Day 10: Gratitude Challenge

Open your phone or photo album and find a photo that you like. Why are you grateful for this photo? What are you grateful for in this photo?

I’m grateful for this photo for so many reasons. Here are my top 3:

1. Opportunity to Travel

This photo was taken in the charming little town of Cochem, Germany in August 2016. I am grateful that I have the time and the means to explore the world. This was part of my solo trip to Europe and I’m so thankful for that experience. You can read more about it here. 🌎

2. Happiness

The smile I’m wearing in this photo exudes happiness. I’m grateful that I live a happy life. I’m very fortunate to be surrounded by people who care about me and look out for me in all that I do. 😁

3. Coen

He’s over 7000km away but he’s always there for me. I’m grateful for this man and the adventures we have been on over the last couple years. I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.💜

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Day 9: Gratitude Challenge

What’s a possession that makes your life easier?

My cell (LG G6)

While I admit sometimes I’m glued to it too much, I don’t know how I would manage without it.

It’s easy to grab at work when one of my students asks me to take a photo of something they’re doing and I can upload it to their Freshgrade portfolio using the app on my phone. It’s pretty great when I get a notification that a parent has commented – the kids are always so happy when I show them!

I use it for all my photos while I’m exploring the world – at home and away!

I use it daily to communicate with Coen (WhatsApp), which is obviously incredibly important. It makes things slightly less difficult to know he’s a message away whenever we’re both awake.💜

Day 8: Gratitude Challenge

What’s an accomplishment you’re proud of?

Singing at my school’s talent show.

My friends encouraged me to join them at band but I was too shy to sing in front of others for the longest time. The first year I played a little drum for the talent show performance. I sang a duet the second year. And last year I did another duet but Darryl really only sang the chorus with me. This was HUGE! Now that we don’t have a guitar player at our school we won’t be performing at the talent show so I’m grateful I had the opportunity to face my fears the last couple years.💜

Day 7: Gratitude Challenge

Open the door and look outside. What’s something you’re grateful for outside?

My parent’s BBQ! I was at their house when I started to write this.

Why am I grateful for a BBQ, you might ask? Well, it’s simple really…Burger Night! Every Saturday is Burger Night at my parent’s and my dad makes a mean burger. I go whenever I’m free!

Now that the weather is better there’s an extra special treat out there…

Cacti and succulents galore! Haha.💜

Day 6: Gratitude Challenge

What’s something about your body or health that you’re grateful for?

My health in general. Aside from tubes in my ears when I was little, a broken wrist when I was 7, a bout of what I suspect was gout one time in my 20’s and some odd stomach pain I had a few times, I have to say I’m pretty darn healthy. I pick up the usual bugs that can be expected teaching in an elementary school but overall I’m incredibly lucky. I’m grateful that I don’t have any health problems that prevent me from doing the things I love and from living my life to the fullest.

To each and every one of you who have health challenges, be strong, be brave and be positive. You’ve got this.💜

Day 5: Gratitude Challenge

Write about someplace you’ve been that you’re grateful for:

Antelope Canyon

I’ve already written about it in a previous post but this place is absolutely stunning. I’m thankful that Coen and I were able to plan a trip that included a visit. It was certainly worth the three hour drive.

Pictures don’t really do it justice. You’ve got to experience it to see is true beauty.

To check out my more detail post click here💜

Day 4: Gratitude Challenge

Home sick again today…as my grandma would say, “BOR-ING!” So, here goes Day 4 of my challenge…

Write about a happy memory.

In 2008, there was one thing I wanted and one thing only – to go to Trevor Linden Night. He had been my favourite hockey player for as long as I could remember. He may have initially been my favourite because I thought he was cute. Okay okay, that’s absolutely why. And if you read my post about my celebrity crushes you’ll see that he’s still #1!

I wanted to be there so badly to see #16 retired but the game was sold out. I scoured Craiglist ads for days, hoping that a decently priced ticket would appear. It didn’t. I just couldn’t justify spending over $500 for one night. And if I didn’t want to go alone? $1000. I couldn’t. Although I was horribly disappointed, I accepted that I would have to watch it on TV and tried to forget about it. Not exactly a happy memory, is it? I promise it’s coming…

Then came my 26th birthday. I opened all my gifts from my parents and my boyfriend at the time. I was spoiled, as usual, and as I thanked them my Dad told me he had one more. I opened the gift, took one look and burst into tears. And when I say this, I actually mean full on sobbing. I could NOT contain my excitement and happiness. This was the best gift EVER! My dad had saved the day!

On December 17th, 2008, I donned the jersey I had asked for for my 21st birthday. Trevor had signed it a few years (yes, years) later.

The night was magical. It was emotional. It was amazing.

I absolutely shed tears as they raised his banner to the rafters beside Stan Smyl’s.

What started out as a disappointment turned out to be one of my happiest memories! Thanks again, Dad!💜