Lately, my social media feeds have been full of posts about what my friends and colleagues are thankful for. This morning, I found myself thinking about what should be on my gratitude list, and I felt the sudden urge to be gut wrenchingly honest about what I have to be thankful for. So here, in no particular order, is my list of thanksgivings.
The ability to do what I do every day.I talk a lot about how much I love my work. I have people tell me how my passion shines through. It is hard for me to put into words how grateful I am that I get to do a job that I love and that fulfills me every day. Sure we all needs breaks from work, but as my illness last week indicated, I can only go so long without practicing my craft before I go stir crazy.
My Support System. I have a wonderful support system. I am so grateful to have a husband who supports me. I honestly think that I would have been too terrified to ever begin this business if it weren’t for his encouragement and faith in my ability to do it. I am grateful to have a family that will listen to me whine and celebrate victories with me, and I am grateful to have a group of friends who make it so easy to relax and enjoy life the rest of the time.
My clients. Where would I be without them? My clients are what brings me to work each and every day. My clients are the ones who have made Key Changes a success. They are the ones instigating the growth of music therapy in Columbia and I am so deeply grateful to get to share in their journey.
That I’ve made it this far. I’ll be honest. In the course of the past 2 and a half years, there have been moments where I was flat out terrified. Running a business can be scary and I have probably imagined the ruination of my business and my life a thousand times since starting Key Changes. But throughout it all, I’ve pushed that fear away and said not today. Now I find myself struggling to keep up with the growth and I couldn’t be more grateful. I’m grateful that Laura came along at the right time, I’m grateful that new clients are coming in, and I am grateful that I seem to have what it takes to have made it to this point. It is deeply humbling, and I am so glad that it is my life.
What will you be giving thanks for next Thursday? I laid mine out for you, so I’d love to hear yours as well.