What I’m Thankful For 2018

Hello! Welcome Back! For me and my fellow American’s Thanksgiving is this week. I love Thanksgiving, mainly because it means that I won’t be given weird looks for already having my Christmas decorations up. Besides that I think it’s always nice to take a moment and reflect on everything that you have to be thankful for. You’d be surprised at how much you have, even in the hard times. I do dislike that it takes a holiday for some people to realize they have a lot to be thankful for but, something is better than nothing right? So without further ado, let’s get into what I’m thankful for this year.


So, if you guys have been following me on Twitter, Instagram or read my latest post you’ll know that things have been kind of tough for me lately. I’m not going to get to deep into what’s going on because it’s not really my story to tell but, my brother has been going through some serious health obstacles lately ( I want to make it clear that he’s going to be okay, just not there yet. ) It’s really put things into prospective for me if I’m being honest. I am always thankful for my family, but this chapter of our story as a family changed just how thankful for them I am. You may know that I still live at home, and now with everything going on with my brother he lives at home as well. I think about what it would be like if we weren’t all under the same roof during all of this. There is always a stigma about children over a certain age still living at home but, I couldn’t imagine not living with my whole family during this season of life.

My Brother

I felt I needed to do a separate section to speak on how thankful for my older brother I am. Those who know me outside of just my blog would know that I have always looked up to my brother, I try my best not to show it because I don’t want to seem like the dorky little sister but I have always wanted to be just like him. He’s confident and sure of himself, he’s outgoing and hardly ever experiences anxiety. In my eye’s he’s like a superhero, so knowing all he’s been going through has been really tough. I don’t want to go off on to much of a tangent here but, I HATE seeing my brother sick. It sucks, and I wish I could trade places with him. That being said, I have never been so in awe of someone in my life. The positivity and confidence and appreciation I have seen from him is inspiring to me. Through it all he never takes off his “big brother cape”  and always makes sure I’M okay. He takes time to hang out with me after I’ve been at work all day. He views the work I’m doing with my blog as something bigger than I sometimes allow myself to and tells me how proud of me he is that I’m “in the starting stages of having my own business.” The other day I was texting the family group chat, complaining about how I had wet socks from the weather, how I spilled my Starbucks drink on my sweater and how I had a lot of stuff to do at work. It was all stupid stuff to be complaining about and he texted me back from the hospital saying “Young lady. You and those wet socks better find something to smile about.” Today, I don’t care about being the dorky little sister I feel like the luckiest girl in the world to have the brother that I do.


I know what you’re thinking, my list of what I’m thankful for is really basic. Which I mean you’re right but, the people I have in my life aren’t. The friendships I have in my life have really gotten my through every tough thing that has been thrown my way. Even though I tend to get really lonely because none of my friends really live near me, my friends are really good at reminding me I’m not alone. Some of the most supportive and stable friendships I have are with people on the other side of the country from me.  Whether my friends are acting like my therapist or giving me new recommendations on shows to watch, they are always supporting me every step of the way. I have never been one to have a lot of friends but, as I get older I’m really coming to realize that it’s not about the quantity of friends but the quality. I’ve hit a home run when it comes to quality friendships.

My Blog

I couldn’t write this post without speaking about my blog. My blog and I have been on a bit of a journey, I started my blog as a free site here on WordPress at the end of 2016. I would post like once every three months or something like that, I wasn’t consistent at all and my writing was terrible. Then I started to take it a little more seriously and upgraded to the personal plan somewhere in late 2017. I had a different domain than what I do now and I only wrote about beauty. (RIP Makeup With Mich)  Then in March 2018, the Simply Michelle that you all know (and hopefully love) was born. That was when I started thinking of my blog as a business, because that’s ultimately what I want it to become. I knew that blogging was what I wanted my career to be and that I had more to say than just what I thought of certain foundations. I knew I could help people and make someone feel like they had a friend who understood them. (hopefully I achieved this? Let me know in the comments!) So, I expanded my topic of discussion and became more active on social media platforms, that’s when I started to see a growth in my blog. It was slow growth for sure but it was growth none the less. My blog has helped me in ways that I can’t even begin to explain. As someone who struggles really badly with low self confidence and crippling self doubt seeing growth in my blog was overwhelming. Simply Michelle is my greatest love and the biggest passion in my life. Not to sound like a Hallmark movie but, my blog saved my life.

While seeing growth was wonderful and reassuring, that wouldn’t have been possible without the blogging community showing me support. You can’t grow if no one is reading your work and I have been overwhelmed with the support I’ve seen from people who have never met me. So because of that I want to give a shout out to some bloggers that I am really thankful for. This group of bloggers have showed me nothing but constant support, no matter the social media platform and I want to make sure they get all the recognition they deserve.

(this list is in no particular order)

Hello Bexa – Creative Lifestyle Blogger

Jenny In Neverland- Lifestyle Blogger

Just Natonya- Fashion and Lifestyle Blogger

Foundations and Fairytales – Beauty & Disney Blogger

Glow Steady-Beauty and Food Blogger

Lisa’s Notebook – Lifestyle and Mummy Blogger

Miss Blogs-A-Bit- Lifestyle Blogger

Chloe Chats- Mental Health Blogger 

Geraldine Talks – Lifestyle Blogger

My Spotted Blog -Lifestyle Blogger

Well there you have it, a round up of what I am thankful for this year. Can you tell that I have a thing from Lifestyle blogs? I  mean I would hope I enjoyed lifestyle blogs since I run one myself! As I mentioned earlier I think it’s important to reflect on all the good things you have in your life. There is definitely a lot more that I could touch on but I don’t want this post to get too long. What are you thankful for this year? If you celebrate thanksgiving, leave me your favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner in the comments. Mine is mashed potatoes, I make damn good mash potatoes if I do say so myself. Thanks for stopping by, until next time..

Be Nice. Be Good.

Mich. x

Simply Michelle

Hi! I’m Mich. I’m a 26 year old young woman trying to navigate adulthood and all the challenges it brings. On Simply Michelle you will find genuine posts about a wide range of topics from mental health & faith to makeup & baking. This is my safe place to be vulnerable and hopefully you'll feel that you can do the same. I hope you stick around!

Be Nice. Be Good. x

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  1. myspottedblog says:

    Thank you so much for the tag Michelle! I’m sorry to hear of your brother but I’m glad he will be OK, it’s just the getting their that’s tough. I dont have a brother but I have three little sisters. A sibling is a bond like absolutely no other. Also, your blog is fantastic! As struggling with self-confidence issues it can be daunting but you’ve pulled through and are really working on something amazing. I’m excited to see you continue to grow! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Cheers xx

    Rachel |

    1. Thank you rachel! you are so right, there’s really nothing like a siblings bond. can’t wait to see your blog grow more xx

  2. This was lovely and heartwarming to read, it’s always so calming and therapeutic to write out things like this. I’m sorry to hear about what your brother is going through and I’m happy to hear that he’s going to be alright. <3 It's so lovely how much you look up to your brother, it's not dorky at all, it's amazing that you have such a great bond. I have an older brother who I look up to as well, I no longer live near him and that actually hit us both hard, it's tough not seeing each other so much! I'm so glad blogging has helped you too, it's been the same help for me too – it's magical what blogging can do, and being apart of the blogging community who are so supportive and encouraging is incredible. Thank you so much for mentioning me, that means a lot and I'm so glad we came across each other, your blog is lovely and I'm looking forward to it continually growing! 🙂

    Chloe xx

    1. thank you for such a lovely comment! I am excited to see the continued grow of your blog as well ❤️

  3. This was so lovely! After reading all of the amazing things you had do say about your family and friends, to be included in the same space is so heartwarming. I love your blog and can’t wait to see it grow further. I’m glad to hear your brother is on the mend, it sounds like the two of you have an amazing bond. And thank you for your support in return! It’s nice that despite all of the bitchiness (not a word…) you see online that the community can still support each other x


    1. thank you! what a wonderful comment, i agree it’s nice that in an industry with so much competition there are still people who just genuinely want to see others grow as well xx

  4. First off Michelle God Bless your brother, the fact that he’s in good spirits with everything he’s going through is the way to live life. Earlier I was complaining about small things but reading your story had grounded me into a place of not being small minded. Some people go through more difficult times and manage to not only keep a smile on their face but help others along the way. Thank you for shouting me out, I enjoy you and your blog. I always felt like we were blogging pals so it’s nice you feel the same way too. Ok my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner is the turkey and sausage dressing my mom makes and it’s mouth-watering delicious!

    Natonya |

    1. i LOVE this comment! I know i’m biased but my brother is pretty special (: and your thanksgiving dinner sound delicious!

      1. Your brother is very special and inspiring! ❤️

  5. Geraldine says:

    Aww Michelle!! I loved this so much! You are so sweet thank you for tagging me in this! ❤️ I’m so sorry about your brother, it warms my heart to see how much you care about your brother that you’d want to be in his place instead. So nice to see that bond and love between you two!! I am very thankful for my blog too and that friends I’ve made with it, including YOU! 😍 This was such a great idea for a post!

    Geraldine |

    1. thank you love ❤️

  6. Lisa's Notebook says:

    Firstly, thank you so much for the shoutout, Mich, that’s so kind of you, and I’m in absolutely wonderful company too! I’m sorry about your brother, I do hope he gets through this as soon as possible. And I don’t think your list of things you’re thankful for is basic at all: family and friends (be they IRL or online) are the most important things in life, and it’s good to be reminded of that from time to time. We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here but I do make some mean roast potatoes, even though I do say so myself! xx

    Lisa |

    1. now i’m craving roast potatoes! lol xxx

  7. Miss Blogs-A-Bit says:

    This post was so lovely to read and thank you so much for including me in it ❤ Just want to state that I am also so grateful for the support that you have shown to me and my blog too, it is very much appreciated.

    I know you’ve gone through a lot recently with your brother’s health and I wish him a speedy recovery – I’m sending many positive thoughts you and your family’s way xx

    I’m so glad that you have found your passion in blogging and you are fabulous at it, so keep going girl! I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving ❤

    1. thank you very much for this lovely comment ❤️❤️

  8. Happy Thanksgiving xx

    1. thank you x

  9. kelsey says:

    This is a lovely post, it’s always nice to sit and think what are we grateful for, although I am still waiting for next weekends when I put up my decorations!

    1. thank you! hope you had a great time decorating! x

  10. Happy Thanksgiving from the UK. Great post, I love how you give thanks to the most important people who can sometimes get taking for granted.
    I was pretty ill last year and having love and support from my 3 sisters meant the world to me. I know you look up to him but I know he’ll be proud of you too x

    1. what a kind thing to say, thank you very much xxx hope your health is all good now x

  11. Such a lovely read! It really made me think about all that I have to be grateful for too. It’s so easy to lose sight of this in amongst all the small, daily annoyances.

    1. totally agree, glad it helped you remember all their is to be grateful for xx

  12. Thank you so much for the mention in this post lovely! I really appreciate it. And it’s so important to express gratitude. I try and do it every day, just in my head and it makes the world of difference to how I feel, even if I’m having a bad day. It reminds me how luck I am 🙂

    1. oh you’re so welcome, i should start doing it every day as well

  13. This was such a lovely read. You’re so right about it being important to reflect on all the good things you have in your life. This year I’m definitely thankful for my resilience and my mental health, it’s been a tough year but I’m getting through it.

    p.s really craving mashed potatoes now 🙂


    1. glad you have fought through the tough fight and are where you are today ❤️

  14. Such a lovely post! Happy Thanksgiving. Sending my best wishes to your brother. It is always nice to stop and reflect on the things that make you happy, isn’t it? Helen x

    1. thank you xx yes, i have really found a love for reflecting this year

  15. hudapervez says:

    Such a great blogpost! It’s so important to just take time to be thankful for things! I’m so thankful for pushing myself to get a job although my anxiety told me otherwise 😅
    Thanks for sharing this! xx

    1. thank you! congrats on getting a job that’s amazing! xx

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