The other day I walked around downtown Kelowna by myself. I like exploring alone, because some of my greatest ideas and deepest thoughts happen to me during those times. When I was downtown I stopped by the marina and walked to the end of the dock. I sat down facing the water, with the mountains in the background and I closed my eyes and thought about what I was grateful for at that moment.
Here is that list.
Lori – Lori traveled from Peterborough to Kelowna to help set up my new apartment with me. The first week of my life in Kelowna also brought new memories for Lori and I that I will always cherish. We cooked a turkey dinner before she left, homemade chili, AND turkey soup. She helped decorate my home, and left when my fridge was full of goodness. She’s my superwoman.
Kelowna – This city seems so inspiring and full of potential. I’m excited to be living here, and I’m excited to see what I will get up to in the next little while. I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, and I feel like my heart is open facing the sky, excited for what’s to come.
My soul – Being able to move somewhere where you know no one is scary, but for me this is the second time I’ve done it. I’m so glad my soul is capable of picking up and moving for new adventures and career opportunities. It’s such an empowering thing to do, and I believe everyone should move somewhere where no one knows you, or at least go on a solo trip somewhere once. You learn a lot about yourself when you do something like that.
Good weather – I have seasonal affective disorder (S.A.D), which means in a nutshell good weather makes me happy, and bad weather can put me in a depressed state. The weather has been SO wonderful lately, and the sun has been shining. I’m really grateful for that. I’ve been going on runs in the evening time outside in a t-shirt with the sun beaming down on me, and it seems to be filling my heart with positivity and happiness.
Books – Reading a good book is the best way of escaping reality for a bit in my mind. When I’m not feeling too happy with where I’m at, or the state I’m in, I’ll read and my problems float away because I get so involved in the storyline. I recently started to read And the hippos were boiled in their tanks by Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs. This book inspired one of my favourite films Kill Your Darlings.
My gratitude journal – While I was unpacking I found my gratitude journal, where I wrote three things a day that I was grateful for. It was such a nice feeling reading through everything I have been grateful for, and remembering all the memories and things. I’m continuing with this gratitude journal, and I suggest that everyone should create one!
Opportunities – The final thing I’m grateful in this post is the endless opportunities that seem to come my way. I’ve had the chance to experience a lot of Canada. I’ve grown my mind through high school and college, and I’m working full time in my dream career. I may not have had the best upbringing, but lately I’m feeling so lucky and grateful to be who I am today.
Trade in your expectation for appreciation, and your life will begin to change.