what I am thankful for

It’s Thanksgiving, and everyone is thinking what they are thankful for. I am thankful for my health, and my children, and my husband, and home, and my clients, and job… But I want to look into something ELSE I am thankful for. Let’s see…….

I’m thankful for my baby girl who is turning NINE today. Happy Birthday miss T.!

I’m thankful for the climate I live in. Being born and raised in the country with snow season starting in October and lasting through April, I am extremely thankful for my flip-flops in November. I do not miss the pain of froze-bitten cheeks and seeing men with frosted mustacheicon biggrin what I am thankful for

I’m thankful for NBA lock-out – while negotiations aimed at ending the NBA lockout quietly resumed the other day, I am enjoying more time with my husband, no fantasy basketball phone calls and no time in front of TV following his favorite teams and players. (psss, don’t tell him I said this)

I am thankful for getting back in playing tennis. I grew up with tennis. Almost all family vacations were spent watching my dad play in various tennis tournaments. He still plays tennis a few times a week, and I am so proud of him staying active and healthy and ignoring his kneesicon smile what I am thankful forI did not start playing tennis till I was adult, and then an unfortunate accident prevented me from playing it for couple years. Just a few months ago I fully recovered and was able to play again. I missed it so so much! I tried running, joined morning boot camp, did pilates. And while all those forms of physical activity were good to my body and mental state, none of them gave joy and satisfaction as tennis does.

I’m thankful for TiVo. When my husband first mentioned getting it years ago, I thought it was just another “guy thing”. Boy, was I wrong! I don’t have time or desire to adjust my life to TV schedule. And I don’t think it’s realistic to live with no TV in this society. So having control over when to watch and cut time spent in front of TV virtually in half, is a wonderful thing! And by the way, I am looking forward to my busy season winding down so I can watch the latest season of “True Blood” I missed while traveling this summer. Bite me!

I’m thankful for anything Apple. It was very sad to hear about Steve Jobs passing away. My life is all about Apple – iPhone, iMac, MacBookPro, iPad. Even my daughter’s teacher uses iPad at school and a few apps improved her math skills. How could I not be thankful for everything Apple!

I’m thankful, actually, for all the bad things that happened to me. It made me stronger, made me appreciate and value good times and positive outcomes. If I did not know low, how would I know high?

I am thankful for stock market not crashing again. Not yet. As CNBC is always in the background when my husband is working from home, it is scary to know so much about the finance world. It’s so closely related to our daily life – the price of gas and milk and bread, and everyone’s jobs and ability to afford quality photography ultimately leads to my own quality of living.

I’m thankful for my friends. My true friends. Friends I see every day, and friends I see once every few years. But I know if I need to cry or laugh or ask for anything, those people will be here for me. And I am thankful for life’s lessons that helped me to find those true friends I love so dearly.

I am thankful for the kindness of strangers. I love it when someone I don’t know smiles at me or says or does something nice and sweet, just because. They don’t know me, and they don’t have to do that, but putting a smile on your face puts smiles on people around you.

What are you thankful for?

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