I just finished reading the lovely Jennifer Chandler’s blog, Esteem Rising, (which I read faithfully) and she has inspired me to think about all the things I am thankful for this weekend and to share them with you.
I am thankful for my family: my parents Marilyn & Jurgen, sister Karen & brother-in-law Robert and my niece Erika & nephew Ethan, sister Dianne & brother-in-law Carl (well, I’m not that thankful for him!) and my niece Sarah and nephews Matthew & Michael for teasing me mercilessly so that I have to think fast with a clever retort, supporting me most of the time even when they don’t always understand me, and loving me all the time, no matter what.
I am thankful for my closest girlfriends: Jen, Mare, Kelly, Kim, Tracie, Linda D, Nicole, Vicki, Gaye, Roseanne, Suzanne, Sue, Linda F, Paige and Anna for always making time to spend with me and allowing me to laugh, celebrate, cry, rant, party with and be myself with them.
I am thankful for my beautiful Goldendoodle, Scully, who is truly my closest companion and the light in each day of my life. She reminds me constantly about the meaning of unconditional love and about the fun of running around in circles for the joy of it!
I am thankful for all of my friends and my social network, especially those who spend their precious time reading what I write and supporting me and my clients with their comments, likes and tweets.
I am thankful for my wonderful, creative and talented clients who appreciate me and what I do for them more than any employer I have ever had in the corporate world and who make me believe that the best is yet to come!
I am thankful for gorgeous, sunny, autumn days that I can spend the way I want to: on a long walk in nature with my dog; browsing in an outdoor market or in a favourite book store; on road trips with loved ones spent taking hundreds of photos; or at a pub or cafe talking to a dear friend over a pint of Guinness or a Bailey’s coffee.
I am thankful for the work that comes my way that pays for my lovely apartment and puts wine and cheese in my fridge (on a good week!).
I am thankful for books, music and movies that teach me new things, inspire me in ways I hadn’t thought of, and move me in the most profound way.
I am thankful for The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Craig provides me with an example of the kind of man I will hold out for and reminds me to never underestimate the importance of a daily laugh.
I am thankful for sleeping pills and vitamins that help curb the nasty symptoms of menopause!
I am thankful for not yet losing my sense of humour even though life is a constant challenge; for my ability to be resourceful and resilient, loving and empathetic; and to be able to pay forward those kindnesses that have been shown to me.