By Patti Samar
Thanksgiving is exactly one week from the day I am sitting and writing this column, so it feels like a good time to reflect on the past year and all of the blessings that are ever present in my life.
I scrolled through the photos on my phone and found plenty of inspiration for thankfulness there, as reflected in a few of my favorite photos from 2019, shown below: the gift of health and wellness; a roof over my head; an abundance of food on the table; the opportunity to engage in adventures all over the world; the richness that comes from laughter and silliness as a result of time spent with good friends; the opportunity to live on the Great Lakes and to enjoy them, on both the beach, and while on the deck of a sailboat; and the opportunity to spend time with family, be they blood or chosen.
I’m really looking forward to 2020. New years equate to new beginnings, and all of the possibilities of a clean slate. I can’t wait to discover what new adventures will come my way during the coming year.
Thank you, dear reader, for all of your support for Blue Water Woman over the past eight years. I’m especially thankful for the advertisers who continue to support this endeavor. Their belief in the importance of sharing women’s stories — Blue Water history in the making — allows me to share just a few of the stories of the incredible women in our community.
Happy holidays and a very happy new year to all!