Wrapping up 30 days of so much thanks

29 November

Have you ever noticed how green the grass is right before it rains? And even more so during the rain? That’s what I saw all day Friday. Today I’m thankful for the rain that held off every time I went outside and provided just the misty, refreshing air we needed.

30 November

We spent today prepping for Thanksgiving–cleaning, doing errands, making final touches to the menu, and then starting the cooking. Tomorrow, 10 of our closest friends will arrive to celebrate, eat, drink, and reminisce with us. I can’t wait! I’m so thankful for this time of year and all the love we have to share.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

23 November

We spent a beautiful long weekend in Ulladulla at our friend’s parents’ holiday house. I’ve never stayed in a house so large and beautiful before. I’m not exaggerating whatsoever when I say that nearly every room in the house had an ocean view. Today, therefore, I’m thankful for the ocean and calm it brings to my life and to those around me.

24 November

We drove back to Sydney today. We made a few exciting stops along the way where we got to show a visiting friend kangaroos, wallabies, and wombats in the wild. We loved it, but she really did. Today, Sunday, I’m thankful for the diverse environment I live in. I learned this week that 80% of the creatures that live in Australia can only be found here. I knew it was a remarkable percentage, but I didn’t know it was quite so high. We also had a lovely time at the Sydney Wildlife Park earlier this week. The photo above is from that happy trip!

25 November

Today, Monday, was the last day that our visiting friend had in Sydney. We filled it to the brim with reminiscing, beach going, and laughter. I’m thankful that living on the other side of the world doesn’t have to change relationships. If you’re lucky and if you work at it, nothing changes.

26 November

Today was my first day back at work since last Thursday. What a worthwhile little break! I’m so thankful that my office let me take the time. I needed it.

27 November

We had quite a prestigious event after work today. I had the privilege of listening to Ms Ita Buttrose AO OBE speak frankly and favorably about the HIV sector, where I work. We presented her with an honorary life membership to our foundation and she thanked my team endlessly. It was a night of celebration and of honour. Tonight I’m grateful for not only my commitment to the non-for-profit sector but those I work with day in and day out. It’s important work we’re doing and we’re improving lives daily.

28 November

I love Thanksgiving. I love even more than my birthday. It’s, hands down, my favourite holiday. We’re having a party on Sunday and inviting 10 of our closest friends and family. I’m so excited to cook and care for our loved ones this weekend. I may not be able to be with my immediate family back in Boston, but I’m so thankful to be surrounded by these wonderful people.

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Business hours, burgers, and bush fires

13 November

Today I’m thankful that my job is just a job. I’m incredibly fortunate that I love what I do. Some days are terrible. I know there will always be some terrible days. I’m glad though that I can leave my work at work. The 9-5 day isn’t for everyone and it may not always be for me either, but now, today, I’m glad that I can leave my work life there at 5pm until I’m ready to meet it again the next morning.

14 November

Tonight I went to a lovely wine tasting with two of my very best friends, then met our fellas at an awesome burger joint later that night. The wine was nice, but the burgers. Oh man. Tonight I’m thankful for beautiful beef.

15 November

It’s been raining, no, not constantly, but it feels like it, for days. And days and days. God knows we need it because of the horrible bush fires we keep having, but I really wouldn’t mind more than an hour or two of sunshine! And for that, I’m so thankful for my warm, safe home. Even more so having watching the news of those struggling with the aftermath of Haiyan in the Philippines. There are lots of organisations sending support. It’s not too late to help. Medecins sans Frontieres is just one of the charities helping. Please, give, if you can.

16 November

Today I’m wonderfully thankful for my sister and how close we are. It wasn’t always that way. As soon as we were living 12 hours apart, we realised how much we needed each other. I think it’s that way for a lot of siblings. Once you finish high school, move away from your home town and don’t have them next to you, things are different. No matter how much we talk or skype, which is fairly often, I miss her everyday. 

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30 days of still thankful

9 November

Today I’m thankful for coffee, espresso, and iced lattes. And yes, I had all three of those in one day. I don’t have a problem with caffeine. I have a problem without caffeine.

10 November

I’m so thankful for the arrival of one of my very best friends arriving in Sydney tomorrow, Monday. For two glorious weeks, she and another best friend and I will get into all the havoc we did in uni/college all over again. I’m so excited to share these moments with these two incredible women.

I’m also thankful for these incredible muffins (mine are strawberry with dark chocolate chips!) and the recipes I’ve gleaned from this lovely baking wiz. I would love to own her cook book.

11 November

Tonight I’m reminded how thankful I am for my kitchen. I’m not a stress eater, but I am a stress cooker, if that exists. I wasn’t stressed tonight, but I did make some awesome burritos for our dinner. I love cooking and baking. And I love feeding and taking care of my loved ones. Last year was my first Thanksgiving away from my immediate family. In the past, no matter where in the US, I lived, I always made it back to Boston for Thanksgiving. Last year, for the first time, I hosted the holiday myself for friends here. It was beautiful, and sad, and I’m glad I did it. We’ve created a tradition of our own.

12 November

I took today off from work to visit with one of my very favourite people while she’s in town. Despite her jet lag and feeling a tad under the weather, nothing’s changed between us and I’m so thankful to have her here. I’m thrilled to have her here sick or healthy; it doesn’t matter to me. I just appreciate the time.

 

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30 days of thankful

1 November

Tonight I’m thankful for starting November surrounded by some of my very best friends. Pizza and movies — a simple night made perfect by closeness, friendship, and understanding.

2 November

Thankful for my partner in crime who loves me for all of my qualities–lovely, annoying, and quirky. Thanks for the sparkling clean house I came home to today.

3 November

Thankful for my immediate and my second family. I would be in a much worse place without you all.

4 November

Thankful for the freedom to bitch and vent when I’ve had a trying day. Thankful for the friend who listened. And, thankful for good rum.

5 November

Thankful for my weekly chats with my mother and sister overseas. Despite the time difference and the obvious miles, you’re still with me all the time.

6 November

Thankful to have grown up in the state that was the first to legalise same-sex marriage in the US. Today Illinois followed suit. It’s about damn time that the rest of the country wakes the hell up. All love is equal. And it’s worth noting that I’m glad to have grown up in a community where it was acceptable to question the way things were done and change them if you could.

7 November

Thankful for having one of my very best friends living here in Sydney with me. It blows my mind that we’ve known each other for seven years already and that we’ve lived in both Columbus and overseas together. What a wonderful sister.

8 November 

Thankful for a workplace that sponsors me to be live in Australia. I love traveling and they’re a huge reason that I’m not “traveling” but really living here. It’s a beautiful thing.

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A beautiful outlook

Two photo gigs in the last week thanks to a wonderful contact I made at a local gallery.

I’m planning my favourite holiday party already–Thanksgiving is coming!

Some international travel is coming down the pike too.

I ran my first 5km tonight.

Great week?

Yes.