Autumn Style Series: Thanksgiving Gatherings

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I hope that everyone had a wonderful weekend wherever you are, but most importantly to those in Canada celebrating the big family gathering day full of (usually) turkey and good cheer which is Thanksgiving.  We remember what we are grateful for and the amazing people in our lives this weekend, and after a cosy time in Sauble (posts coming soon) I spent the evening of the past two days with close family and good meals with a splash of very good holiday cheer.

 

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If you do not celebrate Thanksgiving or understand what it means that’s neither here nor there as for me this holiday means a few things.  It means the beautiful colours and seasons around me are changing.  It means that I can spend time with my family by way of conversation and also in the kitchen.  It means that I can allocate a whole day to being grateful for my life.  And It means that the people around me also feel the same.

 

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Among many memories I have from this weekend one that I am thankful for was a moment after Sunday’s events at my grandparents’ home when I returned to my room after being at the cottage and after a relaxing bath,

 

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With my new Lush products and a glass of wine I stumbled onto my mentor Melissa’s meditation video about giving thanks.  I am not a spiritual human, I am merely someone who appreciates other people and the energy that we possess as a community, and this video brought me back to the feeling of oneness, wholeness and serenity in this busy chaos of a holiday.

 

 

I lit two candles for my meditation and for the people in my life who I am thankful for, and after reconnecting and having some alone time I found myself reflecting on the way in which I connect with people.  I talk a lot, but sometimes I feel the most connected when there is a moment that I can sit in my own silence and soak in others’ voices.  There was a specific moment in my Grandmother’s kitchen where I sat back and watched her talk about a close friend of hers who lives in BC whom she has been close with since elementary school, and after decades passing and rare visits they are still such close friends.  I am grateful to have my grandmother telling me stories at all, but this hit home for me on this holiday.

 

After being frustrated by graduate school applications and decisions being made I revel in the idea that there really are more important things than a career, making money, and academic successes in the world.  Friendship and love trumps all, and that is all we need to worry about.  Everything falls into place if you work hard, but that also includes relationships, where a lot of people I know shove them to the waistside while they achieve their dreams.  Your dreams are yours for the achieving, and power to you, I know I have a goal-oriented approach to my own dreams and I am driven to succeed, but I pledge to not give attention to the people and relationships in my life that are well deserving.

 

So in the wake of this weekend and the gearing up to the next few holidays (Halloween, American Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holidays around the December months) I hope that everyone sees their dreams and sees their close relationships and appreciates them appropriately, while being true to themselves and having a wonderful time.

 

Xx Jess

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