The Ultimate Gratitude Challenge Day 6: The City You Live In

Today's gratitude post is all about the city I live in: Olympia, Washington. Below, you'll find a list of my favorite things that make Olympia the amazing city that is is (and why I've chosen to stay home for college).

I first moved to Olympia at the age of 6 weeks old, as soon as my adoption was finalized. I was originally born in Fresno, California, and due to the circumstance of my adoption, I ended up in Shelton, WA--a smidgen more than 22 miles from Olympia. Why is Olympia so darn amazing!?

  • Olympia is a city of free-spirits. We are often labeled "hippies" or "free thinkers". We are home to my university, The Evergreen State College, which hosts a variety of students from a variety of different cultures and ways of thinking.
  • Olympia has "The Procession of the Species"--part of an event called "ArtsWalk" when people of the city come into central downtown and walk the streets until late at night, enjoying local artwork hung inside local businesses. The Procession is a day-long parade in which people create their own costumes for one of the four elements: Earth, Air, Water, or Fire.
  • Olympia innovates great alternative education institutions: Lincoln Elementary School, Olympia Regional Learning Academy, Avanti High School, and many more. These schools allow students to foster positive 21st century skills, including self-motivation and control.
  • Olympia is very innovative in its culinary creations. A smaller Portland, OR, Olympia is vegan and gluten-free friendly. Our variety of foods inspires healthy living in this town, and our organically grown food from local farms is the finishing touch.
  • Olympia is far enough from the big city, but close enough for a day trip. Seattle is about 1.5 hours away by car, and offers a wide range of shopping, dining, and sporting event options. Our city is the perfect balance between city and suburbs.
  • Olympia celebrates liberal thinking. Being a city full of democrats, we welcome all races, gender identities/expressions, and sexual orientations. No place is perfect, but many of us try to embrace everyone.
  • Olympia is also full of people who are striving to do their best for and contribute to their community: volunteers, nonprofits, and other social justice groups inspire change and show the true spirit of what it means to be an Olympian.

Olympia is my heart and soul, and although I would love to live elsewhere later in life to broaden my experiences, Olympia will always be home.

Where is your home?

Kathryn CoffmanComment