One Thousand Thanks: 1166 – 1176. Life in a New Culture

A temple in Wuxi

Wuxi

Wow. My last Thankfulness Thursday was in February of last year. Lately, my thoughts have drifted to dark and ungrateful places. My hope by bringing back these days is to encourage me to enjoy life in a new culture even when it is difficult.

1166. Spicy food – I never liked spicy food back in the US. To be honest, I never really tried it but convinced myself that I couldn’t take it. Here, nearly everything is spicy. It’s difficult to eat at times but so delicious. I’m realizing that I’m tougher than I thought.

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Coping Skills: #86. Count Your Blessings

Morgan's gifts

The wonderful package that my friend Morgan sent me was the highlight of my week.

Waiting to get a job at Disney again and then waiting for it to start these past two months has been hard. However, even in the hard times, remembering the beautiful elements of life is important.

Just this week, I endured many struggles with my anxiety, eating disorder thoughts, and depression. However, even more blessings followed me. I need to remember to look at those good things and notice them just as much (or, hopefully, even more) than the negative parts of life.

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One Thousand Thanks: 1144 – 1154. Living Far from Home

 

Lantern in Morocco

There are cons to living away from home but also pros.

Living out of state has been harder in some ways than I had guessed it would be. The snowy winters, family members being close, friends who I grew up with – all of these things are very missed.

Yet, there are many blessings about living in a new place too. Here are some of the reasons that I am grateful that I ventured out into the world.

1144. Being forced to grow up – Living close to home would have made it harder for me to actually grow up. I wouldn’t have wanted to move out of my home or get out of the house as much. Being thousands of miles away makes me do things on my own for the first time.

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Thanksgiving Away From Home

Talking to Mickey Mouse

I am so thankful for my wonderful boss, Mickey Mouse.

I never liked Thanksgiving very much. Most times, my social anxiety made me sick and caused me to hide at family functions.

Today, however, being away from family stinks. I cried when I saw families at Disney World and thought of my own. All I want is to be with them right now.

Still, there is so much to be thankful for today. Here are my blessings, the same number as my age:

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Things that Put a Smile on My Face

About to ride on Dumbo

Riding the rides makes me smile.

After my last post, several people expressed concern about me. Now I feel a bit overly dramatic. Yes, life is stressful and hard down here in Florida. However, it is also full of amazement and new victories.

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I Actually Love October

Great post! This is a great month with beautiful colors, cozy feelings, and fun holidays.

Megan Has OCD

I forgot how beautiful October is.  This is probably the only month in the “colder” months that I like.  I live in a place where we have many beautiful, changing trees this time of year.  My city is surrounded by state forest on all sides, so it’s really gorgeous right now.  I’m definitely sad about summer being over, but it’s still very warm right now and there isn’t much humidity, so it’s more enjoyable to be outside.  K and I decided to go to the golf course yesterday, where I took the leaf pictures. 

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My Bucket List of Gratitude – By Lisa Gastaldo

This is so beautiful! What a wonderful idea for a bucket list. If we noticed what was good around us more often, the world would be a more peaceful and happier place.

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bucket listI’m creating my own kind of bucket list. Not the usual listing of things I wish to do before I leave this earth, but an accounting of the gracious drops of kindness that have filled my pail to the brim.

Whether the contribution was a single drip from an eyedropper or gallons upon gallons of generosity, all have buoyed my soul, washed away hours of pain, and carried me through turbulent trials.

And so I have decided to make a conscious effort to recognize these not-so-random acts. Some were as temporary as the morning dew, but equaling as cooling. Others have been like IVs, injecting nourishment continually. A few were summer storms: electrifying, powerful, and brief. Whether their perpetrators knew it or not, each and every one made a significant impact. They quenched my drought in spirit and left me flooded with gratitude.

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One Thousand Thanks: 1123 – 1132. Florida Thanks

Resort

Florida (and the Disney resorts) are so beautiful!

Being away from home has been very hard at times. I miss Minnesota so much. However, there are many wonderful elements of Florida as well. Here are a few of them.

1123. Warmth – You can certainly not say that Florida is too chilly as people complain about in Minnesota.

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One Thousand Thanks: 1110 – 1118. Weddings Thanks

Being a bridesmaid at Katie's wedding

With the other bridesmaids and the bride

I never really liked going to weddings. Yes, they were pretty but also full of people, noise, and stress. Often, I became so anxious that I felt sick and begged my mother to let me stay home. However, being in Katie’s wedding was wonderful. About a year and a half ago, I wrote about my friend Ruth’s wedding and thankfulness. Here are more reasons that I am thankful for weddings.

1110. The bride and her father -Seeing them is one of the saddest but most touching parts of a wedding. It makes me cry more than any other part.

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One Thousand Thanks: 1099 – 1109. Disney Attractions Part One

Mexico ride

Here is the Mexican Ride in Epcot

There are numerous magical places to go to around Disney World such as attractions. Here are just of a few that I have noticed so far and would suggest. Some are crazy busy and popular while others are easier to get into and enjoy.

1098. Epcot World Showcase in Epcot -Honestly, this whole park is my favorite. Walking through each of the “countries” is magical especially in the evening with the pretty lighting.

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