LIFESTYLE: WHAT I AM THANKFUL FOR
“Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson
I can't believe it is Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend already! It is crazy really. This year actually blew by, do you agree?
I know many people resist the change of seasons as it means cooler temperatures, snow, wind, and shorter days, but I really love it. Cuddling, tea, cool air, soup and waking up when it's still dark and the city still sleeps are a few of my favorite things, and things I am thankful for.
It is a time for reflection, working hard and setting big goals for the year ahead.
As I reflect even deeper this holiday weekend, words cannot express my gratitude for everything big and small around me. I know it sounds corny, but I am truly thankful for every single minute of my life, every person in my life and every experience and opportunity. My illness didn't change who I was as a person, my core and my heart have remained the same. I just see things differently now and appreciate the smallest of things - fresh air, the ability to walk, workout, smile, laugh and share my life with someone. These are things that got lost during my darker days....
In any case I want to spend some time sharing my 2015 thankful list with you! It is always good to reflect on this and write it out. Sometimes when we get overwhelmed and anxious we forget who we are, and where are journey is leading us. Those tough times are meant to make us stronger, to stretch us in ways we didn't think was possible, and turning our inner caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly!
Things I am thankful for + love:
-my health - without it, it is hard to experience and appreciate anything really.
-my love (who is my family + best friend), my heart swells up with love, joy + gratitude every time I think of him – which is every moment, as he’s in my heart wherever I go
-having a body that is able to walk, jump, stretch, do yoga, surf, box, dance…
-laughing so hard my tummy hurts + tears rolling down my face
-essential oils - I'm a sensory person
-movies! We don't own a TV so I love going out to see new releases
-having had my mama in my life for as long as I did. Even though I lost my angel when I was 18, I give thanks for her daily, and everything she taught me. I am the woman that I am, because of her strength, love and endless giving. Most selfless person I know.
-green juice + smoothies
-walking, I love to walk home, in nature, exploring a new city, with no destination
-organic and whole food
-local and different coffee shops
-being disconnected – no phones, no computers, no technology. moments are sacred and do not need to be recorded. TIME is precious, time spend with loved ones is priceless. You won’t remember anything anyone else is doing on a screen, but you will remember the laughs, hugs, conversations, memories made for eternity.
-rose quartz crystals – the stone of healing + love
-smiles/smiling/the sounds of smiles
-leather jackets, pants, skirts
-raw chocolate and desserts
-epsom salt baths with essential oils, magnesium + coconut oil
-MUSIC !!! it makes my heart sing, and just makes every day that much better
-nourishing anyone that will eat my food – I SIMPLY adore making healthy, vegan food for my loved ones/new friends
-sentimental jewelry- I truly only wear + love jewelry that people have so kindly gifted me with OR has been passed down to me
-rainbows after a storm
-the ability to write and have my blog – I’m so grateful to be able to share my voice with the world
-traveling to an unknown destination… the ability and freedom to travel
-not working, but living your passion. THAT should be your job
-learning new things
-staying open and flexible, and not closing my mind to things
-the smell after a good rain
-fresh flowers – my favorites – peonies, lilies, roses
-having access to organic food – HUGE blessing
-simple gestures / sweet, stolen kisses/ long, strong hugs/ cuddles/ hand holding
-making a difference + helping
-interior design – keeping things fresh, simple, clean + homey
-Spring when every blossom is a flower / Fall when every leaf is a flower in it’s own form
-diy coffee scrub
-showering with your love
-coconuts / coconut water
-hearing peoples stories
-the west coast
-when my boyf cooks dinner
-sitting by a camp fire under the stars
-growing and deepening my self-love
-the northern lights
-sleeping naked – let your body be free
-big dogs, actually all dogs. I'm obsessed!
-all natural/organic skincare + beauty
-the changing of seasons
-having access to an abundance of healthy & fresh veggies + fruit! Natures food just makes me so happy + keeps me glowing
-lymes disease – it changed my life in so many wonderful ways, I wouldn’t be who I am without it. Seeing the good in ANY struggle + illness is the key to healing
-receiving mail! old school snail mail
-my e-book that will be released next year
-building + creating a home & future with my love
-hand written love notes
-sleeping in + 5 am sunrises
-just being. Not having to do anything/be anywhere
-reallllly good tea + coffee
-witnessing family + friends successes and helping them in anyway I can
-having the ability to be passionate + dream. I’m a true believer that nothing is impossible… never stop dreaming.
What about you?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian friends!