Day 1 ~ 30 Days Of Thankfulness 2012

I’m thankful for my childhood.  I was richly blessed with a close family, relatively normal by most definitions.  2 brothers and 1 sister, and great parents.  My memories are extensive ones from growing up, traveling the country. We camped all over and I’ve seen SO many things thanks to those vacations.  Memories of singing around the campfire at night, cherry pies made with pie filling, bread and an iron pie maker over the fire, marshmallows and family.  Christmas trees falling over when 4 kids were running through the house, building snowmen in winter, roller skating in summer…the list is just endless.

For the wonderful memories, of a wonderful childhood, with a wonderful family…I am very thankful!

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30 Days Of Thankfulness ~ Day 1, 2, and 3

I’m a bit slow getting started on this project, but I think taking time to count one’s blessings and give thanks for them is important.  Before the list is too long for one post it is time to get started!  This should mean at least a post a day from me again!  🙂

The idea is for 30 days, throughout the month of November, each day to reflect on one thing you are thankful for and share that!  I love the idea, years ago I did it on my other blog when I was married.  It sounded easy but it wasn’t.  Not because there isn’t plenty to be thankful for, but for the contemplation into my life, leading my thoughts down paths to remind me of where I have been, where I am now, and what may be in my future.  It can get pretty deep at times.  I encourage you to do this, it is a great exercise even if not posted publicly.

As seen on a church sign, by a  friend:

“If you woke up tomorrow with only what you had thanked God for last night, what would you have?”

DAY 1

I am thankful for my children.  Both have proven to be outstanding adults.  They make me so very proud.  Sometimes I lay awake at night praying for them, their safety, prosperity, hearts and their souls, and I find myself smiling in the dark as I think of them.  So many memories of their growing up years, so many fun times now that they are all grown up.  I am blessed to have such terrific kids!

DAY 2

Connected to day #1 is of course thankful for the almost 22 years I was married to my ex, who is more responsible than me for how they turned out.  During a good portion of their ‘formative’ years he was a stay h0me dad, and he was the champ of all Mr. Moms.  We had a clean house, great meals, and my kids were safe and sound with the only other person who could begin to love them as much as I do.  There were bad times, certainly, and I am 50% to blame for the failing of said marriage, but that man loves those kids and without him influencing them and guiding them there is no telling how they would have turned out.  And despite the 10% bad times (his words), I have extremely wonderful memories of the 90% that was good to great.

Day 3

I am very thankful for new beginnings.  Everything that ends in our life opens up space and opportunity for something new to begin.  It is never easy when something or someone we love and enjoy comes to an end, but often it simply paved the way for something better.  So, one new beginning I am thankful for this year, my current jobs.

When I left corporate America due to down sizing, I never imagined myself doing anything outside of administrative work.  My next two positions were office manger for companies, and one part time office manager spot with a 3rd.  The first was a seasonal job with a paint company, and when the late Autumn hit that job ended.  Within a day, thanks to spreading the word through social networking, I had another job as office manager for a heating and air company.  Unfortunately the economy wasn’t kind to them, a start up company, and I found myself jobless again.  While spreading the word again, my boss from the company I had worked for all those 26 years, suggested I consider something outside of administrative as those jobs were so few and far between.  I thought about it, and I knew he was right, I needed to look into something else.  The part time job was sporadic and so I put my thinking cap on and brain stormed with my mom about other skills I possessed.  That was how I ended up doing daycare at home.

Daycare is one tough job.  Sure, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but seriously nothing really can prepare you for those days when everyone is whiny, has a dirty diaper on, a runny nose, is hungry.  I thought I’d have  time to blog, read etc.  Little did I know what the days would be like!  That is another blog but I’m so busy I rarely get time to do more than post via my cell phone some days.  I do enjoy this job though, one of the best I have had.

Avon has allowed me to tap into my marketing skills and it is flat out FUN!  It isn’t easy but at the same time it isn’t stressful like managing offices could be.  Customer service is a strength too, and when it comes to business I am organized and can get the job done.  I love Avon most of all the jobs I’ve had and now that my business is growing it is getting to be more enjoyable and exciting.

So on an employment front, I’m very thankful for the opportunities of the past that put me where I am today and thankful I am enjoying a whole new way of earning a living!