A year ago this week, April 27th to be exact, I moved to the big apple, (read my story).
As I sit here feeling rather reflective, I realize how much the last twelve months have taught me.
I’ve grown up a great deal. I’ve learnt more than I could ever have imagined about the person I want to be, what I want from life, and most importantly, what I’m grateful for.
It’s easy to become wrapped up in a world where we focus on what we want, and give very little (if any) thought/appreciation to what we already have. I think it’s an important part of self-growth, to genuinely feel lucky and blessed for what you have. Somedays I feel grateful for the beautiful flowers blossoming in our backyard, others it’s for having a fro-yo 3 blocks away.
To celebrate the best year of my life, I’m sharing five things i’m super grateful for, in my life right now.
1. Living in New York
Manhattan is the most magical city.
There are no words to describe how much I love that place. It’s one thing visiting the big apple, but to live there, right in the middle of it all… it’s incredible.
I thought I’d miss living in Manhattan, but I don’t.
Of course, this has a great deal to do with the fact that I live out of the city with my boyfriend, but aside from that, living in Westchester is a dream.
I get the best of both worlds. I have the beauty of the suburbs (I’m talking white picket fences/stunning greenery), and the city that never sleeps at my fingertips, (well, a 35-minute train journey away, but you know what I mean).
Every -single-day, I feel grateful to be living in this magical state.
2. My loved ones
This is something most of us overlook. We take for granted having a family/friends who love us unconditionally.
It’s a blessing, and something I cherish beyond articulation.
I recently spent a couple of weeks back in the UK, and it made my heart burst. I was reminded how many friends I have that truly want me to succeed. How I have a family that would move heaven and Earth for me. And how I have a best friend who is a real life angel.
As if I wasn’t lucky enough to have all of that love, I now have my own little family. A man I love beyond words, and his two beautiful children who I care for deeply.
It’s not until I have a migraine that I remind myself how lucky it is to feel/be in full health.
Unfortunately, we live in a world where the reality is, illnesses and diseases are prevalent.
You can’t control the health of those around you, but you have a responsibility to look after yourself. To ensure your friends and family have you around in a fit and healthy state.
This has been a recent ‘light bulb moment’ for me personally.
I was under weight and barely had an appetite. Complications were imminent, so I decided to essentially ‘force’ myself to eat until it become natural. I already feel healthier and have more energy.
Be thankful for yours and your loved one’s health, (if you are lucky enough to be in that position).
Don’t take it for granted. Do what you can to preserve it. Eat well, exercise and live a positive life.
4. Having two homes.
“Home is where the heart is.”
What a quote.
I seem to be the only person who knows which ‘home’ I’m talking about, when I talk about that very such place.
“Are you talking about the U.K or New York?” A question I’m too often asked.
It wasn’t until a few weeks ago, that I realized I don’t have to choose where ‘home’ is. It’s possible to have two homes. In fact, what a lucky position to be in.
My heart lies in two separate places. Both over 3,000 miles apart and across the Atlantic Ocean nonetheless.
My amazing family, friends and the country I’m from/grew up, in lies in one place. My new life, my partner and essentially my happiness, in another.
If my boyfriend and I have to move in the future, that will be home. If my family move out of the UK/Birmingham, that too will be home.
I’m so grateful to love and to be loved in more than one ‘home’.
5. The future
I feel so positive and excited for my future, and I’m beyond thankful to be in this position
This may seem rather ‘simple’, however just over a year ago I didn’t feel this way.
I truly feel that the U.S is somewhere where dreams are achievable. This, along with the love of my family/friends, and the incredible support my partner offers me on a daily basis, I deem myself super blessed.
My future feels nothing but bright. For this, I’m eternally grateful.