- I am grateful for my family. For my loving parents, for two strong and amazing grandmothers, two uncles, two aunts, two cousins, and for the memory of each of my grandfathers.
- I am grateful for my friends, scattered from west to east, and north to south. However rare I may see them, I feel their support daily.
- I am grateful for a job that keeps me learning & challenged, and covers my expenses. I am also grateful to have holidays off from work.
- I am grateful for my local family-- Ken, Carol, Brett & the alpacas.
- I am grateful for a boyfriend who loves me.
- I am grateful for Aloha Camp. For my 12 summers spent learning both skills & about myself as a person, and for the influence that has impacted how I approach each day. I am grateful for the hundreds of people that Aloha has brought into my life, and particularly for those who remain a close part of my life. Today I am grateful for my Aloha family in Colorado, and for our annual Thanksgiving celebration.
- I am grateful for my health & wellness.
- I am grateful for the ability to choose where I live and what food I put in my body.
- I am grateful for the music and activities that fill my time.
- I am grateful for the bold blue skies of Colorado, the clouds of Vermont, for the snow and the rain and the fog. I am thankful for the mountains which I choose to keep near.
- I am grateful for the life I live.
- I am grateful for each one of you.
- Oregon Chai. The cartons were buy-1-get-1-free. What a treat. The slightly sweet variety is delightfully filled with spices and the perfect hint of sweetness.
- Glee. It is cheesy, enjoyable & fun. I'm still catching up on past episodes since discovering it.
- Brett made it safely driving to Indiana, and is having all sorts of fun surprising each member of his family.
- Breakfast Tacos. Refried beans, scrambled eggs, cheese & a dab of salsa in corn tortillas.
- Yoga. A challenging, muscle-firing & balance-practicing class. Full of variations on tree pose, warrior & chair pose.
- Family dinner with Nick & John. Garlic bread, salad, homemade sauce, twirly pasta & vino. Two wonderful gentlemen I've known for three years- now living as neighbors (for 2 weeks, at least). Fun reminiscing about our Vista Verde experience & friends, laughing over photos from last winter's dance parties and getting excited for our new tradition of Sunday Family Dinner.
- Bold blue skies every day this week
- Friends coming back into town with the change of seasons
- A new boss, beginning December 1. Just the man we had hoped the committee would select. He will be both visionary and fun to work with. I think he'll take the Foundation in some new exciting directions, and I expect to learn a great deal from him.
- Gas fireplaces. So easy, so warm.
- Friends crawling out of the woodwork. Recent facebook & blog posts have triggered responses from dear ones. I love it.
- Old photos, scanned by myself or my Mom.
- A real ski pass.
- Thick wool socks.
- An interesting lunch with my Grants Committee Chair/ Board Vice Chair. He's off to New Zealand for 3 weeks and took me out to lunch yesterday to hear about my experience there. While my time in the wilderness & water & youth hostels will be very different from his time gallavanting around, we enjoyed sharing stories and places.
- Dinner at Ken & Carol's. Enjoying soup and laughter and good company near a roaring fire. My time with them will always be at the top of my list for my life in Steamboat.
- Having connections with the higher-ups at the ski area.
Things that I am less thankful for include being so far from New England during a time & season when being near family means the most. I'm looking forward to Christmas in Vermont- my first holiday (Thanksgiving or Christmas) with my family since 2005.
"A happy life is just a string of happy moments. But most people don't allow the happy moment, because they're so busy trying to get a happy life." - Abraham-Hicks
"go for long walks, indulge in hot baths, question your assumptions, be kind to yourself, live for the moment, loosen up, scream, curse the world, count your blessings, just let go. just be." -carole shields
“that was a memorable day for me, for it made great changes in me. but, it is the same way with any life. imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. pause, you who read this, and think a moment of the long chain of iron or gold, of thorns and flowers, that would never have bound you, but for the formation of the first link on one memorable day.” -charles dickens
“to know with whom you can feel there is understanding in spite of distances or thoughts unexpressed...that can make this life a garden” -goethe
"Proudly celebrating two years at the Community Foundation by submitting my first grant proposal and representing the Foundation on the City Community Support Steering Committee. Whoa."
As I wrote it, I thought? Am I boasting too much? Why am I saying this on facebook? And it truth, it is because I want to share what feels like a significant accomplishment with those I love. And because my social world here in Steamboat is so small, I felt that I needed to shout it a little louder. Each time someone chooses to "like" my status, I like a friend is proud of me and celebrating with me. Heck, each time someone "likes" any of my statuses, I feel warm and fuzzy!
So, I'm sitting here having mailed off the grant proposal to El Pomar (elpomar.org) for a grant for Capacity Building Support for Routt & Moffat County nonprofits (we'll find out in December if we've received it). I spent the afternoon at the Steering Committee meeting deciding how to allocate $334,975 dollars of City taxpayer money between three Coalitions for Health & Human Services, Environment and Arts & Culture. And I'm thinking, "Who am I to be making such huge decisions?!"
And now I'm faced with my "annual" self-evaluation, which feels somewhat daunting because:
1. My last self-evaluation was completed on 6/11/2008
2. I was still the Office Manager at that time
3. No specific "goals" were ever set by me or by my former boss when i entered the role of Program Manager.
4. Due to a lack of "boss," my self-evaluation has to be submitted to the Exec Committee, which means 8 people giving feedback instead of one.
It's hard to believe that it was two years ago that Brett and I were driving a van full of stuff to open a storage unit, when I got a voicemail from Betsey offering me the position. On Saturday, Brett and I moved OUT of our storage unit (and are getting rid of SO much stuff- hooray!) and today I am still at work at the Community Foundation, in a very different role than when I started, thinking through my evaluation. I've come full circle, I'd say.