Let me start by saying that this isn’t an obligatory Thanksgiving blog post. Speed and chaos reign supreme more than ever, and to quote the great Ferris Bueller, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
Pausing and soaking up gratitude keeps me going.
Let’s kick off the holiday season with 11 things I’m thankful for.
1. Sandi and the Boys
You know how award winners sometimes forget to thank their spouses and kids (Hillary Swank, for one)? Yeah, I won’t make that mistake.
Let me start with Sandi, my husband, who is warm, loving, and takes care of me in every way possible. It also helps that he’s a terrific father, talented chef, and a brilliant tech guy.
Relax boys; you’re next. My sons, Joel and Alex, keep me on my toes and make me proud every day.
2. Local Family
I’m fortunate to have family members who live nearby, including my mom, my sister and her family, Sandi’s sister and her family, and my adult nieces and their families, and my cousins.
They certainly help keep me grounded.
3. Far-Flung Family
No offense to the folks above, but absence/distance makes the heart grow fonder. We have family spread out across the country and even the world. We stay in touch, and there’s nothing like visiting them on their turf or reuniting here.
4. The Best Staff in the World
It takes a village, and if not for my heroic team–Betsy, Chris, Donna, Liz, and Wendy–we couldn’t create the best gift baskets in the business.
I have close friends who I met when I was 4-years-old, and no, I’m not going to reveal how many years of friendship that is. The point is that it’s quite a beautiful thing to keep these bonds for so long.
We’ve got our synagogue friends, many of whom are like family, our Lake Forest forever friends, and our love Piranhas, who don’t devour a hippopotamus whole within minutes, but rather, are the ones who helped us keep it together while Joel was ill. Though, I’m sure they’d eat a hippo for lunch if I asked.
I am a book-binger. A friend of mine recently boasted that he just finished his 15th book, and I tried my best not to diminish his achievement, but I couldn’t help myself.
“Uh, I’ve read more than 70 books this year,” I said, but I did congratulate him.
Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy guilty-pleasure TV, but there’s nothing like immersing myself in my books.
7. Coffee, Bourbon, Chocolate and Pasta
These speak for themselves and work in any order.
8. Doctors, Nurses, and Researchers
I’m very transparent about my health conditions, including Depression and Crohn’s Disease. My appreciation for the health care professionals who’ve helped me and saved Joel’s life defies description.
9. My Client Fan Club
We’d also not be in business if not for our customers. Special shoutout to those raving fans who’ve been with us for 15-plus years and continue to promote and recommend BasketWorks.
10. My Basket Babes
Once upon a time, this was a collective of six women in the same industry across the country, communicating via email chain. It was a support system where we leaned on each other to persevere through issues and hardships, ranging from kid and work stuff to national events (there were 100 emails between us on 9/11). Now it includes folks in an assortment of amazingly supportive basket professionals in several Facebook groups.
11. My Network
Networking is good for business, as well as friendships. Some of networking’s greatest outcomes are meeting new people, sharing stories, figuring out ways to help each other, and before you know it, you’ve got a friend.
To my circle of local professionals who I am honored to call friends: you support me in more ways than you can possibly imagine.
It feels good to share this. How about that? Happy Thanksgiving!