If you told me ten years ago that I was going to be a lifestyle and career coach and not working in corporate, I would have laughed. I didn’t necessarily know what I wanted to be when I grew up but I knew I loved connecting and helping people. I didn’t think I’d be doing it in this capacity let alone as an entrepreneur. Boy, am I glad I am where I am.
This has certainly been a year filled with so much gratitude. Sometimes I’m in disbelief of my life and all that it encompasses. I’ve worked hard to learn to enjoy the journey and not the destination. It's about acknowledging when there are challenges and breaking through them.
On this Thanksgiving, I am grateful for:
My family: I wouldn’t be where I am without my family. This includes my parents and extended family. I wouldn’t have it in me to start a business without the support of my family. They have been cheerleading for me from day one and remind me to continue doing what I’m doing. My parents continue to prove the concept of ‘age is just a number’ because they seem to be getting younger with age. They are out more than I am during the week and are always up for live music. I’m extremely fortunate to have the family I do - I know it’s quite rare to have a family that I want to spend endless amounts of time with.
My friends: I feel as though I’ve lived many lives as I’ve had countless jobs and experiences that have opened up doors to so many new, incredible people. I also have people in my life who I’ve known for 10+ years and can’t imagine my life without. Many of my friends have become a part of my family. I’m so grateful they’re a part of my life as they inspire, motivate and support me and I hope I do the same for them. They make me laugh and smile and listen when I feel I need to be heard. Starting a new business can be isolating and I’m grateful for all of the people I’ve met along the way. I have numerous groups of friends, colleagues and fellow entrepreneurs who I’m so grateful for. Creating a sense of community is key!
My Clients: I am so grateful for my clients over the past year who have dedicated their time, energy, money and efforts to working with me to work on themselves. Having the courage to seek support and guidance can often be a lot of work and intimidating. I’m grateful that my clients choose to be vulnerable with me. I’m so appreciative to get to work with many incredible people on a daily basis and learn so much from them.
My health and well-being: It’s hard to believe that after undergoing a major health crisis in 2012 that my life completed shifted and I began taking control and ownership of maintaining a healthier lifestyle. This healthier lifestyle led to becoming an entrepreneur and creating balance. I can’t imagine not making my health and well-being a priority after so many years of hiding from it. I am so grateful to have access to an incredible medical team in NYC and at the NIH.
Self Awareness/Reflection: Working independently, spending a lot of time alone, meditation and yoga have majorly increased my self awareness Yoga and meditation keeps me grounded, energized and at peace. My self awareness allows me to stop living on autopilot. When I look back on my life, I spent so much time constantly doing things and not even being present to what was happening. It’s amazing what you can create and shift when you’re aware of your thoughts, emotions, surroundings and the people you interact with.
Freedom: I am more grateful for my freedom this year than I have ever been before. I always felt tied down to jobs and other people’s vision for how things should be. I now have the freedom to create my own work ethic and schedule. I have the freedom to work from anywhere. I am grateful to have the freedom to travel and not have to ask for vacation time. That freedom is priceless.
Music: Someone recently asked me if I had to choose between being deaf and blind, which would I be and I immediately responded blind because I could not imagine my life without music. It is my everything. There is a song or album for every mood and experience. It can take me into a zone of writing and getting work done, can lift my spirits when I’m down and it can meet me exactly where I’m at. It’s an incredibly powerful and special outlet that I will forever be grateful for. (PS. Check back here mid-December as I'll be posting my Top Albums/Songs of 2015 on here!)
Now, enough about me!
I asked some of the previous guest contributors of my (So)(Co) Sit Down series to share what they’re grateful for. So, here it goes:
Bob Roth: I am most thankful for the amazing people, younger and older, I get to work with each day. They are smart, insightful, loving, passionate, energetic, strong and incredibly compassionate … Makes my life and everything I do so much easier and creative and more impactful. Love'm!
Stacy Schwartz: I am thankful for making it a full year as a business that started from a seed of an idea, and for having built a network of trusted friends and colleagues who have offered advice, support, and cocktails to help me through the ups and downs!
Claudia Shaum: I'm thankful for my family and friends, my sweet dog and my health. I wish I could be thankful for world peace or something remotely close to that, but no dice.
Lauren Stahl: Sobriety. My family. My business and the opportunities it is providing and the lives it is helping. My body and being able to connect with it.
Caprice Abowitt: I'm thankful for my incredible family, my supportive community, and a job that lights me up.