Creating Thanksgiving

Tis’ the season to be grateful. Thanksgiving commemorates the sacrifices made long ago. It’s another day where we celebrate the cost paid for freedom. We commemorate the lessons and the journey of change and adaptation. Thanksgiving brings family, friends, and frenemies together in order to agree that bigger problems exist than those we see in our daily American lives.

It is a time we nurture thankful thoughts.  It is more than breaking bread and stuffing ourselves with delectables. I hope it’ll become a time that we can take to celebrate others and celebrate ourselves for efforts made both big and small. In our household, we are forming a family tradition of eating a huge dinner on that Wednesday before Thanksgiving and conclude the evening with attending a Thanksgiving service at our home church.

I start out with preparation. It is a process that begins a month or two in advance. I take a few days to think about the meals we want to have the following month. I use a scrap piece of paper to brainstorm. During the prep stage, I look through the freezer and pantry to do an inventory of everything we have. I check to make sure I have freezer bags and other freezer safe containers. During this phase, I begin cleaning out the refrigerator, dumping old food, and wiping things down. I want to make sure that I have nothing to do but cook and store on the days I am cooking.

My children are small and impressionable, so we are relaxed and joyous as we attempt to create memories. Stress can steal the focus and imprint the wrong depiction. The relaxed dinner the day before is not just for them, but for me too. Weeks before Thanksgiving, I start becoming more conscious of all that I hold dear. I begin counting my blessings and take that into the new year. We do all of this to teach them how to celebrate the blessings that are so easily taken for granted.

How do you adjust from distractions and cultivate a heart of Thanksgiving?

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Building A Brand With Social Media

Building a business and being the brand takes a commitment. As an image builder, I know how important it is to invest in yourself and your employees. This is that time for me.

Recently I attended Facebook Community Boost during the DMV’s Entrepreneurship Week. The brand behind the business needs to be carefully built and this week we looked at how Facebook and Instagram can help. They fed us a nice lunch, provided snacks, tea and coffee. Finally they topped it all off with a wonderful networking event for women sponsored by She Means Business.

We were given several sessions to choose from. My favorite session was Instagram Story School because it was so interactive.
I asked a staff person if these wonderful features will help me take great Instagram pictures. He said, “no, you do that.” That simple answer opened my eyes and revealed a lie. I was wrong to believe that the tools I have are not good enough. I was wrong to believe that having more would make me better. He looked at my pictures and thought they were very nice. I’m realizing, “all you need is a very good eye.”

Later that night, She Means Business sponsored a networking event for female entrepreneurs. They partnered with Civic Dinner to provide a unique networking experience. We were placed at a table with five to nine other women that we did not know. Businesswomen getting to know one another’s dreams and challenges. We were sharing and building friendships. A room full of lady entrepreneurs cultivating relationships. We are women encouraging women.

One lady encouraged us by giving fiery advice, Angel Rich. She was an honored guest at the networking event that night. What blessed me the most was how she was enjoying the moment, along with all of us, women entrepreneurs. She has been called the next Steve Job, but I think she is more than that. I prefer to call her “One Of A Kind.” I was honored to stand next to her with hopes that she was as encouraged as we were.

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