So, if you were following along on Snapchat/Insta-stories this weekend, you already know I had a pretty crappy weekend being sick. I came down with a really bad cold. The worst weekend to be sick, because I was FINALLY getting away to my cottage for the first time this "summer."
I was meaning to go all summer, but with the new condo, and furniture shopping, and getting all settled in, I kind of put off going until the fall. So, getting sick this weekend, was NOT fun!
Regardless, it was SUCH a great weekend with a few of my closest friends. Couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving weekend.
What are you guys thankful for?
The great thing about getting away to cottages is the peace and quiet that comes from it. It actually gives you a moment (or two) to reflect. There were many moments like that this weekend. I'm not the most outdoorsy person out there. I mean, if you were following on Snap, you must have been shaking your head at the amount of bags I took. (Not a light traveler at all!) I had about 5 bags for 2 nights. I know, right?
Point is, I don't go away to cottages and camp sites very often. Don't get me wrong, I do love to get out of the city, just not often or every weekend. It's not my thing. You know?
However, being away from the city, not having the best kinda wifi, and overall quietness all around, makes you REALLY put life into perspective and appreciate every bit of it.
Life can be really hard sometimes. It throws you all kinds of curve balls, and expects you to just know what fuck to do. We don't always know the answers. The right ones, anyway. And sometimes, making the wrong decision ends up teaching you something in the end. If you're learning from your mistakes, it's never a bad thing.
And being thankful doesn't only mean being thankful for all the great things/ people you have in your life. What about being thankful for all the terrible things that may have happened? For all the hardships that you went through and got out of? The countless sleepless nights? The tears? People who have come and gone out of your life? Friendships/ relationships that have ended?
It's not about being thankful for all the lovely things you have around you. It's about being thankful for EVERYTHING that has made you who you are today. Be thankful for those hard times, because it's those hard times that have made you stronger. It's those hard times that have brought you the people in your life. And it's those hard times that made you see things clearly. It's the root of your happiness, right now.
If you know me, you know I believe very strongly in the saying, 'everything happens for a reason.' So, when you're going through something tough in life, keep that in mind. It actually helps me get through anything and everything. Just remember that everything does happen for a reason. There is a purpose to it. And you may not know it now, but you will in time.
Life isn't black and white. But, whatever the colour palette is, be thankful for it.
And really, it's not just about being thankful this weekend, it's about being thankful ALL the time.
Even though I was horribly sick this weekend chugging oregano oil, lemon water, garlic and apple sandwiches, I spent it with some amazing friends who I couldn't be more thankful for.
What did you guys get up to this weekend?
I also spent one of my afternoons this weekend at the most beautiful winery in Niagara On The Lake. I can't wait to share it with you guys, so stay tuned!
Okay, I'm currently cuddled in bed, with a cup of lemon/ ginger water, about to start an episode of Downton Abbey.
Hope you guys had an amazing Thanksgiving weekend!
What are you thankful for? Share!
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