2020 Gratitude | 311220

Starting the year in Kerala with Sanoop’s family, yoga among coconut trees, hiking in tea plantations, swimming in the Indian Ocean, and ayurvedic treatments

A week in Singapore — revisiting loved places (Tiong Bahru, Bugis, MacRitchie), reconnecting with friends, and working from a vibrant, people-filled office 🙂

Working days / offsites in New York, Philadelphia, and Zurich

That one day of skiing (alone) in Laax

Friends and family visiting us in Hampstead pre-covid

Work

Wonderful, empathetic, inspiring, creative colleagues

Karaoke with family in Jersey City

Gran’s birthday party in Düsseldorf

Good health, especially for Sanoop’s mum and my grandma, who emerged strong from chemotherapy and surgeries respectively

The ability to slow down, recharge, and have wholesome, healthy, reflective days at home in Hampstead — getting to know our local community 

Cooking with Sanoop, happy hours in our kitchen window, dressing up for Indian takeout, and finding our favourite places to order wine from 

Sunday Roasts — delivered to our home, or enjoyed at actual pubs when allowed

Local businesses coming up with creative initiatives to stay open in safe, comfortable ways during a pandemic 

Pilates, yoga, barre, running

Cold water swimming in the lido and ponds

Coffee walks with friends

Books — Where the Crawdads Sing, Kærlighed, A Promised Land, My Year of Rest and Relaxation, Everybody died so I got a dog, Girl, Women, Other, Lunch with the FT, Queenie, everything by Tove Jansson, everything by Tove Ditlevsen, Hvis der skulle komme et menneske forbi, Meter i sekundet, Zadie Smith’s Intimations, How do we know we’re doing it right, How to Fail

Podcasts – Culture Call, the High Low, Grounded with Louis Theroux, Desert Island Discs

Netflix – Unorthodox, The Queen’s Gambit, Über Weichnachten

Parliament Hill Farmers’ Market, and awesome London farmers’ markets in general

Picnics with friends on Hampstead Heath

Drawing — alone, and in virtual drawing classes with creative people from all over the world

Oysters and champagne on Primrose Hill with friends

Experiencing all of the seasons on the Heath

Always finding new paths on the Heath

Taylor Swift’s Folklore (and Evermore)

Sailing — the feeling of being on the water itself, experiencing Sanoop liking it, and visiting small idyllic islands across Southern Denmark

Spending more time than ever in Denmark since I moved away 9 years ago — being able to celebrate family birthdays, seeing friends’ newborns, and countless wine nights, morning runs, and harbour swims with friends in Copenhagen 

The swans’ heartwarming story on the ponds

Exploring the UK — Cambridge, Hastings, Rye, Margate, Eastbourne, Seven Sisters (the cliffs), Brighton, Oxford

Zoom wine and game dates with friends all over the world

‘Being in this together’ with the whole world, and taking part in, observing, and learning from people’s outpouring of help, support, compassion, and love for each other

This moment right now — sitting in a beach house, with the rain pouring down outside, a cup of coffee in front of me, Sanoop on one side and a yoga mat on the other, and thinking about highlights 

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