“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.”
No matter how you are choosing to celebrate the holiday, I hope you find joy in knowing you are connected to people who love and care about you, whether you are in their physical presence or not.
I am offering a special thanks to those who became part of my team in growing a business and a new life this past year:
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- Publicist Marta Tracy at MARTA TRACY MEDIA, who helped me land appearances on national TV, radio and podcasts. She created the positioning for “Coach Gail Jones,” and worked with great tenacity and belief in my worthiness mission.
- Videographer extraordinaire Joe Woolworth, owner of Podcast Cary, who helped produce my guided meditation, TV video and my new “CLAIM YOUR WORTHINESS PODCAST—Intimate Conversations with Gail Jones,” launching in January.
- Rose Russo at Pathways Graphic Design, who created my logos and some of my social media images.
- Denise Gilliam, Judy Miller and Sharon Spector, my blog photographers who so generously share their beautiful pictures.
- Master designer/hair stylist Ajido Elaawar of Salon Ajido, Cary, and makeup artist, Mariz Mohsen, for getting me ready for TV (and I’ll be announcing show details in my December 6th blog post, per request of the network to hold off until the date gets closer in case the schedule unexpectedly changes).
- Denise Souza, a health and wellness colleague and friend, who has generously and consistently referred clients to me locally since relocating to North Carolina two years ago.
FRIENDS and other RICH CONNECTIONS:
- My local hiking friends, with whom I share a love of the outdoors and meaningful conversations. Seeing you each week, and sometimes catching up in between, brings great balance and care to my life.
- And, to my cherished friends across the country, family, clients and blog readers, I thank you for blessing me with your kindness, wisdom, thoughtfulness and feedback.
As the African Proverb says, “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Having a sense of local community is becoming increasingly important as my children continue to spread their wings in different parts of the country.
Some new people in my inner circle arrived unexpectedly as divine gifts. Others were thoughtfully chosen, after pausing to gain clarity to discern if our values were aligned.
To me, community should feel like a safe haven, from which to grow and rest, by respecting each other’s way of being in the world.
That process of building a community can take time, and some sorting, like weeding a garden. Yet, each plant serves it purpose and unique season of beauty.
Friendship can work the same way. This popular quote, by an unknown author, says it best: “People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime.”
I value each connection whether it has been lasting or not.
Perhaps that is the gift of this pandemic for which we can be thankful this year: becoming more rooted in what really matters. Living from love, in whatever form it takes, is a great place from which to grow.
Warm blessings to all,
A special thanks for the fall photograph by Sharon Hildebrandt, a friend from Scottsdale, Arizona. Sharon captured this picture while visiting New Bern, North Carolina, last year and sent it to me thinking I may enjoy it. She was right-I love it! The circle of fall colors is a perfect symbol of feeling connected in “community.”
HOLIDAY SPECIAL: Sign up for my six-session coaching package by November 29 and receive a 10 percent discount.
This year, based on requests from clients, I also am offering holiday “Gift Certificates of Self-Care” for individual coaching sessions for your friends, family or co-workers. Coaching sessions are done via phone or Zoom–locally in Raleigh/Cary, North Carolina, nationally and internationally.
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WHAT’S NEW: See my latest media interviews about claiming your worthiness on my Press Page.