Happy Thanksgiving!!

It’s that time of year again. Leaves are all but gone, there’s a chill in the air, and I’m already starting to freak a bit about what to get the kids for Christmas. But let’s keep it all in perspective – reframe, refocus, restart. In the spirit of the season, I thought I’d take a few minutes to really think about what I’m most thankful for this year. So here we go!!

Thankful thing #1: my amazing family

Its hard to believe some days that only five years ago, my oldest was just coming home from the hospital and we were celebrating our first Thanksgiving together. Fast forward to today, and I can’t imagine my life any other way. The chaos, the fun, the pure goofiness of them all is amazing and in just a few more months we’ll meet #3!!

Thankful thing #2: our house

After months of waiting and wondering if the deal would ever close, we were fortunate to finally move into a house of our own. We’ve had some interesting challenges since moving in but it’s been a great adventure!

Thankful thing #3: my semi-healthy arthritic knee

Ah, the old girl (aka my knee) has plagued me something fierce this year and while I’ve tried to stay somewhat active during pregnancy #3, the clickety-clacky knee continues to serve as a reminder that I’m not where I need to be. It would be easy to ignore and de-prioritize myself, so I’m rather thankful to have it stay in the forefront. Reminding me not to give up.

Thankful thing #4: getting to meet my new nephew!

Very excited to live close enough to meet my little nephew on the night he was born. A little cutie with beautiful eyes.

Thankful thing #5: my job

Strange that I include this in the list since some days I feel like I barely have enough energy to drag myself to my cube, but in a time when many many people are looking for work I feel extremely fortunate to be able to make a decent living at a challenging job. My job has forced me to learn two critical things: work life balance AND effective communication. Both of these have probably made me and my family better off.

What are YOU thankful for?

I recently attended a seminar on “Emotional Intelligence“. Interesting concept that I’d never really heard of before. One thing we learned about was the power of appreciation — specifically that this emotion can evoke significant feelings of happiness and calmness. For this Thanksgiving, I hope you’re able to think about what you appreciate or are thankful for and enjoy the day!

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