These days, many of us are re-thinking the meaning of Thanksgiving and what we learned in elementary school vs. reality of what really happened in the early settling days of the Europeans on American soil. For me Thanksgiving is about the food and the fellowship. This year we didn’t have the traditional meal with family. I made lasagna for Hubs and me! However, earlier this month we celebrated a lovely Friendsgiving dinner with dear friends who hosted, where I was able to gobble up some of my favorites.
Whether or not you celebrated Thanksgiving this month, celebrating abundance and sharing gratitude is something I like to do this time of year. In all truth, I reflect on my gratitude every day when using my Five Minute Journal app, which I have written about many times over the years. (Hard copy journal here). If you follow me on social media, you know you had the opportunity to win a Five Minute Journal earlier this month. Check my Instagram for information about the winner!
During this season, I do like to look back at the year and remember what I am grateful for––the people, places, and things that have improved my life. And there are so many. Here are just a few…
First and foremost, I am grateful for my health, which I don’t take for lightly after a year with a bad bout of Covid and shoulder surgery, which both knocked me back a bit.
I am thankful for my parents. My mom took incredible care of me after my shoulder surgery, and both parents came to visit us in NC this year, which was really special. My parents are both octogenarians in great health and quite active. It is such a blessing to learn from them, and they continue to inspire me daily with their energy and zest for life. My mother-in-law is also energetic, and she was a steadfast caretaker of my father-in-law, who passed away earlier this month.
I am beyond grateful for Hubs. We celebrated 25 years of marriage this year. He makes me laugh every day. I’m so lucky to be married to my best friend and love of my life. Celebrating our anniversary with a trip to Spain and Morocco was fantastic.
My siblings are some of my greatest joys, and don’t let me leave out my in-laws! I’m so grateful for my siblings on Hubs’s side and those our sibs partnered up with! Thank you all for showing up for me.
My friends were really there for me this year during illness and health. They were there to celebrate big moments and to hold us close when life got rough. Near and far, I felt the love. I am grateful for the time we get to spend together, which is really special with our busy lives.
A big thanks to all who make CCC go––my home team, my work team, the colleagues I collaborate with in partnership. You are all so important to me. We are stronger together!
Huge, huge gratitude to my clients who make this dream job possible.
Thank you to all of you for your support, friendship, and referrals. It is because of all of you that I get to do this incredible work. 98% of my clients are from referrals, which means YOU––friends, family, colleagues, clients, HR peeps, coaching friends, and my community are all supporting me. I don’t take it for granted. I am so grateful and honored that you speak my name when I am not in the room.