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 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 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 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 3. Today is the first day of my weekend (I take Friday/Saturday weekends at the moment, which I’m loving) and I’ve spent the day preparing for our upcoming house moving, and studying hard to catch up on some assignments due at uni real soon. I’m so thankful right now for the opportunity to be a student – I didn’t appreciate education this much when I was younger, but I do now. Even though it feels like a constant game of catch up to try and complete a Science degree while also working full time (can you believe I’m also working on a book, maintaining my blog and travelling too? I don’t know when I even find time to sleep!) I’m so grateful to have a flexible job that I love, and the time, space, focus, and income to be able to go back to university at the same time and get this education that I treasure. So today I’m thankful for education, knowledge, and learning. Also throwback photo to that time I canoed down the Amazon – a lifelong dream of mine fulfilled
day 75 .. 3/4 of the way there. And it’s springtime in the Northern Hemisphere, the blossoms are stunning, there are (quite literally) bunnies around in the evenings and today I’m thankful for the springtime. For pleasant weather, beautiful blossoms, all the new beginnings and fresh starts, for all the walks and sweet smelling air and everything that springtime represents.