Thanks and Giving

As I cleaned my house from top to bottom yesterday, I finally made room for a little holiday spirit.

Not Christmas, mind you. I’m not quite there yet. One holiday at a time, please. I’m speaking of Thanksgiving. Of being grateful and giving back. It is this spirit that has allowed me to flourish in a brand new business. The idea that what you send out comes back to you.

It’s really the whole spirit of blogs and social media, isn’t it? The sharing of information? Sure, each of us has a motive to earn a living – it is America, after all. We have that right (be thankful for it!), and each of us needs to pay for that turkey on our dining room table.

But still, here are a few ways to get into the spirit of Thanksgiving:

  • Pay for the car behind you in line (at Starbucks, or wherever you are)
  • Send a note – a real, handwritten note – to your clients. It’s a lost art, but it speaks volumes about how much you value them, the time you put into that professional relationship, and the things that are important to you.
  • Share a bit of wisdom, a recipe… something. Your blog is a great place to do this. But you can also offer to speak to a class of college students or invite a student interested in your industry to shadow you for a day.
  • Offer your time. Carve (see what I did there?) out a few hours and help out at a shelter or other local organization.

A few things for which this solopreneur is thankful:

  • A flexible schedule
  • Clients who don’t work over the holidays
  • Great colleagues, clients and vendors
  • Long-lasting business relationships
  • Family and friends who understand my creative neuroses
  • Being awarded a 2014 Gold MarCom award!

In the spirit of sharing, here’s a recipe I make every year. Kids love to help with this one, it’s perfect for Thanksgiving, and tastes great:

BiscuitsSweet Potato Biscuits

Ingredients:

2 1/2  cups flour

4 tsp. sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking soda

2 Tbsp. milk

2 Tbsp. melted butter

8 Tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces

1 cup cooked, mashed & cooled sweet potatoes

Brown sugar & pecan halves

Directions:

Heat oven to 450. Stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda in large bowl. Work in butter with fingers.

Stir in sweet potatoes and add milk a little at a time, until dough can be gathered in a ball.

Place dough on floured surface and knead 10 times. Pat into one and a half inch thick circles and use the rim of a drinking glass to cut into rounds.

Brush tops with melted butter, sprinkle on brown sugar and press a pecan half into each top.

Bake approx. 10 minutes (makes 18 biscuits).

Serve and enjoy!

May each and every one of you remember to take some time on this day to be thankful for all that you do have. And as you set out steaming platters of turkey, stuffing, gravy and green bean casserole, may you also remember to set out a great, big empty bowl right at the entrance to your dining room (or wherever you eat). Let it be a gathering place for everyone’s smart phone. Really. Turn ’em off, drop ’em in, and sit around that table like you used to back in the day. Look up and around at each other. And make this Thanksgiving a truly social holiday!

What are you most thankful for this holiday season?

About Beth M. Wood

Beth M. Wood is a marketing and writing professional. She's been working in the marketing industry since the early 90s, and feeding her shopping habit with copywriting gigs since 2004. On August 1, 2013, she made the jump to full-time freelance writer, marketer, and social media manager. Beth is highly adept at creating and managing integrated marketing programs that get brands noticed. She's also well known for creating and maintaing a strong brand voice across all channels. She is a word geek, a grammar snob and a boot camp junkie. Which means she believes in giving 100% to every project she takes on - large or small. She earned her BA in writing from Webster University and serves as Senior Content Strategist at Scorch.
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