In 2012 we challenged you to write 12 letters of Gratitude to people that influenced your life. Many of you did this and wrote amazing stories of the experience.
This year 2013 we are focusing on BEING PRESENT. This is your life. Each day is a gift. You can't turn in yesterday for more time. So make the most of each day and continue to be grateful and embrace life! Be Present! We are changing the world...ONE DAY AT A TIME!

Friday, April 20, 2012

April Gratitude Day Sixteen...

Day Sixteen...
Sweet Sixteen ;)
I am grateful for parents that taught me to value myself and my standards.  I was not a perfect teenager.  I was a mouthy and often rude one at that.  Every time my daughter talks back I think I can hear my mother in my head, "I hope you get a daughter that talks to you, JUST LIKE YOU TALK TO US!"  LOL!   I did!  Sometimes it isn't even that funny.  I wasn't always mouthy, but I had my share of bad days to say the least.

Regardless of all that, I DID listen to my parents.  I did choose a road of courage and respect.  I did not allow the ideas, opinions or unwise choices of others to dictate what I would do.  For that I am so grateful.  I had a choice, but because my parents were so open with us, talked to me so often and believed in me...I think this helped me to stand for what I truly wanted in life.  Once I had an adult that I highly respected tell me that I would be making a big mistake if I just got married and became "Mrs. So and So."  She didn't value marriage or men from my perspective.  Today, I am grateful that even that person, whom I looked up to, worked for and had up to that point admired, was not able to sway me from what I wanted.

In a time where it is unpopular, almost peculiar, I am grateful I stood!  I want to be a wife, I want to be a mother.  I am an educated wife and mother, grateful for my degree.  But at the end of the day, no one will convince me (though they can say it all they want) that I am worth less because I chose the path less traveled.  Are you kidding???  That has made ALL the difference!

Changing the world...ONE letter at a time!

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