Mary Kate:

It is probably cliché to write about thankfulness during the week of Thanksgiving, but I just couldn’t help myself! When I think about this past year and everything I have experienced in my personal life and my career transition, I can’t believe how generous others have been to me. Without the help of my family, friends, and mentors, I would not be where I am today and I mean that sincerely. I count myself lucky to have such caring and selfless people in my life.

I wrote in a post a few weeks ago about some help I received from a neighbor—he gave me his (employed) nieces’ email addresses and said they would be happy to speak to me about how to effectively job search. These two educated, successful women have careers similar to what I was looking for at the time and they happily answered my questions and gave me advice. Thinking about that now, I am struck by how readily my neighbor helped me and how open and friendly his nieces were. I am more thankful than I can say that they took the time out of their days to speak to me.

As always, I am thankful for Karen, who has been and continues to be an incredible mentor. She offered suggestions and encouragement when I was at my lowest point. Job transitioning is incredibly stressful for any one and Karen understood and empathized with my situation, probably more than most people. She always looked for freelance writing projects, blog posts, or other work for me to do so I could hone my writing and editing skills while I searched for a career. She was endlessly patient with me, even when I thought that there was nothing out there for me and I just wanted to give up. She introduced me to Heidi, my fellow lovely blogger at Unveil Your Brilliance, and we get along and work so well together. I am amazed by Heidi’s energy and flow of ideas and I am always impressed with her positive outlook. Heidi inspires me to search for more to do and explore outside the confines of my career because she is always looking for more to enrich her life and her experiences.  I am truly grateful for the influence of both wonderful women.

I could go on and on about each of my past employers/mentors for paragraphs and paragraphs, but I’m sure no one would have any idea what I’m talking about. I could not claim to have the skills I have today without my previous employers and their constant encouragement and unfailing kindness. I have been lucky in my (short) experience of past jobs in that I have always had a thoughtful, successful boss who distinguished him or herself as a leader. I was able to learn from that example and I thank those people for mentoring me.

Finally, I have to thank my family, especially my parents. They were so happy when I finally transitioned into a full-time career, probably because they were sick and tired of hearing me complain (haha)! But honestly, without their support and positivity I would be nowhere right now.

I wanted to write this post to remind everyone to remain thankful for what they have because so many people are not so lucky. And make sure those closest to you know how much they mean to you; let them know how grateful you are for their help, support, and love. This time of year makes me think about what it really means to be thankful for who and what you have in your life, and I am indebted to my support system.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!Image

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