It’s Thanksgiving today here in Canada.
I’m writing this in the evening. We just finished a huge meal together, complete with turkey for the kiddo, and a Tofurkey for Nick and I (since I’m a vegetarian newbie!).
I’ve spent the majority of my weekend with loved ones, on mini adventures and simply enjoying one another’s company. When I wasn’t hanging out with family and friends, I was cooking, cleaning and doing homework. That’s just life though.
And in all honesty, I feel very grateful for the life I have. I’m mostly healthy, and so are my family members. We have enough money, food and fun each month that goes by and haven’t had to worry in a while. I’m in school full-time and working from home for myself, which has been amazing. I seriously have nothing to complain about.
So today I want to share 10 things I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving.
10 Things I’m Thankful for This Thanksgiving
I’ thankful for my family because of how amazing they all are. By family I mean those I live with, Nick and Sidney, as well as Penelope, and those who are related to us through blood or by choice. I’m thankful that they’re all well, and for having them in my life.
Over time I have been able to add new friends into my life, and I’m so thankful for that. I’m not the most sociable person, so making new friends can be tricky. I’m also skeptical of people, and it takes a while for me to trust people. Even then, I’m super picky. I don’t let just anyone into my circle of friends, so if you’ve made it in, there’s clearly something about you I find amazing. Usually something I’m envious of! I admire my friends and look up to them.
We moved in September to a new rental townhouse. It’s much different than other places we’ve called home, mostly because I actually really like the layout and we’ve been able to befriend the majority of our neighbours for once. The location is awesome, each room has huge windows that let in ample light, and we’re able to fit all of our hobbies and interests into this space comfortably.
I make fun of my little Mitsubishi Lancer quite a lot. It’s 14 years old, ugly as all heck and barely works, but it gets me from point A to point B each day. I’m thankful for this car (and the friends who sold it to me for a very cheap price). I went a year without a car. We lived in a tiny duplex that didn’t even have a washer or dryer. We had to walk everywhere: to buy groceries, do our laundry, get to school and work. It was awful! Cambridge isn’t one of those huge urban cities where everything is RIGHT there and the transit sucks. So, yes, I am sooo thankful for this car and the convenience it brings.
I’m thankful to be able to attend school, and for the scholarship I receive each school year. Without it I wouldn’t have returned because of the cost. I already have a hefty student loan, but this scholarship makes going back to school possible. And I’m thankful for school because of the opportunities it brings and the people I’ve met.
I know it sounds like a weird thing to be thankful for, especially in a list of just 10 things, but I am seriously so grateful for the internet! The internet has allowed me to work as a writer, a dream that I didn’t think was possible when I was a kid. It keeps me connected to my long distance friends and family. It brings me knowledge and opportunities, and I love having everything available with just a few clicks.
I’m so thankful that Nick, Sidney and I are all healthy!
I sometimes find myself complaining how full the fridge or cupboards are, because things keep falling out or I have to rearrange it every time I want to grab something. At which point, I remind myself to be thankful for having a fully stocked kitchen. We’ve spent many years struggling to even afford groceries, even relying on services like the Food Bank at some points. Having a fully stocked kitchen for the last year and a half, and hopefully from now on, is definitely something I am super thankful for!
I’ve always loved being Canadian. In Canada, we have it pretty good! Free and accessible health care, a beautiful landscape full of adventure, diversity and acceptance, freedom to be yourself, and some alright laws in place. I’m happy and proud to be Canadian!
I’ll always be thankful for art! Not just creating it, but enjoying other people’s creations, too! Art keeps me sane, and it make me happy! And not just visual art, but also music, books, movies and dance!
So there you have it! 10 things I’m thankful for this thanksgiving!
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Our first month back to school has actually been really good. Despite my anxiety and sadness about summer ending, my excitement for fall grows each day that the weather gets cooler. I can’t wait to pick apples and visit the pumpkin patch!
September Goal Recap
We moved last month and while it all felt very chaotic and overwhelming at the time, we’ve settled in nicely. I feel so much better living in this new house compared to our last one, even though I don’t have a home office any more.
Our furniture is all in place, and everything is extremely organized. I took my time moving each item, so that everything had a spot as soon as it entered our home.
The living room window is huge and lets in so much sunshine. During the record-breaking hot days in September we even had to keep the curtains closed to keep the heat out, but as winter approaches we’ll be happy to let every ray of sunshine in and soak it up as much as possible! And I’ve even added some new houseplants now that we have so much more light.
We’re happy here. All of us.
No More Alcohol
I did really well in school last year, and I know it was largely because I decided to not drink at all. And so I thought I shouldn’t drink at all this term either, to see if I could get just as good grades as before. But the truth is, last term I was wicked depressed, and alcohol just made it worse. I couldn’t control my consumption and it got out of hand. This term feels better though, and as of right now I don’t feel the need to cut it out completely, just as long as I can keep cutting back.
Excel At School
Well, so far so good. I’ve been keeping up with every assignment and attending (almost) every class. It’s still early in the term and it’s going to be so much harder in the upcoming weeks, but I feel good about it. Now that it’s October I’m finally in the mood for school!
Cut Out Pork
I shared a crazy idea to transition to a vegan lifestyle, allowing myself an entire year to do so. The first two months would be dedicated to just cutting out pork.
During the first week I ate a cheeseburger without even thinking about it. By the end of September I cut out all meat. It just kind of happened. We went to a concert one weekend and treated ourselves to vegan pizza from Apiecolypse in Toronto, which was really good but too spicey. And then my friend and I went to My Thai and pigged out on their vegan menu, followed by a vegetarian brunch, and it just kept going.
I wanted to have fun with my blog, and I have been! I’ve been sharing reviews on books, restaurants, products and services. I’ve been oversharing about my goals and my anxiety. I even shared my first outfit post!
I think the world takes blogging so seriously these days, and that totally sucked all the fun out for me. Now I find myself writing 2-3 blog posts at a time, overflowing with ideas and inspiration and enjoying each moment of it!
Keep Up With School
October is here and so are the first round of tests and major assignments! I’m kind of freaking out about it but I know I’ll get it done. I even had some pretty annoying stress dreams about school. In one, I went to class on the last day to find out I hadn’t done a single thing and had to repeat the term next year.
Staying on top of school work will mean I need to do readings each night, take better notes and review them each day, and start projects well in advance. I can do it. I think.
Keep Eating Vegetarian
I’m enjoying an ovo-lacto vegetarian diet. I was tempted by chicken nuggets the other day, but then went out and bought vegan “chicken” nuggets and that craving went away. I’m trying a lot of different fake “meats” for now, seeing what I like and what I don’t, and experimenting with different brands and flavours. It’s a lot of fun!
This year will be my first vegetarian Thanksgiving dinner. Nick always gets a Tofurkey, but this will be the first holiday in years that we don’t cook a turkey.
Get Outside More
I’m cutting out my evening beers and focusing my attention on school, work and family. And my health. That, too. And one of the ways I like to ignore the temptation to drink a beer or two after dinner is to instead go outside and have fun. Which means more evening walks, apple picking, the pumpkin patch and playing in the leaves!
A forever goal that I keep failing and keep trying. Hey, as long as I keep trying that’s more exercise than never trying at all. I want to work out 2-3 times a week, either yoga or my aerobics DVD. This doesn’t include my evening walks.
What are your goals for October?