Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving
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Happy Thanksgiving!

Today is my favorite day of the year. How can you not love a day that celebrates unity, togetherness, and giving thanks?

Oftentimes, we think of Christmas and the approaching New Year as a time to reflect on what we’ve accomplished and what new visions we have for the future. As a coach, I have a special appreciation for this orientation toward goal setting.

Yet Thanksgiving is in a class of its own; it is a day to give thanks, and it’s always been a day on which I am particularly present to all that I’m grateful for. In honor of celebrating today with all of you, I thought I’d share some of those things with you here…

  1. Not so long ago, I was living behind a desk and a sea of data working as senior economist for the federal government. I spent my days writing riveting articles like this oneand aching for freedom, connection, and true purpose in my work. I’m so grateful for everything that led me to choose to listen to my vision instead of my fear. I am so thankful for the day that I walked into my former supervisor’s office to give my notice. In that moment, I knew simultaneously that it was the scariest moment of my life and the first day of the rest of my life.
  2. I’m grateful for the lifestyle I’ve created for myself over the past year. This year I’m celebrating Thanksgiving in Paris – I’ve never been here before and I feel like an excited young child on Christmas morning walking around each next corner and seeing a new epic landmark that I’ve only read about in books or seen in movies. You can follow more of my travels over on my Instagram feed.
  3. I’m grateful for each conversation that has led to someone breaking open their heart and sharing vulnerably with me about their greatest hopes and dreams. I’m grateful for the privilege of witnessing the change that takes place when someone makes the choice to commit to their dreams instead of their fears.
  4. If I were not present to hurt and pain in my life, I would not have as great a capacity to love and appreciate. I’m grateful for the breadth of experiences in my life that have expanded my ability to appreciate and cherish all that I have.
  5. At a time in our Nation’s history when many are full of fear and hopelessness, I am grateful for the transformational work that I help facilitate as a part of Accomplishment Coaching. This work has taught me the power of choosing who to be in the face of fear and how to be a change maker in times of sorrow and pain. I’m filled with gratitude to be part of a company whose mission is to train leaders of love and to create heart-based leadership into our country’s rhetoric. There could be no greater necessity for this work than now.
  6. You can learn a lot about yourself in relationships. I’ve learned so much about myself as my relationship has blossomed, and I continue to learn more all the time. I’m so incredibly thankful for my best friend and partner, for the wellspring of love and support that he gives to me each day.
  7. In the years since I’ve become a coach, the greatest breakthrough I’ve experienced in my own life is the one that had me fall deeply in love with myself (in a way that I had never known to be possible). The discovery that showed me how to give up the never-ending cycle of trying to prove my worth through my actions and achievements. The moment I started acting from my own inherent worth versus trying to prove it through my successes. This breakthrough is one I’m grateful for on a daily basis—it’s the one that has given me access to love and happiness in any and every moment.
  8. Lastly, I’d be remiss if I didn’t share my gratitude for my clients. Many days, my clients are my greatest teachers. Most days, I’m deeply impacted by their breakthroughs and personal transformations. And every single day, I’m grateful for their trust, openheartedness, partnership, and commitment to creating life by their own design.

What are you grateful for? Just leave a comment or send me a note—I would love to hear!

With gratitude and thanks to you,

 

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