Happy Thanksgiving! A Fresh New Start

I hit a rough patch in my life just prior to Thanksgiving last year. I wrote about it quite extensively and then decided that certain things in my life did not have to be broadcast to the Internet and Blogosphere. That is why you might be a little surprised when I tell you that this year (Thanksgiving to Thanksgiving) was the worst year of my entire life.

As this long weekend approached, I wasn’t feeling very thankful. I wanted to stave off the celebrations this year. I wanted Thanksgiving to just go away.

It took me a while to realize that I actually have quite a lot to be thankful for. Sure, things didn’t quite work out the way I had wanted them to this last year. But that doesn’t really mean much in the grand scheme of things. I truly believe that things happen for a reason and that things will work out eventually.

Here is what I am thankful for this year,

A New Year

I feel like this holiday heralds the start of something great. I can finally put the worst year of my life behind me and move onto better things.


My Teaching Tip Tuesday series has become quite popular. I am glad that so many teachers are finding my tips useful. I realize that teachers are busy and don’t often leave comments but I am thankful for every hit I get and the very nice emails I have received.


I love the tranquility of running down a nature trail. I enjoy bringing a camera with me, snapping a picture every few minutes, weaving those pictures into a narrative and then presenting them to you on this blog. My Visual Running Tours have become one of my favourite features here too.

My Health

I am a pretty energetic guy. I’m glad I have the ability to run around, chase after kids on the playground, skateboard, and do the various other things that I am able to do on a daily basis.

Happy Thanksgiving!

I really do have a lot to be thankful for. I am happy that this holiday came around now. It feels like I have a fresh start. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

5 responses to “Happy Thanksgiving! A Fresh New Start”

  1. Feeling like you have a fresh start in life is one of the best feelings. Thanksgiving is a nice place to bookmark a year, because we actually take the time to reflect on all the things we have in our lives, as opposed to New Years' when we think about all the things we don't have, or don't do…
    I'm guilty of reading your Teaching Tips and not commenting, but I am definitely thankful for every entry you write about teaching!! Thanks 🙂

  2. Hi Katy,

    Thanks a lot for your comment. It's so good to see you here and know that you like what I am doing. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hi Silverfish,

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving! Thanks!

  3. Hi Chase .. what we say here .. does need to be ready to be heard by one and all .. and sometimes that's just not appropriate – so like you I ditched one blog ..

    We have much to be thankful for .. and are constantly learning .. and I love seeing round your London ..

    Cheers – have a really happy Thanksgiving year ahead .. and I loved the cartoon – out of kids come wise words!! Happy days .. Hilary