(Like my grammar there Juli?)
So here we go. The ‘jot down three things that you’re grateful for’ was my favourite exercise from that list I think, so that’s what I’ll start with. If you have no idea what I’m talking about because you didn’t read my blog yesterday, have a squiz here.
1. I’m grateful for extended family.
This might sound strange, but it’s true. And I don’t mean the extended family that you probably only ever see on Christmas day and whose house smells a little funny (hypothetical by the way – I swear I never sniff your houses). I mean, I have a pretty awesome family, as far as they go. I have wonderful, supportive parents; I have lovely brothers and sisters – and plenty of them. I have two beautiful nieces and a knockout nephew, I have interesting cousins and aunties and uncles who make an effort to stay in touch and who are everything you could ask a family to be. I am grateful for them every day. But today I am grateful for the extra family, the ones you earn over the years and aren’t tied to you by blood, but by common interests, history and pure generosity. These are the families and the homes that you feel welcome in any time, where you can be yourself and feel completely at ease, where people accept you with open arms through no obligation of genetics or marriage. It occurred to me a year ago after spending Christmas in Germany with Juli’s family, that some things are much stronger determinants of the word ‘family’ than blood. I’m grateful for these wonderful people and having them in my life.
2. I’m grateful for potatoes.
Man, I could write that one down everyday. Hardly needs explanation…but I’ve had a lot this weekend. So I thought I’d put it out there.
3. Hmmm. I’m grateful for….oh man, I’m so grateful for my friends too.
I’m not exactly sure of how this exercise is supposed to work, I mean – am I allowed to be grateful for something more than once? This is really something that I think of nearly every day – how lucky I am to have the amazing friends I do. Whether I need cheering up, some sense talked into me, a night spent dancing the night away, or just someone to spend time with doing nothing at all – you guys are the best. Wherever you are in world, I am grateful for you, and sending you my love!