Published on December 23, 2013
BROUGHT TO YOU BY What Are You Thankful For? The members of Connect: Professional Women’s Network reflect on what they’re grateful for.
Career talk tends to revolve around what we hope to attain—how high we can climb, how much money we can make, how many people we can influence. In a refreshing twist, the women of Connect: Professional Women’s Network focused instead on what they’re thankful for. From family and friends to major life achievements, the responses prove that sometimes, everything we need is right under our nose.
“I am grateful that my business allows me to be myself, removes the worry and doubt of working for someone else and helps me meet wonderfully interesting people.” Mary Jane Weigel, Small Business Bookkeeper & Trainer
“I am thankful for realizing that I can’t and don’t have to do everything. It’s been a real blessing to have been able to let stuff go.” Janice Taylor, Blue Sky Consulting
“I am thankful for all of the wonderful friends I have made while attending college as a non-traditional student. I am especially thankful for my best friend, who has encouraged me to get not only my bachelor’s but also my master’s degree.” Beatrice Skelton, Associate at Kohl’s
“I’m grateful for the strength that gets me through the hard times—and the knowledge that these tough times will help me grow and be stronger.” Allison Desatnick, Art Director/Studio Manager
“I am thankful for 15 years at a wonderful company, 18 years with my husband, three of the best children ever, and two of the best (and most spoiled) dogs!” Janice Benshoof, Advertising, Senior Sales Administrator
“Over the past few years, I have struggled to balance my work responsibilities and increasing family needs. So, I find myself feeling thankful for the clarity I needed to make decisions about the job responsibility I could accept in order to give me the flexibility I needed to be available for my aging mother.” Rhonda O'Bannon, Senior Director, Human Resources
“I am thankful for befriending a few homeless individuals and experiencing some of the greatest examples of humanity in the most dire circumstances. I am grateful to know of the gaps in services and shelters for homeless women, as well as a lack of individuals to work with them. Knowing of the problems means I can do something to improve their situation.” Carolyn A. Cook, Women’s National Work/Life Agenda
“I have found that a focus on blessings eases the rough passages in our lives. I am humbled, honored and sometimes overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity and love I have received. It is a blessing to support people and to accept support from people, and I am thankful I have been able to experience both.” Nancy Purdy Educational Leader, Curriculum Developer
“I am thankful that this amazing group of women has shown the courage to share their gratitude and the vulnerable side of life.” Jeannette Oliver, Senior Recruiter
Join the conversation! Connect: Professional Women’s Network, Powered by Citi, is an online community on LinkedIn that helps women achieve the careers they want and discuss the issues relevant to their success For more great insights from Connect members, check out the discussion: What Are You Thankful For? Visit linkedin.com/womenconnect for more information and to join the group for free! PHOTO CREDITS: 1: gabczi/Shutterstock 2: Rodina Olena/ Shutterstock 3: Lukas Eklund/Flickr 4: lithian/Shutterstock 5: UC Davis School of ED/Flickr 6: Pressmaster/Shutterstock ©2013 LinkedIn Corporation. All Rights Reserved. 7: Tony Alter/Flickr 8: Lighthunter/Shutterstock 9: The Advocacy Project/Flickr 10: whologwhy/Flickr 11: Fortune Live Media/Flickr
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