Another November is drawing to a close; and once again my thoughts returned to being thankful for my many blessings. Overall, I consider myself to be a grateful person, but November usually brings thankful thoughts more front and center to mind.
For the last decade or so, I’ve been participating in #30DaysofThanks challenge. I believe it is mostly on social media, hence the hashtag ?, but my reflections were mostly private during my devotion time. I really like the 30-day format because it helps me to really concentrate on the everyday blessings that could otherwise be taken for granted. Continue reading →
November 29, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for Small Business Saturday. The holiday season is upon us! For many people, shopping is a big part of the season. It seems like Black Friday has been around forever, Cyber Monday came on the scene a while ago and Shop Small Saturday started several years ago.
I have to confess, before becoming a small business owner, I never really thought much about where the money I spent while shopping went. I usually just went to the store that advertised the best deal on the items I wanted … which, more often than not, was a “big box” or department store chain. These stores spend millions of dollars on advertising to lure you to their store. Many times when you get there, you find messy aisles; items discarded wherever and frazzled employees. Sadly, many of those frazzled employees are rude and have no concept of customer service. Continue reading →
November 11, 2014 ~ Today, like most Americans, I am thankful for our veterans. I am thankful for each man and women who put their life on hold to put on a uniform to serve their country. I am thankful for those who fought to win our freedom, and thankful for those who fight to keep it.
After 9/11, I think we have all learned that life as we know it can be forever changed in the blink of an eye. I am eternally grateful to the men and women in the military ~ those who have served and those currently serving. Thank you for protecting my freedom … thank you for being willing to lay down your life, so that I may go to sleep each night knowing you are protecting my right to live in “the land of the free and the home of the brave”. I am truly blessed.
November 5, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for my cell phone. However, I seem to have a love / hate relationship with it, but I am truly thankful to have one. Let me explain …
I love the convenience of being able to make or take a call while I’m away from home. I also love Caller ID … which helps me decide which calls to take (like from my clients or my kids) and which calls I can return later. Even though I’ve had a cell phone for more than 15 years, I do remember the days of having only a home phone. I remember coming home from a long day at work and finding numerous messages on the answering machine. It usually turned into a game of phone tag trying to get a hold of that person.
I sometimes hate that the cell phones, especially the smartphones, seem to almost take over its user. You know what I mean … the person seems more interested in what’s on their phone screen than what is happening in real life situations they are in. They seem more tuned in to their “virtual” friends than the live person they are with. Plus there doesn’t seem to be many etiquette type guidelines for cell phone usage … like I think that it’s kind of rude when someone on their cell phone is talking so loudly that the whole room hears their conversation.
Like I said … it’s a love / hate type of relationship 🙂
November 4, 2014 ~ Today I am thankful for the privilege to vote. Today is Election Day … the polls open early and stay open late. It saddens me that many Americans do not exercise their right to vote. Making changes to your typical Tuesday schedule to include a stop at your local polling place may seem like a major inconvenience, but I believe it’s something every American citizen should do.
It’s easy – the hardest thing you’d do would be researching the candidates to help you decide who would want to vote for. It is easy to find voting guides online, whether you have liberal or conservative beliefs.
Why waste such an honor and privilege? Go cast your vote … every vote counts. Let your voice be heard and counted. Whether your candidate is elected or not, at least you have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you voiced your opinion at the polls.
November 30 ~ Today is SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY … Today I am thankful to be a small business owner. I am still in my first year of business but have learned so much. When I think back to the beginning of 2013, I am amazed at all I have learned about owning and running my own small business.
I have been blessed with support and encouragement from my husband, family and friends.
I have been blessed to receive great advice and guidance from many business professionals. Their experience and expertise has been invaluable to me, I couldn’t have learned so much, so quickly without them.
I have been blessed with customers … some of them repeat customers, which is a milestone I use to measure success with 🙂
Gift Certificates are available … Give the gift of time !
♥ Today I am thankful to be a small business owner ♥
November 29 ~ Today I am thankful for relationships. There are so many different types of relationships … personal and professional, close, distant, and everywhere in between.
I am blessed to know and have relationships with so very many wonderful people. All people are blessed with different gifts and talents. I can reach out to them for help, advice, or to just talk about any question or concern. It’s a comforting feeling to know you’re not alone. I believe relationships are reciprocal … a give and take, and I love being able to help others anyway I can, big or small.
November 28 ~ Today I am thankful for traditions. It’s Thanksgiving Day … a day set aside for expressing gratitude for your many blessings. It’s also a day full of traditions with family and friends.
Like most American families, we indulge in a huge feast of turkey “with all the fixins”. Turkey, stuffing, and casseroles, oh my … and let’s not forget pumpkin pie with whipped cream 🙂
This big meal is the backdrop for families as they gather around a heavy-laden table and share their heartfelt gratitude. It is a day filled with love for family and friends.
Many families have certain traditions that they continue from year to year … grandpa always carves the turkey, watching football, the after dinner nap, or go to see a movie. Some families exchange names for Christmas gift grab bags or scour the ad papers for Black Friday specials 🙂
There are many different traditions, but what’s important is that traditions bind families together and are passed down from generation to generation. Traditions make memories … HAPPY THANKSGIVING !!!
November 27 ~ Today I am thankful for my children. I have been blessed with 2 wonderful, healthy, fun-loving kids.
When I was growing up, many of my friends wanted to be a nurse, a secretary, or a teacher. Not me, I always wanted to be a mom. Not just a regular mom, I wanted to be a fun mom … I wanted to have the house (with the white picket fence, of course) where all the kids in the neighborhood wanted to hang out. I would always have great snacks like homemade cookies and banana popsicles 🙂 Continue reading →