Family Ties

What better way to start off the new year than to celebrate familial relationships? If there’s one thing I’ve learned over the past few years, it’s that my relationship with my family is the most constant  bond that I will ever have. From my large extended family to my parents and sisters, I am grateful to have a steady support system of people who love me no matter what.

Since prehistoric times, the world’s first hunting/gathering tribes were based around the nuclear family. Some of the most famous deities in the world, the Greek and Roman Gods, are also an extended, albeit problematic, family. Take a look at diverse forms of modern media like Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Downton Abbey, and you can find one thing in common. Are you sensing a theme here?

While family structures have changed a lot over time, fluctuating between extended patriarchal lineages to tight-knit, unconventional groups of relatives, the thing that has always stayed the same is the bond between members. Though at times families can be wrought with conflict and confusion, blood is thicker than water, and that has been proven time and again.

I am so thankful for every member of my family. I can always count on my grandparents to give me advice and wisdom, and to remind me that my problems are minimal in the grand scheme of things. My little sisters keep me playful and light-hearted. My aunts and uncles take me on adventures and lead me to try new things, like climbing mountains or tasting weird ice creams. My parents are my guardians, the people who comfort me and push me towards my goals. And my extended family, the network of cousins and great-aunts and uncles scattered across the country, love me from a distance.

Out of all the families in the world,  mine is for sure my favorite. So as I head into 2017, I am looking forward to spending more time with my relatives and taking advantage of the wonderful relationships I have with them. To my most present, unshakable, loving relations, thank you!

Relationships: A Look at Love From A Single Lady’s Point of View

For some of you, seeing the “Relationships” tab on my blog might be a little surprising. At the moment, I am as single as can be, so what do I have to say about relationships? The answer is: plenty. In short, I love love. I am a sucker for rom-coms, weddings, cheese-y teen relationship novels, and public displays of affection. Love is a part of the human experience, whether it is between friends, significant others, or families. I am lucky enough to be surrounded by lots of it, so this is the place where I would like to celebrate that.

It is my vision that when everything is said and done, this page will be filled with fun date ideas, segments about couples that I admire, a look at love among friends and families, lessons I learn about love over the course of the next year, and hopefully a couple of hilarious date stories. If you have any ideas you would like to submit, please do! Cheers!