One thing I’ve worked on this year is being intentional with my thoughts. Before I start my day, I write down a few things I’m thankful for. Some days I write quick bullet points to say I’m thankful for coffee or my bed because I feel like I’m grasping at straws. Other days, I’m totally into it and can’t write fast enough. Regardless of the feeling, I’m reminding myself that if nothing else, I am thankful.
Do you have days when you focus on all the things that are going wrong that you fail to remember the things that have gone right? I’m guilty and it’s part of the reason I adopted this principle. Below is a list of 10 things I’m thankful for this year. I believe in cultivating a community of gratitude. Will you join me? Read my list then let me know what you’re most thankful for this year.
10 Things I’m Thankful For This Year
When it comes to families, I hit the jackpot! Chris truly is the most supportive husband world! He recognizes when I need a break or a date night and makes it happen. He plays games and climbs hay bales with the girls. Listens to their dreams and is the best girl dad in the history of dads!
And in case you’re wondering, having 4 daughters is just like it sounds. Fun, loud, and lots of glitter everywhere! Each personality is different than the other and I couldn’t be more proud of them.
I almost didn’t add this to the list after the back trouble I’ve had this year but the truth is, I’m healthy. I’ve lost over 60 pounds this year because I made the decision to put myself first and say “NO” to a lot of things I love (i.e. donuts!) and it has paid off!
I didn’t know what the hell I was doing when we decided to move to the sticks and get a bunch of chickens! Little did I know, I’d spend my Saturdays at farm supply stores and making burn piles. It’s an adventure. I may not always know what I’m doing but it’s been fun learning!
Jim Rohn says you become the average of the five people spend the most time with. He’s right and I’m glad I’ve chosen to surround myself with some of the best mentors, colleagues, and staff on the planet.
Adaptability, Even When It Hurts
When we moved to Georgia last year, I thought the transition of the move would be the hardest. Little did I know, adaptability would go further than a location change. I’ve had to put myself out there to make new friends and find community. As hard as it’s been, it’s brought us closer as a family because we all have to make these adjustments, so we sympathize a little better.
I know it seems strange, but I’m extremely thankful for self-awareness. The ability to raise your hand and say “This isn’t working for me” or “I need a break or I’m gonna snap” is priceless. We’ve begun to make this the culture of Priority VA and it’s made a difference for my team.
My happy place. The reason we moved to Georgia was to be close to the beach. Anytime I need to clear my head, need inspiration, or a break from reality, I head to the water. The beach may not be your source of inspiration but I encourage you to find a place that moves you.
When things have sucked and I’ve wondered if everything would work out, I have faith they will. Whether you pray or not or believe in God or not, I believe there is someone bigger and smarter than us who will work things out for our good. My faith has carried me through tough times.
What is this life that I get to travel, speak, rub elbows with some of the best entrepreneurs on the planet? This year has been full of opportunities to share my story, business, and meet with brilliant minds. It’s a dream and I can’t believe I get to live this life!
Being an Entrepreneur
Becoming an entrepreneur was harder than I could imagine. Though it’s been a tough road, it’s been extremely rewarding. I’m blessed to have an amazing team who works hard every day to make my dreams come true. The friends I’ve made, the masterminds I’ve been part of are a thing of dreams. I’m thankful for each encounter, each conversation, and each opportunity to share my message of serving entrepreneurs.
My top 10 list is the tip of the iceberg. I have a list a mile long, so instead of sharing everything, I’ve given you the highlights and will keep the rest in my gratitude journal. If you don’t write in your gratitude journal every day, begin the habit. Your mood and perspective will quickly change with this small practice.
Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for this year. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.