When I look back at this last year and think about everything I’m thankful for, there are so many images that flash through my thoughts.
I envisioned my best friends who’ve always been there for me through the years; through thick and thin. Â When I got new jobs and left old ones, they were there to listen to me freak out about the next phase in my career. Â When I moved across the country, or even the world, and I had to make new friends, they reminded me that old ones are never really that far away.
I envisioned my family. Â I’m so grateful to have such a caring support system in my life. Â We definitely lean on each other in this journey called life. Â Even though my family drives me bat crazy sometimes, I know that no matter what I do in life, they would always accept and love me just the same.
I envisioned my fiance and my extended family of kitties! They always bring a smile to my face after any stressful day.
And of course I’m grateful for my health, my job, the great people I work with on a daily basis, and life. Â Everyday is a gift and I’m grateful for it all!
Here’s to wishing you a wonderful November and all that you are grateful for in life!
I am thankful for so many small things this year. Small acts, added together can make a much larger impact over the individual contributions. Being reminded of this, has allowed me to understand the random and planned acts of kindness, charity, faith, forgiveness and brilliance can change someoneâ€™s life. Sometimes it even changes a lot of lives.
An Artist’s Body of Work is made up a collection of pieces developed over time and often in a series of repetitive themes. I had a great Architecture professor, fellow professor, friend and fishing buddy that was also an artist. We lost Richard Ferrier to cancer way too early in his life. At his memorial, countless students, friends and colleagues commented on the special moment or gift that Richard (RB) left with them. There were stories of a kind act at one of the Universities we taught at, a personal reference to some needed help, or even an encouraging pep talk. He provided behind the scenes help and encouragement to several generations of artists and Architects. As I heard one story after the other, it was clear that no one person really knew ALL the good deeds RB had provided.
Thankful for a Theme of Art and Kindness
Driving home from that weekend, the stories began to overlap and the theme was clear. There was Â a recurring study in kindness that characterized his true â€œBody of Work.â€ Sure, there was a legacy of paintings, awards and even archives in the Library of Congress to preserve his artistic work. But, small uncelebrated acts of humanity and friendship were the real collection. He had influenced and changed more people than we ever expected. Richards work was changing people’s lives.
I am thankful the ability to appreciate good design, to spell Winsor Newton watercolour with a â€˜uâ€™, to catch a trout in the cold tailwaters of New Mexico, to see someone fly in a WWII fighter plane. I am thankful for the lesson – To change the world, all it takes is small acts in recurring themes.
I have so much to be thankful for. I’ve written here in the past about how I’m thankful for LOLCats,Aggieland, and my mom’s wise advice to always stay positive.Â Today in particular I am thankful for the democratic process, my rights as an American, and those who serve to protect our freedom. And Twitter. I am definitely thankful for Twitter.
Thank You Houston!
This year for my 30 Days of Thanks post I want to take a moment to personally thank you – the people and the city of Houston, for all you have done for me over the last four years.
It was January 3, 2009Â when I moved to Houston. In the years since then you have welcomed me and supported me every step of the way.
Houston is a unique place – the most diverse city in the country, a town that fosters business and supports the artsÂ – and earlier this year topped Forbes’ list of America’s Coolest Cities.Â I have tried my best to take in as much of it as possible – taking in museums and restaurants and festivals and trying to keep up with everything Houston has to offer. Honestly, I feel like I’ve only scratched the surface.
The Big D will always be my hometown (don’t hate), but I have been incredibly blessed to find a great home here. And I cannot be grateful enough.
A Few of My Favorite Things about Houston:
1. A Full Events CalendarÂ -Â In a city as big as Houston, there is always something going on!
Left to Right: HoustonÂ Rodeo, Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, Free Press Summer Fest, Houston Beer Festival, Comicpalooza
2. The Food! – I often tell people the best part of moving to Houston is the food. The diversity of backgrounds and cultures in Houston meld into a mixing pot of delicious opportunities to explore. My latest obsessions are El Gran Malo, Benjy’s, and Petrol Station. (And I am always open to suggestions!)
Houston Food Truck Fest 2011
3.Â The SchipulitesÂ -Â I work with some of the most talented, hardest working people I have ever met. I learn from you every single day. I have great mentors here and a great team. I couldn’t ask for more.
I have to thank you to all of you in Houston for welcoming me with open arms. Here’s to many more Houstoniversaries to come!
All my life, I have always moved around. Iâ€™ve lived in different parts of Mexico, Iâ€™ve lived in the UK, in France, in 3 different states in the U.S and have been happy doing that: A constant cycle of packing and moving, adapting and finally feeling at home.
Iâ€™ve come to have so many friends that have become extended family to me. These people went from being complete strangers, to friends, to people I can count on. No matter how far they are or how long itâ€™s been since Iâ€™ve seen them, they in some way show me that they are still here with me as I am with them.
I am the only person in my family to be living in Texas, and sometimes it can be hard especially when you are going through tougher times. Iâ€™ve come to realize that when you are on your own, and these times emerge your sense of fight or flight kicks in. Suddenly you just want to go back to your home -Â your root home, and just embrace the old familiar.
I think everyone goes through that, and in all honesty if I had moved back home it would have been okay-Â there is nothing wrong with that really. But I stuck around and plan on staying in Texas, a place that I now happen to love and call home.
With that said, the people you work with are a huge part of your life in general. I mean, You spend more than half your week with these people! You could be doing what you love the most, but without a good team your job would for a lack of a better word – suck.
I have yet to work in a place where I do not like/love the people I work with. These people define(d) my day, they make it better and shift my attitude to a positive whenever itâ€™s at a low. And if I were to go down the list of everyone I am thankful for, it would be a really long massive list.
Iâ€™ve met some of my best friends at work (this includes my very awesome boyfriend) which are now family. There have been so many times where I wasnâ€™t able to fly home for the holidays and my friends pretty much took me in as an extension of their own family.
The people in my life just make me feel insanely lucky, and I don’t care if it sounds cheesy. They say actions speak louder than words, and it genuinely is something else to have someone show you they are there for you.
It’s little things like when Iâ€™ve been sick and gotten chicken soup, stuffed toys and sticker books (a Frankenweenie sticker book, to be exact) to cheer me up. Thereâ€™s times where I have been devastated, like when I lost my dog Benito and my friends from all over pulled me back together some way. For example they all changed their Facebook profile pictures to their favorite Benito picture to remember him, and remind me that they were there for me any way they could.
I could not have better people in my life that have become an addition to my already truly amazing family. So that is my “30 days of Thanks” Thankful post,Â I am thankful for all of you, because you just make me feel lucky and extremely loved, and I hope you guys know how much you are loved in return. Thank you.
This Thanksgiving I am most thankful for the people that believe in me.
I think that we all forget about these people sometimes, but they are the most important people
in your life. These people genuinely see your potential and your desire for greatness. They believe that you have good character within, and that in the long run your character will win over and you will have success. These people are able to see through the short run of your mistakes, and continue to believe that you will learn and grow from them.
This type of support can come in all forms and sizes: family, friends, relationships, authoritative figures, co-workers. The main point is in that some way they encourage you to reach for greatness, and affirm that you are capable of attaining it. Think about the HR manager who believed that you would bring success to their company and hired you into your first full time position when you had little experience. So many people have had a positive impact on your life by believing in you.
These people that choose to encourage you are applying principles of positive reinforcement and effective motivation. Some of these same principles are taught in a book by Dale Carnegie, a pioneer in public speaking, interpersonal relationships and personal development. How to Win Friends and Influence People is Carnegie’s bestseller self improvement Â book with 15 million copies sold since its release in 1936.
In this book, Carnegie uses examples of people whoÂ experienceÂ motivational success. One of Carnegie’s keys to motivation is by sticking with people through their rough patches. Some people will take the time to understand you from the inside out; they believe in your inner greatness. Appreciate these people and keep them in your life.
Everyone needs someone to they can come to in the tough times. The most supportive people in your life are there during your worst moments, in the wake of your biggest mistakes. In times of turmoil these individuals are there to listen, share in your disappointment Â and then affirm that you are better, and that they expect more because they believe that your character will persevere. They acknowledge that you are not a lost cause, and that you are not defined by any one action.
My grandfather used to tell me that the best measure of a man is not the tally of his mistakes, but his response to these mistakes. I love this because it frees me up to learn in my own method and make mistakes along the way. Always speak about your desire to be better and be great and to improve so that people know where your heart is.
Choose to believe in people in as many people as you can. Believe because you remember how people influenced your life by believing in you and staying in your corner. This is a large underlying theme in How to Win Friends and Influence People. People respond better when you separate the behavior from the individual. Everyone wants to be the best they can. We all strive for personal greatness in our own ways. Realizing that everyone wants the same thing will help you to deal with people and create meaningful relationships.
My grandfather had his deal of struggles in life. I believe that part of the reason he overcame so many obstacles was the support that he received from those that were closest to him. My grandfather left this world with all of those who had always supported him feeling proud about the man that he had become. They hung with him and were rewarded by seeing him succeed . They received genuine joy that they were there for my grandfathers transformation. I will always remember him telling me that he just knew I was going to be a great and successful person. I believe him because I saw him struggle more than anyone and saw him transform into the great man that we all knew he would always be.
Remember those that believed in you and try to give this gift to as many people as you can.
My best friend moved to Azerbaijan about a year ago, leaving me with lots of new methods of communication to be thankful for. We lean on FaceTime and email for quick catch-ups and day-to-day stuff, and I don’t know what kind of mess I’d be without those. But even in 2012, it takes a month to send mail from Baku to Houston. Enter Postagram, an iPhone app owned by Sincerely.
Postagram lets Matt take a picture with his iPhone, upload it to the app, add a message and send a custom postcard to my address in Houston. It arrives in a couple days. And when I receive it, I can scan a QR code in the app to let Matt know I received the postcard and post to social media (yes, a useful application of the QR code). The minimalist in me also loves that the picture is perforated and repeats the message and date on the back, so I can pop it out of the postcard and throw away the rest of it. There’s also an Android app or a web interface for sending postcards, if you’re into that.Â Here are some postcards Matt sent me earlier this year:
Getting hooked on Postagram eventually turned me on to the rest of Sincerely’s suite of apps. I’ve set my photos free from my phone by having prints of my pictures mailed to me through Dotti, which kind of turns your phone into an old disposable camera. Popbooth is the easy winner in the photobooth app game — it lets you email or post your photo strips or (obvs) have them mailed to you. And even as a person who’s not really into “stuff” and thinks greeting cards are almost universally tacky, Sincerely Ink has won me over with some well-designed cards.
I really enjoy Sincerely’s knack for making old communication mediums fun with very pretty and fun to use apps. And it’s the best kind of surprise to get a message from someone halfway across the world without having to deal with timezone math, so it’s easy to be thankful for Postagram and the rest of Sincerely’s apps.
I am grateful for my husband. I am grateful for my children. I am grateful for my family. I am grateful for my friends. My job. My cats. The internet. Wifi. Gas in my car. My shoes and the shirt on my back.
Life is hard and can be exhausting and everybody needs something to change their focus when they are feeling off centre.
I always aim to do my best but I don’t always succeed. When I need a mood changer, I use music. My current anthem that I use for inspiration and a song by the California rockers, Train.Â The song is the title track from their 2006 album, For Me, It’s You. The message of
the song is about paying it forward and sharing what you have.
Give it if you’ve got it
Get it if you don’t
I love the message of this song and it reminds me to focus on what’s important.
My favourite lyric is
Give it to somebody that don’t have a thing
Ain’t got soft shoes to dance or a love song to sing – no
Get yourself on the right track
Let somebody ride your back for a while
LET SOMEBODY RIDE YOUR BACK FOR A WHILE.
That resonates so strongly with me. How many people have carried me to be where I am today? I could never thank them enough to the same measure that they helped me. I hope that I have had a similar impact on the people that are in my life.
I’ve seen Train perform live many times in Houston and they are an amazing live band. If you get the opportunity to see them, do it.
If you haven’t ever seen them live, here’s the next best thing. Enjoy, my friends!
Since I work at a web marketing / technology company the first thing you might expect me to be thankful for might be my iPhone, wireless internet EVERYWHERE, downloading 10 megs of data in less than a minute (as opposed to over an hour when I was a kid) and stuff like that. I’m taking a different approach.
I’m a blessed guy. I know this, and I’m very thankful for it. I wake up every day, my legs work, I can breathe without pain, I can see clearly, I have food to eat whenever I want (so says my scale), I’m employed, married to a gorgeous woman who is WAY out of my league and a nerd to boot, and so much more.
I realize that much of the world doesn’t enjoy the simple luxuries I take for granted. It’s a wonderful and fragile thing. That’s another thing I’m thankful for: the life I live and the things I enjoy are so accessible to me remain so. I’m thankful I was raised by and around people who instilled values in me that have helped me make the best decisions I can so that I am where I am today.
I have a Pastor friend who says “Anyone is capable of anything at anytime.” I like to keep this thought in the front of my mind because it helps me remember that I’m just a few bad decisions away from losing everything important to me. Which brings me to the one thing I’m most thankful for: Even though I don’t deserve it I’m thankful I’ve been given mercy and grace in my life so that I can try to be the best person I can and love people the best I know how.
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