112414_gratitude_tagWe nurses share a rare perspective on life. We’ve seen it from its fragile beginnings to its sometimes agonizing end. Perhaps this experience helps us keep things in proportion. We don’t sweat the inconsequential. And we appreciate even the smallest of things.

This Thanksgiving, I’m sharing a short list of things I’m grateful for as a freelance writer. I love my lifestyle, and I want say “thank you” for all the people and things that contribute to my joy. I’m grateful for:

  • RN2WRITER readers!
  • My coaching clients, who constantly remind me what freelance life was like in the salad days. Pure joy.
  • My clients, each of whom provides interesting challenges and collegial fellowship. I appreciate you all.
  • The constant expansion of knowledge that comes from being a writer.
  • Being able to pursue creativity every day.
  • My comfortable office chair.
  • My office cat, Mystery, who faithfully snores over my Pandora station all day, every day.
  • My Pandora station! (Vince Guaraldi radio.)
  • Schedule flexibility.
  • Being able to work from home.
  • Being able to have my mom live with me so I can take care of her with much less stress than if I had an 8-to-5 job.
  • Facebook, without which I’d have little opportunity to procrastinate when I’m on deadline.
  • My innate ability to write, for which I cannot take credit.
  • My ability to follow directions, which perhaps even more than any God-given talent has been instrumental in becoming successful as a freelancer.
  • My freelancer friends, who are always available to provide a hearty “congratulations!” or a shoulder to cry on.
  • Planner Pad, a simple but ingenious invention that allows me to be more productive than I ever imagined I could be.
  • The World Wide Web. Thanks in large part to the Web, writers can now succeed from any location. Freelancing is so much easier than it was 20 years ago.
  • Technology. I love being able to stay in touch with clients by using my phone. And who ever thought they’d have a laser printer in their home office?
  • Frixion erasable ink pens. ‘Nuff said.
  • My husband. Without his unflagging support, I never could have made it in this career. Thank you, Lee. I love you.

Use the comment thread to tell me what you’re grateful for this Thanksgiving.

Wishing you well!