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What Are You Thankful For This Year? - Debra Trappen
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What Are You Thankful For This Year?

Thanksgiving week reminds us all to slow down, recall the many things we are thankful for, and intentionally count our blessings.  The last couple of years I decided to put my list together a little differently… More of an inspiration list to remind us why these “things” are important to so many of us.

Here are 11 things from my list – in no particular order. :)


Idaho-DrewDebFishing1. Family. 

Do you have a spouse who supports you in your dreams, encourages you not to settle, pushes you to see things differently, and keeps you smiling/laughing? How about parents, siblings, or extended family, including core friends who are ALWAYS there for you – no matter what?  It is a blessing to know there are people who know us better than we know ourselves… You know, those special souls who remind us of our greatness and purpose; and always sing our song to us when we have forgotten it.

Take a few moments and appreciate all the good things about your framily (friend + family = framily). Bonus points if you call a few people on that list and thank them for something special they have done for you this year.  It is so worth the time to pour into these special people. 


2. Serving others.

Do you realize how blessed you are when you find yourself in a position to help others?  I believe serving others demonstrates an abundance mindset. You are able to pour your overflow into them.  Being a servant leader takes it to a whole new level. Think about the impact you are able to make on someone else’s life. Wow.

Launching my own business has been an amazing journey filled with so many emotions I am thankful for, including excitement, anticipation, frustration, disappointment, and so many more.  Every day I am blessed to hone the art of patience, persistence, resilience, collaboration, communication, etc…  I know, first hand, if you don’t have passion for what you do or conviction of purpose many of these “servant leader” lessons would seem like a burden, not a blessing.


3. Pets.Happy-Thanksgiving-2014-Family

Our furry family members bring us such joy and companionship.  Take time to recognize their roles in making our lives better.  It is a blessing to be able to care for these sweet creatures!

My sidekick, Niko, has been such a sweet friend to me for the last 5 years… he always knows jut when I need him to curl up next to me.  and  Lizzie, the newest furry family member, reminds me to slow down and enjoy playing, giggling, and finding fun in little things like squeaky sounds, leaves blowing in the wind, and surprise puppy kisses.  These two little souls add a rich layer to my life and I am so grateful for them.


 4. Seeing the ADVENTURE in being healthy…

Health is epically important, and yet we often take our good health for granted. Even if you are not in excellent health right now, you have the power to take a step to better health – right this very minute.  Try this: get up and read this post while walking around your kitchen island!

Working from home sure does slow down your activity level.  This year I had to learn to combine these two to not only inspire me to move, but keep healthy.  Adventure now includes everything from riding the bike in my home gym to hiking to the top of mountains.  Oh, and this also works my imagination muscles… triple bonus!

5. Amazing. Conversations.

Whether they are over a hot chai tea latte or luscious glass of wine, in person or via technology, amazing conversations FIRE YOU UP.  Being thankful for those chats always makes my list.

Social media has sparked more amazing conversations this year that EVER, for me.  It has helped me build/nurture amazing relationships with people all over the world… and has been key in launching prosperous business venture(s)!  Every single day a smile is brought to my face by a friend’s photo, video, or story of how they were inspired them to reach for their signature style of success.  There are so many amazing conversations happening in my social stream… it really is all about WHO you connect with out there – so if you don’t feel this way about your social experience – it’s time to do some pruning!


6. Smiles and Positive Attitudes.

No one is perfect at being positive and smiling all the time, but it is a noble goal.  I say, let’s be grateful for smiles and elevate positive attitudes together.  Go out today and smile at a stranger.  When someone asks you “How are you?” – find something more meaningful than “FINE” as your reply… Use this question as an opportunity to engage and elevate attitudes around you.  Oh – and BE GRATEFUL for smiles and happiness given to you!

For me, it’s important to know, in my heart, that I’m a kind person who spreads cheer. I would never intentionally hurt someone… and always seek to find ways to elevate thinking, attitudes, and dreams of friends.  The best compliments I have received have been connected to inspiring people shift their perspective, to see the positive and push forward – all with a smile.  Think about what compliments resonate the most with YOU.  Now, go out and do the actions that would inspire those compliments!

7. Your Strength.

Most of us are “MORE” than we give ourselves credit for – both in our minds and out in the world.  Being grateful for what you have achieved, endured and survived can only lead to good things.  Take a moment and write a list of your greatest accomplishments this year.  Those goals you achieved, the lessons you learned, the moments you elevated your mission, etc.  Congratulate yourself, just as you would your best friend.

Speaking words of affirmation into your heart is so very powerful. 

Keep positive.  Keep humble. 


8. Being proud of your vision.

I’m thrilled to say I am a woman on a mission that makes me proud – every day.  Are you proud of yours too? We all need to be proud of our dreams and visions.  Confidence grows stronger every day when you are heading in the right direction to help achieve your goals. 

Do you have something you are working to achieve right now?  Have you defined where you are going?  Are you making conscious choices and living the life you want to live? Are you on your way to dreams come true?  Have you said this OUT LOUD? 

Remember, putting yourself out there will highlight your amazing supporters and uncover insecure connections that want us to squash our dreams.  Only you have the power to decide what you do with each group of people. 

Choose wisely.

Be thankful for your champions and pray for the others.


9. Faith and Community.

It is such a blessing to live in a country that allows us to believe in God AND magic.  Being part of a church family with vision and passion for the community gets you outside of your personal bubble.  Planting goodness in your community fills your spiritual tank to the brim! No matter what your belief system is – weave people into your life who will encourage your spiritual growth. 


10. Lessons Learned and Doors Closed.

Some of life’s lessons are inevitably going to be painful, devastating, or perceived as a negative. However, shift your perspective.  See that the harder the lesson – the more potential for growth it represents.  Be grateful for life’s hard lessons and closed doors, for the pain and the suffering – because it will inevitably help you grow.  Remember If we obsess about what we have lost behind those doors we may miss amazing opportunities right in front of us.

11. Little Luxuries.

We often take for granted those little things that we love and make our lives easier and sweeter. Things on my list:

  • Salted caramels dipped in dark chocolate from Brugge Chocolates
  • Freshly brewed coffee or loose leaf tea
  • Sitting in front of the fireplace with a good book
  • Pouring a luscious glass of wine… in a stemmed crystal glass
  • Lady Danger – my favorite red lipstick by Mac
  • Dancing with my Love to anything Barry White sings
  • Netflix
  • Pedicures
  • My Jambox
  • Feeling of putting on the Tiffany pearls my hubby gave me
  • Bubble baths with bubbly in a glass
  • Candlelight
  • Fuzzy slippers
  • Silk Robes
  • Mexican food
  • Sushi
  • Vanilla Fizz Martinis
  • Voxer
  • G+ Hangouts
  • The way my pups yelp when I walk in the door or pull out their leashes for a walk
    …and so much more!


What are you thankful for?



Wishing you and your loved ones a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING.





  • Richard De Vita
    Posted at 04:52h, 29 November Reply

    Thank you for once again reminding us of the truly important “things” in life that make it so fulfilling and rich.

    • Debra Trappen
      Posted at 22:20h, 29 November Reply

      My pleasure, Richard! Thank YOU for your amazing support… Cheers!

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