A Season of Thanks

November is the time of year where we begin the rush of planning Thanksgiving meals, Christmas ideas for loved ones, preparing for a warmer wardrobe and are already tired just thinking of everything that will need to be done before the holidays arrive.  This season I am already reflecting on the things I am so thankful for.

I am thankful that my boys are healthy and are doing well in school.  For my oldest, Noah, school is not an easy task.  Noah deals with being on the Asperger Spectrum, ADD, ODD, and OCD.  He is also an avid basketball player.  Freshman year in high school has gotten off to a rocky start, but with the ability to play with the no-pass no-play rule, he pulled it together before the closing of the 9 weeks.  I give thanks to the teachers and coaches who have helped in the task.  My youngest son, Keaton, is a 6th grader and sees school as a nonissue.  He breezes through the required tasks and excels in extras.  Neither of them were taught differently, but they do have learning differences.  And if any of you out there have children with learning differences you know that being in a school system that expects your child to be cookie cutter it can be frustrating for you, but more so for your children.  I am thankful that although few children enjoy school, mine are doing ok.

I am thankful for my spouse, Keith.  He has given me this year the best gift I could ask for, a new beautiful home that I can call my own.  I have never had a house that was truly my own.  No one can tell me I can’t paint that wall, or tear that wall down for that matter.  No one can tell me I have to leave, and for once no one is telling me this is the best you will ever have.  Although I can’t foresee moving for at least a while, I am so thankful to have a home to call my own.

And last but not least, it is always harder to find the time to say it, but I am so thankful for my growing business and supportive staff.  The girls at Blondie’s Salon support me everyday in growing our business, our brand.  They watch over me and let me know when I am slacking, and in turn I try to help them be as successful as I possibly can.  I am in love with the Salon Industry and love helping stylist as well as salon owners learn the ends and outs of our industry.  When I speak to other stylist and owners, my objective is for them to see the big picture but learn that taking care of the small things is what makes your needs and wants come to reality.  And of course our loyal clientele.  Without them, none of this would be possible.  I am so thankful for the people who month after month, year after year, have watched me struggle and grow and have stood by me.  This isn’t the end game, I still have a lot of things on my wish board to accomplish.  So watch out I have only begun!

Hug the ones you love today.  Don’t wait until tomorrow to say “I’m Sorry.”  Praise God for the blessings and the lessons.

Nikole