Not only is it my first Thanksgiving in Austin, but I also realized it is my first Thanksgiving away from my family. So crazy to think about! My favorite part about Thanksgiving was cooking and preparing the feast with my mom and baking a new dessert for the fam. I was sad to miss out on that this year…BUT my sister, April, drove down from Tennessee to spend the week here! (It was a whopping 10-ish hour drive, so serious props to her for making the journey). I brought her around the city, showing her all the cool Austin-y things, albeit most of it was “touristy” but still worth it.
I even got to teach April some yoga the other night. On Thanksgiving day I brought her to a hot yoga class at the studio for a nice detox in preparation for the inevitable feasting later. We even did a quick Black Friday stop at JC Penny (because apparently stores find it acceptable to start Black Friday at 3pm on Thanksgiving day).
We had a chill dinner night with my roommate, who contributed a delicious ham. April made pot roast with potatoes, chuck roast, carrots, onions using a slow cooker so the house smelled delicious the whole. The anticipation for dinner was high! Since neither me or April are big fans of stuffing, I made a simple vegetable dish: Chopped onions, carrots, celery, broccoli, and zucchini sprinkled with olive oil, seasoning and kale. I threw it in the oven for about 20 minutes and we were good to go!
We had a two course dessert (because, why not?): banana bread pudding, and then a pumpkin cheesecake I baked. I’ll probably do a separate post for the recipe for that, since it turned out surprisingly well! It was my first time making a pumpkin cheesecake, and I had to improvise a bit so I was a little worried about the turnout.
Overall, it was a successful Thanksgiving! I have a lot to be thankful for, and although I could probably make a list of these things, I think it can all be consolidated to one thing: my life at the present moment. I am just grateful for where I am at in life right now. I’m always reminding my self to appreciate the present moment because this moment won’t last forever. I’m thankful for my supportive family and my relationship with them, for living in Austin and my cozy apartment, for being in a situation where I am okay financially (for the time being), and for being able to go through yoga teacher training. I think it’s important to acknowledge the benefits you have in the current moment, wherever you may be in life, because that situation could shift at anytime. I might not have the time or money to be invested in yoga in the next month, or I may somehow have a rocky relationship with the people around me next week. But right now at this moment, I am healthy and doing fine, and that’s definitely something to be grateful for.