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Somehow it is already time for Thanksgiving, which means the holidays are quickly approaching whether we are ready or not. At times this year has flown by, and others it felt like time just stopped. For all of us this year has had its share of joys as well as heartaches, but here we are nearing the end of 2017.

Before we jump straight into Christmas and all of the parties, shopping, and other festivities, let’s all just slow down and think about the people or the things that have blessed our lives. I know I am guilty of never slowing down or “stopping to smell the roses.” Every day, even on the worst ones, there is something to be thankful for, but many times we forget to look. Today I am making myself make my list, and I challenge you all to do the same. 

It is not easy starting a practice from scratch, in fact it comes with many sleepless nights. However, not everyone gets the opportunity, and it is one that I will never regret. I am thankful for all of those who helped to make my dream a reality. So many people had to sacrifice time and money to make this happen. I have had amazing mentors who helped guide me and encourage me. This process brought family closer, it showed how talented my husband is at what he does, and even strengthened our marriage. The best part is that now I get to do what I love every day and meet new people and build new relationships. A true blessing! I am thankful for my amazing staff who have been willing to take a risk. Teal is brand new to the field, but has been motivated and willing to learn from me and help the practice grow. My mom came out of retirement to work three days a week doing everything that she has never done before.

I started out 2017 with three family funerals. It took a toll on my mental health, but now months later I can see the positives. I am thankful for the reminder that it gave me that life is short, so do not waste any more of it thinking that I have time. I am thankful for my health and the health of my family and friends. I have two grandmothers that have turned 93 this year! What a blessing to have them for this long. One of them has Alzheimers, but she still knows me every time I call. 

I do not have children myself, but I am so thankful to be “Aunt” Caroline to new little blessings this year or find out that there are more on the way. With so much tragedy this year, what great little reminders of pure joy and innocence. 

We added another puppy to our family and I am thankful for the unconditional love of dogs. They help to keep me active, and I am thankful for the ability to run and hike with them. 

The floods, earthquakes, fires, and terrorist attacks have had an impact on all of us in some way. I am thankful that in the midst of it all, humanity was able to shine through and the reminder of there always being hope. I am thankful for the community that I live in. There are truly amazing people that live here. 

I know I was long winded, but it has been long past due for me. It is very therapeutic to focus only on the positives in life and try to turn every situation into one. I am going to challenge myself to do better about being thankful every day, and if there is a person I am thankful for, then telling them. I hope you all can do the same. I am so thankful for all of you for taking an interest in my life and practice and helping it grow.

Happy Thanksgiving!