When is the right time to be thankful?

When is the right time to be thankful? It is a question that most ask around Thanksgiving because it is a time to be thankful. As I write this, I know that I am thankful everyday for the joys, accomplishments, missteps and milestones in my life and career. Why wait for a holiday to say you are thankful? It is like buying flowers just on Valentine’s Day or calling your grand mom just on her birthday. Be thankful for your blessings everyday. All day. It will bring a smile more often than you realize.

Thankful for my customers. I am thankful for the confidence they have placed in my business, Pip Squeeze Creative and in me! To gain the trust of a customer is a great accomplishment. To deliver on that trust is even more significant, and we work daily, acknowledging this powerful responsibility. So thank you- awesome restaurateurs, kitchen remodeling experts, yoga ass-kickers, janitorial suppliers and toilet paper deliverers, high above the beach banner fliers, stone masters, jewelers that make me dream, business starters and fire put-er-outters, engineering hard hitters, wily fox hunters, little bows atop girls heads, awesomest vintage furniture and object collector, and all of my amazing and brilliant customers.

Thankful for my employees. Ever so thankful… for their dedication to Pip Squeeze Creative for their belief in my vision and in the value of what we do for our customers. I am thankful for their personal investment in making Pip Squeeze Creative better, and for stepping up to deliver, even when delivery seems laughable.

Thankful for my inspirers. As a woman-owned business owner, I’ve learned that one of the most important aspects of success is to believe in your abilities and surround yourself with great people… people that believe in you and genuinely wish to see you succeed. Hold the hand of someone who won’t let you fall. When people inspire you, you inspire others. I am thankful for my daughter as she reminded me how important it is to be inspired. She built a birdhouse last week at school because she was inspired by something we did when she was a little pony-tailed girl… Even on a sunny day…put on a raincoat and boots and we would shout “Tut..tut, looks like rain!” She wants to hang it in the 10-foot tree outside of my kitchen. Um, well, okay…we can try! She wants everyone to look up and see that the sky is beautiful and full of laughter. I am thankful for all who inspire me to look up.

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