mean it with my whole heart! Thank you for all the laughs and the memories we've had, and here's to making more together in the years to come! 


I never imagined that I'd get to work in an industry that I love and am passionate about. I'm so thankful that I get to work with some of the most amazing and talented individuals. I love going into the office and spending time with my 2nd family. :) (Btw, see if you can spot me in Michelle Phan's latest video posted below! We celebrated ipsy's 3rd Birthday with champagne and cupcakes!) 


I cannot emphasize enough that I wouldn't be where or who I am today with you. I created my YouTube Channel and this blog in hopes of inspiring others around the world to embrace their uniqueness and promote self-confidence. I never imagined it would grow into what it is today. THANK YOU! <3 

So... what are you thankful for today? And of course, HAPPY EATING! 

Denise Joyce