Nov 27, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and their family! Here's hoping you had a great day spent with family, friends and loved ones. Thanksgiving is a unique holiday in that it truly promotes love. It's the holiday of social gatherings, which in itself is an act of love. To open your home to others, to prepare a meal for those people to eat and to entertain those guests for the remainder of the day by either sharing stories or reminiscing over old times or watching a game or other program on television. Although the focus of the day is on eating the meal, we cannot deny the connection to love since we all know how good we feel after a well prepared meal. The anxieties you hear some people have related to visiting mom & dad stem from the love, or acceptance, they seek. And almost everyone expects to or makes plans to spend either the whole day or part of the day at someone's house. There is no question that there is an expectation of love being exchanged on Thanksgiving.

This year, in addition to exchanging love with my family, friends and people in need that were served at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church in Bed-Stuy, I reflected on all I had to be thankful for. This was a huge year of change, both expected and unexpected, growth and maturity directly related to my rebirth and reprioritization with regard to my goals, both career and personal. I feel that we always have things to be thankful for no matter how bad things get and as far as I was concerned, I had several things to be thankful for, both good and "bad".

The Good
Even though I wasn't in the role I hoped for, I am working and have a somewhat steady income stream from my 9 to 5. There are so many unemployed, currently 9.6% of the population is unemployed with 8.3% estimated in NY according to the last report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/news.release/laus.nr0.htm) with the next report to be released on December 7th that I must thank you, God, for me having a job that provides a steady income until my businesses begin generating enough income for me to quit my 9 to 5.

My daughter had a rough Spring and is having a difficult Fall but she has not been admitted to the hospital in over a year which was my objective for this year where her health is concerned. The additional medication she takes daily since she was released from North Shore University Hospital's pediatric ICU (http://www.northshorelij.com/NSLIJ/nsuh) in October 2009 which costs me over $400/month is now free of charge because of the suggestion of the best pharmacist I've ever met, Morgan Naidu, at Rite Choice Pharmacy on Fulton Street off Kingston Avenue in Bed-Stuy. He suggested I contact the pharmaceutical companies directly to see if I was eligible to receive the medication at low or no cost. This type of benefit is available to anyone who is without health insurance or whose prescriptions are not covered (restrictions apply).

I thank God for giving me the courage and strength to move forward with my dream of entrepreneurship with this blog and my kiddie entertainment company, ChuggyBear Entertainment. There's nothing better than knowing that I'm finally doing what I've been dreaming of for a few years now! In 2011, I see success, growth for both businesses and the first draft of my novel being completed given I'll have the time to get it done without a 9 to 5.

I thank the Side Hustle Coach, Lawrence McCutchen for telling me about the 16 Week Challenge (http://16weeks.ning.com) and inviting me to join the Success Hustlers mastermind group. As I've mentioned in previous posts, I've been able to face each obstacle I've been faced with so far with their support. Good looking, team!

The Bad
Let me start the portion of my post by sharing one of my favorite quotes from writer Kahlil Gibran (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khalil_Gibran), "out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars". With that said, I want to thank....

  • All my naysayers, without you I wouldn't have developed the determination to prove you wrong.
  • All the haters because without you I wouldn't have the additional daily motivation to keep me going each day.
  • All the obstacles I'm facing. From a loss in childcare that's led to a reduction in work hours and, consequently, pay to an increase in outside distractions, they've been several that I could choose to be the reason to quit. Instead, they've been learning experiences and opportunities for me to think outside the box in order to excel.

Each instance where things didn't go as planned was transformed into a chance to learn and build my character. By doing this I've also built my confidence and pride.

I have lots to be thankful for and thank the heavens for it all everyday. If you don't already, remember to take a moment everyday to be thankful for it all. Like I shared with the Success Hustler team recently, know you're exactly where you are supposed to be right now, which means you've done everything right to this point. Keep the end result in front of you and in mind when you make each life/business decision and you can't go wrong. Failure is not an option because it doesn't exist for hustlers like us. We are that rare breed of human being that's never content with the ordinary; our DNA won't allow it! Remember who you are...you are extraordinary and a winner! Keep it moving and let's get it!!

One!
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