30 Days of Thankfulness — Day 1-9

Welcome back friends! Glad you are joining me for another 30 Days of Thankfulness. I first started this blog series in 2013 and am very proud to have kept it going. Bring on year #5! You can check out previous post from 20132014, 2015 and 2016.

We really have so much to be THANKFUL for in this life. I think it’s  important to take the time to count your blessing and just pay it forward. Thank you for letting me share with you!

Day 1: A new month and Day #2 of another meditation challenge with Depak Chopra & Oprah. Check out their 21 Day Meditation Challenge and join me!

Day 2: Wonderful evening having dinner and catching up with Paul & Lee D’Anna! I first met Lee (Shutterbug) at Diamond Crest Girl Scout Camp and ended up babysitting their two daughters (Holly & Claire) until I went away to college. Although I probably hadn’t seen them since 2003, it felt like old times. Loved hearing about retirement and van life on the road. Paul & Lee are both retired now, have downsized and are traveling all over the US in a van they custom built for their travels. Sounds like the life to me! I’m so very glad they stopped in SB. Looking forward to hearing more about your travels and seeing you both again soon! unnamed

Thank you Paul and Lee for the opportunity to babysit your girls and be a part of your family! ❤

 Day 3: Yay for a short work week! Soooo looking forward to having Friday off from work and getting a 3-day weekend!

Day 4: Spending the day (weekend) with Erin, Scott and Lucy! Erin and Chris met during PA school and have been really good friends since then. It was such a pleasure having all three of them in SB for the weekend. We had a blast just catching up, playing with Lucy and even going to the zoo! So glad to have friends that really feel like family. ❤

P.S. Lucy is probably the cutest little ever and was so easy all weekend! Can’t wait to see them again soon!

Day 5: Witnessed the most gorgeous sunset on our evening walk with the pups. We literally stopped and just admired the sky, watching as the vibrant reds and oranges took over the sky. It was amazing. I forgot how stunningly beautiful the sunsets are during the fall/winter in SB.

Day 6: Feeling the NODA love even though I’m not at the conference this year 😦 . Got a few texts from fellow colleges at the conference who shared that I was missed. Awww ❤ This certainly tugged at my heartstrings (I was really, really hoping to be there), but made me feel good that my presence was missed. Hoping some day to be back in the orientation world and able to attend another NODA conference. You can read about when I went to NODA in 2015 and 2016.

Day 7: The ability and privilege to VOTE! Last year was a little scary (can’t believe it’s already been a year)…but I feel very thankful to have this ability and hope everyone gets out there and VOTES!

Day 8: Glad to have a co-worker that has become a really wonderful friend. Lauren, I am so, so glad we started at L&S together. At the end of the day, this girl just gets me. I’m so thankful to not only have her as a colleague but as a friend! I’ve got her back and I know she has mine!


Here’s to my work twin Lauren! ❤

Day 9: Huge CONGRATULATIONS to my husband who PASSED the PANRE!!!!!!!!!!!!! The PANRE is the Physician Assistant National Re-certifying Exam, which has to be taken every 5 years for him to continue being a PA. They are in the process of changing the requirements so it’s likely he won’t have to take it again for another 10 years! Way to go Tof/Chris!!! So incredibly HAPPY, EXCITED and PROUD of you for passing the PANRE!! Knew you could do it, way to go!!! Love you! ❤

“Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love.” ~ Lao Tzu




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