As Thanksgiving is less then 12 hours away, I ponder on what was accomplished and what I am grateful for this season. I am blessed and lucky to do the work that I do. There are often no words to reflect on how I feel. I deliver assemblies, I run speaking engagements, I meet incredible life changing people, and I work one-on-one with kids that need love and compassion. My work varies from week to week, but mostly what I value and what warms my heart is my work with educators and students. They bring life to our programs, they teach us that there is so much more to learn, and we get to see the world from their eyes.
This year was filled with great learning moments and failures. I don’t see failures as debilitating, I see each failure as a learning opportunity. Last year, I had to make a lot of financial decisions that impacted my family. Bulldog was barely hanging on. I had to rebuild my company and team. Today, I am grateful for my team. They are reaching more kids, connecting to at-risk youth, and changing the world one program at a time. They are not only my staff, but also part of the Bulldog family. They live and breathe my mission statement: “To eradicate bullying through social boldness, kindness, and connection.”
With the work I do, I see poverty, oppression, hate, and aggression every day. I am grateful to be able to speak at a deeper level with youth and help them feel valued. I am grateful for all the educators that believe in me. They support and give me the room to do my best work.
I am grateful for the roof over my head and food on my table. I often work with kids that are homeless, in foster homes, or have neglectful parents. They come into our programs starving and aggressive, as they didn’t have dinner the night before. So I am lucky to have a fridge and pantry full of food.
I grateful for my supportive sister, mother, in-laws, and neighbors that watch my daughter. Sometimes, I work a little too much and need some help.
I am grateful for my husband for believing in me. He stands behind me, not in front of me. He pushes me to be the best bully teacher and business owner. He is my biggest fan and my best friend.
I am mostly grateful and I thank God everyday for my daughter. She is so kind and loving. She is intuitive and helpful. She gives me toddler advice that I actually use in my programs. She grabs my face and tells me how much she loves me. This little spit fire gives meaning and purpose to my life. She has me re-evaluating myself. She slows me down to enjoy the small meaningful moments in life. I can just be my weird goofy self with her. She loves me unconditionally and fully. It is an amazing feeling.
I am so grateful for my life and what is given to me. My home might be small, my life might be hectic, but I am loved, I am valued, and I know that I am making a difference. I am lucky to do a job that feels so natural. It is with my family and extended family that I can live my dream and wish for more. Money will come and go, but it is about who is at the table with you to celebrate this Thanksgiving Day.
On this Thanksgiving, be grateful and love the people you are surrounded with at your table. If you don’t find you are at the right table, find a new table! We all need to feel loved and valued. Life is too short not to feel gratitude and happiness.
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Bulldog Solution!
Until Next Time…