“IT’S JUST STUFF.” That’s a thing my grandfather always used say when something got broken or needed to be thrown away. But some *stuff* is special and deserves a sentimental and reverent goodbye. ••• I test drove “Bella” with a mere 9mi on her in MA, and together we reached a grand total of 97,471mi and ended up in CA. I swore I would drive her into the ground- and I guess in a way I did- but I still wish we had hit 100,000mi. ••• She was my little engine that could, and I loved zipping around with that stick shift... she was a reliable, constant companion who heard me sing, laugh, talk, cry and yell: we were a team, inevitably getting from point A to point B. ••• She got me out of some very bad and potentially dangerous situations, endured a cross-country road trip with my mom, packed to the brim with everything I owned at the time and a U-Haul trailer attached to the back. She was patient when my mother had a panic-attack sitting shot-gun while weaving through the Rocky Mountains. She saw hot air balloons soar through the sky in Nebraska and witnessed sunset at the Grand Canyon. ••• She was with me while learning to navigate the city of LA- the 10, the 5, the 101, the 405... and everything in between ••• She wasn’t fancy- but she was all mine... and I loved and appreciated her for the 13 years we traveled together. IT’S JUST STUFF... but I am forever grateful for a car that kept me safe and never let me down. It was a sad day as I drove her down the driveway one last time... ♥️ #Toyota#Bella#Corolla#ToyotaCorolla#Car#StickShift#ManualTransmission#MyGirl#Miles#Photoshoot I can’t thank neighbor/slaybor @spiritandspoon enough for this photoshoot that captures my love for this sweet little ride.
Thanksgiving has always been an eclectic holiday for me... celebrating with family in MA, friends in FL, or Framily in CA... but one constant remains the same: GRATITUDE. Every year there is *something* to be grateful for. This year I celebrate the bittersweet- the good and the bad- but am endlessly grateful for the loving friends and family by my side who see me through the best and worst of all of it. Cheers to all of you my turkeys 🦃 🍂 🥧 🥃 🍽 ♥️ #HappyThanksgiving#gratitude#thankful#turkey#love
Stay safe California 💔 These wildfires are devastating 🔥 My heart goes out to the people and animals affected in Paradise, Woolsey, Chico and Malibu. Thank you to all the brave firefighters out there battling these blazes.