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.
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 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.
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.