Speaking of cards last night reminded me –
I bought Thank You cards, and I have full intention of sending them out this year. So I need to get on the ball. That will be my mission for this coming up week. I need to make sure the people I appreciate KNOW that I appreciate them. I try to be vocal with my appreciation, but sometimes a written words can feel like so much more!
I Can Improve #3:
Send thank you cards for Christmas gifts before January next year. Get them out before January 15th this year.
I’m always full of good intention but more often than not find I psych myself out.
I surprised myself with sending out Christmas cards for the 2nd year in a row. As in I bought, filled out, stamped, addressed, and MAILED them. Many more years, I have gone so far as to stamp them, and they still didn’t get out. Everyone started sending out the beautiful photo cards, so I became filled with a strange fear that mine would be looked at as cheep or chintzy. Last year, I decided I just don’t care. I’ll send them out anyway – at least my family and friends will know I’m thinking of them. I have to spend $40 just on stamps to send cards to family. By the time I add in all my friends, it’s at least another $20. So folks will just have to understand that I cannot spend a significant amount on the cards themselves. The 2 boxes if cards picture are only half of what I sent out this year! Plus I sent out a few individually purchased cards, too. Think about all the love that was shared!
I Can Improve:
I need to keep my address book updated, and keep a list somewhere of folks I want to send cards to, because when you’re making out 50+ cards for family alone, sometimes your brain gets filled and you don’t remember to make them out to each of your friends as well!
Home again home again, jiggety jig. Man is it cold up here! Damn I miss the Florida warmth (but not so much the humidity)!
1) Feels good to be home.
2) Relaxing after a busy weekend feels fantastic.
3) Presents from my sweet friend Kristine.
Day 28: I am thankful for the many people in my life who have brought me some sort of joy, happiness, or love. Some are family, some are friends, and others are acquaintances brought together by mutual adoration of folks we know.
Today I ate a delicious meal, surrounded by wonderful people, and enjoyed much conversation a d laughter. My BIL’s family kindly invited me to join all of them & welcomed me into the fold. We cuddled Nacho, snuggled baby Brett, and swapped stories about various interests.
I was able to call my parents & talk to my grandfather, chat with my daughter as she joined her California family, and touch base with many friends and family. Some folks dear to me are struggling with loss while trying to enjoy the spirit of the day, others are struggling to enjoy what they know will be one of the last holidays with their loved ones. Still others feel lost and alone today. Reach out to those you know are struggling. Don’t fear them dampening your spirits–choose to lighten theirs.
Today has been a lovely day, and I hope for many more like it.
Thankful for the friends who speak to my heart. All live far away from me by varying degrees, but each one of them brings something special to the table. Some are going through losses or difficult times right now, and others are thriving. We can always count on each other to mourn, celebrate, and grow with each other. These people fill the places in my heart that aren’t already filled by family (and I have a huge family). They lift me, they hug me, they love me. I have amazing people in my life, and I am thankful for each and every one of them.
Day 20: I am thankful for the opportunity to travel.
Yes, it is business related. Yes we will be inside working. But my clients have us all set up in a sweet hotel, travel is taken care of, I get to see a new-to-me area of Cali (Napa Valley), I will see new faces, eat at a couple of new places, and spend one night in one of my favorite cities (San Francisco).
Plus I will meet the folks I have been working with for the last year and a half, AND I finally get to meet up with my friend Jennifer. Good times to come!