I sit here in my hammock, already sweating at 8am, enjoying a cup of stovetop-brewed coffee that still has some of the grains in it because they can’t ever be completely strained out. The street outside my house is loud, kids heading to classes, people to work, the occasional cowboy riding by on his horse. Dogs bark, fireworks go off, and life goes on. Today is not a holiday in here.
Amidst the heat, noise, and unstrained coffee, I find myself thankful.
Really, really thankful.
Thankful that this morning I could wake up and ‘aprovechar’ the wifi of my neighbors to post this.
Thankful that I now live in a house where my things no longer mold just from being inside the building.
Thankful that I have a house.
Thankful that after struggling for years with gray/cloudy skies, I am living out a two-year respite of sunshine and blue skies.
Thankful that when I went to clean out my mini-fridge yesterday, I came to realize that over half of what was inside was deliciousness I had been given by six different families. Love.
Thankful that I have a mini-fridge to clean out.
Thankful for the hospitality, love and patience of my Nicaraguan community.
Thankful I have not gotten Dengue.
Thankful that my self-care afternoon this week included spending three hours at a rural beach swimming and splashing around a natural, crystal-clear swimming pool that forms when the tide is out with local kids.
Thankful that later this afternoon I will get to be swimming in a pool and enjoying turkey, gluten-free stuffing, and no-bake cookies with some dear friends and PC staff.
Thankful that I have met some pretty incredible people over the last few weeks who have changed my views about the future, careers, and loving the job you have.
Thankful that I get to see my dad in t-minus three weeks.
Thankful that regardless of parasites, thefts, and the hard days, I get to live out this dream of spending a couple years abroad.
Thankful for my incredible friends and family back in the States who I know are rooting for me and love me.
Lastly, thankful that I have no shame in posting this early-morning, puffy-face selfie for you all to enjoy. See Mom? I’m alive and happy 🙂
Love you all dearly. Happy turkey day!