Merry and Bright: Happy Christmas Eve!
This won’t be a long post, but I just wanted to take a moment to wish you all a very merry Christmas. A year and a half ago, I had all but given up on doing Rachel Off Duty. Blogging is time-consuming, costly, and at times, stressful, especially when you don’t always see the instant gratification of having thousands of readers or subscribers. The late nights staying up working on posts, editing pictures, and scheduling my life so that everything gets done, especially after working 10+ hours at my desk job, can be draining. But the support I’ve received since starting back up again has honestly been so inspiring, and has reminded me why I am passionate about doing this stuff in the first place. And as fun as 2017 has been, I cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.
As much as I love and talk about LA all the time, the home that I grew up in is actually in Hawaii. This is the 3rd Christmas in a row that I am not home for the holidays. The first 2 Christmases were due to having a job that required me to work the day after Christmas–and a trip to Hawaii is too expensive (to me) to do for just a weekend. This year–since my parents came to visit earlier in December–will mark the 3rd Christmas that I’ll be spending right here in LA. As much as I love this city, spending the holidays with my boyfriend’s family, and cozying up in my own apartment, I’ve definitely felt like it’s been a bit bittersweet this time around. Next year, I think it’ll be a tropical Christmas again for me–it’s been way too long!
But all that aside, Christmas truly is my favorite time of year. No matter how old I get, I still get those giddy butterflies seeing Christmas lights dot the city, searching for the perfect gifts, and watching Christmas movies that I know I’ve already seen 50 times (personal favorites will always be The Grinch and Polar Express). In fact, as I write this, it’s Christmas Eve morning, and despite my efforts of trying to sleep in, I just couldn’t. I was too excited! I hope you all have Christmases that make you feel merry and bright. Thank you for everything that you are, and for taking the time to read posts like these. You keep me going!