With the holidays in full swing it's easy to get distracted by
the corporate advertising, the pressure to buy gifts, and the
freezing temperatures. I want to take this opportunity to think
about what I'm thankful for. I'd like to challenge you to do the
One of the things I'm thankful for is having a great family that
even when things get rough will always be there for me no matter
what. I'm thankful for the great friends I've met at National
because moving across country where I didn't know anyone meant that
this wasn't a guarantee. There are a zillion other things but those
are the most important to me right now.
This picture is of the "ugly Christmas sweater" my
friend found for me for a party this weekend! Ha,
I recently read a study on happiness where researchers tried to
figure out if money had anything to do with how happy people were.
What researchers found was money helped to a point when all your
necessary needs like food, shelter and clothing were met. Once you
had the essentials, money was not important to overall happiness
like many people believe. Often they found that "just making a
little more money" was not the key to happiness. In fact, the best
"happiness factor" they found was getting together with a big group
of family/friends at night for a dinner and stories. Interesting
since Thanksgiving and the holidays are upon us, and family dinners
are the norm instead of the exception.
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and didn't pass out in
a food coma too long! Who am I kidding; that's the best part!
I wasn't able to make it back to Boston since the flights were
outrageous, so I spent Thanksgiving with my friend Shannon and her
family. I have to admit I ended up having a blast with her family
and we shared a ton of laughs, food, football, and of course Apples
to Apples. In case you haven't played, Apples to Apples is a board
game were you have outrageous topics and you put down cards based
upon what you think the other person will pick. So, there's a fair
amount of psychology in the game if you want to win. Over a couple
glasses of wine it becomes hysterical to see what cards people will
play and pick. We played so long that we had essentially seen every
card in the game at least once!
Well, back to studying for me, we have only a few short weeks
until finals and before you know it we will be on Winter Break!
Hurray! I need a break. :)