Happy Thanksgiving to you all!
Whether you celebrate Thanksgiving or not, I encourage you to take a moment today and reflect on what you are thankful for. Then take another moment to write to those you love and are thankful for and let them know! This is something we should do everyday, but that's just not something that always happens. If you do Happy 5's with me every Friday, then that's an amazing start but I want to personally do it every single day!
Thanksgiving means different things to different people and over the years it's meaning even seems to shift. As I grow older, I appreciate all things in life a little bit more and I am thankful for both the good and the bad. This is not something I felt, even just a 1 or 2 years ago. Which is why I love Thanksgiving, it encourages us to think about these things.
Now, we never really "traditionally" celebrated Thanksgiving when we lived in the US. We went on a family vacation to the Caribbean, which isn't exactly the family-get-together, eat a big feast kinda Thanksgiving, but it was our Thanksgiving. It was the Laursen families way of celebrating this wonderful holiday.
Now, living in Denmark, and my family in Copenhagen and myself in Aarhus, and being in a country that doesn't celebrate Thanksgiving means that we can't just stop everything for a day to be together and make decision food. Last year, we had our very first traditional Thanksgiving dinner ever! Technically we cheated and did it on Friday instead of Thursday, but that was the only way it was possible. This first Thanksgiving in Denmark after having lived in the US for 11 years was not only wonderful but it also made me feel this urge inside of me that this was a tradition I want to carry on and if it then has to be on the 24 instead of the 23 for it all to be able to come together, then it'll just have to be on the 24th. A little Laursen twist to Danish Thanksgiving :)
Now on this Thanksgiving evening I am sitting in my apartment at my desk with skipper laying next to me writing this post. At first I was feeling very lonely and I missed not only my family but also my friends across the pond. Seeing their Snapchats back home with family and friends made my miss living there and just being with them. Now, some hours later I feel nothing but gratitude. Being a little bit sad and missing them, only means that they are some of the most wonderful, amazing and inspiring human beings I have in my life and I love each one of them so freaking much! In a weird way I am happy that I'm sad. My goodness, if you could all just take a peak inside my head and see all the crazy thoughts going on up there. But see! This is why I love Thanksgiving, I wouldn't have been sitting here, yes alone, but feeling so full of love, energy and happiness if it wasn't a day of reflection and gratitude.
Now all that's left from me is a very short list of some of the things I'm thankful for:
- My family
- My friends both at home here in DK and across the pond
- Skipper (obviously)
- My wholesome, healthy, holistic life
- Meditation and yoga
- Having found an inner peace that has changed my life
- I am incredibly thankful for each and everyone of you, who read this blog and try my recipes - it means the world to me in a way I will never be able to express through writing❤️
- And a billion other things because this life is just so amazingly beautiful!!!
That's all I'll leave you with for now. Having an absolutely wonderful Thanksgiving or just a freaking amazing Thursday if Thanksgiving isn't your thing!
Sending so much love and positive energy to you all.