Thanksgiving is here and this is always the time of year I like to look back, be thankful, and give back to my community.
Like so many of us, I find it almost too easy to become wrapped up in work and I forget to really thank and be grateful for the people and things I have in my life. Especially now, with all the fires in California, I want to make sure I show my appreciation as tomorrow holds an unknown.
First, thank you, Darren, Ava, and Annika. You three are the most important people in my life and I am infinitely grateful for your support, laughter, and kindness through this tumultuous but exciting year. This even includes gratitude for being silly at the dinner table over this holiday break time and doing skits and impersonations of yours truly. Nailed it! I am so lucky and blessed to have the three of you as my foundation and anchors.
Thank you, Tam, Emily, and Susie! I am so grateful to all of you for being my cheerleading team and being there for me when I need to vent or have a laugh. You guys keep me strong! Blood is not always thicker than water!
Thank you to all my wonderful clients and colleagues. This year has been so busy and exciting with the launch of the Stop Settling Quiz, writing my first book (due out 2/5/19!), and being selected as part of SIA’s Global Power 150 for Women in Staffing. I am so grateful for your continued trust in me and your ongoing efforts to lead holistically. Transformation is hard and you are all rocking it!
Finally, in the spirit of community and giving back, I would like to highlight a GoFundMe that I started with my friend, Kelly, Kell, you are an amazing example of community leader since you started your own business in your teens! For those of you who are not affected directly by the state of our state, I’m sure that many of you have at least seen the pictures of the Camp Fire that is ravaging Northern California, let alone the Southern Cal ongoing battle. A dear friend of mine had moved up to Paradise in recent years, followed by her parents who retired there. Like so many others who were completely displaced by the fires, they did make it out with their lives and one another, however, the place they call home is gone with no end in sight as to when, how or if rebuilding will take place. And, my friend’s husband is one of the most heroic men I know, he’s a forestry firefighter, so talk about hitting close to home. He was able to make an impact for his neighborhood by staying back when things got severe and help salvage what he was able to, including some elements of homes, pets, and directing loved ones out in the best yet most treacherous route possible, in order to get them to safety, this included his wife and two small children. I cannot even imagine. Can you?
So, if you are able and are so inclined, you will find our GoFundMe here. At this time of year, no matter your passion or cause, I highly encourage you to look around and find something charitable that you believe in and get involved in your community in some way. “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”—Helen Keller.
The people and things important in our lives are meant to be cherished. Let’s all take some time and appreciate all the good things around us! Let’s spread the love!