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Things To Be Thankful For

As severe flooding ravages the state of Queensland here in Australia, i find myself with mixed emotions. While it is a devastating situation & my heart aches for those who have lost their homes, their belongings, their pets, & in some especially sad cases, their families, i find myself with an even deeper sense of gratitude for my own blessings at this time.


(Images 1-3 via: Boston.com)


(Images 4-6 via: 9News, where a slideshow is constantly being updated with new images.)

Today i am thankful:

  • For those who are showing their compassion & kindness to those affected by the Queensland floods.
    Those who have opened their hearts, their homes, & their wallets. Those who have filled sandbags, shared food, given hugs, & not forgotten the non-human victims of this disaster.
  • For my home.
    Not only do i have a roof overhead, but i am also granted the luxury of having my familiar belongings with me, providing a sense of comfort that so many in Queensland are without tonight.
  • That myself & my immediate family are safe.
  • For afternoon cat-naps.
  • For amazing green smoothies.
  • For my aloe-vera plant, for providing some much needed relief from my very painful sunburn.

What are you thankful for today?

P.S. For further information on the Queensland floods including where to get help, & how to you can assist those affected, see the Queensland government’s page here, which also includes links to other helpful sites & emergency service contacts.

Things To Be Thankful For

  • Sleeping in
  • Finding out that my amazing friend A. is planning to come visit me from America later in the year!!!! πŸ˜€
    (I literally ran around my room & jumped up & down all crazy-like when i heard this!)
  • Freshly made carrot & ginger juice
  • Staying in my PJs ALL day
  • Air conditioning (it was SOOOOOOO hot here today!)
  • This dreamy cover:
  • My beautiful kitty-cat
  • All of you beautiful people out there who have taken the time to drop by & read this.
    For everyone who has left a comment, & for everyone who has shared one of my posts.
    For all of you who have “liked” lifeinfullcolour on Facebook, & for all of you who have shared your thoughts with me there, or taken the time to email me – you are all so lovely πŸ™‚

What are you thankful for today?

Things To Be Thankful For – Kick-starting The Year With Gratitude

  • Carpet picnics, with amazing salads & beautiful friends
  • Raw vegan cheesecakes

    (And yes, i did eat all of these! πŸ™‚ Not all at once though!)
  • Lazing on the grass by the beach, with a book & an ocean breeze
  • Oh-so-juicy nectarines
  • Cuddles from my sister
  • Kitty cats in party hats
  • Sunshine
  • Fresh vegie juices
  • Being called “darling” by the lady at the fruit shop
  • This amazing drawing from my little sister C.! πŸ™‚
  • Kitty cat cuddles
  • Bright Summer dresses
  • An amazing new pillow – firm & fluffy all at once!
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Lovely big bunches of local organic basil
  • The delicious almond & basil pesto i made from it πŸ™‚
  • My ‘recovery’ playlist
  • Some beautiful new cushions for my bed πŸ™‚
  • Big balls of string
  • Hot glue guns (i got crafty ;))
  • Laughing out loud πŸ™‚

What are you thankful for this week?

Things To Be Thankful For – Weekly Roundup

In a week which has been, for the most part, quite overwhelming, & at times just downright depressing, i am thankful for these shiny moments of hope & life, & things that made me smile:

  • The beautiful family of (9) kangaroos that live in the bush by my house
  • The Beatles – because “all you need is love.”
  • The echinacea that is growing on my windowsill
  • Meditation
  • Recognising that prevention is better than cure, & acceptingΒ  the support i have been offered
  • This blog post (on rape apologism)
  • This t-shirt:
  • My lovely friend E. for being nothing more or less than her beautiful self, & for sharing her friendship with me
  • Fresh raw veggie juice
  • Glorious sunny days, with their blue skies, warmth & gentle breezes
  • Exploring rock pools with my sister
  • My beautiful kitty cat Tigerlily, for knowing when her (adoptive) mummy needs snuggles, & for letting me nuzzle my head in her fur, & breathe in her loveliness πŸ™‚
  • Walking through Newtown in my Oscar the Grouch PJs at 10 o’clock in the morning.
  • My purple hippo Henrietta, who travels everywhere with me (even to America!), & snuggles with me at night
  • ‘Forty Thieves’ solitaire
  • Sabbaba’s vegan falafel plate
  • Sunflowers
  • My lovely, bright pink, Summery dress, which i have been living in since i bought it a week ago
  • My beautiful friend A. for listening, for believing in me, & for always, always being there – i love you ever-so-muchly β™₯
  • Big cuddly dogs πŸ™‚
  • My little sister C., who is no doubt the light of my life – i absolutely adore this girl (yes, yes – i know i’ve said that before :P)
  • Being able to sleep in my bed again, after many weeks on the futon – my mummy bought me a new mattress as an early birthday gift! πŸ˜€
  • The comforting smell of a live Christmas tree
  • J., for noticing that things haven’t been “quite right”, & for sharing your awareness with me
  • A rather amusing sunburn (in case you can’t see it, i have a white patch on my shoulder, that was shielded from the sun by a forgotten sticker – it’s much more noticeable in person)
  • A lovely, supportive dietitian
  • Automatic car washes
  • G., for being one of my dearest & loyal friends, & for always making me feel accepted, exactly as i am
  • Knowing that“this too shall pass.”

What are you thankful for this week?



Things To Be Thankful For

  • ‘Dog’, which i have been listening to on repeat since i discovered it yesterday.

    For a song about depression, it doesn’t sound very depressing at all – so catchy! πŸ™‚
    (And i have slight girl crush on Lisa Mitchell ;))
  • My beautiful American friend A. for allowing me the space to share my thoughts & feelings, for her reassurance, & for her belief in me
    (also for an interesting conversation about the Dreamtime & whether or not athiests should sing Christmas carols :P)
  • Crying – because sometimes being vulnerable is exactly what we need
  • Hyperbole & A Half – for never failing to provide me with the most wonderful belly laughs, no matter how rotten i’m feeling
  • The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader
  • Walking through the city at night……i could do this every night of the year – especially on a beautiful Summer evening such as this one!

What are you thankful for today?

 


Things To Be Thankful For

  • Waking up with the sunrise – light streaming in through the wall to wall windows of my hotel room
    (where i checked myself in yesterday, after deciding that i really needed some time out from the stress that is my life right now).
  • Starting my day with a fresh raw veggie juice – a comforting familiarity.
  • Sweating out my nervous energy in the gym, but knowing when to stop.
    (Note to endorphins – i love you).
  • Blueberries & a juicy, juicy mango for breakfast πŸ™‚
  • NOT missing my train
    (even if i did have to run through the hotel to get there in time).
  • Watching my gorgeous little sister dancing in her school’s Christmas concert πŸ™‚
    It’s the first time i’ve seen her perform, & i was so proud of her! She was having so much fun πŸ™‚
    (Apologies to my future kids – i am going to cry with pride at pretty much everything you do).
  • A hot & sticky Summer evening
    (even if i did spend a lot of time complaining about it! ;))
  • My new ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ DVD, which arrived in the mail today πŸ™‚
    I fell completely & utterly in love with this movie, when i saw it in America earlier this year – which was coincidentally, a little ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ journey of my own! πŸ™‚
  • My beautiful American friend A. for sharing her photos, & reminding me of the incredible time i had there with her πŸ™‚

What are you thankful for today?


Things To Be Thankful For

  • Cold, leftover pizza for breakfast, which was awesome for so many reasons.
    One – i have a huge irrational fear of eating leftover food, so it was pretty exciting to eat this & not die.
    TwoΒ  – it was a big break in routine for me, but again, it was nice to find that the world did not come crashing down around me πŸ™‚
    Three – it tasted damn good! (I make the bestest pizzas ever ;))
  • Christmas carols! πŸ™‚
    Especially ‘I Believe In Santa Claus’ by Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton.
    I love the traditional carols too, but this album is a bit of a family tradition πŸ™‚
  • Not having to be anywhere or do anything, & having the house to myself for the day.
  • Rocking out on Guitar Hero ‘Warriors of Rock’ with my little sister πŸ™‚
    The drums are my FAV!

What are you thankful for today? πŸ™‚