30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 31 BONUS

Today I am thankful for next year. Not everyone gets a ‘next year’ and I’m not guaranteed one myself. 2016 is a chance to do more, do less, purge, love, regret, celebrate, mourn… but above all else it is a year to LIVE. I turn 45 next year. I don’t know what that means for me yet I only know I’m thankful as hell to be able to get there....

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 30

Today I am thankful for my creative outlets. Reading. Writing (sometimes.) Paper crafts. Creating things has always been at the core of my personality. To balance the head-work of my career and business I often want to turn to things that I can do with my hands. I’m very driven by audio and visuals (hence my businesses was a retail scrapbook and paper arts store… and my love of and history with podcasting.) There is only so much work I can accomplish thinking in my head or typing on a computer. DOING is better for me. I have a...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 29

Today I am thankful for my robe and house slippers. WHAT!? Superficial again, yes. I love bare feet in the sand but not so much in my home. I’m a sucker for comfort and my robe and slippers represent that especially in the dead of winter. As much as I love to be out-and-about winter is the time for me that I’m indoors and craving the idea of comfort and family. My mom is a ‘slipper and robe addict’ same as me – that must be where I get it from!!...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 28

Today I am thankful for a great mani-pedi! HA! Yes, I’m sticking with superficial stuff right now. Mid-winter is dreary and depressing for me. A few hours in a salon being pampered with summer-inspired fingers and toes is sometimes just what I need after a crazy holiday and lack of sunshine. I am horrible at doing my own nails and completely put my trust in the professionals!!...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 27

Today I am thankful for my personal style. Selfish to be thankful for this? Maybe. I thrive personally and professionally on being different and unique. Yes, I know… everyone thinks they are. I’m a crazy mix of fashion and personality and have been since high school (I see the same traits in my daughter!!) Since as long as I can remember I’ve had a vintage streak in me but for whatever reason I’ve been reluctant to indulge until the past year or two. I’ve got a closet full of gorgeous things that make me happy and fall someplace between...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 26

Today I am thankful for the night sky. After the whirlwind of the holidays it sure is nice to look outside on a crisp winter night and see a million shades of black pierced with gold diamonds. One of the many benefits of living in the country is limited (but not absent) light pollution that gives us better access to gorgeous night skies. Van Gogh’s Starry Night has long been one of my favorite pieces of art and the night sky where we lives makes me feel connected to that piece – and the rest of the planet....

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 25

Today I am thankful for holiday traditions. Merry Christmas everyone! For me holiday traditions root me to my grandmother and more so on Christmas Eve than today. What I now love as a mom with my own kids is that I get to cherry pick the very best traditions passed on by my mom and grandmother and add to them for my own kids. Some things are funny – like the fact that there M-U-S-T be a trash bag to quickly collect all the gift wrapping paper. Some are sweet – like the fact that my kids love getting...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 24

Today I am thankful for living in the country. Yes, there is country in New Jersey. I’m in the middle of farmlands and it is gorgeous in the winter. When it snows every fallow field is nothing but a white blanket. I can drive less than an hour to get to Philadelphia and a bit longer on a train to get to New York City. We live on over an acre but are still within easy driving distance to a lot of ‘urban’ activities. While we sometimes toy with the idea of moving someplace the kids will have easier...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 23

Today I am thankful for Christmas music. I’ll be honest here, I generally can’t stand to hear the stuff before the 20th of the month. I am also NOT a fan of “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” and my kids know if they start singing it I take away a gift (I really don’t, but it’s a fun threat.) The fact that the music is starting up in the stores on November 1st is disheartening to me and dilutes it in my opinion. The few days up to Christmas I’ll finally give in and tune my Sirius...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 22

Today I am thankful for my home office. It’s my space to decorate and work in. The rest of the house is shared with the family and this space is MINE. While I’m quite extroverted, I covet the ability to retreat into an area I control and exert my own personality and tastes. I have quirky work habits (I will just assume I do even though I’m not quite sure what they would be) and the idea of being in an open work space or shared office is stressful to me. I’ve been in both – and still have...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 21

Today I am thankful for presents. Christmas is on the way and I’m not a fan of shopping or wrapping presents but I do love trying to find the perfect thing for everyone on my list! Amazon Prime has made my life so much easier in this regard. Presents to me are starting to shift from things to experiences. I’d rather give a great experience such as a trip or excursion to my kids and I sure as heck would rather receive the same!...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 20

Today I am thankful for my kitchen! Weird. Yes. But it’s right around the holidays that I appreciate having a kitchen that is 27′ long with lots of counter space to cook at. By this time my mom has already baked a few dozen dozen cookies and hidden them away for Christmas (we always find them and eat most of them before the 25th!) Kitchens represent family to me – my grandmother had two kitchens in her house as I think most people did “back then.” Somehow no matter how much space you have (or don’t have) in a...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 19

Today I am thankful for the fall. It’s actually my ‘new’ favorite season (kicking spring to the curb by a small margin.) After a solid few months of sun dresses and sandals I can go back to jeans and cardigans and style my hair without fear of sweating it out in a few hours. I love drinking wine sitting at our fire table and turning on the ‘twinkle’ lights on the patio. Putting the kids back on the schoolbus after a summer of ‘playyyyy with meeeeeeee’ is very welcome as well. Fall marks the start of routines again for me...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 18

Today I am thankful for the summer! Warm weather. Sunshine. The kids can sleep in (well, until camp starts!) To be honest, I don’t take take advantage of summer enough. It gets hot and I sometimes hide inside with the air conditioning. This year I intend to do more road trips, especially down the shore, and build mini-vacations out of our days and weekends. Since the kids are generally in day camp 2-3 weeks every summer (our ‘vacation’ budget is used to send them there…) it’s actually a really good time for me to hunker down at work since...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 17

Today I am thankful for spring. Ohhhhh those first days of going outside with the sun on my face and no jacket!! I honestly feel like a butterfly coming out of a chrysalis. Springtime always feels like the most active time of the year to me. The kids are winding up their school year. When I was actively speaking it was when I was on the plane the most. My wardrobe transforms. The windows in the house all get opened!! Most of all my mood improves and I make an effort to get out more and see real live...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 16

Today I am thankful for the winter. WHAT?! I hate cold weather. I hate snow. I HATE that it is dark more hours than it is light. I’ll be honest, I’m the least thankful for this season than the others but there are things I enjoy during the winter that don’t really happen any other time. Homemade soup. Fireplaces. Christmas. Piling up on the couch with my kids and marathoning some movies. Mulled wine. Honestly winter is a super hard time of year for me, specifically near the end of it. I feel closed off and isolated and the...

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