I have been racking my brain about what to write. I thought about posting a maple syrup fondue (yet another amazing whole food dessert with no processed sugars) to play with the irony of all the New Years Resolutions floating around out there. It could be argued as brilliant or mean. Since I can’t make up which side of the fence I want to be on, I thought it would be better to write in the spirit of what I truly feel inside. This day has been a day of relaxation and gratefulness. So, I’ve decided that I wanted to take a moment to share some gratitude and blessings that I have had over the past year.
1. Most recently over Christmas, I was fortunate enough to make it home to Moose Jaw, SK to spend some time with my dad and his wife and her family. My sisters even made it home too! I sure miss my sisters. It’s been at least 5 years since I’ve made it home so it was a nice treat. I’m also very grateful for the lovely weather we had while we were there. The regular -30 was nowhere in sight and replaced with a very civilized -2 to 5 degrees Celcius (28 to 42 degrees F)
2. I’m freakishly grateful for my darling husband. Not only does he take the time to edit all my posts so that they make sense when they get to you, the reader (we should all be very grateful for that!), but he is the most loving partner a woman could ask for. He tells me at least a dozen times a day that he loves me. No exaggeration. I love him just as much as the day we got hitched. I feel very fortunate to have him in my life.
3. I am grateful for the opportunity to write here several times a week, to share with anyone interested, our journey to healthier eating and living. Right here I share the food we put on our table on a daily basis. It’s like having friends over for dinner without all the dishes. But seriously, if no one was reading, I wouldn’t be writing. So thank you for being here and sharing in my life experiences.
4. Everyday I learn something new about nutrition, food, how our bodies work or recipes to thrive on. I am so grateful for all the other resources out there that allow me to grow every day! So a big thank you to all the other real food bloggers that give me inspiration and the knowledge that allows me to become a healthier person. I’m also grateful to all the health and fitness blogs that keep me motivated to keep moving. After all, if you stop using it, you really will lose it.
5. I’m grateful for our beautiful home that overlooks the ocean and all the beautiful sunrises we get to see from our kitchen. I truly believe I live in one of the most beautiful places on earth.
6. And where would a girl be without her friends and her sisters? I feel so fortunate and blessed that I consider my friends my sisters and that my sisters are my best friends.
7. I can’t begin to express how happy I am to have Angela as my best friend. How many people can say they have shared a life with a friend for 28 years? It’s a rare and beautiful thing.
8. I am so grateful for the ability to laugh and play. Not taking yourself too seriously is a precious gift that will not only add years to your life but makes it so much more enjoyable along the way. Here are a few of those memories.
9. And lastly, I am grateful for Shasta. Our sweet girl who brings me so much joy. And a thank you to her for sleeping in until 10 am on New Years day so we could sleep in too!
I hope that wherever you are and whatever you are up to that you’re starting 2012 with an appreciation for what you’ve got. This year holds so much. I can’t wait! So, what are you grateful for? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.