Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and so I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all of my readers here in the U.S. a happy and joy-filled day of turkey (or tofurkey, for you veggies) eating, parade and/or football watching, spending time with family and friends, and everything else that goes with this day.

I have never been the type to enjoy the Thanksgiving tradition of going around the table, having each person say what he or she is thankful for.  My brain freezes, I can’t think of anything, and I get tongue-tied.  A fairly embarassing situation.

But I do think that now is a good time to think about those things that we are thankful for.  Maybe we express those ideas to others, maybe we keep them to ourselves.  Either way, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to us to take a few minutes to stop obsessing about what is wrong – in our lives, our relationships, our jobs, our country, our world – and instead focus on what is right.

So, on that note, here are just a few things for which I am thankful:

I am thankful that I have a job that I enjoy.

I am thankful that I work with people that I care about and who care about me.  We are truly a family here – complete with love, caring and occasional bickering.

I am thankful that, despite the difficulties in the economy recently, Sew What? has pushed through and remains a strong company.

I am thankful that I have made so many friends amongst our customers and vendors throughout my 5 1/2 years here at Sew What?, and I look forward to making many more as the years go on.

I am thankful that I, my husband and family, my friends, and my Sew What? family are all healthy and happy.

And lastly, I am thankful for the opportunity to post on this blog – sometimes I become frustrated trying to come up with a topic, but on the whole I really enjoy the opportunity to educate and entertain my readers (are you out there?).

So, readers, whether you are here in the U.S. celebrating Thanksgiving or in another country in which tomorrow is just another day, take a moment to think about what you are thankful for.  I promise, you will find that it really lifts your spirits to spend a few moments focusing exclusively on the positive elements of your life.

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Sew What? to all of you.