My freshman year of college, my grandfather passed away. I was 2000 miles away from home at school and it was Thanksgiving. To say I was a grandpa’s girl, is an understatement. We were connected on another level. He was the most incredible man I had ever known – kind, soft-spoken, and selfless. He was an entrepreneur who gave his life to helping others. I’d never felt grief like that before, and I didn’t know how to cope. Enter Oprah. I distinctly recall catching an episode while home for the funeral where she featured author Sarah Ban Breathnach and her New York Times best-selling book Simple Abundance. This was my first introduction to the principal of an abundance mentality and a life lived in gratitude. Rather than focus on my loss, I learned to focus on the abundance of love he had given me. That book weathered me through that difficult time and continues to influence me today.
I know my grandfather would be proud of the entrepreneur I have become and the role of gratitude in my business and in my family. One of the Northland Special Events core values is GIVE – humble, kind, generous. In our work we give with our whole hearts, bodies and minds in the planning and executing some of life’s most precious moments. We give and we gain. For that we are so grateful.
The month of November 2017 marks twenty years since my grandfather’s passing and beginning of a new chapter in my gratitude journey. I am elated to launch The Gratitude Project, a three-pronged initiative to incorporate gratitude in everything that we do – honoring our clients, partners, and team members in thoughtful ways and in significant moments. I look forward to unfurling this project one step at a time and sharing this abundance within our community.
I am grateful for clients that trust fully in me to plan their ‘Best Day Ever’ and give me the space and time I need to let the creative energy flow.
I am grateful for industry partners who steer clients in our direction and who show up ready to work together as a team.
I am grateful for employees who have become like family and who give me grace when I stumble as their leader. They are the wind beneath my wings. (Thank you, Diane for giving me that line)
Take a moment to reflect on the abundance in your life. Be grateful and be forever changed…