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 […]

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 - 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 […]

the gratitude letters my only plan

My Only Plan

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” -Anatole France Dearest Friend, Before my children were born I had a plan for them. They would go to college and upon graduation their careers would take precedence over any distractions. They would find a spouse who […]

the gratitude letters oliver sack's gratitude

Oliver Sack’s Gratitude

“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” -Oliver Sacks Dearest Friend, There are profound moments in your life when you freeze frame the incident with your mind or eyes and vow to remember it, forever. I […]

the gratitude letters stop complaining

Stop Complaining

“Discontent, blaming, complaining, self-pity cannot serve as a foundation for a good future, no matter how much effort you make.” -Eckhart Tolle Dearest Friend, Knock knock. “Who’s there?” “Drama.” “Drama Who?” That’s it. Just drama. All week long. Yep, drama came to my house this week and I swear it didn’t leave until about five […]