Thankful of many blessings

This Thanksgiving I giveth over with thanks.  I love the idea of Friendsgiving. I have so many friends and relationships that I am truly blessed.  I also have a wonderful family. Like I said, I thought we were dysfunctional but after living in cohousing I realized we were quite functional. Sure, there was a divorce but so are half the families out there.

I am so thankful that I took an impromptu trip last week and had the chance to see two members of my family that I rarely see since they live so far away.  That was a gift.

About this time last year I was part of a class of amazing women. Since then, we have continued to meet on zoom and have now become a strong group of friends. I’m thankful for that.

A good friend invited me to take his creativity class and now I have a new group of friends who are striving artists just like me. I love watching their success and we support and push each other. Sometimes I wonder if leaving cohousing was the best creative career move since all those meetings really do cut into writing time (and as you see from all these posts, I have lots of time now)

Through trying to form another intentional community (future blog post to be posted shortly) I have made two new friends.  That’s always a good thing.

I have realized who my real friends are this year.  The ones who listened to me as I went on and on over what happened in cohousing.  They were so kind to lend an ear when it was all I could think about and still am taking time to heal.

One unexpected place to find new friends is right here – on the blogosphere. Through connecting with other bloggers I now know other writers, cooks, fashionistas, recovering addicts, and parents figuring it out as they go.  I wanted to just throw my thoughts out into the universe for those who do their due diligence before deciding to move to an intentional community. I never thought I’d meet new people who also blog about various topics. I found a new community!

So, this thanksgiving I am so thankful to connecting with people virtually and in person.  Last year when I watched the batch of Christmas movies one song stood out to me.  Bing Cosby sings White Christmas in Holiday Inn but he also sings a song about counting his blessings instead of sheep. That’s how I feel. I have so many blessings.

I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving too!

About CJ

I was a Spanish teacher for 5 years in the Public School system in 3 different states. I homeschooled and taught at a democratic free school. I heard about cohousing in 2010 and wanted to move in right away. I met a group building one in 2018 and got to move in the summer of 2019. It only took a year to want out.
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