Hello Southernistas so Thanksgiving is just around the corner! My prayer is that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and for you who are traveling I pray God’s traveling mercies upon you and “may the odds be in your favor.” For you who are cooking I wish you godspeed!
This year I want to give thanks for this blog, new and old friends and new opportunities! First this blog never would have happened without encouragement from my best friend of over 30 years, Lisa, who is always available when I need her with no questions asked. Lisa was the first one who urged me to start a blog and she was the first one I turned to when I was trying to come up with names for my blog. She also came with me on my first photo shoot and was my wardrobe assistant at no charge. Thanks also to my Mother, Teralyn Dean, and Brian Antzack who were my cheerleaders in this new and scary path. Thank you to Kayla Moore who took my photos for my very first blog post at no charge and Maya Dean who served as Kayla’s assistant. Kayla and Maya thank you ladies for making time in your very busy schedules to help me bring my vision to life.
I am also thankful for Shelia Amir of The Bulls of Durham for two things the first making Durham her home and second her blogging workshop Blogging with Precision. I am a faithful follower of Shelia’s Instagram thebullsofdurham so when she announced her first workshop I signed up for it and learned so much and I did increase my social media presence on Instagram.When she rolled out her Blogging with Precision workshop I immediately signed up for this workshop and it was money well spent. In the workshop I learned so much and Shelia’s advice to me personally helped me so much. Thank you Shelia!
I am so thankful to God for Dia & Co for three things: 1. Allowing me to be an ambassador now a domino for them, 2. Creating a community and sisterhood for their customers. The third and most important is because of Dia I met Laura Roy Stanberry (check out her blog)who is not just a friend but a sister in Christ. There are no words that I can type that can really express how thankful I am that I know Laura!
Dia & Co also brought into my life these wonderful women who my Mother and I got to meet last month in Nashville. When Laura Mokelke organized a ladies weekend getaway for all who wanted to come I knew I was going. I blogged about the weekend get away here and here but I wanted to thank Laura and everyone who helped her put this girls trip together. I know I walked away with deep and meaningful friendships and the sisterhood was definitely established and I can’t wait for the next get together!
As as I write this I realize these are just a few of the events and people in my life I am thankful for this year. I am blessed beyond measure with a loving family, an amazing daughter, awesome Pastor & Assistant Pastor, loving church family who supports me (AHOD I love y’all), good health, employment, friends new and old. This year as you gather with family and friends don’t forget to give thanks for all that God has blessed you with.
Until next time remember to Be Bold,Be Beautiful, Be Confidant!