Life

Family. They are what you make.

Someone shared the following picture on my personal Facebook account yesterday and it really touched me.

Image source: Here

Image source: Here

I shared it. Not just because I agree. But because I wanted it to be a shout out to my family here in Australia. Given that it’s Christmas time — a time spent with family no matter how dysfunctional — it made me feel a bit sentimental I suppose.

It’s been almost 9 years since I moved to Australia. To a country I always wanted to live in. A country where I had no family whatsoever. Sure it was a bit scary at the start. And then I met people. People who have become my family. I have been fortunate to have made some really good friends at uni and then, this past year, I have made a few more friends through hiking and one at work. They accept me for who I am. Put up with my anxieties and craziness. And have been there for me when I’ve needed them. Each in their own way.

I feel so grateful to have all these individuals in my life. They are my family. {Even better as I don’t like most of my extended family!}

And then there’s you guys. Some of you who have been with me and my blog for a while or recently. Communicated with me. Once again, been there through my emotional times. And my good times. And seem to know me really well. As evidenced by a comment by Rah that I would love some walks in Tassie! 🙂

I spent Christmas with my cats today. By choice. One of my family members did invite me to join them for lunch but I had to pack and prepare for my trip tomorrow. But it still felt good to know I have people who love me. A message by a friend today brought tears to my eyes

It ended with “Thank you for being you“.

That’s exactly what I want to say to my family: Thank you all for being you. For being my family. For being with me. My uni family, my work family, my hiking family and of course, my blogging family.

I feel so very grateful. And blessed to have everyone in my life.

I hope you are enjoying this season with your family.

Until next time,

Cheers!!!

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  • vishalbheeroo
    26 December 2013 at 5:51 am

    Merry X-Mas and happy blogging. Wishing u the bestest of best as we usher in the new season full of hope, love, wealth and promises:)
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    • Psych Babbler
      6 January 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Vishal! 🙂

  • vishalbheeroo
    26 December 2013 at 5:51 am

    Merry X-Mas and happy blogging. Wishing u the bestest of best as we usher in the new season full of hope, love, wealth and promises:)
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    • Psych Babbler
      6 January 2014 at 6:30 pm

      Thanks Vishal! 🙂

  • R's Mom
    26 December 2013 at 1:34 pm

    What a lovely post :):) Hope the new year brings in even more awesome experiences for you 🙂
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  • R's Mom
    26 December 2013 at 1:34 pm

    What a lovely post :):) Hope the new year brings in even more awesome experiences for you 🙂
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  • Chai a Cup of Life
    26 December 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Really great post. I can also relate to this and totally understand where you are coming from.I may use this quote too, will let you know! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Psych Babbler
      6 January 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Do let me know if you use this…and yes, living away from home makes you realise that you can indeed create your own family! 🙂

  • Chai a Cup of Life
    26 December 2013 at 8:56 pm

    Really great post. I can also relate to this and totally understand where you are coming from.I may use this quote too, will let you know! Thanks for sharing.
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    • Psych Babbler
      6 January 2014 at 6:29 pm

      Do let me know if you use this…and yes, living away from home makes you realise that you can indeed create your own family! 🙂

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    27 December 2013 at 10:29 pm

    So glad you’ve found family where you are – I’ve learned that it’s a sign of maturity to create our own ‘family’ and be happy among them!
    Wishing you all the best in the year ahead, Psych.
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    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Corinne! I do feel fortunate to have found family and well, created my own in the process… 🙂

  • Corinne Rodrigues
    27 December 2013 at 10:29 pm

    So glad you’ve found family where you are – I’ve learned that it’s a sign of maturity to create our own ‘family’ and be happy among them!
    Wishing you all the best in the year ahead, Psych.
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    • Psych Babbler
      5 January 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Corinne! I do feel fortunate to have found family and well, created my own in the process… 🙂

  • Rah
    30 December 2013 at 8:38 pm

    If you loved Kosciuszko, you will adore Tasmania! It’s breathtaking.
    That quote is spot on. I have very close and long-standing friends but two relatively new friends I found three years ago are my family. I’ve even resorted to calling them my wife and 2nd husband because I find the term friend/family doesn’t really describe them appropriately. And this year Dan and I ditched our families and spent it with these two in Hobart. No regrets!
    My mother-in-law loves having ‘orphans’ at Christmas, you can totes join us next year when we make our triumphant return to family-based Christmas celebrations :)) #genuineinvitation
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Oh Tassie is definitely on the list to visit! Want to walk the Overland track as well as check out a whole bunch of other places!
      Haha…love the wife and 2nd husband! I guess it’s like my friend at work…he refers to me as his work-wife.
      Ooh…I do like the idea of joining you for Chrissy in 2014…that’s really sweet of your mother-in-law to have orphans over! 😀 Anyway, will see if you {and she!} still want me around closer to the day! 😉

  • Rah
    30 December 2013 at 8:38 pm

    If you loved Kosciuszko, you will adore Tasmania! It’s breathtaking.
    That quote is spot on. I have very close and long-standing friends but two relatively new friends I found three years ago are my family. I’ve even resorted to calling them my wife and 2nd husband because I find the term friend/family doesn’t really describe them appropriately. And this year Dan and I ditched our families and spent it with these two in Hobart. No regrets!
    My mother-in-law loves having ‘orphans’ at Christmas, you can totes join us next year when we make our triumphant return to family-based Christmas celebrations :)) #genuineinvitation
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    • Psych Babbler
      2 January 2014 at 8:44 pm

      Oh Tassie is definitely on the list to visit! Want to walk the Overland track as well as check out a whole bunch of other places!
      Haha…love the wife and 2nd husband! I guess it’s like my friend at work…he refers to me as his work-wife.
      Ooh…I do like the idea of joining you for Chrissy in 2014…that’s really sweet of your mother-in-law to have orphans over! 😀 Anyway, will see if you {and she!} still want me around closer to the day! 😉