I cannot even think where to start for what I am thankful for this year – there is so much!
This year has truly been a year of change for me, and in a HUGE way. I mean I did pack up my entire life and move half way across the world to Namibia after all. I have been talking about living in Africa and working on cat conservation for as long as I can remember, so I am definitely very, very thankful to have this opportunity to follow through with my lifelong dreams. Seriously, how many people can say that they actually do exactly what they said they were going to do when they were a kid and saying what they wanted to be when they grow up? I’m doing it. I am here.
And I could not be living my dreams if it wasn’t for the fact that I have the most incredible and supportive family in the whole entire world! Things are on the tough side right now back home, and still when I was given this opportunity, without any hesitation they told me to go and do it. That we would make this work. Their love and support keeps me pushing on the days when I am feeling homesick or overwhelmed. They will forever by my biggest fans and my biggest supporters. My sister, Erin, took over the care of Diesel and is giving him such a loving and wonderful home since he could not make the journey with me. I am so thankful to my mom, my dad, both of my sisters, my nephew, my brother-in-law and to all of my family! I am truly, truly blessed and I love you all with my whole heart!!
I am thankful to my friends that I have left behind in the States who chat with me all the time over Facebook to keep me posted with how the animals at my zoo are doing and what’s going on in all of their lives as well. And especially to Becca and Andy who have taken in Optimus Prime as part of their family and give him all the love (and treats hehe) that they possibly could. And I am thankful for my CCF Family, and all of my friends here. Not only do we work together in high stress situations on a daily basis, but we also all live relatively close to each other, eat all of our meals at one big table together, and all of our after-work socializing is with each other. And somehow, we manage to not hate each other! That’s how you know that you are surrounded by good people!
To my sponsors, FitCRUNCH and BB Custom Suits who continue to support me and my bodybuilding goals even though I am wayyyyy outside of their selling market ranges.
Wow, I have quite the support system, don’t I? I really am lucky!!
Oh and I am also very thankful for technology! How else would you reading this right? When our WiFi is cooperating I am able to video chat with Nick on a daily basis, talk to my family all the time, and stay as connected to the outside world as I chose to (which sometimes is not at all).
You’re probably getting annoyed of all the mushy-gushy stuff by now. So go eat and enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner. We had a nice little lamb potjie at Nadja’s tonight around a fire and everyone shared what they were thankful for. And then we passed around a huge scorpion in a jar that she had caught in her dogs’ bed before everyone got there, because you know, TIA. (Don’t worry, we released him unharmed afterwards). It was really nice.