Thanksgiving is a great time to reflect. Sitting here on my balcony, wrapped in a cozy blanket, looking out at the gorgeous colourful trees…I feel thankful. This is a feeling I often forget to feel. Lately I have found myself wrapped up in the stress of nursing school and doing a lot of complaining. This negative energy is exhausting. I really need to consciously remind myself to take a breath once and a while and think about all the positive things in my life.

My health. Working in oncology over the past few weeks has really reminded me how lucky I am to be living in a healthy body. It has showed me that this is not something to take for granted and the importance of looking after myself, something I haven’t been doing as well as I should over the past while. I need to find balance. Time to incorporate exercise and making healthy meals into my daily routine.

My love. Over a year ago I met the man of my dreams. Everyday, I feel so lucky to be in love with my best friend. There are so many things that make him special, but the things that stand out to me the most are his tremendous respect and support, the way he shows his love each and every day, and the way he challenges me to be the best I can be. We make one hell of a team and I am so grateful to have him in my life.

My family. For the first time in a long time, I feel peace when thinking about my family. Despite the challenges of divorce, each of us has been able to continue on with our lives and rebuild them even better then before. I can honestly say that the break is what made us stronger. I feel so thankful for my extended family and all the support they have given us during these difficult times. I am so proud to see my mom finally make a big life change, one she has been hoping for a long time and I am excited to see what is to come.

My friends. I have some pretty amazing ones. People who inspire me and support me in so many ways. I wish I spent more time with them. As we all grow up and move on in our lives, it becomes harder to connect and I really have a hard time with this. Going forward I need to make these relationships a priority because they aren’t something I am willing to lose.

My education. I am almost there. So close to being a nurse and doing a job I am passionate about. I feel so thankful that I realized nursing was my goal when I was young and that I was given the chance to make this dream a reality. Nursing school is the toughest challenge I’ve ever had, but it’s been so worth it. I’m so excited for all the opportunities the future brings in this awesome career and for all the lives I will get to touch along the way.

My adventures. Living in Ottawa has been awesome. All the places I am able to go and things I am able to experience, right here in my city. I have mastered the art of being a tourist in my own city. As I wrap up school and start work, I look forward to a future of traveling and exploring new places.

And of course all the little things. Clothes, food, coffee, wine, music, sleep, TV shows, chick flicks, tasty food, photographs, laughter, nature…and so much more.

It’s too easy to get wrapped up in all the hustle and bustle and forget to take time to reflect. This exercise is freeing, it makes you feel so good. Gratefulness is good. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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