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What are you most grateful for this year? What brought you the most joy? What changed your life? Just as I think it’s important to reflect on the small things that you are grateful for each and every day, I think it’s also important to reflect on some of the bigger things that you are grateful for from the past year.

Here are some of the things on my list this year (in no particular order):

1. Quality time with my mum during the last few months of her life – since she was sick, we went to visit her more frequently than we would have ordinarily. And she got lots of Allie snuggles 🥰

2. Endless support from my amazing friends and family when we were going through a hard time 👭👭👭 – this blew my mind. From babysitting to groceries and prepared meals dropped off at my door- I couldn’t have made it through he last 4 months without you amazing people!

3. Our new home 🏡 I’m so grateful to have space! And a beautiful washer and dryer… and a regular sized oven, and a backyard, and a fireplace 🔥, and the most beautiful hardwood floors you’ve ever seen 😍

4. A healthy baby on the way 👶🏼! This was such a blessing, especially this summer when I was living at the hospital for 2 weeks. Knowing I was carrying a baby forced me to keep eating, sleeping (sort of) and trying to stay calm.

5. My hilarious, good natured (for the most part) daughter 👧🏼 who brings me joy every single day, and who just taught us about saying grace before meals (something they do at school), which is one of my new favourite gratitude practices 🙏🏻!

6. Good hair product 💁🏼‍♀️ I know- this seems a little less important, but when you search your whole life for a product that works with your untamed curly hair, that allows you to style once and it lasts for days, and that is just 👏🏻 so 👏🏻 easy 👏🏻, you have to give it a shoutout! It’s @lorealpro Wild Stylers 60’s Babe in case anyone is wondering! (And thank you to my lovely aunt who brought me 3 more bottles this weekend!)

7. My husband 😍 who did the majority of the manual labour when we cleared out my mum’s house and when we moved to our new house. And who dropped everything to get the next flight from Halifax to London when things got bad. And who let me cry when I needed to and who took night shifts at the hospital, and who forced me to eat and sleep and who loved me unconditionally.

fullsizeoutput_3b618. The Heart Project – this blog has given me something to focus on and allowed me to channel my energy toward something positive, and helped me to heal.

9. Our trip to Hawaii 🌴🌸☀️🌊 which was one of my favourite vacations ever!

10. No more long commutes! Since I’m starting maternity leave early, I won’t have to commute 1.5-3 hours (one way) to Waterloo anymore! And we moved closer to Steve’s school so he doesn’t have long commutes either! So we are both feeling so much less stressed and thankful for more time together and with Allie 👨‍👩‍👧❤️😍
What are some of the things on your top ten list this year? Let me know in the comments below!

With love and gratitude,

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5 Replies to “Gratitude List 2018

  1. I’m thankful for:
    Your mum, my precious sister, who was my sister her whole life. Though I miss her so much my heart aches, I have beautiful memories. Also, when I see something funny I can laugh for myself and for her.
    My beloved sister Kath and brother Shane.
    My children, my grandchildren, my great-grandchildren, my nieces and nephews, including you, my sweet Kap-o-leen.
    The health care system that discovered a shadow on a scan, found my tumour (also known as Herman the Blob) and removed it in less than three months. If anything else needs to be done I will find that out very soon.
    James, husband, partner, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
    A strange but very welcome sense of peace and serenity that has recently come upon me.

    1. I’m very thankful that you were able to get Herman the Blob removed (and that he was found in the first place)! And that’s so nice to hear that a sense of peace and serenity has come upon you 🙂 I hope it continues throughout the holiday season! Thanks for sharing your list Auntie May! xo

  2. In the modern days, every day is go-go-go. It is hard to sit down and reflect on what we should be grateful for. I like your blog. It is very heart warming. At the end of the day, it is all about what we experienced and what we embrace at this moment. It is all about family, friends, and love.

    1. Thank you for the lovely message! Yes, I agree- we can be so focused on work, getting a promotion or just getting through the day, that it can be hard to stop and reflect on the things that we are really grateful for. But you’re right- at the end of the day, you don’t hear people saying they wished they had spent less time with loved ones- they always wish they had more time with loved ones. So we can’t take them for granted. Grateful for friends and family 💗 and all the little things that make life so sweet!

  3. I love your list. In modern days, every day is go-go-go. It is very hard to sit down and reflect on what we should be grateful for. When think back, there are lots of up and down time in our life. At the end of the day, it is all about what we experienced and what we embrace at the moment. It is all about family, friends, and love.

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