So you may be thinking ‘you’re a New Zealander…you don’t celebrate Thanksgiving!” And you’d be right. Thanksgiving is a North American thing; it’s about your history, it’s about family, and friends. It’s your thing, it’s your holiday.
But New Zealand is a multicultural country with thousands of Americans living on our green isle. All my life we’ve had American friends, and they have often celebrated Thanksgiving here in New Zealand. We’ve been invited to join in on these celebrations, so for my family it’s not strange to celebrate it. This year we’re not doing anything, in fact I’ll be on a plane for the majority of the evening, but that doesn’t mean I can’t look back on this year (for it is nearly coming to an end!) and be thankful.
Here’s just 5 of the things I’m thankful about this year (though there are many more):
A cliche way to start, perhaps, but I thought this year was going to be a struggle in terms of relationships. A bulk lot of my friends (quick count tallies 9) moved away from Auckland at the end of last year and they were all living in close proximity to me. We did a lot of things together, so them moving away was tough. But you know what? In a way I’m glad they moved away. It meant that I had to be more involved with my other friends. Those friendships have definitely grown over the last year, and it’s because I had the space and the time to hang out, to catch a movie, to go on adventures around the city. It’s been fantastic.
Freelance writing opportunities
It all started with Mother’s Day 2016. I wrote a post for Travelher.org, and because of that travel inspired piece of writing, I was approached this year to do some freelance writing. What was just going to be for the month of April, with a possible extension into May, is still going to this day. I’ve learnt a lot about both writing, and about the world. My geography is now pretty top notch, my friends. Pretty top notch.
Because I’ve had a little extra moola from the writing job this year, it’s meant that I’ve been able to travel overseas to Chile, Canada and America. I’ve also managed to get down to Wellington, Christchurch and my hometown on numerous occasions. This summer I’m heading down to the south island to do a bit of a roady with my friend (*waves*). It’s a lot of travel, but I love it. Travel is a must, not a maybe.
I’m always thankful for books, not matter the time of year. But I’m super thankful this year for the incredible books I’ve read. I’m thankful to the authors and geniuses behind the stories. Special shout out to the wonderful people at Hachette Publishing NZ. When I first started reviewing for them I always picked a book every month, even if it didn’t quite appeal. I’ve learnt since then to just pick the ones that I want to read, and therefore have really enjoyed the fantastic titles they’ve put out this year. You can read all my Hachette-given book reviews here.
You, dear reader
And lastly (on this list anyway) I’m thankful for all of you. You make blogging worthwhile. You give my rants, raves, random thoughts, reviews and ridiculous ideas a purpose. I thank you for your comments, your Tweets, your likes on Instagram, your Facebook shares, and your reads on Bloglovin‘. I thank you for being apart of this great community, and I so look forward to more years with you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving?