November 2014: I am thankful for…

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Sticking to the grand plan I concocted a few weeks ago, the end of the month signals a time of reflection and writing for me.

Where do I even start…

The past four weeks have had a massive impact on my little world and I am still feeling the effects. New life, love, loss – November has brought with it some of the best and worst that life has to offer. But here is what I am thankful for…

  • Family. Almost ten days ago my family lost our matriarch. My grandmother was a remarkable lady with a sharp wit and soft heart and her absence is being felt deeply. In a few days we will gather together again to say goodbye and honour her. I expect there will be lots of tears, lots of stories and, hopefully, a lot of laughs too because she always knew how to get a giggle out of us.
  • Friends. In times of grief you discovered the capacity your friends have to love and care for you and I am feeling incredibly loved. They know when I need to be distracted, they know when I need a laugh and they know sometimes it is just better to let me cry it out.
  • New beginnings. In times of sadness there are always elements of joy to be discovered. For me it has been the arrival of my very first nephew, pushing me into the much coveted position of Aunty! His smile, his snugly cuddles and the utter joy he brings to those around him has been good for the soul.
  • Yoga. I recently returned to yoga after more than a year away and have found my groove again. It’s such a fantastic thing to do and I am learningto think about my body in terms of what it is capable of doing, not how it looks.
  • Travel. I just arrived home after spending four days in amazing Melbourne and had a fantastic getaway. We ate, we drank, we explored and we shopped. It was just what the doctor ordered. A blog post will follow, I promise.
  • Hot cakes. I rediscovered them at Penny University in Canberra and then became obsessed after our visit to Top Paddock in Melbourne. Hot cakes are the bomb!
  • Love. My dear husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary. After more than eight years together it feels odd but spectacular reaching this milestone. I wouldn’t want to share my life with anyone else…
  • Cool coffee. The last month of spring was officially H.O.T. and iced coffees were the perfect November treat. My husband and I also indulged on espresso martinis to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We first fell in love with these delightful concoctions while honeymooning on Hamilton Island. Espresso martinis were basically the unofficial island cocktail and when we left we brought back with us our love for them.
  • Reflection. The good and bad of the past few weeks has forced me to take some time, gather my thoughts and reflect on my life and the lives of those I love. Considering the craziness that so often comes with this time of year that can only be a good thing. All that matters to me right now is my loved ones and that puts everything into perspective.
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