Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you are all enjoying this week and are able to spend time with your loved ones. We traveled north to Rochester, NY to be with my husband's family, and we are having a great time. It has been quite a year in our family, with a new baby, new home, and countless other changes. I try to practice daily gratitude, but in a hectic life, that's easy to forget to do. I came across this article this week that reminded me how helpful it is to remember focus on what I am grateful for. Do you make it part of your day? I think in my challenging moments, focusing on my areas of gratitude help pull me through and motivate me to move forward. Here are my top six reasons (in no particular order) I'm thankful on this Thanksgiving:
I met my husband when we were both teachers in Virginia about 11 years ago. I was assigned to be his mentor teacher, and as the story goes, the rest is history. We have always been a great team, and I couldn't imagine my life without him. We taught together, fell in love, have 3 wonderful sons, and even run a business together. I am forever grateful for his passion and devotion to me and our family, and I feel lucky he chose me as his wife.
My 3 sons
I still can't believe this one. I am so very blessed to be a "boy mom," and these three boys push me to be my best and grow every day. Each day is filled with ups, downs, and plenty of less than glamorous moments, but I am so grateful that they made me a mom.
Besides, who would ever pretend to be a T. Rex with me if I didn't have sons??
Let's break up the sappiness a little. I haven't always been a coffee-drinker, and still, I'm usually known to only drink about half a cup a day, but that little bit is enough to get me going in the morning, and ready for a day full of adulting! Perhaps my favorite part of coffee, however, is how it brings people together. Business deals, great news, catching up, all are best over a cup of coffee.
I am grateful for a strong relationship with my dad. He lives here locally and is one of the reasons we moved down to Florida. I lost my mom 5 years ago, and my dad's strength and guidance have helped fill that void as we've all found our new normal. He has always set an example for my brother and me of how hard work and determination can help you achieve any goal you set your mind to.
I've learned that you become a product of the people you spend the most time with, and I am so blessed to call such wonderful people my friends. They are hard-working, parents and/or professionals, health-conscious, driven people, and they all make me strive to be the best version of myself I can be.
Housewives in the City
Back in October, a post popped up in my newsfeed that Housewives in the City is expanding to new cities. I have been working hard on my own personal development, and thought this would be a great opportunity to coordinate events for women to meet, mingle, have fun, and support each other. As women, we don't always let down our defenses enough to try new things, or meet new people, and I would love for this group to be a forum for us all to enjoy lifting each other up. So this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for the group of Housewives in the City bloggers, especially our founder Andrea in Northern Virginia, for leading the way to help make this endeavor possible!
Hi! I'm Diana. I love the beach, my family, chocolate, coffee, and meeting new people. I host monthly events in the Tampa area and cannot wait to meet all of you!