30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 15

Today I am thankful for vacations. As a kid my extended family would vacation together down the Jersey Shore. My cousins and I would be piled into a rental house bedroom for a weekend and live in damp bathing suits and bare feet. My cousin Barb and I would grab a slice of pie (pizza pie for the non-Jersey folks) while walking on the boardwalk and then run to rinse our hands off in the ocean. Bliss. I still love (L-O-V-E) vacations no matter how simple. They have always represented a chance to reboot and restart my body and brain. Getting out...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 14

Today I am thankful for challenges. CHALLENGES? Yep. How boring would my life be without the ability to challenge myself and learn new things?! True story: I bore easily. If I’m not constantly learning or solving things I get restless. Now of course I’m not a fan of being thrown challenges such as health or money issues, but for day-to-day life I need to make myself feel challenged....

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 13

Today I am thankful for my business failures. Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes. – Oscar Wilde I have owned many businesses. (I’ve worked at a good number of other people’s business as well.) I’ve failed at a number of them. Sometimes I failed ‘just enough’ to walk away at a zero-sum loss and some new skills and sometimes I failed with spectacular debt and a years-long crushed ego. I keep trying. This time around my husband and I have slowly built a business on the experiences of failure and the knowledge of the ghosts of past...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 12

Today I am thankful for my health. Well, I’m happy that I’m working towards better health. After three knee surgeries (with more to go), two kids (and c-sections) and one really serious arm surgery over the years and I’m looking to the new year to get back to the gym. Next year I unequivocally turn mid-40s and things just don’t get easier from there! Two friends have separately recommended the same book, “Younger Next Year” and “Younger Next Year for Women.” I finally picked up the women’s version and it scared the daylights out of me even though at...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 11

Today I am thankful for my mom. I could write a book about my mom and all that she’s gone through and done for me. We are only 20 years apart and as a teen we would get mistaken for sisters (even though I don’t think we look anything alike) which I always thought was cool. She was a single mom for most of my life and now that I’m a mom myself I fully understand how damn hard it was for her all those years. I am lucky enough to have her living with us and that means...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 10

Today I am thankful for my son. Boy-oh-boy that kid! There is a little more than six years difference between my kids and a world of difference in their personalities. Because my daughter was so picky with food (still is honestly) my husband and I would joke when I was pregnant with our son that “this one will be different” mostly hoping to get the next kid to eat a bigger variety of foods. WOW, let me just say that when you ask the universe for something be very very specific. My son is different alright! He’s a pretty...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 9

Today I am thankful for my daughter. She’s my oldest and the one that made me a mom. She’s also so like me that I literally feel that sometimes – especially now that she is 14 – I’m looking into a mirror that can travel through time. She’s fiercely independent (like me) but still a whole unique person separate from me and everyone else. She’s got an amazing quirky sense of style, rainbow hair, empathy of the likes I’ve never seen before and a pretty strong sense of what BS she is willing to put up with (or dish out.)...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 8

Today I am thankful for my husband. Cliché, I know. But true. Not only am I eternally grateful for my husband as a person, but as the dad to our kids and a partner in our business. Here’s the really weird-but-true thing about my relationship with him (not sure if the same goes in reverse…) but over the course of my life I had easily gotten bored with the people I dated. Why? Because as soon as they stopped being extraordinarily intelligent and smart in my eyes I cooled off. Looks / chemistry, yes, I won’t lie, that part...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 7

Today I am thankful for technology. Yep. I love the fact my phone keeps me connected to my business when I’m away from my desk. I love that my laptop allows me to travel and work wherever I want. I love that my best friends have all come from (or been found again…) from the magic box that sits on my desk. I love that we’ve built a business using technology. I love that my kids are tech geeks. There are plenty of people that would say technology (or too much of it) is bad for human connection and...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 6

Today I am thankful for traveling. A few years back I hit my all-time high of speaking engagements in one year. Fifty-eight. 58. Yep. (Did I ever tell you the story of the time I went to the Philadelphia PA airport when I was flying out of the Newark NJ airport? Yeah, it’s funny NOW…) That burnt me out. My speaking has been completely put on the back burner because I’m so active in our software business. I still get on a plane six or so times a year, but now it is to build my own business and...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 5

Today I am thankful for my clients. A business is just a hobby without clients. Our software company client are amazing! The innovation and creativity I see from them and the genuine desire to help their own clients is inspirational (our clients are public insurance adjusters.) In the past I’ve had coaching clients that went from doubting their ability to find their talents to building a successful business they jump out of bed each morning to start. Working with the right people makes all the difference in the world, and owning/running a company with a best-in-class product makes it super...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 4

Today I am thankful for my business. I’m a serial entrepreneur – the true definition of the word. I’ve owned retail businesses. I’ve owned consulting businesses. I’ve owned coaching practices. I’ve owned a professional speaking business. I’ve owned a marketing agency. I’ve worked for small businesses. I’ve worked for enterprise businesses. Right now I own a software business. I function better when I’m not shoved in a corner (or a stand-up desk) working on ONE type of task day in and day out. Right now I can work in marketing, sales, business development, product features and design an entirely...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 3

Today I am thankful for my office.

WHAT? My office!? Yes, my physical workspaces. Why? Because it is my own creative space to work and surround myself with the things that make me happy. My home office is mine to decorate in the style that *I* love (vintage.) Painted in the colors I love (lavender and butter yellow.) Filled with pretty things and candles and lots and lots of tech! Granted, my office is a mess right now and needs a few lunch break clean-outs to reclaim some space.

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 2

Today I am thankful for my home. Growing up my family lived in the apartment above my paternal grandfather’s house. In that apartment fit lived my mom, brother and I. My brother and I used to sneak out the kitchen window and sit on the roof above the breezeway where my grandfather had his television set up. Once we tried to zipline out our second story bedroom window on the clothesline that was attached to a backyard tree. Every spring we got mice because on down the block the fire department burned down the field to tame the overgrowth and forced those...

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30 Days of Thankfulness 2015, Day 1

Today I am thankful for my friends. All of them. The ones I don’t see very often. The ones that live 10,000 miles away. The ones I wished lived next door. The ones that do live next door. The ones I don’t tell how important they are to me enough. The ones that feel like family. The ones that are family. The ones that know stuff about me that I don’t even know about me. The ones that live only in my magic screen on my desk (that would be my computer.) The ones I wish the very best of...

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A Country Without Refugees

I for one am eternally grateful for all immigrants and refugees courageous and desperate enough to face death just to provide the *hope* of a better opportunity to their families. My grandmother escaped the Holocaust. Her bravery is the ONLY reason I’m alive and that I *and my children* EXIST on this planet. It’s a sad state of affairs that can’t remember its roots just two generations ago about how most of us came to be in this country and on the planet. Even though my grandmother is no longer with us, her struggles and steadfast resolve to suffer...

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