I am very grateful for my life.  I am living my dreams and I don’t take that for granted.  I believe in embracing each moment, savor all that it has to offer and live into it – live into life. To believe in and boldly follow my dreams.

I have the most incredible friends who have been on this ride with me through all the roller coaster pin turns. None were thrown off – they hung on tight with me and enjoyed the ride.

I have a family that grows closer each year.  We’ve recently gone into business together, each of us sharing our skills and expertise to contribute to a new venture.  If you would have asked me a mere year ago, I would not have seen this in the cards.

I’m exploring my artistic side and having an amazing time dabbling in paint, pastels, charcoals and collage.  My home is filled with my art which provides a glimpse into my soul and gives me pause as I am reminded what is most important in my life. I savor it every day.  My easel stands in a corner with a large sketch pad beckoning me to come play to see what I can create on the blank pages with my charcoal or pastels.

Two causes dear to me now have my support – I’m volunteering to help rescued horses and to provide care packages for our soldiers.  Pets and vets are near to my heart and I’m just beginning to bring my energy and resources to help them in ways they deserve. I just learned that my nephew is also taking a stand for helping the homeless community and their pets. It’s clear to me the two of us will join forces and make a difference using our skills and passion. And compassion. I’m excited to see how this will unfold.

I have my health, my home, my wonderful furry kids, and I live in paradise. I spend my days helping driven entrepreneurs. I love working with them and they appreciate my help.

I am grateful for my amazing life. I’m in gratitude every day, all day.  And my goal now is to make sure I’m living full on – on purpose, making a difference where I can, in ways that I can.

I read a recent interview of Parker J. Palmer, founder of the Center for Courage and Renewal which helps educators, physicians, nonprofit leaders and clergy “rejoin soul and role.”  He has 11 honorary doctorates and has authored 9 books, including The Courage to Teach, Let Your Life Speak and his latest, Healing the Heart of Democracy: The Courage to Create a Politics Worthy of the Human Spirit.  He provided a definition of “faithfulness” that resonated with me. He defined “faithfulness” as “being true to my own gifts, true to my perception of the world’s needs, and true to those points where my gifts and those needs intersect.”

I have received an abundance of goodness in my life. It’s time to more powerfully share the goodness with the world. As this year ends and a new one begins, I will be taking a closer look at my skills and gifts and determine how I can make a bigger impact on the causes that are important to me.  Once I find the point of intersection, look out!

May each of you find gratitude and faithfulness in your own life and explore meaningful ways to make a difference in your community.

Happy Thanksgiving!