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Thankful in 2012

With Thanksgiving this week, it’s hard to think of much else besides seeing my family, food and FOOTBALL! (stay tuned for a Beat M!ch!g@n post – I cannot wait to see how campus celebrates Urban Meyer’s first OSU v Michigan game).

It has been very interesting to learn about my fellow students’ traditions and ideas for Thanksgiving. Traveling hundreds of miles away to visit family, a town over, staying in Columbus and having a “non-traditional” Thanksgiving – everyone has someone and something to be thankful for.

It’s too easy to not see the forest through the trees. However, I am so incredible blessed and so happy that I get to go to THE Ohio State University every day and learn from the best faculty and students around.

My life is far better than I deserve  – here are my other top reasons to give thanks this season:

  • My small, but very mighty, family: I have a fantastic support system, and I don’t know what I would do without their cheers during my MBA program.

  • The simple fact that I wake up every morning and learn something new. I know, how incredibly cheesy is that statement?! But, it’s so true it had to be said. I am becoming a smarter business woman, but also a better person overall. No matter if I am in marketing, finance, operations or accounting – I am constantly pushing myself.
  • I am so thankful to have found such great friendships within just a few short months. And I am extremely thankful that they know how to make me laugh when I am stressing out just a bit too much.
  • The opportunities at Fisher. If I listed out every lunch, seminar, activity or special event – you would still be reading on Black Friday and missing TONS of great sales. So I’ll just say thanks for opportunities 🙂
  • I have thankful to go to school in a city with such energy and life. Really, do I need to say anything more than Beat Michigan Week?!
  • Thankful for my other support system, my boyfriend, Sam. Sometimes I feel that he should get his own diploma! I don’t know how I would have gotten through data analysis without him.

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone! See you next week.

A day of thanks

This Thanksgiving, it’s hard not to miss my family up in Columbus. This is my first major holiday with my parents and sister thousands of miles away and me living “on my own”. I’m missing the family traditions of watching parades, dinner, family games and chatting with my extended family into the night with cups of steaming coffee.

It’s so easy to focus on the bad, and completely overlook the good – and the great.

I am working at Walt Disney World and participating in an incredible opportunity. I have food on my table, a place to call home, a job, friends and family in Ohio … and a new family in Florida.

It’s so easy in today’s world to focus on the bad and the negative. I don’t have the newest clothes, I don’t make the most money, I’m stressed about the future, I’m figuring out my post-grad life, I’m away from my immediate family.

And how do you deal with this stress and remember your blessings? You take a step back and look at the big picture – that’s right, in today’s world where you’re expected to check your phone and email constantly, I’m taking a step back and looking at everything…

..and boy, am I blessed.

I’m blessed that I have a family that loves me and supports me from thousands of miles away, friends that love me, and a new Orlando family that supports me from right across the street. I am blessed to have my health, including the ability to walk around the parks, explore and interact, a luxury that not all hold. I’m blessed to have heat (or AC depending on Orlando’s mood) that allows me to live comfortably. I’m blessed to have food when I’m hungry, and the ability to splurge on silly things like Starbucks and ice-cream when I’m out with friends.

This Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday I vow to focus on the positive, and this fabulous adventure I experience everyday. I am learning who I am as a person, what are my true values, who are my rocks of strength and my closest friends, and what direction I want to head in life.

Blessings come in all shapes and sizes – and it’s important to remember them all. The greatest blessings don’t come in shopping bag (which is hard for me to remember) but memories and happiness.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and are excitedly preparing for the Christmas and holiday season. Stay tuned for posts about Christmas at Disney, shopping on a budget and my first Christmas out of Ohio.