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Things To Be Thankful For


It’s Thanksgiving today and while it’s predominantly an American holiday, it got me thinking about all the things that I’m grateful for.

There’s been lots of exciting things that have been happening in my life recently and being the sentimental, soppy shite that I am, I wanted to put together a list of all the things that have left me feeling extremely thankful and grateful.


I’m sure it won’t come as a surprise to you if you’ve been around these parts before just how much Matt means to me. We’ve known each for almost six years, we’ve been best friends for what seems like forever, we’ve been together over a year and a half and we’ve lived together for over a year now. And yet I still I feel immensely thankful to have that boy in my life every single day. He’s a constant source of happiness to me, he’s so supportive and he’s obvs bloody gorgeous ;). I cannot imagine my life without him <3.

My parents

My mum and dad are two of the most incredible people in the entire world. I absolutely wouldn’t be where I am today without their encouragement and support and I’m ever so thankful that they’re my parents.

Italian food

If you watch my Instagram stories, I’m sure it won’t have escaped your notice just how much I bloody love Italian food. I’ve always loved tucking into delicious pasta dishes and yummy pizza but since my trip to Venice earlier this year I definitely have an intensified love for all things Italian. I’m incredibly grateful that all those delicious carbs exist.


Travelling, in my opinion, is one of the most incredible things that you can do in life and I fully intend to travel to as many different places as possible during my lifetime. Just this year alone I’ve been to Budapest, Venice, Rome, Ireland and Mallorca and Matt and I are heading off to Amsterdam for New Year’s Eve and I cannot wait. Visiting new places and experiencing different cultures really is one of my favourite things ever and every travel opportunity I get I’m immensely thankful for.

My blog and all the opportunities I’ve had because of it

imjustagirl16.co.uk is without a doubt one of the greatest parts of my life. I can’t begin to tell you how amazing this past year has been in terms of blogging. I’ve had so many unbelievably fantastic opportunities and experiences and I’ve worked so incredibly hard on everything. The people that I’ve met due to this wonderful community are also unreal and I genuinely couldn’t be more thankful for everything that blogging has brought into my life.

Pretty makeup

I’ve always been a huge lover of gorgeous lipsticks and pretty eyeshadow palettes but since becoming more involved in the blogging community, my passion for prettiness has grown even more. I’ve never been a confident person at all and even though I don’t use makeup to cover myself up, I definitely do think it can be used to enhance your features. All of the wonderful brands that I’ve used over the years are definitely something that I’m grateful for – a special mention goes out to Charlotte Tilbury, Benefit, No7 and Urban Decay.

Great friends

I’ve been extremely lucky over the years to meet some amazing people over the years and there’s some people who I am ever so grateful to have in my life. It’s incredible that just in the last year alone I have made some amazing friends who are genuinely friends for life. It’s so enriching to have a fab group of girls around me and our daily WhatsApp conversations literally help keep me sane.

Excellent TV shows

I’ve made it pretty obvious on these parts of the internet just how much I love watching a good TV show and after finishing watching Stranger Things last week, I’ve come to realise just how much I love a good series. They’re an excellent source of escapism for me and they’re perfect for curling up with on the sofa on a Sunday afternoon.

A good pamper evening

One of the best ways to enjoy taking some time out for self care is to indulge in a deliciously relaxing pamper evening. A hot bath, some yummy snacks, a hydrating face mask followed by a long nap is one of my absolute favourite things to do.


I had to finish this post with one of the most exciting events of the year: CHRISTMAS! It’s only a few weeks away now and even though I’ve barely made a start on my Christmas shopping, I’ve been well and truly in the festive spirit for a number of weeks now and as soon as the 1st of December hits I’m sure I’ll descend into full Elf mode!


What things are you thankful for? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @imjustagirl_16. 


  1. 23rd November 2017 / 6:29 pm

    I agree on the Italian food! I’m making spicy pasta as I type! X

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Ooh I’m so jealous haha! Xx

  2. Emma
    23rd November 2017 / 11:19 pm

    Ah I think it’s lovely to think about all the things you’re grateful for on this day, whether you’re American or not! I love when people are close to their parents – as a parent myself now especially! I am a big Italian food fan as well so I’m with you on that one! x

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Thank you Emma! Xx

  3. 24th November 2017 / 2:16 pm

    This was so nice to read, no matter how grateful we are, we could always do with being even more so!! You sound very happy and content with your life and it shows in your writing 🙂 I can’t wait to travel more too, I’ve been to Menorca, Portugal and Amsterdam this year and am planning Berlin, Crete and maybe Edinburgh next year! 🙂
    Alice Xx

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 9:00 pm

      Aw thank you so much Alice!! Ooh you’ve been to some gorgeous places! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Thank you Heather xx

  4. 25th November 2017 / 2:12 am

    These are all so wonderful!! I looove Italian food and I agree, visiting Italy definitely amplified my love for their food. Although I’m just sad I can’t get it here where I live! Definitely need to go and visit again one day!

    Cindy | http://www.cindyhyue.com

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Italian food really is the best! Xx

  5. 25th November 2017 / 11:15 am

    Italian food is definitely one of the best things in the world ever, and travelling too, if we could I know Luke and I would travel around the world. Such a lovely post Chloe, and omg yes, I’m so excited it’s nearly Christmas too! Christmas is amazing! Xx

    • chloedickenson
      26th November 2017 / 8:37 pm

      Thanks lovely! Xxx

  6. Abbeylouisarose
    25th November 2017 / 1:25 pm

    A whole lotta yes for Italian food! Next week when I’m in York, I’m going out to ASK Italian and I am beyond excited! Gimmie all dat pizza hehe! I am also incredibly grateful for my blog, it has brought me so many friends and so much happiness, as well as all of the fantastic opportunities to do things I had never ever even considered before! I’m also so excite for a big family Christmas this year, it will be wonderful!

    Abbey 💖 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      26th November 2017 / 7:50 pm

      Ooh ASK Italian is so perfect! Xx

  7. 25th November 2017 / 11:08 pm

    Such a lovely post, I’m with you on the parents one!

  8. 26th November 2017 / 8:57 pm

    What a lovely post! I wish I would have written something similar so I could have reflected myself haha. I deffo don’t show enough how thankful I am to my parents for supporting me, and I’m with you on the italian food! <3



    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Aw thank you Gi xx

  9. 27th November 2017 / 10:56 am

    This was such a lovely post to read Chloe! Italian food is by far the best right?! I’m hoping to continue travelling more and exploring new places – it definitely is amazing and fills me with soo much joy 🙂 xo

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.co.uk

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you Charlotte! And Italian food is life hahaha xx

  10. Debra-Bow Clarke
    27th November 2017 / 9:40 pm

    CHLOE, I’m thankful for you. I know we’ve been friends for a while now but only recently have we grown even more close and its definitely partly to do with the WhatsApp group and all of my little rants lol. I’m so glad you’ve become a big part of my life and I’m excited for all of our future adventures together.
    I’m also very thankful for my BF just as you are Matt, I love how we’re both so soppy and open about how we feel about them… it’s amazing!

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 8:53 pm

      Awwwww Debra this is such a lovely bloody comment! Thank you so much! Our daily WhatsApp chats are so good and I’m so bloody thankful for you too! Xx

  11. Terri Heckley
    28th November 2017 / 2:15 pm

    Oh god I’m always thankful for italian food hahah.. soo yummy! x

    • chloedickenson
      29th November 2017 / 2:53 pm

      Hahaha it really is the best! X

  12. 30th November 2017 / 1:37 pm

    This is such a lovely post. I am so grateful for my parents opening me up to so many fabulous opportunities and always giving me lots of love. Italian food.. YES!!! Couldnt agree more!

    Sarah | http://www.sazsinclair.com xx

    • chloedickenson
      30th November 2017 / 8:44 pm

      Thanks lovely xx

  13. 29th January 2018 / 7:10 pm

    This is such a lovely post! I agree with the Italian food love, it’s by far my favourite type of food! x

    Han | lifewithhan.blog

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