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I saw a meme on Facebook not too long ago that I really related to. It talked about how your 20s are a time of self-discovery so that your 30s can be the start of living life as your true self. Man, I felt that.


In my 20s, I was so focused on fitting in and finding my tribe, which I’m happy to report I did, but it truly took the entirety of that decade for me to figure out who I am on my own and how to be comfortable in my own skin. Now that I’m mid-way through my 30s, I can confidently say that I embrace who I am as a person.


This year, my birthday is on Black Friday, which brings back some interesting childhood memories when we spent the Thanksgiving weekend with my grandparents in Florida. The boys would hunt while my mom and I would go Black Friday shopping with my granny.


One year, we were in Tallahassee shopping and took a break for our annual birthday lunch at Olive Garden. That particular year, Granny drank a glass of wine and got unreasonably tipsy for having only had the one glass. Turns out, she had started taking a new medicine that did not react well with alcohol. As we were leaving, she struck up a conversation with a man in the lobby, which isn’t all that out of character for her. But, when my mom and I went to get in our car to leave, we realized Granny was arm-in-arm with her new friend and had forgotten all about us!

To me, this really is the most wonderful time of the year in the Wiregrass. There are a ton of great shows like Alabama Dance Works’ Santa’s Workshop and SEACT’s Elf the Musical, not to mention all the festivals like Andalusia’s Christmas in Candyland. I’ve rounded them all up in our annual Holiday Happenings Guide.


We’re also taking a deeper look into The Science of Giving and How It Can Help Your Kids in this month’s feature article. I make it a point to give back as much as I can all year, but there are a ton of ways to get involved during the holiday season. Some of my favorites are Toys for Tots, Operation Christmas Child, and the Salvation Army’s Kettle Bell and Angel Tree programs. You can find a comprehensive list of opportunities like these in the holiday guide, as well.


Every year on my birthday, I like to reflect back on the things I’m most thankful for over the past year. Despite COVID, year 34 was a good one for me. I found a great health coach who’s helped me reconnect with my body; no one in my immediate family had any COVID complications; my personal blog is thriving; and I was able to find creative ways to advance this magazine.


As we kick off the holidays, I hope you and your family find all the love, light, and laughter this season has to offer.


From my family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Ashton Wright
Author: Ashton Wright

Ashton is the publisher of Wiregrass Parents magazine. A lifelong resident of the Wiregrass, she grew up in Blakely, Ga. Her love of journalism began on her high school newspaper and continued at Troy University where she received her print journalism degree. After graduating, she worked with WTVY-TV for nearly a decade. She and her husband, Chris, have been married since 2012. They have one daughter, Alexis, as well as a dog, Jackson, and a cat, Cooper.

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by Ashton Wright time to read: 3 min