My friend Laura Wilfon recently posted about the Gratitude Journals by Callie and Jeff Dauler. In your journal, you can write down one thing you’re grateful for each and every day. Per their website, “when you start your day with gratitude, you start your day thinking about what you have instead of what you don’t have.”
This year has been terrible. Like everyone else, I’m so over the Coronavirus pandemic, and I’m so ready for there to be a widespread vaccine. I can’t believe it’s almost the end of 2020, and I’ve been sitting in my home office for more than 8 months now – but when I reflect back on the year on Thanksgiving Eve, I have a lot to be grateful for. It’s only fitting that I think about all of this now!
I am grateful that I work with such an amazing team. 2020 was so hard for us as a company. I never thought that we’d lose the Beckham part of Hope-Beckham. I genuinely thought Paul would outlive us all! His sudden death was extremely difficult and sometimes still feels like a bad dream. However, I know it’s a blessing that my team gets along as well as we do, since we genuinely care about each other. In spite of the pandemic, we chat more often now than we ever did before, and we’ve gotten through the hardships of 2020 together.
I am grateful for our awesome clients. I genuinely love working in public relations, and we have some of the best clients. Our clients are our friends, and I love that we feel that way about them. Everyone has truly rallied around us the past few months to make sure we’re doing okay, and I am so incredibly appreciative of everyone’s kindness. Our clients are wonderful people, and I’m so thankful for this. We take such pride in our work, and it makes working so much better to know that we’re surrounded by such great people!
I am grateful that I’m safely at home during the global pandemic. We started working from home in the middle of March, and while it has been lonely at times, I’m thankful that I have the option of being at home. Several of my closest friends are essential workers, and I have so much respect for them. They don’t have the option to work from home. I am grateful that working from home allows me to see my parents when I want to since I don’t have to worry about possibly having COVID. While I miss my regular life, I’ve genuinely enjoyed the slow-paced lifestyle. I’ve also definitely enjoyed the company of my office mate!
All in all, despite this crazy year, I really do have quite a bit to be grateful for. I’m grateful for this daily reminder to take a step back and reflect upon all of the blessings I have in my life.