giving thanks

by Kasia on November 22, 2012

No better day than today, Thanksgiving to those of us from America, to give thanks. What exactly am I grateful for? Where to begin… When I think back to my first year in Paris, feasting at a faux American restaurant in the rive gauche with people I barely knew, feeling lost and less than grateful to be dining on what tasted like a microwave turkey meal. Three years later I am dining in style with close friends, as I do many nights. Thus begins my list of gratitude. Something we should all be mindful of, all year long.

1. good friends (I’ve even made a few French girlfriends, not an easy feat!)

2. a doting and darling Italian (even with my moods… perhaps this should be #1)

3. my ever supportive and loving mom (what would I do without her!)

4. the ability to communicate in foreign tongues (particularly the French one!)

5. a creative mind (which has allowed me to create my life, via blogging, designing, doing)

6. limitless supplies of culture in many forms (THIS is what makes me thrive in Paris)

7. travel (forever grateful to see the world!)

8. the ability (and courage) to follow my dreams

9. good health (the older I get the more I value well-being)

10. optimism (something I brought with me from the USA)

And so much more. I will remind myself of this list and continue to add to it, in moments of doubt or difficulty. Now time to celebrate life and friendship with a grand feast, American style!

Happy Thanksgiving tout le monde!

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Milsters November 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Amazing list! I just created mine. But I love how yours captures the true spirit of everything we should all be thankful for.

Lots of hugs and kisses from the other side of the world



Kasia November 28, 2012 at 10:29 am

Much to be grateful for, especially for you, as travel is such a gift! Every every vista!


bellandainparis November 22, 2012 at 10:30 pm

Love your list, my dear sweet Kasia… A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful Italian man. My children keep asking, “When are we going to see them again??? Ya know they couple where the man speaks Italian and the girl speaks English.” Apparently you guys were a smash hit!

Much love to you both…


Kasia November 28, 2012 at 10:30 am

Your kids are adorable! Tell them ‘the Italian man and the American girl’ think of them often and hope to see them soon!! Much love to you!


Susan November 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

I love that photo of you…happy (belated) thanksgiving!


Kasia November 28, 2012 at 10:32 am

Thank you Susan! Hope you had a festive Thanksgiving with your little prince and princess!


tn December 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Happy belated Thanksgiving! I loved the optimism point you made…never lose that! It’s truly hard for me in the winters here under the gray skies…being from Florida and missing the sun so much. This was a great reminder to me thanks Kasia!

- Tanya


Kasia December 5, 2012 at 10:36 am

Winters are tough indeed. I try to focus on work and visiting museums, galleries, etc to pass the long gray days. It’s then we must make a conscious effort to think ‘happy thoughts’…


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