1. What simple things in your daily life help you get through each day? HMMM. Well, I am thankful for my iPhone. I thoroughly enjoy being able to listen to my favorite music on the way to work every morning & I’m glad I don’t have to worry about the CD skipping. 😉 It’s also been extremely nice to be able to communicate with my son when I have to be away at work for long hours. I’m thankful for good pens, and my planner because without it – I’d be pretty lost. I’m thankful for my new found love for coffee in the mornings. I also adore lunch with my co workers & dinner with my family. <3
2. How do you feel when you hear the word freedom? I feel like a lot of people have started to take for granted just how blessed we really are. When I hear the word freedom I think of our military which makes me proud. Those brave people who put their lives on the line for us on a regular basis & allow us to have the luxuries we take for granted in the U.S. 🇺🇸
3. What is one technology you are thankful for? There are so many but I would have to say my computer. I was able to take an old CD of my Grandpa’s band playing tracks and burn a copy for myself. Not only that, but I was able to break the 45 min track into individual songs to make it easier to skip between them in the car. 🎶🎵
4. What do you appreciate about your work? What do you love about your job? I appreciate having co-workers I can look up to and aspire to. I enjoy being able to bring out my creative side to create contests, training materials, and employee appreciation events. I have loved being able to watch my team grow stronger and build my team. Watching the lightbulb go on when someone understands something I’ve been training them on, or watching someone’s progress/growth over time is priceless. It is one of the most rewarding parts of my job.
5. What do you love about having (whatever the amount you currently have of) money in your life? I love that I have worked hard to get to a place where I know my paycheck will cover the bills and I don’t have to worry about how we’re going to pay the electric bill or get food on the table. I also love that I am not forced at this point in my life to push harder for more money (which typically means more hours) and get to enjoy these years with my son. I am thankful we can afford drum lessons for Cameron. 🥁
6. Does your closet have clothes in it? What are you thankful for about your threads? Yes, my closet has clothes in it. Whether or not they fit me is another story though.. 😉 I may or may not hoard clothes. (However, I have made an active effort to work on this in the past year!) Some way too small, and some way too big. Hardly any that are “just right”. I’m totally that girl who doesn’t want to get rid of anything “Incase I lose weight someday” haha. I am thankful for the variety in my clothes so they can change with me as often as my mood does. Most of my favorites have come from sales on websites like Shein & I’m thankful for finding places like thredup to change out my wardrobe for a reasonable price. (:
7. What do you love about your home?
– I love my office. It’s my own little place to work, write, & create.
– I love our table out back under the gazebo. It’s one of my favorite places to hang out during the winter (when the mosquitos aren’t out) with my husband & son with the projector on watching a Christmas movie. It was also a favorite when the pandemic first started and I was able to work outside in the early mornings before it got too hot.
– I love our kitchen. Although I don’t enjoy cooking, I do enjoy dancing and after all – isn’t that what kitchens are really for? (;
-Our “family tree” wall (pictures of our parents and grandparents)
8. What book are you most grateful for? The Language of Letting Go. This book got me through a really tough time in my life and I have continued to refer back to it on bad days. I love referring it to people going through something because I think the advice in it can relate to just about anyone. It’s nice to feel less alone sometimes & feel like you can get through whatever it is stunting you at the moment. 💪🏻 However, Radical Candor truly helped me become a better manager and The Fun Formula made a pretty big impact on me as well.
9. What makes today so great? This morning my husband. my friend, and my friend’s daughter went on a three-mile walk on a path we had never been on before. It was a lot of fun. Then we went out to breakfast and the weather was nice enough we were able to eat out on the patio. When Kris and I came home we took Lucy on a mile walk around the neighborhood. When we came home I was able to get the house cleaned up, laundry done, put together a presentation for work, and we picked up pizza and salad for dinner. Overall, it was a really fun and productive day. The only thing that could have made it better was if Cameron would have been here (he went to the cabin with Papa).
10. What is something that can always make you laugh? When my husband sings “Jack and Diane” and does his best James Dean impression.
11. Open your phone or a photo album and share three photos you are thankful for? What are you grateful for in the photos?
Mary. I am grateful for Mary. Without her, I never would have been able to meet one of the best friends I ever had – Blaine. I admire her strength to face the world after tragedy, no mother should ever have to go through. I love her to pieces, she’s pretty much amazing.
“The girls”. I was fortunate enough to meet this group of girls thanks to my husband. They have been some of the most accepting, caring, and fun women I have ever met. They have welcomed me into their group with open arms since day one, and I thoroughly enjoy spending time with them.
My husband & my son. This picture was taken Christmas Eve a couple of years ago right after my husband finished reading aloud “The Night Before Christmas”. I love my life thanks to these boys. I love coming home to their smiling faces every day, and I love that they equally share my love for Christmas!
12. Which small gesture from someone are you grateful for? My mom is constantly thinking of me. I am really fortunate for that. She is always thinking about my happiness, my talents, and my future. She sends me articles she knows I would find interesting, and job opportunities she thinks I would be great at. She is a constant reminder that I never have to settle and that I deserve greatness. Her simple emails and phone calls to let me know a song made her think of me, or that a movie I used to watch as a kid is on TV right now – those small things mean the world to me.
13. What do you like about your neighborhood?
Our neighbors are truly kind people and they are respectful. We never have to worry about them partying too loud at all hours of the night, or stealing things out of our yard. They participated in our food drive, and all seem to get involved with neighborhood festivities for holidays (Halloween is pretty epic). We are in a pretty great location and even though a cookie-cutter home isn’t what we always dreamed of, it has turned out to be pretty wonderful.
14. What do you have to brag about in your love life? My husband is truly my best friend. He supports all of my hopes and dreams, no matter how cheesy or crazy they might be. No matter how many times a year..a month.. a week… hell, a day – they might change. He helps clean the house, cook meals, and take care of Cameron. When I see the memes on social media about husbands who don’t do any of those things – I laugh because I have no idea what that might be like. My husband is one of a kind and he truly is a gem. I am fortunate he loves my son and me as much as he does. He makes me laugh every day and enjoys the little things in life with me.
15. What is one skill – big or small – that you have and are thankful for? My ability to type quickly. The last time I had to do a typing test was in 2019- 84 AWPM. I had no idea when I was 10 years old playing on AOL how valuable learning to type fast would be to my life. I truly believe it has played a big part in the success in my career and as silly as it sounds – sometimes I worry what I will do if carpal tunnel surgery doesn’t work for me.
The Alzheimer’s walk. My Aunt Dana came from out of town to do it with us a few years ago, was a great experience! I loved seeing the high school kids perform, and the Promise Garden was beautiful. It was heartbreaking to see those carrying the blue flowers (meaning they currently have Alzheimer’s) but wonderful to see so many yellow flowers (caregivers of people with Alzheimer’s). I am so grateful for events where people can come together for a common goal without any violence or craziness needing to take place. It’s wonderful to see our community come together for such a great cause.