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Take Two: The Season of Giving

Jingle bells, Jingle bells...Don’t worry I won’t be singing Christmas songs until AFTER Thanksgiving. People forget that between Halloween and Christmas is a very important holiday, where we remember what we are most thankful for and to whom.

Foremost, I am thankful to my family who has always been there for me, cheering me on, and encouraging me to never give up. 2017 has been whirlwind of adventures, from starting a new job, moving 80 miles to an unknown city and area, and becoming completely independent. I relied on my family every step of the way. I learn a lot from my parents and with that knowledge, I improve every day, sometimes surprising myself when faced with difficult situations.

I’d also like to thank my close group of friends. Living away from family is tough at times, especially during the holidays. But I know I can rely on my friends when the homesickness kicks in. I’ve essentially been “adopted” by a friend and her family, yielding to invitations to holiday celebrations when going home isn’t an option.

Finally, I’d like to thank myself. It sounds silly, but I’ve learned a lot about myself this year. I’ve learned that I can overcome difficulties and obstacles with the simple solution of sleep. I also look at the bigger picture when facing failures.

So who are you thankful to? It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, but you should be aware of those who have helped you. More importantly, you shouldn’t wait until November to tell those around you that you are thankful and appreciate them.

“You should live each day as if it’s your last.” So pick up the phone, call your family and friends, and tell them. It doesn’t hurt, but it will make you and the recipient feel better.

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