This week, as always, I am thankful for my clients, who welcome me into their homes and lives, and make it possible for me to live my passion.
My wish for them and for all of my fellow Americans this week is twofold. May we find joy in our celebrations by honoring the inherent blessings in our lives. And may we carry that focus throughout the onslaught of Black Friday and the torrent of consumption that ensues.
The pressure to gather "stuff" reaches a fever pitch at this time of year. I admonish us all to resist the siren call. Give thanks to those you love by giving gifts of experiences this year. It's scientifically proven to make us happier (Buy Experiences, Not Things - James Hamblin, The Atlantic, Oct. 2014). In the coming weeks, I'll offer several experiential gift ideas, including non-toy gifts for kids. Now is a great time to start thinking about what experiences your loved ones will cherish.
Get started with your Thanksgiving festivities. The food and fine linens are props, there to heighten the experience - but togetherness is at the heart of the holiday. Be present in these moments and they'll last forever.