There’s a “craze” that has hit Facebook the last couple of years called “30 Days of Being Thankful”. Every day starting on November 1st, a person shares one thing for which they are grateful.
I’ve been trying to do it myself and, I’ll admit, after the first several days, it’s been harder than I thought it would be. I mean, in the beginning you show how grateful you are for your mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, spouse, kids, friends, a gorgeous fall day, the Haagen-Dazs Chocolate & Peanut Butter Ice Cream in the freezer … then what?
Well, then you have to actually stop and think.
I’ve said from time to time that if I didn’t have bad luck, I would have no luck at all (of course, most of those occasions happened at the blackjack table, but I digress). But it’s been a rough few years for my family and it was all topped off with my being “downsized” in 2011. That was followed by a solid year of looking for a job to no avail and the realization that times were going to be hard for a while.
But in thinking about the past year, I found myself NOT feeling sorry for myself but rather somewhat amazed at what HAS been accomplished and all that I have to be thankful for ...
1. I’ve had the opportunity to realize one of my dreams to be a stay-at-home mom for the younglings. I have loved being able to get them off to school, pick them up after their day (although I must admit that there have been times when writing 90-page federal grants seemed like a cakewalk by comparison), and best yet, a summer of swimming and just goofin’ and having fun.
2. I've learned a lot about a lot of different businesses during my job search … and realized that I’m still not “corporate” material.
3. I’ve been able to accept a part-time position at my church which allows me to finally be able to give back in a small way some of what they’ve provided to me and my family over my lifetime.
4. And, most importantly, Amy Thompson Editing was born! AT Editing has been an official entity for five months and, in that time, I’ve been able to edit a website, edit blog entries for others, create a couple of websites, work on marketing materials for several businesses and FINALLY edit my first (of many I hope) Young Adult Novel.
So, in the spirit of the “30 Days of being Grateful” … I would like to say that I am so very grateful for the clients of Amy Thompson Editing who have jumped on board and allowed me to help them make their projects shine! Your confidence in me and the success of your projects and companies is what makes it worth all of the late hours and the self-imposed stress of making sure I didn’t miss that one comma in the middle of Page 174 that shouldn’t be there.
Thank you all and I hope you all have a Happy, Healthy, and Shiny Thanksgiving!