It’s been a wonderful past few months! I became a grandmother, or as I call it, a GrAmy. I recently spent 7 weeks with my grandson, my daughter and her wife and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I am so thankful.
I wanted to take this time to share more things I am thankful for this year.
In order to take all of that time off, I had to heavily rely on my team! As usual, they were able to completely take over and allow me that special family time, while the business didn’t skip a beat. Thank you, team!
Thankful for my clients! I work with amazing people who understand that family and health comes first. I love the work that I do and having clients that support my values is a true blessing.
Thankful for good health! Last month we celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness and I am now 16 and a half years cancer free. As you know, I had a health scare in the summer and even ended up in the hospital, but I found out I had A-Fib and I am monitoring it and taking care of myself.
Thankful for my family! I spent Thanksgiving with one of my brothers (you might remember I have five siblings and we are spread out over five states) and time with my former in-laws. It’s wonderful to maintain cherished relationships.
Thankful for tech! Not only for my business, so I can keep in touch so easily with my clients and team, but for keeping in touch with my family and getting to see photos and videos of the baby as he grows and learns each day. Even though I can’t be there in person all the time, I still feel like I am in the room!
Thankful for the seasons! Living in Philly, I have the chance to go to the shore for a beach trip or to the mountains for skiing. I get to see the fall foliage and experience the cold and hot temperatures (sometimes in the same day, haha) and I’m centrally located and can get to big cities like DC, NYC and Boston within less than a work day’s drive. I also have wonderful parks and nature right here in my hometown where I can ride my bike with no traffic. I am still discovering new places after 25 years of being back in this area.
Speaking of Philly, I am thankful for my Phillies! What a season! It was exhilarating watching the team go to the World Series and even though we lost, we played some fantastic games and it had the whole city in a state of positivity and joy. In fact, the Philadelphia Convention Center and Visitors Bureau announced that the postseason games hosted at Citizens Bank Park brought in an economic impact of $78 million in Philly with a direct spend in the city of $49 million dollars. The Eagles have also been dominating with just one loss on the season. And the Philadelphia Union, a pro soccer club here were the 2022 Eastern Conference Champs. What a time to be a sports fan in Philly!
Thankful I have a voice and can vote! We have a strong democracy in the U.S. with a fair and proper procedural process. I am thankful to see more diverse representation in government, including the nation’s first openly lesbian governor, Maura Healey, from Massachusetts and the first black governor elected in Maryland, Wes Moore. He is one of only three black governors to be elected in our nation’s history.
Finally, I am thankful for the upcoming holiday season. Such a joyous time of year. I am looking forward to visiting Longwood Gardens for their Christmas light show which is more spectacular with each passing year.
I am thankful for all of you that take the time to read this newsletter each month and send me your comments and feedback. I am thankful you are part of the PTCFOs family and I am thankful for all that is yet to come as we enter into a new year.