10 things | grateful, thankful & blessed

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Am I the only one who is still confused after 23 years of living in Canada as to what day is ACTUALLY Thanksgiving? Is it Sunday? Monday? Both? Who knows…

It doesn’t really matter what day it is because this whole weekend reminds me time & time again just how lucky I am to live the life that I do.

These are just ten of the thousands of things that I am grateful for:

+ My family & their constant support, commitment, and love. Without them, I really don’t know where I’d be today. They are the most involved, committed and caring people that there ever could be – and to be honest, sometimes I take that for granted and get annoyed by it, but at the end of the day, I need them and wouldn’t be who I am today without their influences.

+ My grandfather’s health. Since my grandma passed away, he’s had his fair share of heartache, injury and illnesses but he keeps pushing through every single one of them and is as happy as ever. He’s so incredibly strong and determined ( stubborn as hell too – but we love him for it! ). He’s so involved in mine and my brother’s lives and genuinely WANTS to spend time with us and for that, I couldn’t be more thankful.

+ My boyfriend, seriously. Don’t know where I’d be without him. He talks me off a ledge daily, makes me realize that my ‘big’ problems are really just tiny obstacles and encourages me to live the life that I love so much. He’s my biggest cheerleader, the best therapist and the most non-judgemental person that I’ve ever met and I’m so blessed to get to do life with him.

+ My bestfriends and the fact that no matter what life throws our way, we come out of it on top, together and stronger than ever.

+ My hometown and the connection that I feel to it lately. Recently, I’ve been debating what to do and where to go in two years when I graduate and to be honest, I can’t imagine leaving my hometown anymore. I used to want to get out and go far away, but I’ve seriously come to love where I call home.

+ My health and the fact that I am supported and taken seriously when I mention a problem I feel as though I am facing. My parents have always been the most supportive when it comes to my digestive health and without them, I don’t know how I’d be eating today. Living GF is not only hard, but it’s so incredibly expensive and they are the most supportive people there are.

+ My education and the fact that I chose the degree that I did. I always joke that taking a degree in criminology was influenced by Criminal Minds ( and to be real, it was ) but I am so incredibly grateful that I have such a deep understanding of people, society and issues that were raised in my criminology, sociology and psychology classes. I love having this background.

And a few other things that I’m thankful for that aren’t as deep as the ones above but still mean a lot to me:

+ Living close to the ocean. There’s no other place that I’d rather be than on the beach, hearing the waves crash and feeling the sand between my toes. I couldn’t imagine living in a place that didn’t have an ocean nearby… this is definitely something that I would miss way too much if I were to ever move away. No matter what way I go on the highway, or even on the roads in the neighbourhoods surrounding my community, the ocean is close by & I love it.

+ Sunsets. The beauty in a sunset ( and a sunrise ) is absolutely stunning. I love when I’m driving home from work or if I look out the window and see the sunsetting. I love seeing the sun lighting up the sky in various shades of red and orange, and on those special nights when the sky looks like cotton candy I feel such a sense of peace.

+ Laughter. Nothing is better than laughing until you cry with the people that you love.

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And a few more bonuses:

+ Holidays, strangers kindness, coffee, clean water, fresh air and the weekend.

There are so many other things that make me feel so blessed and grateful. If I were to list them all, I’d be here until next Thanksgiving.

What are you most thankful for?

Happy Thanksgiving!

x JE

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