What a wonderful time of year! I love the opportunity to celebrate the birth and life of our Savior with the world, and with each of you! I can say without a doubt that I have been blessed immensely this year to count you among my friends.
My beautiful grandchildren are a constant reminder to me of how simple and carefree life can be when we focus on the good things in life. Christmas through the eyes of a child is especially magical. There is so much anticipation, hope, and unconditional love in every moment. And if you’re fortunate enough, you may catch a glimpse of it through a quick twinkle in their eyes.
My hope for each of us both during this special season and any time throughout the year is to be more like children. Love unconditionally, forgive easily and often, and focus on all of the good—and there is so much good—in this world.
I love my grandkids with all of my heart for the innocent lessons they teach me on a regular basis. And, I love all of you. Thank you for being so much of the good that is in my life.
May your lives be merry and bright and full of unconditional love this Christmas!
Thanks to our friend Senior Executive Manager Kristina Livingstone for contributing today’s post!
During this time of year, we’re reminded to take a pause from our busy lives, sit down with our family and friends, and give thanks for all we have. As I think about all I have to be thankful for, I don’t even know where to begin. I have incredible family and friends who are always there to support me in everything I do. I’m surrounded by amazing people, I’ve experienced incredible things, and I’ve made memories that will last me a lifetime. I try not to take even a second of it for granted.
One thing I’m grateful for all year long is the opportunity to be a Consultant for Close To My Heart, which I have been for almost 10 years now. This experience has afforded me the benefit of additional income as well as the opportunity to travel to places I never imagined I would visit. It has helped me learn and grow as a person and brought so much more to my life than just income and trips. It has brought people into my life that I would likely have never met otherwise. It has allowed me to be a part of their lives and them a part of mine, and that is what I am most grateful for.
People ask me why I do this, and the reason is simple: I love it. It’s about so much more than the products offered by Close To My Heart. It’s about the relationships Close To My Heart has brought me and the things I’ve learned because of those relationships. I have learned that when we serve others, we receive so much more than we give. I have learned that the more we help empower and show gratitude toward each other, the better off we all become.
Being a part of the Close To My Heart family has brought me to some of the people I cherish most in my life—they have become true family. I have learned from, laughed with, cried with, and grown with fellow Consultants whom I consider to be my closest friends and confidants. I have met customers who have welcomed me into some of the most intimate times of their lives and, in so doing, have shown me how much I have to be grateful for every day.
I recently held a weekend retreat for my customers, and as I was walking through the room looking at everyone working on their projects I felt very grateful that I was there to be a part of it all. I was in a room full of people who started as my customers, but whom I now count amongst my dearest friends. Through their scrapbook pages, I have watched their families grow each year, and I have grown with them. I have seen scrapbooks expand, spanning the entire childhood of countless children. Those scrapbooks have captured first teeth, first steps, first goals, marriages, graduations, and too many holidays to name! I have also seen scrapbooks made in memoriam of lives—some fully lived, and, unfortunately, some that were cut much too short.
Regardless of the scrapbook, each album seems to revolve around one thing: gratitude. We scrapbook the moments of our lives that we are most grateful for, the ones we cherish the most. When we create a scrapbook and record the lives of our loved ones, we create treasures that will tell our stories as they are passed on from generation to generation. To say that I am grateful to play even a small role in preserving these memories is an understatement.
I feel that gratitude is a choice. It’s a conscious effort to wake up each day and choose to be thankful. I have found that serving others through what I do is something I’m eternally grateful for and something that brings me happiness. I have found that when you make serving others a priority in your life, you begin to want less and appreciate more. You also inevitably become the recipient of someone else’s gratitude, and that’s something that is truly priceless.
Tonight is the night all of October has been leading up to! And for many of you, tonight’s plans probably include trick-or-treating. I have many fond memories from taking my children trick-or-treating when they were young. I remember cold Halloween nights, bundled up in my coat, holding tiny hands as we walked from house to house, knocking on doors and collecting candy. I can still see the warm smiles of the jack-o-lanterns glowing on the doorsteps and the soft light spilling from the windows, illuminating the faces of the little ghosts, princesses, and superheroes that walked by.
Seeing children dressed up in costumes is one of my favorite parts of Halloween. It’s so fun to watch them transform into the characters they’ve always dreamed of becoming. When my daughter Aubrey was a little girl, she absolutely adored dressing up as Snow White—and not just on Halloween! There was a time when it seemed she was Snow White more than she was Aubrey. Every day she put on her little yellow and blue dress with the puffy sleeves and became a princess. It was so wonderful to see how very much she enjoyed her own imagination.
Now that my children are grown, I find the same joy in seeing my grandchildren in Halloween costumes. The smiles seem to never leave their faces! Here are a couple cute photos of them, all dressed up for Halloween.
Aren’t they the cutest? These little faces melt my heart. I’m hoping their Halloween night is a special one.
Wherever you are in the world, whether you celebrate Halloween or are simply happy it’s Friday, I hope you have something special planned for tonight. I’d love to hear what you’re up to! Tell me in the comments, if you want to share.