Yesterday America’s Supreme Court overturned the ban on same-sex marriage and America became a place where you can marry the person you love, no matter who you are. I cried so many happy tears. I stand here, acknowledging my privilege, and I sob with the happiness that everyone in America can now know the same joy of being able to stand hand-in-hand with the one who owns their heart and say ‘this is the person I bind myself to for the rest of my life’. I hope that one day soon my country will follow in America’s footsteps. Let’s paint a rainbow with all the things we have to be grateful for this week in my Nourished Life Gratitude List 2015 – Week Twenty-Six:Monday: Today my little sister ended up in hospital. I spent the night pacing the house, sending her and anyone else I could think of messages to see if she was okay. I was so grateful when we found out that it was nothing serious, and that she will be better with just some rest and anti-inflammatories. I am grateful to the medical staff who cared for her, and that her husband is such a caring man.
Tuesday: Tonight I just needed to be outside. Yesterday was the shortest day and longest night of the year, so today we are on the homeward run to longer days. I celebrated with a run and walk through the evening gloam. I am grateful that I live in an area where there are so many other runners out no matter what time of day you lace up your sneakers. Wednesday: Tonight Chris and I went to a welcome night hosted by the developer for new residents of the community we are moving into. We even met some of our neighbours and found out that our move-in date is only three weeks away. I am so grateful that the time is getting closer! I can’t wait to show you all our new home!Thursday: Tonight on the way home I stopped for a run. I had to talk myself into doing it, and I surprised myself with 8km at my fastest pace in a while. I was grateful that I made movement a priority and that my body is so capable of moving in this way.
Friday: Tonight Chris and I gathered together with some of my workmates for a big fancy dinner! One of the gentlemen at work organised a great restaurant night for us, and we had a wonderful time! The restaurant, Moda (here in Brisbane), took all of my dietary needs into consideration and I had a delicious dinner – they made the best caramelised cauliflower and mashed sweet potatoes. The wait staff were amazing, and they kept my champagne glass full – there was so much laughter and camaraderie, which is just what we needed in our team at the moment.Saturday: This morning I met up with Mum and Jess for breakfast and to do our grocery shopping together. It was a great slow start to Saturday morning, and we tried out a new local cafe near Mum and Jess’s homes, which had so many gluten free options! I was grateful to see Jess and Mum and catch up with them, and to satisfy myself that Jess really was feeling better. In the afternoon I went for a big walk, listened to podcasts, and played around in the kitchen. Chris had to work all day so when he got home I was grateful to relax and watch a movie together (our type of date movie: Godzilla!). Sunday: This morning I woke up to a beautiful cloudy blue sky and couldn’t wait to lace up my running shoes – I ran 11.5km along the waterfront! I couldn’t believe the energy that my legs had! I was grateful for some time out in the beautiful winter sun. Now the rain is falling, and I am about to do a little more cooking, and snuggle up with my book for the afternoon.
Also this week:
- I have a batch of this ice cream resting in my freezer ready for dessert tonight. I may or may not share with Chris…
- I made my new favourite breakfast quick bread with oranges fresh from my brother-in-law’s garden
- Big bowls of roasted veggies are the best way to nourish ourselves through wintry nights
Tell me, dear readers, what are you grateful for this week?