EIGHT THINGS I AM GRATEFUL FOR TODAY:
1. Waking up early enough to experience cool air and the sun showing up. It’s never quiet in our neighbourhood but in the morning I can hear birds singing, babies crying and watch all the sweet local kids kiss their parent’s hands before they go to school.
2. Getting my sweat on. No doubt, it’s the dry season here in Bali. While this does not mean dry by the standards of my practically-desert hometown, it does mean less rain to cool things down. Simply being in Bali right now is synonymous with breaking a sweat. Benefits? Detoxification, improved circulation, lowered body temperature and natural cleansing - bring it on!
(Side note: All yoga in Bali = hot yoga, so sweat and my yoga practice go happily hand-in-hand)
3. Little ones: possibilities and joy. On the way back from the market today, Scout and I stopped to play with a rogue bunch of tiny boys who had teamed up to create one very massive kite constructed of plastic bags and straws. They did what they could with what they had and the smiles on their faces when the wind caught their kite were amazing… Their victory dance was pretty cool too.
4. Walking Scout. I have lived in Bali for over seven months now and I have never once seen a local person walking their dog. When I take Scout out for a nightly jaunt (or in this case, to the local market) people’s reactions are hilarious. Some people laugh, others point, pretty much everyone calls something out and a kid in the fruit stall even burst out in tears when he saw her. It’s like walking with a controversial celebrity and it always cracks me up.
5. Family time at the beach. Day off, blazing sun? Beach time! We took Scout to the beach with some books and plenty of water yesterday. She finally got up the courage to follow us out into the ocean and clung to Josh’s knees like they were a life raft. Tons of dudes were kitesurfing and put on a good show. We chased each other around, getting thoroughly sandy and also soaking up a little too much sun. Simple. Perfect.
6. Videos of my nephews. What is it about them - why are they growing up so fast?! When I left Canada, my youngest nephew was babbling incoherently and crawling with little purpose. Now, he’s walking and talking and melting even more hearts than before. His big brother can ride a bike without training wheels (fearlessly, I might add) and is truly a pint-sized human these days. I am counting down the days ‘til I get to hug and play with them, but until then I am so grateful to my brother and sister-in-law for granting me frequent glimpses into their lives.
7. Cuddling, any and everywhere. Those extra five minutes in bed in the morning. Scout falling asleep on my stomach. Getting close to people (and puppies) I love brings me joy.
8. Inspiration. It’s flying at me from all sides. The more I do what I love, the more goodness shows up in my life. Beautiful people, experiences, words of wisdom and moments are flooding each day. It feels like sweetness and grace and depth.
…And I am grateful.