Today is thanksgiving in America.
This is not a holiday I have ever celebrated, however being so close to the United States this year, and having so many more friends, colleagues, and a partner who are American brings thanksgiving closer to my heart & awareness.
Tomorrow morning I leave, bound for Montreal on the Eastern side of Canada. So while many people I care about are spending time with their families and eating pumpkin pie, today for me is spent working, packing, and getting organized for a 4am taxi to the airport.
But, not celebrating thanksgiving doesn’t make me any less thankful.
I am thankful to the city of Victoria, BC for having me as a guest, and for being my home for much of 2019. I’ve ducked in and out, experiencing life in the city, the neighborhoods, and the forests of this magnificent island.
I am thankful for my job, for keeping me on my toes, treating me so well, and always providing me with new opportunities to learn, grow, and develop in a company I truly care about and believe in.
I am thankful for love and kindness. For having an amazing partner in life that I get to be reunited with after a month apart tomorrow, for someone I love dearly to explore life, travel, and the world with.
I am thankful for having such a vast network of kind, caring, and support friends and family who span the globe and are always there for me.
In fact, I have so many things I am thankful for that this list could run on for the rest of the week – and just for having so many things to feel grateful for I am thankful. Earlier this year I started a #100daysofgratitude practice, and I thought for thanksgiving I would share a huge whirlwind of abundant gratitude in the form some of the (many many) other wonderful things I have been thankful for over the course of this year:
Cold showers after Bikram Dancing alone to terrible (and good, and somewhere in between!) music All the delicious kombucha, every day blossoming roses on summer evenings That post-yoga open-hearted blissful feeling Wonderful friends reaching out from all across the world Living a life that makes me excited about it every day Remote working life Melbourne coffees sushi round every corner awesome workmates trains that run on time writing every day & the joy that brings Travel sized everything the satisfaction of good suitcase packing lemon tea thirty degree days sunflowers hearing from old friends early nights in bed realising how many inspirational, world changing people I know, and how many more I am yet to meet reading beautiful writing feeling inspired & motivated from thinking about how we can change the world, what I can contribute, and how to find my community again flat whites (oh how I miss you when I’m gone from Aus/NZ!) clean & empty apartments living the minimalist lifestyle and clearing all the junk journaling every day aloe vera on sunburnt shoulders feeling loved & appreciated each day by different people (and by myself! Self love ) the exhilaration of booking Mexican jungle cabins making the most exciting plans for the year ahead devouring all the books with every spare moment how amazing technology is and how I can travel with 100s of amazing books without weighing down my bag (I you my Kindle) when things you buy online actually meet & exceed your expectations daydreams of hammocks and tacos moving out of plans that no longer fit and feeling the excitement of transitioning into new adventures the kindness & help of my wonderful brother in moving out of my apartment this morning long Sunday brunches in the summers sunshine all the feels (and Mexican anticipation) from watching Coco for the millionth time lovely messages from dear friends Almond croissants Puppy snuggles Australian summers Spending time with family Having a story to tell & working on my book Wonderfully talented tattoo artists Blossoms & pondering hanami Yoga, yoga, yoga.. Long train rides with a good book Smiles from strangers Daydreams of handstands in the grass Scorching hot weather The smell of tomato vines video calling for bridging far-too-wide oceans & long talks with people I adore devouring bucketloads of blueberries working from home & how awesome the company is the magical powers of chocolate contemplating trees, flowers, and how intricate and amazing the botanical world around us is having such a wonderful and supportive family gorgeous tattoos by amazing artists feeling inspired by my writing process stockpiling awesome books iced coffee banana milkshakes fresh summer berries honest and vulnerable chats pursuing the things that matter to me in this world catnaps & the sound of purring while I work peanut butter cup ice cream feeling excited by the work I’m doing the satisfaction of coding after too much hiatus eating vegetables taking time to rest & getting my right hours in feeling grateful every day and all the good that brings to my life inspiring TED talks and podcasts reading about people making a difference and being the change in the world flower gardens having a suddenly less hectic schedule with more time to relax and refocus before taking off an unwavering sense of adventure lazy weekends relaxing fresh blueberries walking in the sunshine realising how much world there is left to explore feeling love, and feeling loved the smell of gum trees sleeping in late Sunday mornings spent working from bed countdowns till new adventures the support and encouragement of amazing people for fun times hanging with family & friends the endless and diverse selection of awesome podcasts to be discovered feelings of achievement & the challenge of learning new skills the feeling of anticipation to return to yoga in a couple of weeks time & the realisation of how transformative and valuable it is in my life for all the important conversations with interesting people the explorers, adventurers & brave friends I love who are out changing the world every day reading Mary Oliver, Chrissy Anne Martine, Anaïs Nin, Rumi, and all the writers & poets who encourage us to live our wildness and create the world we want to exist in the hidden powers of incredible storytelling taking selfies in bed green salads & fresh fruits every day focusing on gratitude, love & abundance as the first part of every morning complimenting everyone on the things that make them great hot weather and living my days in sundresses summer bbqs & cold wines with fun people the smell of hot eucalyptus leaves in the summer sun (how Australian is that?) the music and musicians who bring a soundtrack to each day I live sushi overloaded with wasabi learning about the hidden life of trees (Peter wohlleben, look it up!) blue skies full moons dream journaling listening to birds knowing I’m heading In the perfect direction to continue and create my ideal life around me the confidence of knowing what I want