day 16 Last view from our lovely Lyttelton house. Today I’m grateful for the last six months that we’ve been able to enjoy this beautiful home and these wonderful views from our front yard. Today we packed up and cleaned up, loaded up our car and said goodbye. A few hiccups along the way, but super thankful to the help of my mum who came over to lend a hand and help get us all moved out. So grateful for family, support, and some time spent in my hometown. It’s been a wonderful 6 months, and I’m excited to see what the next 6 months bring.
day 13 Such a beautiful little port we have here. I’m going to really miss living on the water like this. Only two more nights left in our lovely temporary home, 6 months has flown by! Today I’m grateful for being able to find such a beautiful house, ready and furnished down to the sheets, knives and forks – an AirBNB turned rental during pandemic times, ready for two wandering travellers to call home base for six months in the midst of a sudden lockdown.
day 12 Picture: throwback to Moroccan souks, this one was at a small town not too far from Agadir Grateful for … anticipation and excitement for a rapidly approaching road trip and change of scenery making bookings at NZ famous tourist sites that I, as a kiwi, have never myself been to appreciating beautiful NZ watching the NZ political debates and feeling inspired all over again at what an articulate and amazing prime minister we have here seeing the prime minister from my porch today as she was in my village meeting and greeting! A lovely and refreshing reminder that not all world leaders travel with all the heavy security and crazy fanfare feeling proud of my country and excited to vote this week
day 11 Today I’m grateful for … pancakes, at every opportunity booking the final pieces of our road trip puzzle – coming soon! the fun of getting inventive with cooking in attempts to use up what’s left in the freezer before moving good grades on assignments and how nice it feels to do well this time around (I certainly didn’t when I was younger)
day 11 Today I’m thankful for the Internet. I have been studying French so hard this weekend for an upcoming spoken exam & written assignment, and finding some aspects of grammar difficult to process and really understand. But having the Internet at my fingertips provides so many amazing lessons, explanations, and resources to help me learn in such a convenient & digestible way beyond what my classes and textbooks provide. Having all of this information at hand from home has made being a student so convenient, and I’m so thankful for it. I’m also grateful that 2020 started with exploring Japan before all this year’s chaos began. A country that had been at the top of my bucket list for the longest time, and it was magical to get to explore it and it exceeded all of my hopes & expectations. This photo is from a crane I spotted in a Kyoto canal. ?
day 10 How amazing are these views? This is from the living room of my parents house and every time I visit I’m in awe of how beautiful it is here I’m house + dog sitting this weekend, and today I’m thankful for .. the last 6 months living so close to family for the first time in years, I’ve loved reconnecting & sharing weekly family dinners excited for a two week long road trip across NZ in a week from now – I’m so thankful to be in a country that is so safe right now, and that we are free to travel with minimal risk of virus in our country I say this every day but I’m thankful for daylight savings.. ever since we moved our clocks back I’ve been loving the extra hour of sunlight each evening!
day 9 thankful for the playfulness of dogs who act like puppies, and spending the weekend looking after this gorgeous, good girl Heidi while my parents are away for the weekend also enjoying a change of scenery house sitting, with magnificent views & lovely walks. Feels like being on vacation but we’ve only hopped across the harbour thankful for compassionate colleagues on challenging work days for fish and chip dinners with wine by the ocean
day Today I am grateful for the small moments. Like watching this tiny turtle make its way to the ocean to live a big life out in the Pacific. I’m grateful to have such a kind & supportive boyfriend that I get to do life with everyday, and I’m so grateful that I’m from a country that has been so quick, considerate and mindful of processing visas for all the people here now who didn’t plan to be. Knowing he can stay and work here as long as needed has been such a relief. I’m thankful for sunshine after work and lazy long walks in the sun.For small progresses each day on my language goals and for having such a supportive team of professors and tutors on my team to help me as I continue to learn and study.
day 7 Today I’m grateful for all the opportunities to spend time in nature and with animals, despite not owning a home or keeping pets of my own. This adorable little kitty I met at a cat cafe here in Christchurch, and this coming weekend I’m dog sitting for my parents. I’m a huge animal (and wildlife) lover, and most who know me are super surprised I haven’t settled down just to have a dog or foster some kittens. Or, you know – become a vet! Animal rescue has run through my veins since I was smaller than I can remember. Many of my trips are motivated by wildlife spotting, it’s one of my greatest joys to see incredible creatures out in their natural habitat. So today I’m thankful for the wide and bio diverse world we are so lucky to live in, and for every dog, cat, and horse sitting opportunity I get to spend some time with furry, feathery and scaly creatures.
day 6 Today I’m thankful for rest. I’ve been working so hard to meet deadlines that I was finding myself a little burned out. Thankfully a few earlier nights in bed is helping to reset that balance, And I’m working hard to try and take breaks and naps where I can. I’m also thankful that I work for the coolest company, with some pretty rad people. Working flexible hours, and fully remote, doing something I care about and with a product I believe in makes taking on too much with all my study and extra-curricular hobbies, somehow feel less difficult. Picture: throwback to a team meetup we had in Hawaii, where we went out on the water around beautiful Kauai to see spectacular views such as this one
Day 4 So grateful to be here, in my homeland of New Zealand. It’s been an accidental year here for sure – and the quick visit home has been anything but fleeting! Throughout this year it’s been impossible to forget how lucky we are here in our safe, beautiful little paradise with lockdowns, minimal virus, and excellent leadership. I’m so inspired every day by our prime minister and the choices she has made for our country. I hadn’t expected to call New Zealand my home for any of 2020, but if it had to be somewhere, I feel immensely grateful & lucky it’s here. I’m also super thankful my American boyfriend was able to come here with me, and get through the visa process to stay so smoothly. I can’t imagine how he feels being essentially stuck here (he’s here legally, but due to being a temporary visa holder if he leaves the county, he wouldn’t be allowed to re-enter again due to our current strict border control for citizens and permanent residents only) away from his family and many of his friends during which is such an important and challenging time in the US. But I’m so thankful we get to be here, safe, and together while we wait it all out. Photo: Throwback to a beach in golden bay NZ, a few summers back now.