Take Time to be Thankful

Sorry loves for the long delay!  It’s been a hectic few months at work and now that I’m finally on vacation, I can’t use any more excuses:)  I do fly out to San Francisco this weekend for a wedding but I promise to devote a little more time to this blog once I get back.  San Fran is hands down, one of my absolute favourite cities to visit!

I’m so excited to see our friends from California as well as to see Napa Valley and other parts of California!

I started my post about Staycations but got a little side tracked:)

I just read an article about Blake Lively where she calls out the perfect moms on Instagram.  It got me thinking about Instagram and the internet as a whole.  Our lives are multifaceted and sometimes only the perfect parts are highlighted on social media.  I wouldn’t be proud to post pics of my piled up laundry or my messy kitchen after baking with my sister, but I realize that I wouldn’t want to portray that my life is perfect either.

Am I fortunate to have what I have?  Absolutely.  Do we have our ups and down…most certainly.  However, would I change anything…probably not.  Except maybe, workout more, forgive faster and try to make more time for the ever amazing people in my life.

Often, I am excited to share about a deal or a sale I’ve stumbled upon.  Or talk about the hook ups from friends and family;)

But today, I want to highlight just my life and how fortunate I am.  Both my husband and I are from fairly large families.  Crazy enough, we both have family all over the world.  We are fortunate to not have to pay for hotels when we are in places like France or Switzerland.

There are times when I’m feeling down and I’m frustrated with just life in general and then I get my wake up call.  Usually it’s in the form of my husband reminding me that it’s “First World Problems” and other times I’m awakened by the cruel reality that had my parents not immigrated to Canada, the course of my life would be very different.

So what am I thankful for?  First and foremost: my family – my ever supportive, crazy but loving family (that includes all you extended families members – aunts, uncles, cousins and everyone in between).  My parents’ cousins’ children are just as close to me as my first cousins.  It’s the same for my husband’s family as well.  I love how you care for us and how much you care for one another.

My sister- who I didn’t always get along with growing up but who I love dearly now that we’re adults.  I couldn’t have asked for a better little sister who I can always count on.  We are complete opposites but I wouldn’t change anything about you.

My mom and dad – who still drive me crazy but whom I love so much!  I am the person I am today because of you.

My friends –  I can honestly without a doubt say that I’ve been blessed many times over to have the amazing and supportive friends that I do.  Both my childhood friends, my girlfriends from Toronto and our friends from around the world are truly family to me!  We have so many best friends and we love you dearly!

My job – Work has been a little insane this month…but in the grand scheme of things I have to remember most times I couldn’t have chosen a better career for myself.  It was a hectic month so I think everyone at work was counting the days until it was vacation time:)  One person who loves their job more than me…is my husband.  He’s a doc of the eyes and there are times when I watch him work, I see the love he has for his occupation.  Then it makes me think “Gosh, I wish I loved my job that much!  I mean I like my job a lot but my husband truly loves his job”  We are both so lucky we have careers that we love!

My health – I had a small health scare this year and my insurance guy recommended that we purchase more life insurance.  I thought at the time, “Seriously!  But I’m so young and I have life insurance through work!”  Back to the health scare.  I won’t go into details but to sum it up – I saw many specialists who ran many tests, but finally I’m in the clear!  I thought at one point, I wouldn’t even get approved for more life insurance because of my health, but in the end everything is fine…yay!  I pray that all the people in my life have good health.

My home –  Am I happy that I get to decorate it any way I wish?  Of course!  But what really makes a house truly a home is the people in it!  Thank you family and friends for all the love and laughter you have brought into my home!

My marriage – What makes our marriage work, is that one of us always apologizes.  I’m not going to lie, it takes me a heck of a lot longer to say I’m sorry than my husband.  I am so much more grounded and humble because of him…thank you crazy love of my life!

I’m sure I’m forgetting to give a shout out to many more amazing people in my life but just remember that everyone of you have touched me in some sort of positive way!  For that, I thank you!

The next time I feel down, I will read this post and remember, I need to snap out of it because I’m pretty damn lucky!  And I need to remember that….always!  The perfect posts/pictures do not make my life perfect…but the imperfections make me who I am!  My wise mother said (I hope I got the translation correct): “You may be privileged but you must stay humble and kind because to be my daughter I expect no less!”

Thank you for reading my extremely long post 🙂


2 thoughts on “Take Time to be Thankful

  1. You speak from your heart & you have a heart of gold…thank you for marrying my cousin Wallace and you two truly are blessed to have each other as we are blessed to have you both as our family!! Family is everything &
    I am personally so proud to call you both my family! Much love & respect xoxo

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