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17 Things I’m Thankful for in 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-23 at 9.52.45 AMHappy Thanksgiving, all!

Here are 17 things I’m thankful for this holiday season, since it is 2017:

1. My friends - who really carried me through this crazy year – thank you so much for having my back!

2. My family -  ditto. After all, my mom is one of my fab 13!

3. Several jobs, a roof over my head and my bills paid. (Technically this is 3, but I’ll go ahead and lump them together.)

4. My angst filled cat, Jack.

5. Books, writing and the ability to express my opinions in America. As I have a lot of them. Helping people bring other books into the universe too - Whether that’s helping someone get into the writing habit, editing, supporting, referring or being a part of someone else’s book, it’s all good. I don’t think the universe can ever have too many books.

6. Unicorns, Glitter, Hello Kitty, Rainbows, and Pusheen - In that order, beginning with most important.

7. Podcasts - I love listening to them, producing them with Todd Eury over at Pharmacy Podcast, and even being an occasional guest on them.

8. My library card - Said it before and I’ll say it again – books are portable magic.

9. My iPhone – which actually almost gets me in 2 places at once. Everyone loves to trash our phones these days – we are addicted, we pay too much attention to them, yada yada. But I love the ability to reach out to someone in my network almost on demand these days. It can spark ideas, projects and strengthen relationships, not tear them apart.

10. The haters – Believe it or not, I’m sending out a virtual hug to the haters today too. After all, they challenge me to look at the world differently, push me to be better, and remind me how NOT to behave. Thanks for the inspiration!

11. The inspirers – To all my virtual and actual mentors – thank YOU for your inspiration as well!

12. My health – While my sanity is questionable at times, generally, I’m still healthy. Being involved in healthcare makes me extra empathetic to those who aren’t as lucky.

13. Travel – This year – to Amsterdam, Scotland and so many other US parts. While I love to hate on the crappy service of the airlines (don’t search for my Twitter rants), I do appreciate that once the plane finally does get in the air, we can travel to magical places that get us out of our comfort zones each and every day, potentially.

14. Planning educational experiences – My favorite thing about leading HBA IN this year has been the ability to conjure up really interesting, inspiring and edutaining events for the community at large in Indiana. I’m grateful for that opportunity. I also continued to show up for Amy Stark’s #SMDames17 event. I’d love to see her spread this to other places beyond IN in 2018.

15. Speaking gigs – This year, I had the privilege of speaking at several national meetings – SXSW (a bucket list item for me), ASPL, Indy Big Data, through HBA, several panel discussions, and all of it was fun. I’m excited to be returning to SXSW in 2018 too! Yay!

16. Second chancessomething I’m working on, and suck at, but working on…!

17. I saved the best for last. This year, I am most thankful for…YOU! But for you, this blog would not exist. And next year, the blog turns 10. Thank you for reading, commenting and cheerleading me on – it’s not always been easy, but I know if I’m helping just one soul out there through these musings, I’m on the right track.


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