Happy Thanksgiving: On Gratitude & Table Topics

From my home to yours — here’s wishing you the happiest of Thanksgivings.

Whether your gathering is intimate or there are a lot of souls around your table, take a deep breath with me and put pen to paper for a few minutes to remind yourself of the beauty of life.

Please know that I understand that it’s a challenge to connect with gratitude when there are hardships. That’s actually when it’s most important to do this.

Here are a few from my list — what are some of yours?  

    • I felt my share of disappointment and pain this year. I came through stronger than ever, and the energy of that expands every day.
    • My relationship with my husband and two children is a miracle. I laugh, marvel, cry tears of joy (mostly – lol) and celebrate the four souls under this roof each day.
    • I love my body and never give up her. Moving, breathing, eating, sleeping, laughing, crying — everything I do in this vessel is a gift.
    • I have the dearest and most beautiful co-conspirators in my life I call my friends. They delight me and encourage me every single day.
    • I have traveled to and seen some of the most incredible places in the world. Right now, that feels like a faraway dream that I’m not really sure existed. But it did. What I’ve learned from that will continue to unfold.
    • I have a team that helps my business keep humming along every single day, and I can’t thank them enough for the hard work they put into helping me spread my message, teach and inspire others. Thank you Tressa, Berit, Michelle, Brandi and Martha for everything you’re helping me create. And for answering what I call my “kindergarten business questions” lol lol : ) .
    • I am grateful to my clients, students and followers. You guide me every single day and influence what I create to help you improve or transform your life. You teach me how to serve.


That’s a photo of a Friendsgiving gathering we have each year. I love these people so much; I see them almost every day at the gym, and we make plans to spend time together outside of sweating.

There’s a lot of love in this group; they’re like family.

After dinner, we go around the table answering a variety of questions that I pull from stacks of cards I keep at home.

If you want to find them, they’re called Table Topics. They’re great fun and they let you get to know your family and friends in new and interesting ways.

Here are some you can use at your Thanksgiving table:

  • What’s something new you’d like to try next year?
  • What was your favorite class in high school or college?
  • What historical time period would you love to live in?
  • Which song puts you in a good mood no matter what?
  • What are you most proud of accomplishing this year?
  • Which three famous people would you invite to a party?
  • What’s the nicest compliment you’ve ever gotten?
  • If you could change you name, would you, and what would it be?
  • What job(s) did you have when you were in high school / college?
  • What’s one of the most adventurous things you’ve ever done?


Happy Thanksgiving.


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