A Few Things I’m Thankful For This Year
I can’t believe how fast 2016 has flown by, as I write this thoughts of turkey and pumpkin pie dance in my head and visions of Christmas sales flash across my TV screen. Tensions still run high from one of the most contentious election seasons in history, but despite the doom that pops up in my news feed there is a lot that’s good and right in the world. I choose to focus on the positive and this year has generally been a good one for me. Here are a few things I’m thankful for this year.
This adorable little pumpkin is my nephew Paul and I had the privilege of welcoming this little guy to the world. He is the first child among my siblings and being witness to the moment he came into the world was the most amazing thing I have ever experienced. In his first few weeks he has proven to be a voracious eater, a prolific sleeper and a world class snuggler; I can’t wait to show Paul all the wonderful things, both big and small, that the world has in store.
I’ve traveled more this year than any other time in my life. At the beginning of the year I set a personal goal to travel at least once per month and as 2016 winds down it looks like that goal is well within reach. I’ve been able to visit 3 countries (2 new to me) and had some amazing experiences. From sipping cocktails from glass carved from ice in Quebec’s Ice Hotel to climbing dormant volcanoes in Ecuador and dancing the night away in an underground salsa club in Mexico, 2016 is full of experiences that I still can’t believe I’ve had.
As a woman, I’ve told friends that I’ve always been thankful for being born both when and where I was. Throughout much of history (and sadly in some places in the world today), solely based on the fact I have two X chromosomes, my political voice wouldn’t have been heard. While the result of the presidential election did not go the way I had hoped I do respect the outcome and the people who voted differently than me. I am thankful I live in a country (and a time) where I get to voice my opinion and I will continue to put my time and energy behind the causes I believe in.
I’m very fortunate to have a day job that I love. As a physical therapist I have a flexible schedule and a comfortable income, both of which allow me to indulge in my passion of travel. What I like most about my job is that I get to help people recover from life-altering conditions including cancer, strokes and Parkinson’s. Over the weeks and months of rehab I get to know these people, they become friends and I discover that everyone has a fascinating story to tell.
Java, joe, espresso, cappuccino, flat white, americano, latte, mocha; whatever you call it and whatever iteration you enjoy it for me coffee truly is one of life’s greatest pleasures. I happen to be married to a coffee snob (we have even considered getting a home coffee roaster) and I reap the benefits of this every morning. We also enjoy seeking out regional specialties on our travels; thick Turkish coffees in (where else?) Turkey, fanciful cafe melange in Vienna and the perfect maple latte in Quebec City. Coffee is an integral part of my life both at home and abroad which you no doubt know if you follow my Instagram feed.
Last, but certainly not least, I’m thankful for all of you guys. For whatever reason you’ve decided to follow along on my adventures over the past few years I can’t express just how grateful I am to have you guys along for the ride. You come from all walks of life and from all corners of the world; whether you’re a stay at home mom or empty-nester, a senior executive or nomadic backpacker you’ve decided to unite with me here in our shared love of travel. You guys inspire me to be better; a better traveler, a better writer and a better person and I’m happy to have all of you in my life.
What are you thankful for this year? Please share with me in the comments!