It is the night before Thanksgiving and all day I have been thinking about everything that I am grateful for right now. Every night, before closing my eyes, I express what I am thankful for in my life, but this thought process today was taking me a little deeper into my gratitude. This holiday (and most others) aren’t the same as when I was younger. My husband and I spend the holidays together, just the two of us. I don’t have children, my parents have passed on, and none of my siblings live nearby. However, I can always find things to be grateful for.
- Coffee! – I love a good cup of coffee and enjoy it the most when I am writing. It became a habit in college to drink coffee while writing essays and apparently it stuck. I no longer drink straight coffee (cutting down on caffeine). I drink a blend of one part coffee to three parts Java Teeccino with a sprinkle of cinnamon. It makes me happy.
- My husband – Now don’t say it’s weird that I put coffee before my husband, it just happened that way. I am MOST grateful for my husband, Anthony. I seriously don’t know what I would do without him in my life. The last few years have been quite a struggle for me since my mom died, and Anthony is always there to give me a shoulder to cry on, or a simple, “it’s okay,” to keep me level-headed.
- The view of Catalina Island – On clear days I can see the island off the coast when I am out and about. Seeing it takes me to a different world, wondering about the people who live there and the stories that make up the history of the place. I have lived here a long time and have never taken the boat to the island and I’m okay with that. The view is enough.
- My entrepreneurial friends – I am blessed beyond measure for those in my life who understand what it is like to start a business from scratch and make it work. On those days when I want to throw in the towel I can always count on an encouraging nudge or a helpful resource to come my way. Each day I get closer to my entrepreneurial dreams.
- My mom and dad, who have passed on – I grew up in an entrepreneurial family. Both my dad (RIP) and my step-dad were entrepreneurs, along with my mom. My step-dad is the one who introduced me to the world of writing (copy) and publishing. At the time I wasn’t too thrilled with the hard work and dedication that he had to have for the many businesses that he would dream up. Now, however, I am thankful for the work ethic and knowledge that was passed down to me.
- My business mentors – I have had many mentors in the past 20 or so years. Some of them have no idea just how much they have influenced my life (Stu McLaren, Jeff Goins, Gabrielle Bernstein, and Kris Carr, to name just a few). Today I am fortunate to have a few who provide inspiration, encouragement, resources and a good kick in the pants when needed. I’d like to especially mention Anna Runyan over at Classy Career Girl. Her program, Corporate Rescue Plan, is my saving grace when things get a bit overwhelming and I need to get refocused.
- Sunsets in the Southwest – Oh, how I miss New Mexico. We tried earlier this year to move to The Land of Enchantment but it wasn’t in the cards (we even tried Colorado). The sunsets out there are magnifico! You can get lost in the colors and swirls and swear you are in a dream. We will make it there in 2018!
- Emails and feedback from people who have found golden nuggets in my writing – It makes my whole day, week, month and year when I receive comments from my readers about how my writing has changed their life. I received an email the other day that was just WOW! It was about my newest ebook, THE Manifesto for the Multi-Passionate. I do what I do so that I can make a positive impact in the world. I am blessed.
- My health – If you have followed me for any length of time (or subscribe to the Clean Body Project) you know that I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) about 12 years ago. Because of this, I have struggled with infertility (multiple miscarriages), blood sugar issues, and now I am finding out that my cholesterol and blood pressure may not be ideal. I am thankful that I have the knowledge and expertise to get things back under control through lifestyle changes. Even certified health coaches have room for improvement.
- My 24 years of employment at Toyota – I still cannot believe that I was employed with one company for so long (it was technically two – Toyota Financial Services and Toyota Motor Sales). I learned a lot about business, corporate politics, problem-solving, and how to always remember to be authentic, even when others don’t like it. I’m also grateful that the company made the decision to move to Texas. It was the catalyst I needed to leave a job I loved (in Jan 2017) to create a business and lifestyle I have been craving. The severance pay came in handy too!
- Family and friends – I am grateful for my sibling and their families, even though we rarely see one another. I am grateful for my longtime friends who have kept in touch even though we don’t see each other often. And to my new friends – thank you for joining me on this journey we call life.
- My readers and followers – Last and definitely not least, I am eternally grateful for my readers and those who have chosen to follow me on social media. I am humbled by your trust in me to show you the way to new learning, new resources and for your willingness to be a sounding board for my work. I couldn’t do this without you.
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving? Please share in the comments.
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