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The 5 Minute Coffee Corner: Thanksgiving

If you’re English, you’ve probably started reading the title of this post and thought, “Thanksgiving?! WTF?!” We don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. And of course, you’re right. Here in England, we don’t. But pretty much all of my work is with American clients, and I have thoroughly enjoyed receiving messages of love and gratitude this week, with many wishing me “Happy Thanksgiving” to me and my loved ones.

There is something to be said for taking the time to express gratitude for all that you have. And an entire holiday dedicated to it?! It’s my ideal holiday! No matter how hard things feel at times, I always have things to be grateful for.

That being said, I think it’s important to watch out for that element of gratitude that edges into toxic positivity territory – you know the whole “everything happens for a reason” and “if you just think positive, things will get better” – it’s not always helpful is it? Sometimes what we need is to be grateful for all that we have, while acknowledging that things can also be really shit for us and others. It’s OK to hold space for both, and it’s OK to wish things were different, even when you still have things to be grateful for.

So I might not be celebrating tomorrow with a turkey dinner and my loved ones, but I am definitely mindful of how grateful I am for my health, my wealth, and my loved ones around me. And a reminder to anybody who needs to hear it: things may feel a bit bleak, but in the words of Glennon Doyle, You Can Do Hard Things.

And in the spirit of gratitude, I promise you’ll be grateful for ME this week because I have some AMAZING stuff for you.

Reading

This beautiful online interaction

Sometimes I find myself really detecting the human race, especially when I spend too much time on the internet. But I am an absolute sucker for the kindness of strangers, and sometimes you stumble across the most beautiful thing that reminds you there are some beautiful, wonderful people out there.

My cousin shared this recently and I knew I had to share it here. I read this post and bawled immediately. I’m not a Mum, but I have a Mum, a very wonderful one, and if she has taught me anything it is that a mother’s love for her child knows no limits and is one of the most precious emotions in existence. I feel like what this person responded could only have come from a parent, and I love that they took the time to write it.

Watching

Taylor Swift on Saturday Night Live

Sometimes I think people shrug Taylor Swift off as being a bit basic and mainstream, but I absolutely love her. I used to listen to her when I was about 17, but I stopped when she went a bit poppy as it just wasn’t really my thing. But when she released the incredible albums Folklore and Evermore last year, I became addicted once again. Those albums are absolutely incredible pieces of work.

I don’t really understand all that has happened with Taylor Swift and her record label dictatorship, but I know that it was terrible and unjust. But I absolutely LOVE the fact that she is re-recording all of her albums from that period so that she can reclaim the rights to the songs. There has already been a decrease in people engaging with the originals and an increase in people listening to her re-recorded versions (also known as Taylor’s version) and I love that she is doing it.

I recently saw this video from Saturday Night Live where she’s brought one of her songs back out (supposedly about her relationship with Jake Gyllenhaal) and extended it to a whopping 10 minutes. I don’t know anything about her relationship with that guy as I don’t really follow celebrity gossip, but I think the song is absolutely stunning. And this performance is even better. Absolutely beautiful.

Whether you’re a fan of Taylor Swift or not, if you have a spare 10 minutes, I’d really recommend watching this video and listening to the song. In case I hadn’t said it 50,000 times already, it’s beautiful. And then if you have another 15 minutes, go watch All Too Well: The Short Film (the video that’s going on in the back of her performance) because it’s a wonderful piece of art.

Listening

Epiphany by Taylor Swift

Whilst I’m paying tribute to Taylor Swift, I figured she’d feature in this section too, this week!

I’m not sure how I didn’t share this song when Folklore first came out and I listened to it 24/7 for the next few months, but it is a truly stunning song and I think one of her finer works.

Epiphany is a tribute to all the healthcare and emergency services workers around the globe who fought to help people throughout the pandemic, even if it meant them losing their lives in the process. We all know how many of these heroes there are, and it is something that I think about often. All of those selfless people who risked their lives to help others. The song draws reference to the similarity of those fighting to help people through the pandemic and those fighting in the world wars, and it is so beautiful and emotional. Give it a listen!

Before You Go…

So, I’m not on TikTok (well technically I am – I have an account so that I can watch stuff that people send to me) and I recently discovered Francis Bourgeois. I swear to god, this account has brought me SO MUCH JOY over the last few days. He is a trainspotter who makes videos of him trainspotting. That’s it. He does this weird camera effect sometimes which gives him a bug-head/eyes, and he is so excited by trains and ‘tones’ and he is so polite that he thanks every driver when they honk him. It is the most wholesome content you will ever see. (But if you do find anything more wholesome please send it my way!)

I first watched one of his videos, and thought it was going to be a parody account with a name like Bourgeois. And to be honest, as I was watching, I was like “there is no WAY on this earth that this guy is real.” But you know what? The more I watched, the more I realised I don’t actually care if he’s real because his videos have brought me so much joy that I can live with it either way. I hope he’s real because if he is, he is honestly the most beautiful, wonderful, joy-inducing person on the planet. And I am friends with/related to A LOT of joy-inducing people.

@francis.bourgeois

Here is Gordon driving a Freightliner Class 66 (66524). He’s a legend! #trains #trending #fyp

♬ original sound – Francis Bourgeois

I really hope he brings you as much joy as he’s brought me these last few days! Happy Thanksgiving one and all, whether you celebrate or not, and I’m sending you lots of love and wishes for health and wealth xxx

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