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Posted Nov 15 2012 2:35pm

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.

Columbia’s Therapy Community. This city is full of rock stars. And I am so grateful that they have all been so willing to help spread the word about my services and what I offer. First, there are the incredible parents and caregivers who word every day to ensure the best for their loved ones. Then there those who work tirelessly to make that job easier for them. People like Stephanie Bridgers at Family Connection , Margie Williamson at the Arc of SC , and Susan Leiby at the South Carolina Autism Society . And then there are those providing therapy services themselves that I am grateful for! I am proud to work alongside such wonderful people as Julianne Jones at Leaps and Bounds, Dawn Darby at The Therapy Place , and Leslie McKenzie at Team Therapy .

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.

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