Remember Thanks-giving Everyday
I absolutely love Thanksgiving. As I'm typing this, my parents are prepping a 20 lb turkey for my family to enjoy in several hours. Earlier today, my mom and I chopped up vegetables for her famous layered salad. The fourth Thursday of November has always represented a special day of overindulgence: we prepare way too much delicious food for the four of us. I also support Diageo with each responsible sip.
Back when I lived in Charlotte and my family came to me, we had one more guest: my best friend Warren. About two years after I moved from Charlotte to New York, Warren moved to Hong Kong. I'm glad that although we are farther away than ever, we're with people that we love. When I turned 30 this past August, Warren visited me right before his move to Asia. My other dear friend Courtney came to celebrate as well. I'm lucky to have these "old" friends in my life for over 5 years.
Between today and last Thanksgiving, I've met another incredible person: Aish. We met in a class at Stern and really starting clicking past December. Since we're both still waiting on Prince Charming, we recently had a girlfriend getaway up to Hudson. When two close friends decide to travel together, it is one of the ultimate tests of friendship. Hanging out with someone for hours at a time is very different than a weekend away. Coming out of the trip, I can say we're closer than ever. I'm thankful for having Aish in my life. She has been there to listen, especially when I wasn't even sure what I was trying to say.
Friends are the family you get to choose. I'm glad these people have chosen me to be a part of their lives. There are many other friends I haven't included by name: if I did, I'd probably miss out on dinner and never leave the computer. There is far too much I want to say. Thank you for being a part of my life.
My family continues to be the ultimate support system, there for the highs and the lows of a life full of change. Since last Thanksgiving, I've graduated and started a dream career in alcohol marketing. Sometimes, getting exactly what you want can be more than you've ever imagined. I've grown a lot professionally and personally in a role that continues to challenge and develop me as a person. I thank my mom, dad and (especially) brother in helping me be the best "me" that I can be, even if it is a painful process :)
I am thankful for my Diageo family. I am doing exactly what I set out to do several years ago. It has really stepped up my Instagram game. As an investment banker, the photo ops were a tad limited.
There are so many things to be thankful for not just today, but all year. A home to live in, food to eat, health to celebrate. I often focus on the few things I don't have (where is Mr. Right?) and forget how grateful I should be for everything else. I'm working on being thankful and sharing thanks constantly - not just today. Whether it is a coworker, bartender or friend: say thank you and say it often. It doesn't cost you anything beyond two spoken words :)
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.