This weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and this time last year I shared the top 10 things that I was thankful for in this post. I thought it would be fun to do that again this year, especially since 2020 has been hard for so many reasons, and it always feels good to reflect on the positives!

1. Being in my dream program. My OT acceptance was some of the happiest news I have ever received, and it has easily been one of the highlights of this year for me.

2. My new OT friends. A month ago when I started school online & in a new city, I wasn’t feeling very optimistic about the possibility of meeting new friends… but I am feeling pretty lucky to have met who I have so far & it will only make the program that much better once everything is in-person again.

3. Having my life long besties to come home to in Calgary. I have lived away for university for over 4 years now and every chance I get I am always so excited to come home and visit my best gals. A small part of me is also grateful to COVID for canceling jobs and travel this summer to bring us all back together and allow us to get that much closer.

4. Paul, for being my rock and supporting me through this pretty big transition in my life (and his!). Also for the fact that we independently got accepted into our first choice graduate programs in the same city, which meant we got to move in together!

5. Living closer to home this year. As much as I loved UBC and Vancouver, it is so nice to be just a couple hours in the car away from home.

6. Living in a new city and getting to explore a new neighbourhood and new restaurants! This has been so fun!

7. Home workout apps. I haven’t wanted to go back to the gym since they’ve re-opened, and during quarantine I discovered this completely free and personally curated fitness app called FitOn, and it has been saving me.

8. Our balcony. With Zoom university and being inside lots more than usual, it has been so nice to be able to step out for some fresh air whenever I need it.

9. Technology. As much as I am not a fan of Zoom university, I am so thankful that all the events of this year haven’t put a pause on my education, and that I am still able to pursue my dream career.

10. This last one might be controversial… but honestly, I’m grateful for Tik Tok. It was a source of entertainment during quarantine, and it helped me out so much when finding inspo for decorating our new apartment.

And that’s just to name a few! Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Canadians!


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