Thanksgiving is not a holiday I grew up on. I knew of its existence and saw it in movies and American TV throughout my life (so pretty and glamorous! Especially on my favorite show of all times Friends with NY snow all around :-)), but it wasn't until Thanksgiving of 2011 when I first celebrated, a short while after meeting my husband (boyfriend at the time) who brought Thanksgiving to my life. Even though this seemed weird to me as I wasn't born nor raised in America, celebrating Thanksgiving and inviting friends over became a tradition in our family which I love. Having the opportunity to stop for a minute and think about all the good in our lives is something we should all embrace. This year I embraced it some more, and decided to write for the very first time. The last weeks, filled with sad news about shootings and fires (and also missiles falling back at my homeland), gave a great opportunity to think about all the good in my life. I spent this time being pretty sick, with a virus that turned into a nasty cold that turned into ear infection on both (!) sides, and yet as hard as this was on my body - this is all nothing comparing to the struggle of those who lost their homes and their loved ones. Events like these really give proportion to what is really important in life and to how thankful we should be, for the big things and the small.
So... What am I thankful for?
First and foremost, I'm thankful for having a roof above my head and walls around me and my family. I'm thankful for having the best partner in my crazy journey on this earth, to support me and to believe in me in every step of the way. I'm thankful for having two healthy, smart, funny, kind, sweet boys, who bring light to my life every day, even on days in which I feel like I want to put them both in a little basket and send to the ocean (hey, I love them but I'm real :-)).
I'm thankful for having my parents and siblings that can tolerate my nonsense even from the other side of the world, that support me at all time, that hear me out and that are always there for me with a good advise and an open heart. I'm thankful for having my husband's family in our lives, for accepting me as I am (which can be a very VERY hard task sometimes), for always having our back and for pouring endless love on our children. I'm thankful for my extended family, although I'm not very good at being in touch with them all, as this is a hard task when you have so many of them ( I lost count really) plus the fact they live on the other side of the world. Having a big tribe is a treasure that gives a lot of strength.
I'm thankful for my good friends who are holding down the fort in Israel. Even though there's an ocean between us and trying to talk is mission impossible due to time differences and life with kids - I know in my heart that they are always there for me. They always welcome me with a huge smile when I visit and remind me of their love to me.
I'm thankful for the friends I've made along the way here in the states. Moving is hard, moving as an adult is harder (I think?) and moving continents is the hardest. Different EVERYTHING. Making friends is not easy and I find myself lonely a lot of the time. And yet, I somehow managed to find meaningful people that I can call my friends. Thank you for being in my life. I'm thankful for having a job that I absolutely LOVE and for being able to be proud at what I do. Last week I had a chance to talk to a great colleague/friend of mine, and I would like to share with you what I shared with her: Even though I always dreamt of opening my own space, it was never a dream to open a studio that focus on new moms and moms-to-be. The dream, as it was almost nine years ago, was to open a studio and... well, that was pretty much it. I was super young, knew nothing about running a business and didn't really think about what it is that I want to do or the extra value I could provide. I definitely didn't think about such niche when I just started my fitness journey. As the years went by and I grew, turned from a young clueless girl in her early twenties to a grownup woman, wife and mother, the dream also changed. I enriched myself more and more professionally, while my personal life journey shaped me in different ways too. With time, the dream started to add different flavors to it. Motherhood became an inseparable part of me, and the desire to offer a space to other moms who need it most became one with the original dream. Tal from almost a decade ago didn't have a clue about the Tal I am today, and that's okay. We all grow all the time and it is only natural that our dreams, desires and aspirations would also shift with time. I am grateful for where my private road lead me to, and I am grateful for the type of business I am running today. Although this was not the original plan (what was the plan, really?), I cannot be happier with how things turned out. I feel the impact that I have on other women on a daily basis, and that is not something to take for granted. I still learn and make mistakes, but I absolutely LOVE what I do and I know that I will continue to grow, as my heart is in the right place. Whatever the road ahead brings - I'll embrace it with open arms. This is probably the right place to also mention how grateful I am for my clients - both current and past clients. Each and every one of you touched my journey and has part in where I am today; as a business woman, as an instructor, as a woman and as a human-being. I try my best to say it in every opportunity I get and I will say it again because I truly mean it: Thank you. Thank you for trusting me with your health and body, thank you for trusting me to guide you, thank you for letting me take part in your own journey. I am forever grateful.
Thank you for reading this far. If you skipped some parts on the way - that's okay, it was really long :) Thank you as well ♡♡♡ To all of you I want to say: Be thankful and follow your dreams. They might seem far at the moment and maybe it won't be a smooth ride. You might have to do some other things on the way, things that you're not sure have anything to do with your plan, but all of those things move you forward and build the path to where you need to get. Your dreams and goals might also change along the way (and that's a good thing, it means you're growing), but jumping into the water is probably the scariest yet best thing you could do for yourself.
Happy Thanksgiving! Love to all, Tal