Day 365: it's day 365
I’m done. 365 days of thankfulness complete. Now it’s time for me to look back and be thankful.
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Day 364: you
A blog is nothing if people don’t read it. I’m not sure if many people have read this or not but for those that have followed at any point, this is my time to say thank you for hearing me out. I hope and pray that you can see the things in your life that are worth being thankful for. So thank you!!
Day 363: the timing seems appropriate
This three hundred and sixty five day venture is quickly coming to an end. Just as it is coming to it’s close though, life looks like it is starting to move in a new way. I’ve spent the last year trying to figure out which direction I might go. Now a path is been paved ahead of me. This past year has taken me to places far greater than I knew existed, with people too beautiful for me...
Day 362: a roll over the bridge and under the...
Standing, we let the wheels beneath our feet carry us along the bridge. As they carried us, we looked over the ocean that held the silver reflection of a full moon. Faster and faster, the wheels would spin as we felt the wind brush past our faces and take the heat from our skin. There was a purity to the simple rhythms and motions of rolling over the bridge, under the shadow of a night sky. It was...
Day 361: the pursuit of holiness
“Holiness” is a scary word. Definitely a word that I don’t associate with myself. We are called to be holy though. Surely not! That’s for the perfect ones amongst us, the old and wise with years of flawless experience. Who am I kidding with thoughts like these? None of us are perfect. So if this is the case why do I wait around for a time when all of a sudden I miraculously...
Day 360: the inner child, searching freedom and...
There was a few of us who went to the park this morning. There was a play equipment there and we found ourselves playing like children on the swing and monkey bars. I guess it goes to show that some part inside of us never grows up. I believe the desire to be free and have fun like a child is beautiful. It was nice to be shown that today and it’s something I am thankful for.
Day 359: we danced
A friend of ours had his first DJ gig so we went to see him mix some music. He mixed the music well. We danced until he stopped and then we left. I don’t go out dancing very often but it was fun for a change.
Day 358: I am close to finishing 365 days
Only a week till I finish 365 days of thankfulness. I’m starting to reflect on this time and how beautiful it has been to see things in a different light. It’s time that I be thankful for a journey of thankfulness as I draw closer to day 365.
Day 357: the boys had a premiere
Some boys I know go on a trip once a year. This time they went down to Adelaide and made their way across the southern parts of Vic and back up the east coast to Syd. Their stories make me laugh and from what I can tell they have a very good time. I think for their own benefit primarily, they film their travels and make them into a mini movie. These boys put on a backyard premiere to show us their...
their trip last year. i didnt know them then but i think its pretty similar
Day 356: home for a while now
I’m going to be home for a while now. There is going to be a little bit more routine, which I think is kinda exciting. That’s something to be thankful for.
Day 355: a girls night with Monique and Simone
It’s beautiful when family is not just a blood tie but rather a deep friendship. I got to share the night of my 355th day of thankfulness with my cousins, Monique and Simone. They gave me every reason to be thankful. We grew up with each other and I love them to the moon and back. The night was so much fun. The typical girls night…two chick flicks, plenty of chatting, ice-cream,...
Day 354: chaplains
There are people in this world with the most incredible hearts that seek to help and connect with the people placed around them. When these certain people recognise their gifts and see to it that the people around them are loved, good things happen. Chaplains are usually these kind of people. When a chaplain is present, they are there to care for the people around and tend to any ‘God’...
Day 353: it's time I say goodbye to competing for...
Losing hurts a lot and I lost again in my QS heat. Not my best contest ever. The pain comes from knowing that I could do better. It isn’t my surfing ability that’s the problem, it’s my own head. I don’t have that competitive drive. When I surf a heat I constantly second guess myself and always kind of shrink back. I haven’t wanted to go surfing just for fun for too...
Day 352: at least the other girl would have been...
i surfed my pro junior heat and lost with one second to go. If I was the other girl I would have been so happy but this time I was the one to leave the beach disappointed. It was my last pro junior ever and I am pretty sure that is my worst result ever. First round knock out with nothing impressive to show. I guess that happens sometimes. At least I went out with a bang.
Day 351: a day without the contest
Surfest happens at Merewhether beach once a year. It’s a big contest, with a draw filled with big names. The first day of the event I didn’t have to compete. It was nice to just watch, chill out and have a couple of free surfs with no pressure. Thankful
Day 350: Valentines day
Valentines day is a beautiful day. A day set aside to express love is one to be thankful for. I just hope that all the roses, chocolate hearts and fluffy toys that were given are part of an ongoing love. This was the first year of my entire life that I have had a valentine. I am 19 years old. It was a nice change and I am thankful.
Day 349: these girls know how to have fun
Down to the local sea pool with our goggles, wetsuits, and various water craft we went. The girls danced their way around the public pool with no shame. It was like we were only little again. Laughing at ourselves, forgetting that anyone could be watching us play the fool. There should be more times like these in everyone’s lives. I am thankful for the fun.
Day 348: his patience
Tom doesn’t like to sit down very much. He is told that with a snapped humorous he will have to get pretty good at sitting down. There will be no surfing, no diving, no sliding on huffies and no anything else that he usually does. Knowing this though, Tom has done his best to smile and be patient, even when it hurts and becomes quickly frustrating. Thankful for a patient brother.
Day 347: honesty
Honesty is a wonderful thing. There is a respect that tags along with honesty, a respect that is fairly rare to find. I think one of the main reasons I am thankful for honesty is that it tells you where you stand. Second guessing the motives and thoughts of others isn’t necessary. Life is allowed to be rosy some days and not so rosy others. That’s reality. Thankful for honesty
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Day 346: state
I surfed the Opens NSW State Titles. My first rounds felt good. There are always things you could have done better but I was comfortable and pretty happy with how things were going. The final came around and a decent wave didn’t really come my way. A little bit frustrating but that happens sometimes. I am thankful that I made the final and for the practice it gave me before going to surfest...
Day 345: it could have been really bad
I don’t know if you have heard of Huffy sliders before. They are those little bikes with a massive front wheel and two small back wheels, ideal for sliding down big hills if that’s what you’re into. Well, the boys around home have huffy sliders. I never knew something brought from Kmart could become so full on. The other night they were sliding down some hills in a more remote...
Day 344: it was a nice time
I like the north coast a lot. I like it even better when it is shared with loved ones, when waves are plentiful and new experiences make an appearance. This trip gave me every reason to like the north coast better. Thankful
Day 343: i survived
Illuka has a beautiful rainforest walk. I wouldn’t really know though. Yes, I did walk the path that runs straight through the middle of it but I was distracted the entire time. I have an issue with reptiles. Mum and I came across 5 man eating lizards, all about 50cm long, ready to take me alive. Tears of fear might have overwhelmed me twice and I may have panicked on a number of times....
Day 342: proverbs 3
I am going through Proverbs in my quite times at the moment. Proverbs was written by King Solomon around 950bc. The words he spoke still apply today, about 3000 years later. At the time Solomon was credited as the wisest man to have ever lived. It’s probably worth taking some of his advice. Thankful that his words were recorded in the book of Proverbs.
Day 341: the ocean was still stirring while I was...
I had good waves at home before I left. I arrived at Lennox and got good waves again. That was a win. A win that I am thankful for.