the gratitude letters - before I go

Before I Go

Dearest Friend, Sometimes change is gradual. It happens over time and is subtle. Barely noticeable. Other times change strikes hard and with blinding speed. You didn’t ask for it. It just happens. Sometimes the change is welcomed and is for the better. Sometimes not. For me, my change came in the course of an hour. […]

dear younger self

Dear Younger Self

Dearest Friend, I’ve heard people say in passing, “What would you tell your younger self?” I never gave it much thought because it’s hypothetical. I can’t go back in the past so what’s the point in wasting the time I do have thinking about something that just can’t happen? While it’s true that I can’t […]

celebrating the new year

Happy New Year!

Dearest Friend, Celebrating New Year’s isn’t a big thing for me. I mean, I’m grateful to be here another year but when it comes to staying up and ushering the New Year in, I could honestly care less. In the past I would try and make a big deal out of the celebration for my […]

merry christmas

Merry Christmas

Dearest Friend, I wasn’t raised a Christian so growing up, Christmas to me meant presents, parties, and cookies. It wasn’t until later in life that the holiday changed meaning for me and now it is my faith that predominately makes the day special. However, being with my family and sharing the day with them will […]

the gratitude letters peanut butter & jelly

Peanut Butter & Jelly

“If someone ever tells you that you’re putting too much peanut butter on your bread, stop talking to them. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life.” -Unknown Dearest Friend, I’m writing to you now during the stillness of morning. My family is fast asleep and the only sound I hear is the […]

the gratitude letters grateful for you

Grateful for You

“We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” -John F. Kennedy Dearest Friend, As the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaches, I am especially reminded that I have a lot to be thankful for. Focusing on gratitude this past year has changed my life and in some ways […]

the gratitude letters - 86,400 seconds

86,400 Seconds

“Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.” -William Penn   Dearest Friend, Recently I became aware that there are only 86,400 seconds in a day. That’s a pretty big number however, when you put it into perspective as that’s all the seconds you get in a day—that number isn’t so impressive. […]

the gratitude letters be that person

Be THAT Person

Dearest Friend, I thought I knew who I wanted to be when I was younger. I learned very fast as I progressed up the corporate ladder that just because I was good at something, didn’t mean that I wanted to do it for a living. I also learned that my job title didn’t define me […]