Things We Can Be Grateful For This Year
2020 has been a tough year for many, but it’s important to remember that there are still plenty of things we can be grateful for.
As most of us may have spent a little more time at home than usual this year, it’s provided a unique opportunity to upskill at activities around the home, upgrade some of our appliances or home gadgets, and spend quality time with our loved ones.
As we reflect on the year that was, we’ve put together a few things Western Australians may have been grateful for this year.
1. Learning How to Master a Few Recipes
Comfort food is a powerful thing during times of uncertainty – and whether it was sourdough, healthy lunches or robust stews, many of us upskilled in the kitchen during the year.
Our natural gas cooktops, barbeques and ovens got a lot of extra attention,
social media platforms provided plenty of inspiration and helpful recipes, and there were always plenty of willing taste testers in the house to help with food quality control.
2. Doing A Few Rounds of Spring Cleaning
With more time to spend around the house, many of us grabbed a duster and bagged up old clothes, books and board games to be donated to local op shops and shelters. As deep cleaning is often something we put off because of a lack of time on weekends, or even a lack of energy to complete what is often a big job, this year gave us the chance to invest in the cleanliness and upkeep of our homes.
3. Giving Our Dogs Plenty of ‘Walkies’
With many of us spending more time at home, our four-legged friends were treated to a few extra laps around the park – sometimes a few times a day. No matter the time of year, there were usually a few pockets of sunshine that provided the perfect opportunity to grab the lead and give our dogs a run (and a little TLC on top of it).
Whether it was a quick stroll or a longer walk, hopping into the shower at the end of an excursion with the dog became a refreshing and relaxing part of the day. And by switching to a natural gas source, those hot showers were a satisfying way to save a few dollars on the household energy bill. A win-win for our dogs, and us!
4. Completing Long-Term DIY Projects
In most homes, there are usually big renovation or DIY projects that stay ‘on hold’ as they are time consuming, require lots of effort or are too big to tackle in a weekend. As many of us had plenty of time at home (and local hardware stores stayed open), you may have finished a long-term, bucket-list DIY project this year – and hopefully, it was solidly constructed and is still in use!
5. Spending Plenty of Quality Time With Loved Ones
may have been a priority of yours this year – and if your loved ones are far away, the power of technology and the internet may have helped you stay in close contact with them no matter where in the world you live.
Though it’s been a tumultuous year for many, being grateful for our loved ones isn’t something we should save for the end of the year when we may be feeling a little more sentimental. Feeling grateful for our loved ones is something we should keep front of mind all year round – and no matter where you are in the world, spending quality time with those important to us is the perfect way to let them know you love them.