Thanks! from the girls of Out There Social 

Thanksgiving is a day that forces us to stop for a second, and think about how blessed we are. Friends, family, health, opportunities, even struggles are among the most valued things in our lives, and a day like today is the perfect time to express our gratitude. Here are what the girls of Out There Social are most thankful for today…

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Lauren

This year, there are three things I am most thankful for. The first, naturally, is my family, and the warrior that they have made me. Over the years we have been through our fair share of hardships, to say the least. In many ways I’m thankful for these struggles as well, because they pushed me to the limit and showed me what I’m made of. Being a dynamic duo with my mom, role model for my sister, and source of pride and joy for my grandparents has molded me into the tough cookie that I am; which has me ready to take on the world!

Next, I’m thankful for my friends (especially those who share my wanderlusting ways!). The adventures that I’ve embarked on this past year would not be nearly as much fun without my awesome travel buddies. From impromptu Miami trips, to random adventures throughout the midwest; from widespread “Montezuma’s Revenge” in Mexico, to planning European adventures for 2016. I’m especially thankful for my Out There Socialites: Brianna, Kaitlin, and Kacie, for living each of their individual versions of “the dream”, and making this project such a fun one! Which brings me to my next point…

I am thankful for Out There Social, and all of the wonders that have come along with it! We have grown by leaps and bounds this year, and I have had experiences I could never imagine because of it- such as speaking about the writing process during the Williamsburg Film Festival! I’m thankful for creativity, and freedom of expression, which have helped me to say how I feel in so many instances (believe it or not, this is something I’ve struggled with for a large portion of my life!). Finally, I’m thankful for my ever expanding knowledge and career in the field of social media, allowing me to inspire others, spread messages of positivity and resilience, and get up and go whenever I please (making me very thankful for WiFi). I can’t wait to see what 2016 has in store!

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Brianna

To say I have a lot to be thankful for is an understatement. After a little health scare in the spring, I am healthy. After leaving the country for an extended trip, my friends and family welcomed me back with enthusiasm. And did I mention I just got back from a backpacking trip through South America? Normally I would be thrilled just to have been able to hike the Andes, explore deserts, and swim with marine life–but this trip also allowed me to focus on who I am and what I love to do. With purpose and a strong sense of self, I now know that the next step for me is to become fully certified to teach and guide SCUBA adventures.

Because of the support of loved ones around me, my health, and my work ethic I have the confidence and ability to pursue my passion. When I came back home, one of the first things my mom said to me was, “How are you going to continue this lifestyle?” She wasn’t wondering where I would find a man, or when I would have a baby, or how I would find a desk job. It’s scary to spend the last of my savings on a qualification that doesn’t pay very well when my newsfeed is filled with weddings, house-buying couples, and company promotions. But my circle of friends and family provide the emotional support I need as I continue to travel, write, photograph, and study the world. What makes me happy has never been conventional, but I’ve been free to pursue it with openness and enthusiasm.

The holidays have always been an important time for me–a time when my large, busy family makes time to get together. I am thankful, more than anything, to have the time to spend with them and return to them the support they continually provide for me. So in that spirit, I’ll be spending the next month helping my brother apply for a visa for Prague while helping to write a college application letter for my little sister. I’ll be cleaning the house for my mom and spending quality time with my dad. It’s not sunrise over a volcano, but I’m thankful for it all the same.

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Kaitlin

This year I’m thankful for my queen/sister, who is more then just a sister but my best friend. She is always by my side (literally) and motivates me to do better with myself. As I see her on her way to graduate college and seeing how she wants to succeed in life, motivates me to do better and not give up on the future. Love you mamas!

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Kacie

I’m thankful for the opportunity to study abroad this past summer. Traveling Europe has been on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. I always wanted to see new places and faces while making memories that no one else but I could have. While over there I was I found the motivation to push myself to eventually move there. I don’t know when or how that will happen, but I will be back.

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Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! Love, Lauren, Brianna, Kaitlin & Kacie

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