Safe to say this year has gone by faster than any before it. So much has happened — a new job, a new dog, a new house, weddings of old and new friends, and a small yet impactful weight loss journey (more on that later) — it comes as no surprise that I feel I’ve blinked, and just like that a entire year has gone by. And while I’m sorry I can’t remember each and every detail as I’d like to, I’m happy for everything that’s happened. So in the spirit of this Thanksgiving long weekend, here are the things I’m thankful for… in no particular order:
- My rock and partner-for-life, Reid: when we were first dating, Reid surprised me by showing up at a party with an ice cream cone. It wasn’t just any ol’ ice cream cold: it was my favourite type of cone (waffle) and favourite flavour (mint chocolate chip) from my favourite ice cream parlour (Ripples in Montreal). Fast forward to today, and he’s still surprising me with his thoughtfulness, ingenuity, patience, kind and generous heart, and of course food… which brings me to the next item I’m thankful for.
- Commercial Drive: my new neighbourhood is a happenin’ place and it’s been so much fun discovering our new local haunts and go-to’s. I’ve barely scratched the surface but so far my favourites are: Kishimoto, Via Tevere, Full Bloom Florist, Britannia Community Centre and Moja Coffee.
- Oshie: I’d like to speak to the person who said raising a dog was easy work. Oshie is now 1.5 and I can safely say it’s been a lot of sleepless nights, barf/poo clean up, $$ spent, trying to get them to eat, and endless walks around the park/beach/block. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. She is quite literally my fur baby and my heart (and clothes – oh the fur!) will never be the same.
- My support network: my friends, family and co-workers have been an invaluable resource throughout this trying year. I’m so thankful for their sage advice, shoulders to cry/lean on, and for providing me with daily sources of inspiration and passion.
- Vacation: I don’t mean lying on a beach in Mexico. I’m currently staycationing, and taking the time to focus on myself, relax and re-set. Until this, I hadn’t taken a vacation for 2 years. I always thought to myself, “I can push through,” in hopes that not taking time off would get me where I wanted to go. I was wrong. Before this week, I was burned out, tired and my levels of anxiety and stress were at all-time high while my creative inspiration had all but disappeared. This week I slept in, took my favourite exercise classes, wrote, baked, and whatever else came to mind. I know I have to schedule regular “me time” moving forward, even if it’s just a few hours per week.