I have so much to be thankful for but I chose the top 7 on my list since they're closest to my heart and narrated them in no particular order: (warning long post)
1. My Mother
Like any mom-daughter relationships, ours is typically not as perfect either yet to me she's the greatest! She taught me the real meaning of the word "mother" beyond it's superficial representation. In the middle of last year, Mr. unpredictable fate decided to throw my family onto the road less traveled and she, from day 1 was unceasing! She was with me and mostly during the toughest times. She became my beacon of light at the end of the dark tunnel. I can't say enough how much I'm thankful for her. She's done so much for me and my family and still is.
2. My Husband
Who after the sad fate that befell him last year, graciously took on the role of a stay-at-home "houseband" and transformed himself as a motherling to my 5 year old as I took on a different role as a working mother. He became my personal chef, my chauffeur (as to why, the book is on the works), laundry keeper, dishwasher...the list goes on. And in spite of my biatchness at various times, he is so giving. I can't ask for a better husband. He loves me the way a husband loves his wife and beyond- and that I'm so grateful about! I wish him all success on his new Tai Chi School.
3. My Daughter
Will it be overrated if I say she's my life? She's my child, she's wonderful and I love her to pieces. She is the inspiration in everything I do and I hope that someday she'll appreciate this. She's only 5 years old but think like 35. One time I was ticked off with my husband and I said something about going away and this is what she told me: "Mama, you can't leave Papa. You are married to him. Being married means that you stay together!" Seriously.
4. My Blog
If it wasn't for my blog, I would not discover that another world exists out there that's filled with wonderful people and endless possibilities! It has brought me countless blessings and great online friends that extended offline. I know it needs more work but as of right now, I'm utterly pleased of the success it has attained so far. It's evolving and growing! Most of all, it has helped me discover my passion for charitable works and my love for networking and socializing!
5. My Online and Offline Friends
If you personally know me, you'd know that we don't have family close by in Charlotte. Mine is all over the world and the closest to me is my mom who is in California. Hubby's side of the family is all in New York. Thus, beside my offline friends, You my online friends are now considered "my extended family"! You who I spend countless hours with and who I hang out with seamlessly online or offline. Thank you! You've open a whole new world for me and welcomed me with arms wide open! So grateful to be a part of this awesome community!
6. My Golden Flower Creations
My little altered ego which has been my therapy during stressful times and of which has also brought some much-needed profits online and offline. My long term goal is to grow it and at the same time have fun doing it. If you are a purveyor of handmade creations, then please support my handmade jewelry and craft business. It's made with love. Guaranteed!
7. Finally, ALL the blessings I recently received online. Here are some to name a few:
a) Won 2 tickets to Beauty and The Beast at the Children's Theater Charlotte which became a daughter and mother nite out for me.
b) Won 5 Tickets to Southern Christmas Show and gave three to friends.
c) Free 6 Tickets to Disney on Ice and fun packs for the kids - took friends along to see the show.
d) Personalized Autographed Nike Basketball by Grant Hill
e) Review products from E.l.f (watch out for the review)
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g) Won Build-a-bear $10 GC and Holly Moose during the 2-part build-a-bear Twitter Party that my daughter and I attended.
I'm blessed. And I'm so grateful. Life is good... Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! Remember all your wonderful blessings no matter how small they are and be thankful for it. Enjoy!