Thanksgiving really crept up on me this year and it may have something to do with it being spring in New Zealand, not fall. Which means no changing leaves or sweater weather days. Ok, I’m still wearing sweaters here (or jumpers as the locals call it), but not because it’s getting chilly on sunny days. But because it’s still raining a few times a week here and I’m up so early in the morning to go to work thats it a bit cold. Not the kind of sweater weather days I enjoy.
But this isn’t meant to be a blog post about the differences between Canada and New Zealand, it’s about what I’m thankful for this year.
I 100% stole this from my moms instagram, if you’re not already following my mom aka Front Porch Mercantile, you probably should. She takes some amazing photos and can teach anyone to up cycle furniture.
See every thanksgiving, before we dig into our turkey dinner, we’ll say what we’re thankful for each year. And every year without fail someone will say they’re thankful for this turkey dinner. Considering I didn’t get a turkey dinner this year, this is what I’m thankful for:
- My Family- Ok, I can feel people cringing at this one but honestly having a family that supported my decision to move to New Zealand is something I’m thankful for every day. I’ve always been very close with my parents and moving so far away from them was by far the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But they’ve been there to talk over FaceTime most weeks, included me in their thanksgiving celebrations (again via FaceTime, what an amazing invention – thanks Steve Jobs) and have always been there to help me when things get too hard. Knowing I always have a home to go back to has made it far less stressful living so far away.
- Horses- Horses have always been a grounding point for me. I can’t tell you how many time’s I’ve tried to take a break from riding because of money, life or simply being over the ups and downs of riding. But it seems no matter where I go or what I do horses just weave their way back into my life. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. It’s now my job and my hobby and while I’m still trying to get the right balance for both, it’s what’s kept me sane with all the stress of moving to a new country. I now have a herd of clydesdales and ponies to keep me entertained in the week at work and am leasing a big doofus named Vinni. We’re not showing or even really training for anything. We’re just having fun and going on hacks and honestly, it’s a much needed change of pace. I’ve noticed a big difference between the horse world in New Zealand compare to Canada, but that’ll be a blog post all on it’s own…
I’m sure they’re are more things I’m thankful for this year (such as good health for myself and family, having a place to live and work in New Zealand and my awesome boyfriend who doesn’t say anything when I come home smelling like barn) but those are the two main ones this year. I hope everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving had a good holiday filled with turkey, pie, family and laughter!