I always enjoy Abby’s company, but when it comes to shopping we may not be the best for one another. It was only a few years ago when one of us would convince the other we needed something (i.e. a pair of strappy pumps that we had nowhere to wear, an overpriced bag, or boyfriend style whatever), when we could barely afford to pay the rent. Even miles apart we send each other links from our favorite online shops knowing we’ll get the, “Gotta get it,” response to condone our binge shopping. Half the time we already have something similar to what we have saved in the shopping carts of over a dozen shops in our browser window stashed away in our closet. Case and point: I found an incredible pair of Jeffrey Campbell booties that I had my eye on for a few weeks, and finally asked my husband for a second opinion. He kindly reminded me about the pair of beautiful Steve Madden’s I bought only a month before. The two were different, yes, but would essentially serve the same purpose in my wardrobe. The second pair wasn't necessary, and because my eyes were consistently on the prowl for my next purchase I forgot about what I already own. I’m hoping this doesn’t come off as whiny, for I realize buying some “thing” from time to time isn’t THE big issue; the point of controversy is missing out on what is right in front of us. Sure, I used shoes as a silly example, but how many of us take for granted the relationships we currently have in our lives, because we’re on the lookout for someone “better”? Why are we steadily searching when we should be enjoying what we have? It’s called being thankful, appreciative, and practicing awareness. Being a better person to those consistently in our lives, and thinking of how we can make their lives shine a little brighter. I’m not suggesting we settle, but I’m challenging each of us to try to relish the current status quo. We sometimes put ourselves in a state of “want," which at the end of the day only brings anxiousness and a feeling of desolation. With a simple change of perspective we can bring about a sense of thanks that will, with practice, begin to exude from our very being. Thankfulness can be contagious; let gratitude be something we're known for.