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Tuesday, 15 October 2013


For those of you who don't know - this past weekend was Thanksgiving here in Canada. If you're unsure of what that is, it's basically a weekend to give thanks to everything you're fortunate to have in your life. It's a time to spend with family and friends, to reflect on everything good in your life and to eat yourself into a food coma. 


If you know me in person you know how bad I am at letting people know how I feel, expressing my emotions and how overall I’m just a bitter person. I’m really trying to get better. I just want to say how thankful I am for everyone in my life that has stuck around and that you truly all mean the world to me. I’m also thankful for all of the hardships I've faced and all the not so great people I've had in my life over the years - it seems so cliche to say but you've made me a better person, you showed me how to be a better friend and you made me who I am today.

I am also thankful for my clean bill of health. I am thankful that I live in such an amazing country, although I do admit it has its flaws. I am thankful that I work at a job that I enjoy and that I work for a boss that I respect. I am thankful that my income allows me to pay my bills, purchase food and also allows me to treat myself. I am beyond thankful for my close family and my close friends who have become like family. I am thankful that I never have to worry about when my next meal will be or where I can sleep at night - those are two things that I take for granted every. single. day.

I know it sounds like I'm bragging by this point but I am truly fortunate for these things; I could cry just thinking about it. Honestly, most of what I discussed is just sheer dumb luck. It’s so easy to write down all of this online, through email or even through text. Sometimes it’s even easy to say the words face to face to someone - the tricky part is expressing these sentiments through actions. I need to be more on top of that aspect and start showing my thanks and gratitude more in my every day life. I know it's easy to say, especially around the holidays, but it's even easier not to follow through on. I need to take a cue from my mother (and all of the other great people in my life that do so) and start giving back to my community. I can be an extremely vain, self centred and materialist person, but I am trying to better myself. I talk about that a lot on this blog and I know it will be a lengthy process. 

I don't know where I'm going with this little rant, but my main objective in my life right now is to be thankful for what I have right now. I think that a lot of times people, including/especially myself, focus too much on what they want as opposed to what they have. I think that makes a lot of us miserable and honestly, we shouldn't just focus on what we're thankful for one day of the year. It should be a daily thing. Love what you have, be happy with who you are, but always strive to do better and to grow.

* Photo Credit: Instagram and banner by me, leaf graphic via playback.


  1. So inspirational. You said it girl. <3 So thankful to have you in my life.

    1. Thanks love, thankful to have you in my life as well!! <3