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Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadians! I heart this time of year (long weekends especially). I love that there is a weekend dedicated to being grateful. Even though we should take time everyday, sometimes we don’t, and this weekend is a perfect reminder. I have been busy baking pumpkin cookies, walking by the Red River down to the Legislative Buildings to take pictures, watching Gravity in Imax 3D and clutching my chair arms, and making new friends. Here are just a few of the things I am grateful for this year:

My family in BC that always takes the time to remind me of how much they miss me and my family here in Winnipeg that has welcomed me and given me a place to come home to when I need it.

A team of colleagues that are funny, dedicated, patient, helpful, creative… and did I mention funny? I laugh at work everyday and I’m grateful that they always stop and take the time to answer my questions as I learn this new role.

For new friends that invite me to hang out and show me around the city even if they don’t really need another new friend. And for my friends back in BC who check in, say hi, and want to know how this adventure is going.

And I’m thankful for this chance to see more of Canada. To live on the prairies in a city that isn’t one of the most talked-about Canadian cities, but really should be. I’m falling in love with Winnipeg and every weekend I venture off to some place new and get to feel like a tourist again. I am happy I chose here to start my career and didn’t move to somewhere familiar.

What are you thankful for this weekend?

This blog title works for two reasons: 1) I intend to write about staying in touch with all my BC loves, but also 2) It’s been about a month since I posted on here. My laptop diedĀ almostĀ permanently and it took me awhile to revive, but it’s alive and feeling better than ever so nothing will stop my blogging schedule now.

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I cannot believe it has been over three months since I moved to Winnipeg. In some ways I feel like the time has flown, but in other ways it feels like I haven’t seen my friends and family in forever. It is so easy to lose touch. I have moved once before and while I know if I ever ran into my childhood friends we would get along just fine, I only regularly keep in touch with my best friend.

Sometimes it seems overwhelming to regularly call your family, write letters to your grandparents, text your friends, email your colleagues, and send smoke signals to… just kidding. But aren’t they the most important thing? If everything fell apart here in Winnipeg, aren’t they the ones that I could go home to and fall into their hugs?

Some of my favourite moments since I moved into my new place are coming home to care packages from my parents and sister, letters and gift cards from my extended family, and flowers from a friend. I love when I wake up in the morning to an inbox full of emails from my past colleagues. My family and friends are in my life for a reason – they’re special to me and I share so many memories with them.

So starting today it is my new goal to send one letter or email per day to someone back home in BC. Or phone a friend. I personally think snail mail is the best and while Canada Post can be painfully slow, nothing beats finding an envelope at y0ur doorstep.

I want my family and friends to know how much I miss them. I want people to come home to. I want to be the type of person who makes the time to say “Hello, I miss you, what’s new?”

Who sent you your last piece of snail mail with love? If you wrote to one person today, who would it be and why?