The Cornucopia Bandwagon 2021

Everyone is doing it. It’s popular this time of year as we slide into the holiday season. Some record a list. Some prayerfully recollect and give thanks. In an era of content overload, many share thanksgivings on social media platforms, scribing eloquent passages that celebrate the big things—and the little things—that enrich their lives but are often taken for granted. Autumn leaves that add color to life, music that makes the inner spirit dance, tender moments with loved ones that reinforce strength in family and hope for our children…

Gratitude posts can calm the chaos of life and help put things into perspective, so before all the turkey and fixings are gone, I want to share a few things that I am thankful for as a business owner. Maybe you can relate?

Longevity

In a sea of brick-and-mortar and online commerce, I’m humbled by the many years I’ve been in business. Next Spring Odessa Design will celebrate the big 25, and believe me, there will be a party! Many businesses are not as fortunate—doors close and career paths change. Anyone who sticks with it will tell you that entrepreneurship is not for everyone, but for me, I can’t see being in the creative world any other way. Here’s to 25 more!

Network

After nearly two years of pivoting and hustling, this one is so important, and I am reminded of it regularly. The network of business colleagues and friends that I have made over a quarter of a century is invaluable. Seeing the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel, I’ve been reaching out to my network peeps and scheduling times to talk and reconnect. My outreach has been met with warm responses and resounding yeses to meet up and catch up. So much has changed in our lives and our businesses—we can’t support one another if we aren’t staying connected. Let me know if you want to reconnect!

Opportunities

Business opportunities and inspiring branding opportunities—I give thanks for both. Central Pennsylvania is full of ambitious entrepreneurs, small businesses, and passionate non-profits, all of which present opportunities for a continual stream of work requiring smart thinking, vision, and creativity.

Change

Many people fear it, some resist it, but I’ve learned to embrace it. Change most often leads to progress, and progress is forward movement. Embracing and responding to technological innovations, industry developments, or economic shifts can lead to opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.

Positivity

I don’t know about you, but it seems to me that a pack of chronic complainers has been unleashed—in my scroll, in meetings, in the crowd at a ball game. But, for every Debbie Downer, there is a Positive Patty shining light on the good things and providing alternate points of view that can enrich our thinking and our businesses. I am thankful for those who try to find solutions instead of stirring up trouble. Be a Patty!

Have you made your “Thankful List” yet? Jump on the bandwagon with me. You still have time—turkey leftovers last for at least a week!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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