Category Archives: Gratitude
My b-day was on Saturday. In the evening, Max brought me to our rooftop where there was many colourful balloons and candles everywhere waiting for me with a plethora of meat and of course some alcohol. We have a hammock on the rooftop, so I called shot gun and the night was wonderful. I have no photos from the b-day because I was committed to living in the moment instead of through my camera that night.
Luckily, we had over half of the meat left over plus a lot of extra candles and some left over wine. We reenacted that night, two nights later and I grabbed my camera!
Hong Kong style barbecue is when there are hot coals and you put marinated meat on a skewer and hold it there until it is done. There are many different types of meat and it’s quite interactive. Max and I were saying how ALL barbecues should be this interactive, where everyone cooks their own meat instead of one person cooking everyone’s meat.
Anyways it was super YUM and fun!
P.s. I could just spell check barbeque/barbecue but I’m not going to. end p.s.
I’m finally busy!! I’ve waited a long seven months but finally I’m out visiting friends in the mornings, tutoring 4 sessions during the week, babysitting and trying to pick up the energy of the blog…oh ya, I’m also working out! I don’t know about you, but waking up early and having stuff to do all day long just feels awesome!
I’m following through with my 30 day challenge. I’ve only taken one day of rest since I began and I’m ready to increase the weights of the dumbbells for my arm exercises. And I know it’s only been a week but I am prone to upper back pain and it has really reduced.
I get to work with children. They are so energetic and I can really match their energy which I love! I also love how quickly children learn (English) and how fulfilling it is to see their progress.
I am grateful to be living in France of course. It really has been my dream for quite some time and I can’t forget this fact when I’m feeling frustrated. It’s actually quite rare that people completely follow through on their dreams so I’m quite proud about living here.
Max’s father came to Lille from Reims for the last 4 days for a course that he is taking. It’s great to have company over and it really livens up the apartment (and I have someone else to cook for!!!).
I’m always grateful for Max.
The great things that are happening to some of my best friends. I found out that one friend who moved to Canada from Italy 2 years ago with her boyfriend (who got a job in Toronto) finally landed herself a very good job and they got engaged! My best friend Maryam also got engaged!!
I’ve inconspicuously made a private little challenge to try to look really nice every single day. So I’ve been doing my hair and wearing more skirts and putting on mascara and stuff…I didn’t realize how wonderful this could make me feel!
Max will be going to Reims this weekend which really sucks but if I see it from the grateful side I am eager to get some undistracted work done on the blog and with my Buddhist study and catching up on some recipes with photos…You know what I’m saying.
And that’s that!
What are you particularly grateful for today?
I am passing the torch over to France. But first, I will tell you some important things about my home country, Canada.
I sure am going to miss Canada. I really, really love this country.
I love how safe it is.
I love how cold it is in the winter (ha, I say that now).
I love my family and friends.
I love that I can go anywhere and totally feel at home.
I love that I feel comfortable talking to almost anyone I meet.
I love that I have connections all across the country.
I love Air Canada.
I love that I get a ton of money from the government tax return each year.
I love maple syrup and I love saying eh.
I also love the store Jacob and am going to totally miss it.
I also love the vast lands of Canada, all green and open and there is mountain and coast and cities and beaches and lakes and it is such a baby of a country.
I love that there is randomly a French speaking province in the middle of an English speaking country.
I love the Freedom that being Canadian brings me.
I love how fortunate I am and how many advantages I have in life because I am Canadian.
I love Canada’s accepting attitude.
I love that every race in the whole world lives in this country at peace.
I love that I have friends from all walks of life and we all love each other.
I love hockey season even though I may not always enjoy watching hockey.
I love that we have the largest supply of fresh drinking water than any other country.
I love that a few hours above us is the North Pole yet we still experience scorching hot summers.
Ya, that is all for now.