Well, at the risk of being a complete cliche, this week’s blog offers two reflections on being thankful, from appreciating opportunities and the support of family to appreciating the ability to help and support those in need.
Yet another week has come and gone. After nearly 3 months in LA, I am starting to feel at home. I can navigate my way to LAX without a GPS, I can patiently sit in traffic for multiple hours a day (okay, not patiently), and I am starting to find the unique little spots in this city that make it so special. I have learned so much about myself and working with other people this semester, I am so thankful to have this opportunity.
What’s made these past couple of weeks so special to me is having my family visit and now having my boyfriend visit for the Thanksgiving holiday. It really makes me realize how important people are when they are 3,000 miles away. I loved having my family here and getting to show them around the city, it was very hard to see them go. It has also been amazing having my boyfriend here and being able to explore the city all over again. He has been so amazed at the incredible views, and how close I am to all these famous sites. It really makes me step back and appreciate again how lucky I am to be out here.
These next few weeks are going to fly by. I am anxiously awaiting my flight home for the Christmas holiday, but I know after the initial excitement wears off after seeing friends and family, I will want to be right back in Los Angeles.
I wanted to spend time talking about one specific event that I had the privilege to be a part of, “A Home for the Holidays.” This year will mark the 13th time that this event will be talking place. Hosted by Martina McBride, “A Home for the Holidays” is meant to raise awareness and promote adoption within the foster care system. The show combines performances by various artists and inspirational videos from families and children personally affected by adoption or currently in the foster care system. It is a heartwarming special and one that I knew I wanted to be a part of.
This year the lineup included performances by Justin Bieber, Martina McBride, One Republic and more. There were also some celebrity presenters, but I will save that surprise for when the show airs. By being given the chance to assist at this event, it afforded me the opportunity to see another side to this industry. Seeing the celebrities use their fame as a way to raise awareness for a cause that affects millions of children and families in our country alone was a very rewarding experience. While some had personal stories of adoption to share, and others simply wished to express their support for the cause, they selflessly took the time out of their schedules to raise awareness for an incredible cause, and in an industry that is often referred to as dog-eat-dog, it was really refreshing to see.
I have had a lot of different experiences here, many that have been both educational as well as extremely exciting. That being said, I can say with all honesty that nothing I have seen here has touched me as much as this event. In many cases, all a celebrity needs to do is show their support for a cause and the support of their fans usually follows. Seeing each of the actors and musicians do just that was a really touching moment and one that I will remember for a long time. This event only served as more clarification that this is absolutely a career I want to pursue after I graduate from Stonehill this May.