GRATITUDE

 

Working in the education world is not for the faint of heart. 

You deal with rejection, criticism, and uncertainty. Occasionally, you might even get “hate mail” from people who barely know anything about you or who totally misunderstand you.

I’ve been teaching for years in all kinds of settings. There have been so many beautiful, astounding, “I can’t believe this is my real life…” moments. There have also been moments of deep discouragement — moments where I fantasized about finding a cave, becoming a hermit, and enjoying a quiet, solitary life.

But I got through those tough moments. I kept going. How? Mainly because I have wonderfully supportive humans who help me keep going.

These are just a few people that I need to thank…

Mom. Thank you for the encouragement and unconditional love. Thank you for being my first and greatest teacher, and for instilling me with my an undying respect for self-help books and self-directed learning. You are wonderful. 

 

Dad. Thank you for teaching me that usually "bad" news is just news, and that any job worth doing is worth doing well. 

Max. Now you're taller than me, and a lot stronger, but you're always my little brother. Deal with it. Together we make silly faces. I typically introduce you as the kinder, funnier, more generous one of the two of us.   I’m honored to share your DNA. 

August. My love. You make my world bigger. You make my life easier. You’re helping me become the best version of myself. 

Danielle. We’ve done 4 or 5 photo shoots together, and every single one just gets better and better. You are the BEST. Thanks for making me look damn fine.

Woz. Thanks for cleaning up my typos, stray commas, and other grammatical issues. Youalways dive in with gusto and get things done so quickly! PS. Dose this sentnce look OK? 

Justin. Working out with you is like going to church. I’m a stronger person, on every level, because I met you.

Nicole. You taught me that I can “do hard things” and that “finishing” a daunting creative project — or physical challenge — is the best feeling on earth. 

Melissa. Somehow, you always know the EXACT perfect moment to email me a photo of your Shih Tzu, Lily. And then everything is OK. 

Kristina. Thank you for helping me get my very first book deal. You are kind, gentle, and strong, which is a rare combination.

The (other) Danielle. You took a chance on me and hired me before anybody knew I existed. Your vote of confidence changed everything. Thank you.

My readers, students, clients, and colleagues. Thanks for reading my stories. Thanks for signing up for my retreats. Thanks for hopping onto planes, trains, and cruise ships to hang out with me, and to write, talk, laugh, cry, and create things. Every single one of you has shaped my life. I’m forever grateful. xo.

 
 

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