Thanksgiving and Gratitude

I am seeing a lot of reminders to show gratitude on my social media recently. I think we are all weary of being told what is wrong with our world and as Thanksgiving is upon us, we want to turn our minds to all that is right, good, and wonderful.

We all have our lists but let me share mine. I would love to have you respond to this short post by sharing things that are on your gratitude list.

  • Family – our family that cares about each other and gathers together whenever possible and always has your back when you need help and support
  • Friends – the friends that call and check up on you and are always there to support you as well as just hanging out and making more wonderful memories
  • Health – our health may not always be great, but we are still here and doing all we can to continue to enjoy our lives in the healthiest manner possible
  • Work – I love my work and I am grateful that I can still get up and do things
  • Home – I love my home and the comfort it gives to my husband, myself, and anyone visiting
  • Pets – I am down to one cat now, but I love the energy she gives to our home
  • Food – we have an abundance of tasty food that nourishes our bodies. I love to both prepare food and eat it
  • Being wholly in this day
I hope all of you find many things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer


This past weekend we had a mini-family reunion at my sister’s home to celebrate my son’s 50th birthday. I am overwhelmed with gratitude and love for my family.

My sister, Ann, opened up her home for this event and her son, Tod, and his partner, Richard, also opened up their home for overnight guests. Ann, Tod and Richard also spent a lot of time in the kitchen preparing food. Husband, Rob, also spent time in the kitchen cleaning up.

My son, Ben, came to this event even though his lovely wife, Kellie, was not able to make the trip. He flew in and met up with my brother, Jim, and his wife, Mindy, at the airport late Friday night and left again on Sunday evening. Jim and Mindy were on about the same schedule and were still fighting jet lag from a trip abroad. Even the family that were local had to really work their schedules to carve out this special time. I really appreciate that effort.

We spent a lot of time catching up, telling stories, and laughing. These times with family are the best vacations ever. I am forever grateful for my family.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Feeling Thankful

While gratitude is an ongoing part of my life, it is this time of year that we look back to the big and little things that cause us to be so thankful.

  1. I feel blessed to have a family that is strong and loving. While I wish that I could see them face to face more often, we communicate frequently and I know thy have my back. We come together to celebrate as often as we are able.
  2. My husband and I celebrate our third anniversary tomorrow. I am so thankful he is in my life. Not only do I have the enjoyment of him every day but I have also picked up some more extended family to enjoy.
  3. Friends are the glue that holds everything together. Friends laugh with you and hold you when you cry. They encourage your dreams and celebrate your victories.
  4. I am thankful that I don’t live in a place of fear. I feel safe. I feel loved. While I don’t like all that goes on around me, I look at what I can do and how I can react to make others feel safe and loved.
  5. I am so blessed to have a profession that can help others find solutions and achieve higher levels of happiness. I love that they can develop a vision and carry it on to victory.

As I move forward in life I hope that I can remain connected to all of the gloriousness of life.

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Celebrating Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is that special day when we stop and reflect on all of the abundance and joys that we have in our life.

One of the things on the top of my list is my wonderful family – which just keeps increasing. My family is my bedrock and my haven. They give me such joy and laughter. We recently connected with my sister Ann and her shoot of the family tree. Last summer I reconnected with my brother Jim and his family. I am hoping to soon visit my sister Lynn and her clan. This delightful picture was when we all came together in 2011.

This Thanksgiving we will break bread with some of Rob’s side of the family in New Mexico. It’s wonderful to have my family expanded through marriage with this wonderful man.  Then, when we return I’ll have a special meal with my son who lives near me.

I also give thanks for my friends. My friends are like my extended family near by. I love to spend time with them and I know that we support and care for each other.

I am also thankful to have good health. I do what I can to stay healthy and I recognize this as a gift and I am very grateful.

I am also thankful that I can continue to work and have sufficient abundance in our home. Life is very good.

My hope for you is that you find many things to celebrate on this special day.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer

Happy New Year!

As the old year comes to a close, we often hear people say things like, “I hope the new year is better than the last one,” or “I sure didn’t accomplish my goals last year, or “I hope this one goes better.” Most of us had some bad things happen in the past year, but I encourage you to take a few moments and list the good things that happened. What made you grateful? What did you accomplish? What made you smile? Once you get started on that list, you will probably be amazed at how fast it grows.

Looking forward to the new year, instead of making a list of “shoulds” – I should lose weight. I should spend less and save more. I should organize my files – set an intention or two for the coming year. Develop a vision of this coming year. Gratefulness, harmony, or joy might be part of your vision. Put together a vision board and post it where you will see it. I like to use Christine Kane’s word of the year tool –

Once you have developed your vision – share.
Happy New Year!

Jonda S. Beattie

Professional Organizer