Personal: Gratitude

Rebecca Plotnick

I was once told by another expat in Paris that “gratitude” or the act of being thankful was such an American thing. This always sat in the back of my mind. If you have met me you know that I use the word a lot! I wish it wasn’t considered just an “American thing” and that is something we could all use more often around the world. I could write a long post about this but if you are American you are probably traveling for Thanksgiving or getting ready for the holiday. If you have time to read this post Thank You! I also would love to know what you are most grateful for this year. 

1. My Family. This year my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby boy and now she has one of each.  I am the aunt to the most adorable niece and nephew. Seeing the world through their eyes is such a gift. They are full of so much love, and it is such a joy to give it right back. 

2. My Job. I first dreamt of being a travel photographer when I was in college but I never knew it was a possibility. I am so grateful I get to do what I love every single day. I bring my view of the world into so many homes through selling my work. If you haven’t had the chance to check out my work for sale you can view it at

3. My friends. This year has been filled with ups and downs on a personal and business level. I am so lucky to have friends to grab coffee with, laugh with until my belly hurts, and will pick up a phone call or answer a text in the middle of the night. I couldn’t have gotten through this year if it wasn’t for them. 

4. The gift of travel. I live to travel. I work hard every day so I can hop on a plane and see the world. It is what fuels me and makes me happy. This year I am so lucky to have had the chance to travel so much and this next year looks like it will have some exciting destinations. 

5. The blog. I have always loved to write. For a while, I didn’t have a creative outlet to share my story and my view on the world. This blog has brought me that and I am so grateful. For all of you have followed along from the beginnning or if you are just starting. Thank you so much for coming along on the ride. 

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You will often hear me say the best is yet to come but I truly believe it! 


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  1. Such a beautiful and inspiring list! You’ve such a wonderful job! Thank you for sharing your adventures with us xx

  2. A thankful heart is such a priceless thing. We’ve started a ‘thankful’ pumpkin with a left over from Halloween where we can all sharpie on something we are thankful for. It’s so important to focus on all that we ar fortunate to have rather than what we lack. So pleased you have such lovely things to be thankful for this year. 😘

    • Rach,

      It really is and sadly not everyone has one! It is always a work in progress. I swear yoga has really helped me keep me mindful to gratefullness.

      Your "thankful" pumpkin sounds like a lovely idea!

      Wishing you a fabulous thanksgiving and holiday season! xo