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A Thank-Note…Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving_DaisyWrightI don’t usually send emails on weekends, but it’s Thanksgiving Weekend here in Canada, and as I was pondering on the things I am grateful for, I felt the urge to send a thank-you note to my clients and supporters. (This was sent to each client this past Saturday, and reproduced here on Canada’s Thanksgiving Day).

Dear _____,

You might be a client, a supporter, or someone who has been a source of referrals for my business, (yes, more than 70% of my business come from referrals). Regardless of which category fits you, on this Thanksgiving Weekend, I want you to know I am immensely grateful to you.

When you chose The Wright Career Solution for your career needs – whether it was for resumes, interview and job search coaching, or longer-term career coaching – you wouldn’t have known the rippling effects your investment would be having on people around the world.

For a long time I have supported various charitable causes, locally and internationally, but it didn’t occur to me that I was not doing it by myself. You have been a part of my team and have indirectly made a contribution to the organizations listed below. Some are recognizable brands; others are not well known. You might not know it, but I am a sucker for the ones less known.

Do me a small favour, and click on all the links included. It will give you a sense of some of the challenges some people face, what these organizations are trying to achieve, and have you look back in gratitude for your own circumstances:

Two-Day Cycling Event to Conquer Cancer: Benefiting Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, one of the top five (5) cancer research hospitals in the world.

Shoppers Drug Mart OneWalk to Conquer Cancer: Also benefiting Princess Margaret Hospital.

United Achievers Club of Brampton: This organization has been around for more than 30 years in my city, and has been supporting students from the Black and Caribbean communities as they pursue university and college education. Recently, their work received honorary mention in the Ontario Provincial Parliament by MPP Harinder Mahli. Here’s the Youtube video: United Achievers’ Recognition.

Amanda Edwards: Her hope to become a doctor was dashed after an accident in the United States that left her paralyzed. Her story was highlighted in the Brampton Guardian.

Mahima Foundation:  My friend’s niece, Monique Gourzong, passed away a few years ago from breast cancer. Before she passed, she asked relatives and friends to arrange an annual concert to raise funds for Jamaica’s Hope Institute, the only Cancer Care Hospital in the Caribbean.

Camp Jumoke:  This organization provides opportunities for children living with Sickle Cell Disease to attend camp for two weeks each summer.

Help Princess Lila: Through Twitter, I was introduced to this little girl. I don’t know her or her family, but her story tugged at my heart.

The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada: One of my colleagues participated in the annual Exile Island Ottawa 2015 event for one day in an effort to grant special wishes to children with a life threatening disease or illness.

The Walnut Foundation: A local men’s health group whose initial focus was on Prostate Cancer, but has expanded to provide a safe environment in which men can seek out healthcare information and support. This one is near and dear to my heart, particularly because of my brother.

Donor Drive 4 Dorothy: Dorothy’s story was featured on Global News Toronto, as she searches desperately for a bone barrow donor. Global News.

Kiva: Since September 2010, I have been a part of this organization supporting women in developing countries to become self-sufficient. This is one of the easiest charities to support as it requires a minimum of $25 to start. Once the loan is paid off, one has the option to re-invest it in someone else. I am on my sixth project. Twenty-five dollars can certainly go a long way.

So, that’s why I am thankful to you ______. You have indirectly allowed me to pay it forward and support these organizations and causes. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, whether or not you are in Canada, and rest well knowing that I appreciate you very much!

To your success,

Daisy

There you go! My client appreciation letter sent on Thanksgiving!

Begin Each Day With A Grateful Heart [Monday Rx]

 

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Begin each day with a grateful heart! This image was scooped from Kimberly Allison’s Google+ Page, so attributes go to her (and the proper owner).

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving! While today is Columbus Day in the US, it’s Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada. It is an opportunity for us to look back and be grateful for what we have, knowing that so many people all around the world are facing arduous situations. What are you grateful for?

The five points in the image above are appropriate for today’s Monday Rx. They might not be the typical Thanksgiving message, but let them serve as encouragement to you, whether in your personal life or your job search:

  1. Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. Well, if it’s a positive opinion and a true reflection of you, then you have nothing to worry about. If it’s a negative one that doesn’t ring true, don’t dwell on it. You have far better things to do.
  2. Never let a bad day let you feel like you have a bad life. How unfair this would be to the other 365 days? Put things into perspective. It can’t be all that bad.
  3. It’s never too late to be what you might have been. This is sound advice for those of us who gave up on a dream, or something, and are now lamenting the fact that we allowed ‘could’ve, should’ve, and BUTs’ to get in our way.
  4. If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. Sometimes you have to be proactive. Take a risk; reach out for help or advice. Your effort could open a window of opportunity.
  5. Begin each day with a grateful heart. If you are able to read this; if you have food on your table; if you are fairly healthy; if your family is well, then you have much to be grateful for.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving

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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, even if you are not Canadian, eh?

Most Canadians woke up this morning without the ‘Monday Morning Blues’. Why? They didn’t have to go to work today. It is our Thanksgiving. Whoopee!

It is so easy sometimes to become bogged down with the trials and tribulations of life that we forget to pause and reflect on what we are thankful for. Today’s issue of the Monday Rx reflects on what Thanksgiving really means. It is not only a time to eat, drink and be merry. It has a deeper truth. That of being thankful for the many things we take for granted.

Allow me to be vulnerable and mention 10 of the things I am thankful for:

  1. I am thankful to be alive.
  2. I am thankful for my family and friends who keep me centred.
  3. I am thankful for my 5-year old grandson when he says things like “I bounced into a boy and hit my teeth, and now my teeth are scared.”
  4. I am thankful for Canada, and all that it offers.
  5. I am thankful for my five senses as well as the ability to write, speak, think, laugh and cry.
  6. I am thankful for my fingers and their ability to type extremely fast.
  7. I am thankful for the 18+ years I had my cats, Vanessa, Simba and Valentino.
  8. I am thankful for the work that I do, and for the clients and non-clients I serve.
  9. I am thankful for my Mom’s Bible, and the little notes she wrote or underlined throughout.
  10. I am thankful for Whatsapp that allows me to instantly keep in touch with my family from far and near.

How about you? What are you thankful for today? Let’s hear them.

Happy Thanksgiving!