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It’s that time of year again in Canada.  In celebration of Thanksgiving, a lot of us will be sitting in front of a turkey dinner at some point this weekend.

How many of you take a moment during the holiday to actually give thanks? I know we never did in my house. Thanksgiving was all about food, food, and more food. It may be a cheesy convention that only exists in fiction, but I think it’s a great idea to go around the table and have everyone mention at least one thing they’re thankful for.

Since Thanksgiving Monday is a holiday, I most likely won’t be blogging. So welcome to my table a few days early.

Here are just a few things I’m grateful for:

  • The most beautiful summer and fall this city has ever known. Do you know it was over 30 degrees Celsius here the other day? In October! Unheard of. And if any place deserves a break in the weather department, it’s Winnipeg.
  • The Boy who supports me and my crazy training schedule, who makes the healthy salads I eat for lunch each day and packs up the cottage cheese in reusable containers, and who deals with cleaning the kitty boxes and all the other things I don’t have time for these days…without (much) complaint.
  • My friends, who continue to cheer me on, even though a lot of them haven’t seen me for some time. I include my four-legged friends, who see me more often, and who bring so much joy to my life.
  • My kru (coach), who has been there for me 100 percent through this process. I am so grateful for his support.
  • Being in the best shape of my life. I’m wearing a pair of white! pants with stripes that I’ve never worn before because the slightest flaw or bulge made them unflattering. If anything, they’re a little too big now. Incredible!
  • This Sunday, during which I plan to do absolutely nothing but relax. Ahhh….
  • Being out of debt, and having a roof over my head and good (if limited) food to eat.
  • Having the opportunity to challenge and push myself harder than ever before. It’s a blessing, even through all the devastating lows and self-doubt I’ve experienced.
  • Good books and hot baths.
  • Autumn air.
  • Sunshine.
  • All of you. Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you grateful for?

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  1. Anonymous

    My awesome wife and 15 month old son. Also, living in Canada, best country in the world.

  2. ShelGee

    Being alive.

  3. Chris

    To cover the basics, I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful for having a job that pays the bills, and a roof over my head. I’m thankful that I’ve met an amazing girl with an incredible spirit of adventure, and I hope to spend my life with her. I’m thankful for the family I was born into, and the friends who have become like family. I’m thankful for every moment of every day, although I never appreciate them enough at the time. Life is a gift, and I’m thankful for it. Oh, and I’m pretty thankful for sushi, too. It’s pretty awesome. 🙂

  4. Story Teller

    Thanks for your comments, everyone. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Life *is* a gift. And sushi is pretty darn good, too. 🙂


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