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Hi everybody, and welcome to a new Top Ten Tuesday!
Today’s topic is a Thankful-freebie in honor of Thanksgiving. Now, in Belgium we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, BUT I do always enjoy listing things that made me happy in the past year. Because it’s always a good idea to focus on everything we have to be thankful about, right?
So today’s post is all about the things that I’m thankful for in 2022. As always, I just want to say that of course I am most happy for my husband, family and friends and their health and mine. That is ALWAYS number one. But for this post I don’t want to get too sentimental and instead focus on other things that I’m thankful for. Perhaps the smaller things that can be easily forgotten, and yet they have the power to make any day that much better.
This is a book blog so OF COURSE I’m always thankful for books. I’m thankful for books for transporting me to other, exciting worlds whenever I need it. I’m thankful for books for helping me pass the time during my daily commute (audiobooks FTW). I’m thankful for books for giving me so many fictional characters to care about. And I’m thankful for books for bringing me this blog and through it, all of you! This bookish community has been the absolute best, so THANK YOU!
Here are just a few of my favorite books of the year:
I’m thankful for music for being my constant companion. I’m thankful to all the songs that hype me up when I need it, or the ones that help calm me down when I need that. I’m thankful for all the artists who keep pouring so much emotions into their songs so I can relate and place my own feelings. And I’m thankful for all the artists from my youth who are having comebacks this year because OMG, I’m feeling like I’m a teenager again with songs from bands like Paramore, My Chemical Romance, Panic! At The Disco, Avril Lavigne, The Used and so many more on my playlist.
Here are a few of my favorite songs of 2022:
(just two for now, but I’m DEFINITELY doing a full top ten (or twenty) by the end of the year)
I’m thankful for all the TV shows I watched and loved in 2022 because there were some amazing ones! Some of my favorites include: Heartstopper (read my rave here), Young Royals (read my rave here), Business Proposal (read my rave here), Stranger Things, Half Bad: The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself, Only Murders in the Building, Sandman and Rings of Power.
I’m thankful for being able to see Ed Sheeran live in concert in 2022. I went in July, together with my mother, and it was so amazing. Being able to attend a concert of that size again after the pandemic, being able to share this experience with my mom, and just experiencing Ed Sheeran do his things live: magic.
It wouldn’t be a Lindsey-thankful list without food and the dish of 2022 for me has gotta be bibimbap. This Korean dish is just the most delicious thing ever and with the rice and veggies, it’s even quite healthy too. Win-win, right?
In 2022 I started to really embrace the coziness even more than ever before, and where would cozy be without blankets? Especially with the rising energy prices, I’ve never used more blankets. So thank you, blankets, for keeping me warm and cozy throughout the year!
In early April I took a weekend trip to Paris with my husband and I am so thankful I got to do that. I’ve been once before, but my husband didn’t, so we toured all the big tourist attractions. It was a cold few days, but it was so much fun to explore this wonderful city.
Like I said, 2022 has been all about embracing the coziness, and another crucial element of the coziness is TEA. I’ve been really enjoying taking the time for a little tea break whenever I can. My favorite is jasmine-lychee tea, with a LOT of honey, yum.
Yes, cozy gaming is totally a thing and I’ve gotten obsessed this year. I’d already been a huge Pokémon fan, but in 2022 I also became obsessed with Disney’s Dreamlight Valley. I spent so many hours on this game, just taking care of my village and building friendships with all my fave Disney characters 🙂
And last, but definitely not least, I’m forever thankful to our little spitfire of a dog, Pixel. Thank you Pixel for being a bundle of energy, for your surprise cuddle moments and for making me go on walks and breathe outside air even when I’m sometimes tempted to hole up inside forever.