My beautiful friend, wonderful writer, literacy ambassador and all round amazing person Anita Heiss asked me to answer this question on her blog last month. I felt honoured and extremely grateful and decided to share with you all here too on my blog now in the new year.
Anita practises gratitude and I think it’s a brilliant way to live your life and focus on positivity. Take a moment daily or weekly to give thanks for what you have and feel joy!
Five things I’m grateful for.
I’m grateful for family, friends, opportunities to grow and learn, and to teach, motivate and inspire others to live a passionate life.
1) My big fat Greek family that has held me in its loving arms, always supported me in every way and made me laugh most of all, especially my children!
2) My parents for migrating to Australia and sacrificing much to give me the best possible chance of getting an education and a better life.
3) The opportunity to teach, inspire and work with adolescents and constantly learn is something I thrive on. I love passing on my passion for books and language and for inspiring them to express themselves in new ways. I particularly love teasing out poems from them as they lack confidence and it makes me ecstatic to get them to realise that they can be writers too.
I feel honoured to work as an educator despite the demands & challenges.
4) I feel blessed to live in the most liveable city in the world, Melbourne-the garden state. I live on the fringe of Bundoora Park, a diverse, native reserve perched on top of Mount Cooper, the highest point in the Melbourne metro area so after my evening walk/run I take a moment to take in the spectacular sunsets on my mountain. It’s always such a special, spiritual time.
We’re also lucky enough to be able to enjoy a beach house my parents built on the Mornington Peninsula. It’s what fantastic, family summer holidays memories are made of.
It makes a great retreat where I can write too. I can never be too far away from the sea-the mystery, myth and magic of the ocean has a huge pull on me. It must be why I’m so obsessed with mermaids and writing poetry, short stories and now a novel about them.
5) I’m so happy to have met so many wonderful writers via social media and to be a part of a very supportive network and inspirational community of book lovers and creative artists such as the lovely Anita and many more. It really has made a huge impact on my creative life and also on my social life, thanks to Anita.
I’m very grateful for Anita and for asking me to share my gratitude.