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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Things I Am Thankful For - December 2017

Dearest sweethearts,

If you've been reading my blog this year you must have noticed the challenge I have proposed for last year. It's hard sometimes to see the bright side of life. Even when looking at a glass of water we tend to see the empty half, nor the part filled with water. In fact, all that is relatively as the glass is never empty - the other half is filled with air! So what I proposed was that at the beginning of each month we should think of the things we are thankful for.  It might be hard at first but you'll get better as time passes. Train yourself to see the beauty in the little things in life. Start with 5 things/Moments and work up from there ;) Here's my take until now for the month of January, FebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctober and November. For December, I am thankful for many things, but here are 5 picks:
1. Star Wars Universe - specifically The Last Jedi (that I have seen on the big screen, up to this very day, for 4 times - both 2D and 3D) and all the new Canon books and comics that appear like mushroos after heavy rain. Some people can't take the Disney(fied) version of Star Wars nowdays, but I say: Bring it on! I've always been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a little lass, I ain't stopping now! #carriefisherismyprincessforever  ♥️it is true I do not agree with the road taken with the original characters (especially Luke) but the new movies  have this cinematic beauty that makes everyone want to watch and rewatch them. I , for one, am rooting for a match between Kylo Ren / Ben Solo and Rey. And somehow I find it hard to believe that she's a noone.  
2. Christmas Markets - nothing gets me more into the Christmas spirit than the Christmas Markets opening at the end of November, but when there is some snow and frost (in December) they get even more magical. Going out with family, treating yourself to some mulled wine and some oscypek (mountain cheese), having some pictures in front of the huge Christmas tree... that's somewhat magical in itself. Enjoy the Szopka Christmas Nativity Scenes Contest next to the Adam Mickiewicz statue, maybe buy a small wooden version for yourself - for home... children love Christmas Markets and what better time to become children again then Christmas Time?!
 
3. Time spent with Family - I am blessed to have both my mum and granny with me, helping us with the little Ladybug Baby Girl. That allows us to go to work and not worry about a nanny or child care. It is a blessing indeed! And we were fortunate enough to have also my sister over for both Christmas and New Year - I wish she could have stayed forever, but we all have work to do... Yet time spent with the Family is the best way one can spend time, especially during the winter holidays. The main holidays should be spent with family, together as one, not necessarily eating like a pig :p but enjoying the time with one another, sharing stories, playing cards, having long walks... even fighting from time to time... I guess every family does That!
4. People still being human, people that still give, people that have a heart that beats not only for themselves - I love the fact that even if corporations are greedy and they do tend to take the soul and spirit away from People, they do provide CSR activities to balance the artistic urges. I know for sure that in Krakow there are corporations that host once a year large artistic events created, directed and acted by employees; done on their own sweet time. The artistic acts are usually plays or musicals and the money raised goes to diverse charities. Capgemini does that, Cisco does that and UBS does that too... This year I finally managed to go see my friends at the Musical: Kasting - it had 2 shows in December and it will have 2 more in January. It's nice to know that people still care and would give up their time and money to do something good for others. Think about it! Pay it forward!
 
5. Holidays - to be more precise: Christmas and New Year - what can be better than winter Holidays?! What brings family closer, what puts a smile on everyone's face? Christmas brightens the spirits, it lifts people up... it makes one think of God and the fact that he came here as a babe for us. A King became a baby, when usually it's quite the opposite... the other way around... I love this time of year, when everyone gets together and there is present sharing and this lovely smell around the house. Everyone gets a break from work and everyone turns jolly... oh, how I wish it were Christmas all year round!

Yours very much truly,
The Twisted Red Ladybug That Wants To Be Thankful For All The Lovely Things Life Brings Us