Grateful for My Sisters

Blogger, Susie Rahaim, just wrote an insightful and moving blog titled, “A Mother’s Happy Life Essentials: Essential 4: Gratitude,” and it gave me pause to think of the many blessings in my life (those taken for granted and those I appreciate).

Every day I write in a Gratitude Journal. While the Kueurig machine warms up and my Black Magic coffee pod is brewing, I write down three things I’m thankful for; things like the ability to see, I live in America, great girlfriends, electricity, etc etc. But one that seems to rally a theme is my thankfulness for my sisters, Arianne (24) and Ashleigh (30).

I hope to have children one day, and it would make me so happy if I had two or three girls so they could lean on each other. Although, speaking from experience, they probably wouldn’t appreciate their relationship until they got into their twenties.

Ashleigh, Arianne and I

Here are some reasons I’m so thankful for my Charles Sisters:

They help me see the “flip side” and other alternatives.

Don’t get me wrong, they always have my back, but also help me consider the other side of the discussion. Ash, Arianne and I are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to religion, politics and even fashion. That makes life lively and interesting. We can spar, but I like to think of it more like self-reflection and how most opinions aren’t wrong..just different.

We are each other’s greatest fans.

Arianne is a stylist who specializes in color at Bianchi’s in Clinton Township, Michigan. Ashleigh has her masters in counseling, but also creates jewelry for her Etsy store and practices Aerial Yoga. We foster each other’s creativity. When they have a “voila” moment or a win in cultivating their talents I get a rush from that win. Being able to appreciate others success even though it isn’t your tangible own is enriching.

Ash and I striking a pose

Ash and I strking a pose.

They will always be near.

We live in different states and are in different places in our lives, but we have a bond that holds us together despite time and distance. It’s also cool, because having siblings in different stages of life let’s you experience those stages all over again if you’re the eldest (I knew being the oldest was good for something).

Charles sisters all grown up.

They Call it How They See It

Making a bad decision? Eyebrows penciled in too dark? Hair looking brassy? My sisters will let me know—tactfully of course.

New Sisters CMH Style!

In Honor of Sisters, I’ve come out with a new Sisters CMH style. It features the sterling silver Friendship Infinity bead and a beautiful Sisters box. It was a best seller at our series of Bloomingdales Trunk shows. I think it is a fabulous reminder of how important your sisters are and makes a great gift for sisters related as well as sorority sisters.

New Sisters Style

I know life gets crazy, but take a few minutes today to call, text or Skype your sis and let her know that she rocks and means the world to you. Chelsea


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