I really enjoyed reading all the thankful posts in the weeks leading to Thanksgiving and wanted to take an opportunity to write my own, but I will try to keep it short:
1. I am thankful for my parents who gave me a good start in life, helped me develop my strengths and always supported my choices even when they seemed less than ideal at the time. Thanks for the turkey recipe too, Mom. I miss you!
2. I am thankful for my teachers who challenged and encouraged me. I am thankful for a Soviet school system (yes, really!) that was designed to support and grow talented children. I am thankful for a free college education in the former Soviet Union that gave me enough skills to be quite competitive in the US workplace.
3. I am thankful for my ex-husband and his family who brought me here. Even though my first marriage didn’t work out, I am thankful for an opportunity to discover a new life in a new land.
4. I am thankful for making an outlandish choice more than 10 years ago, taking a paycut to become a traveling consultant for a small startup company in the Silicon Valley. That choice brought me where I am today.
5. I am thankful for an opportunity to travel for several years for my job, visiting many states of the United States and practically every country in Europe.
6. I am thankful for coming to California in 2002 “for a few weeks” and staying here for good. I am thankful for my diverse and tolerant neighbors and great climate of Silicon Valley
7. I am very thankful for my husband – an amazing man, a friend, a partner in good and bad times.
8. I am thankful for an “accident” that turned into a beautiful, happy and bright little girl. She is definitely a light of my life.
9. I am thankful for my friends who are there when I need them. I want to believe that I am also there for them when they need me most.
10. I am thankful for my health, because without it nothing above would be possible.
There are so many reasons to be thankful every day. I have to remember this simple thought as I am off to start my turkey.