5 Things I was grateful for this summer

I'm grateful for summer

Summer is slowly coming to an end, the days are getting shorter and colder, and I see autumn themed posts everywhere. The perfect time to reflect on the past few months. As always, there were quite a few ups and downs, but overall I had an awesome summer, which I’m really grateful for.

I’m grateful for the long summer days

I’ll let you all in on a secret: before I moved to Norway I used to hate summer, it was my least favorite season of the year. I have hayfever, so I used to be sick all through summer and I didn’t have many people to hang out with because everyone was traveling all the time.

But I’m so much more appreciative for summer now that I live in a cold and dark country. Summer has become my favorite season now, and mainly thanks to the long and sunny days. The sun is up until late at night, and it’s only dark for a few short hours. It’s absolutely wonderful and nothing makes me happier than looking out of my window at 3am and seeing the sun.

I’m grateful for vacation

When writing about summer I obviously have to include summer vacation and traveling. Like most other companies in Norway, the company I work for shuts down for two weeks during July. So I always have a couple of weeks off during summer. In June I visited Venice with people from work and Trondheim with my boyfriend, and in July my boyfriend and I traveled to Amsterdam.

I'm grateful for vacation

But I’m not just grateful for traveling, I’m also grateful for time off in general. I realize how lucky I am living in Norway and having 5 weeks of paid vacation. I hear so many stories of people in other countries, including the United States, barely having any paid time off. It’s hard to imagine what that must be like, and I’m so grateful I’m not in that situation.

I'm grateful for vacation

I’m grateful for my boyfriend

This might be a bit cliché, but I’m extremely grateful for my boyfriend. We’ve been together for two years this summer, and I hope there are many more years to come. I honestly have no idea where I’d be without him, he’s so supportive of everything I do and has helped me calm down in so many stressful situations.

I’m grateful for starting therapy

Actually, I started therapy during winter but had to quit going before summer because my therapist went on maternity leave. I went without therapy for a couple of months, and this summer I finally found a new therapist. We have a session every Monday evening, which is a nice way to start a new week. I’m honestly feeling much happier now that I’m back in therapy, and I’m extremely glad I made the decision to start again.

I’m grateful for my blog

This post wouldn’t be complete if I didn’t say thanks to all of you! I’m so grateful for this blog and all my readers and followers. I started this blog in the beginning of summer, and I can’t believe how far I’ve become. Writing makes me feel relaxed and happy, so in a way, my blog works as a form of therapy. At first, I was a bit scared to start blogging, especially since I write about very personal subjects. But so far I’ve only received wonderful feedback and I’m very motivated to continue doing what I’m doing.

What are you grateful for?

Do you often think about what you’re grateful for? Expressing gratitude has a lot of positive effects on our mental health. Make sure to read my post about the gratitude challenge, where I talk about my experience with being grateful.

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  1. Love this! I’m definitely a summer kind of girl, so I tend to sulk whenever autumn’s around the corner. This made me realise I should just be grateful for another amazing summer and not be so sad about it all coming to an end.

    It also helps that I’m going travelling for three weeks at the end of the month! Ha!

    -Elodie x

    http://www.elle-yeah.com

    1. I’m glad you’re grateful for summer 🙂 And autumn can be great as well, following so many bloggers on Twitter and Instagram is definitely making me more excited about it!

    1. I remember when I traveled to London a few summers ago, it was so extremely hot! It was nice for a few days, but I’m not sure if I would be able to handle it that well if I actually lived there!

  2. I think a good part of healthy living is to take some time to reflect on what you are grateful for. Thank you for sharing your personal thoughts and reminding us to be grateful. I am grateful for having the opportunity to live another day, make things right, and try to be as happy as I can be.

  3. Love your blog, it is a good thing to be thankful about things that matters and things that seems unimportant. It is a shame that we what we take most things for granted and only realise the worth when they are no more

  4. It’s really wonderful to read that you’re finding being back in therapy to be really positive for you! I’m coming to the end of my therapy sessions, and they’ve been invaluable for me, so it’s great to read someone experiencing the same. I’m so grateful I have a job that gives me the opportunity to live life the way I want to 🙂

    1. I’m sorry to hear therapy isn’t working out for you. My first experience with therapy wasn’t the best either, it didn’t work and I didn’t get along well with my therapist. But now I’m doing a completely different form of therapy and it’s so much better! It might be that your experiences are better with another therapist 🙂

  5. Great post! I’ve been tinkering with this idea of moving to the Scandinavian countries myself. It seems you have much to be thankful for,and showing gratitude is so good for your mental and emotional health.
    Well done!

  6. This is a great post and a great reminder of how many things we are blessed to have in our lives! I randomly catch myself complaining about the little things – and have to remind myself to be grateful for what I do have!

  7. It’s especially so heartwarming to me to see what people are grateful for. It’s amazing to be able to sit back and reflect on what you’re most grateful for in life- it makes you extra humble too! Great post lovely! X