Hi everyone! As you all know its that time of year again! The Holiday Season is upon us! And in the spirit of the holidays, I want to write a post dedicated to gratefulness.
Recently I have started a gratitude journal that I write in before I go to bed and I write about what I am grateful for – small things or big! So I am going to use my blog as my journal for the moment.
First and foremost, I am so grateful for family. This time of year reminds everyone how special and lucky and blessed we are to have people who love us unconditionally. Without my family, I don’t know what I would do or who I would be. I call them daily and think about them every minute: family means the world to me. In fact, I am so extra lucky because just last week my mom and my sister came to visit me in Madrid. They flew across the Atlantic just spend a few days with me. I know what you are thinking- I am the luckiest. We spent the week in Madrid shopping and eating and seeing the sights- but mostly, shopping. We then took a train to Barcelona for the weekend and continued to shop, eat and sight see. It was the best! Extra bonus: I didn’t have to spend my thanksgiving without my family for the first time which was something that I was dreading. Although not everyone was there, it was still a great Thanksgiving filled with Spanish traditions like sucklings pigs and thoughts of family and Zara.
Unfortunately, on this very day, my Bubbie passed. Even though I wish so badly we could have all been together for Bubbie, I know that Bubbie would have been so happy that the three of us were together and thinking of her every moment. We cried because we missed her already and then we burst out in laughter thinking about how hilarious she was. I am so incredibly grateful for the 20 years I got to spend with my Bubbie and for all the knowledge and life lessons and yiddish words she taught me. When I think about her, the biggest smile stretches across my face and I am so grateful for that. She left the world a better place and the people she loved will never forget how amazing she was. Bubbie was one of my blog’s biggest fans and I can only imagine how many people she would be showing this post! Family is the biggest blessing.
Second, I am so grateful for all my friendships – both new and old. Being abroad has really shown me who cares and who is willing to go the extra mile for me and vice versa me for them. I have the best friends spread out all of the world and I couldn’t feel luckier. They make my days better and my smile brighter. Just a simple message from one of them makes me happier than they will ever know.
Third, I am SO grateful and feel SO lucky every day that I get to wake up in Madrid, Spain. This has been an opportunity of a lifetime. I feel so fortunate- not every kid gets to live abroad for 4 months to learn and have fun! This city is so amazing and every day I love it more! I have grown, learned, and explored. The best part is my journey isn’t over!
I am grateful for travel. This weekend marks my last trip of the semester. I am going to Amsterdam and then onto Switzerland: Geneva and Interlaken. I don’t have a doubt in my mind that it is going to be unbelievable.
I am grateful for laughter and silly conversations but also for the deep and meaningful conversations that I run into every now and then.
I am grateful for chocolate. I don’t feel like I need to elaborate on this one :p
Grateful for Tulane because I have something so great to go back to making this transition and reentry easier. I have so many new opportunities awaiting me back at school including a new minor, a position on Panhellenic executive board, a new job , and a new house!!
I am grateful I started this blog. It has brought me so much joy and I hope that you all enjoy it too. It is such a fun and easy outlet. I will be so grateful to look back on this years from now. Maybe I will even continue to blog when I get back to Tulane?
All in all, life is good. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! It’s the best time of the year! Christmas lights, hot chocolate, Elf the movie, and so much more! Enjoy and be grateful! 🙂