Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving! I hope that you Canadian readers have been enjoying time with friends and family this weekend – and lots of pie of course! A few weeks ago I was feeling rather worn out and plain old grumpy, I had a whole lot going on and I felt so overwhelmed with trying to keep up. I am too often guilty of putting too much on my plate, then getting sick, getting behind, then stressing over it – this was one of those times. I had a big event for work, a few projects for the blog, a bunch of fun activities with friends, and multiple wedding weekends all within a three week span. After the last wedding I was feeling exhausted and just desperately wanted to stay in bed – I may have been a little sick at the time and not realized it – I pushed myself to go to church and teach my Sunday school class because I had also committed to that and didn’t want to disappoint the Volunteer Coordinator. At that time I was so annoyed and angry with everything I had going on, I just wanted everyone to leave me alone and was feeling resentful of all these great things in my life. When I got home from church I lay in bed and sobbed for a couple minutes before I realized that I needed an attitude adjustment (and a good night’s sleep). In that moment laying there feeling sorry for myself I realized that I really needed to be thankful for all of these things I have in my life – and learn to say no to some things/how to take time to relax. Since that day I have tried to have a more thankful outlook on my life because I am so blessed to enjoy the life I have.
I am SO thankful that I have such an amazing husband who is so loving, supportive, caring, hard working (even though I make fun of him for only working seven days per month), and full of encouragement. I am lucky to have found someone who is willing to be my Instagram husband, who takes our two big goofy dogs out at 5:00 am before his sift starts, and who had a box of wine and bar of my favourite chocolate waiting for me after I finished a 75 hour work week.
I am so thankful for our awesome families, and the fact that we live within a short drive from them. They are always there for us when we need something, whether it be help with a car, someone to watch our dogs, someone to play a round of golf with, or just some company and a good laugh, they are always there. Josh and I are both lucky to have such loving and fun families!
I’m also thankful for our puppies. Those big silly dudes might drive me crazy at times but their cuddles make me forget all their shenanigans.
^ I love these silly people so much!
Another thing that I think I take for granted too often is that we have a roof over our heads, food in our fridge, and clean water in the tap. Though both my parents worked for World Vision, and my mom continues to do overseas disaster relief work (she’s an amazing woman!), I often forget how incredibly lucky we are to be able to go out to the store when we need food, to turn on the tap and have drinkable water, and to live in a safe and comfortable place. It’s often too easy to open up social media and feel envious of things others have when we should just be grateful for what we have in our lives – I am still working on this one.
These ladies also need a little more than a mention. I am so thankful for these beautiful women and everything that they are. They are hardworking, determined, caring, strong, and compassionate people that I am so lucky to have as friends! They have shown me what it is to be a true friend; whether it be teaching me how to make my own Play Dough when we were little, taking me traveling, throwing me the best bachelorette party ever!, bringing me wine, candles, and candy when I need it (can you tell the way to my heart yet?), to washing their hands and brushing their teeth 100 times after eating peanut butter and before seeing me, they are always doing something kind, loving, and thoughtful! I love you ladies so much.
I do want to mention that I also have a lot of great guy friends who are always there for me – though Josh tends to get the most of their time since they all play hockey together. I have a great group of guys in my life from my brothers to my besties, I am thankful for all of them! I love spending time with the guys, even if it means getting shot with archery tag arrows or hit with pucks.
I could go on with this for a long time, but I’ll try and wrap it up soon. I just want to quickly mention our jobs. Josh and I are both so thankful that we have our dream jobs – he landed his four years ago and I got mine around this time last year. Though sometimes our jobs can be tough and balancing our schedules is a unique challenge at times, we wouldn’t trade them for anything!
Lastly, I am thankful for YOU! We started this blog a little over a year ago without really knowing how it would go. There are SO MANY blogs out there nowadays and so many amazing women and men who put their heart and soul into their websites, whether it’s their full time job or not. I am so thankful that you have taken the time out of your day to visit my little space on the internet. I love being able to have a creative outlet where I an connect with people and share our passions! Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I hope that you enjoyed this lengthy post and that it has inspired you to take a more thankful view of your life. With everything that is happening in the world today it is so easy to have a negative outlook, but the positive thankful view is so much more freeing! What are you thankful for today?