Happy ThanksgivingWhen I transitioned from working in Corporate America to running my own business, I had certain goals and expectations. Along the way, I encountered a few surprises – as every entrepreneur does. But over time I discovered that my life had changed for the better in ways I never really imagined.

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, I thought I’d share some of the things that being a small business owner has allowed me to “reclaim” – and for which I am truly thankful:

  • My purpose. The corporate grind can suck the life out of you. Now I get up every day with a sense of purpose because I know I am helping folks realize their dreams. It doesn’t get much better than that.
  • My environment. I get to choose clients and colleagues. I am grateful every day for the gift of working with my amazing “posse of professionals”. They consistently challenge me to be the best possible version of myself.
  • My wardrobe. Fuzzy slippers and a warm robe are my new uniform. I vowed to never again wear a business suit. In fact, I donated all of my “business clothes” to organizations that help women reimagine their careers.
  • My community. For years, where I lived was just a place to sleep. I knew no one. Now I am present in my neighborhood and actively involved in my community, donating my time and energy to make a difference. (My husband says it’s like living with the Mayor!)

Sometimes the challenges of running a small business prevent us from seeing the good stuff. I encourage you to pause and consider the ways being a business owner has enriched your life – and what YOU are giving thanks for this year.