I give thanks for…

Tuesday, 8 October 2013 | Tags: , , ,

To live with gratitude is the road to happiness. It increases your energy, optimism and empathy. At least, that’s what Oprah and the Internet say.

I strive to let go of the negative and focus on the positive.  It requires constant vigilance and recalibration of thought.  But with Thanksgiving a few days away, it is the perfect time to reflect on things for which we are grateful.  Fortunately, I have many.

Family and friends

I am truly blessed by the people I have around me. They support me, they challenge me, they inspire me and they uplift me. The older I get the more important it is for me to surround myself with positive people with good energy.

My boyfriend

James and I have been together for over five years. Having him in my life gives me much strength. He is incredibly supportive, thoughtful and kind. Not to mention absolutely hilarious, handsome and handy! And yes, he still brings me flowers every week.

My dog

One of the best things I’ve ever done is get a dog. (Actually, James got Ruby for me. He was tired of hearing about how much I wanted a dog.) Ruby cracks me up daily. She’s just so darn cute and cuddly. The unconditional love ain’t bad either.

My health

45 is just a couple of months away (WHAATTT??) and while I am starting to feel the cricks and pangs of age, I’m healthy. (Knock on wood. I’m also a bit superstitious.) And yes Dr. Lima, I know I’m overdue for a physical. I’ll be in by the end of the year, I promise.

My treats

There is nothing better than that first cup of coffee in the morning and that glass of wine at the end of the day. Not to mention nibbles of chocolate and cheese in between. I truly relish these sips and bites by enjoying them slowly and thoughtfully.

My home

I love my house. I’ve been living here for 11 years and while I do occasionally contemplate a move, whenever I go house hunting, I don’t see anything that comes close. (At least not in my price range.) I’ve spent years making it just so; my own personal haven. I feel sheltered, relaxed and pampered here.


I so love a sunny day. Just gazing at the sky makes me happy. Going for a walk with Ruby and James, sipping coffee on a sunny day. It really doesn’t get much better than that.


I love a good story, no matter the medium. Books, TV and Movies, they are my work, my entertainment, and also my lifeblood.

Our fans

When fans write in to say they were moved by a blog, laughed at a performance, or inspired to tackle a recipe, I do feel like I’ve done at least some good. I know I’m not curing cancer, teaching youngsters or righting wrongs. But it does make me feel grateful that my work puts a smile on people’s faces and that they reach out to tell me so.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


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  • Sue

    I can relate to many of the things you said you were grateful for.

    Isn’t it a treat when the sun comes out, even for 20 minutes, on a rainy, gray, winter day in Vancouver?! The bright orange, red, and yellow leaves in fall in contrast with the blue sky and greenery. Being in a warm, dry home when the rain is pounding against the roof. Even seeing pics of your cute friend Ruby makes me smile. And of course Anna & Kristina’s Grocery Bag show. 😉

  • Silvia

    I am thankful for having read what you wrote, thank you Kristina for reminding me to be grateful for my many blessings, happy Thanksgiving, you and your boyfriend are so adorable together and I love Ruby!!!

  • Morag

    My husband and I love the grocery bags show, we have watched the re-runs probably about five times now. Enough, already, when are we going to see new ones? You and Anna are so real not fake, you both make us laugh, particularly when Anna, who looks as though “butter” would not melt in her mouth, lets out one of her bleeped swear words. You both have such beautiful smiles. Wishing you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving from Ottawa, Ontario.
    Now I will go back to trying to find a potato recipe you did from Gordon Ramsey’s book.

  • sue

    enough with the repeats……………is there more shows coming