Prior to opening Wishing Tree, I never considered writing a blog. When I realized that the blog portion of my website couldn't be disabled, I said to myself, "Self, just write a blog post for all of the wonderful things Wishing Tree will provide, set a publish date, and let the internet take over in all of its glory. Piece of cake!"
When that didn't work, I asked an employee to take over the blog and write about our book club. That worked for a little while, but not quite what I wanted. Who knew it would be so hard to convey all of your emotions, hopes, and dreams into the body of another person and then ask them to make it whimsical on top of that?!
Then, I googled what a business blog should be about and it became another job! I decided right then and there that the blogger position would be unfulfilled and hopefully unnoticed.
Then came snowmageddon of Tuesday, March 14, 2017! I closed Wishing Tree for the entire day (my last blog post was stating the closure) and took advantage of not having to drive my children 50 minutes to school like I usually do and to take the day off (I always close on Tuesdays). Right around lunchtime, my youngest began to plead that we go to Wishing Tree! Not to build a snowman or to fill the day with the movies I bought the night before, but to go to our "store." This immediately brought the gratitude. I said to myself, "Self, how fortunate are you that what you do fills your children with so much joy that they'd pick that over a snow day!"
Then came Oprah! Oh, Oprah. I've watched so many of her shows, networks, YouTube clips, but I digress. She writes in a journal that includes things that she's grateful for daily. (Oprah, please feel free to reach out at anytime. I'd love to meet you!)
Thus, we get back to Wishing Tree's blog. I've been bogged down by what the content should be and it hit me that finding something that we're grateful for is so easy when you witness children on a daily basis. Communities naturally form around them and joy follows them everywhere they skip, run, and ninja kick.
Wishing Tree will share its gratitude in the form of a quick note, long rambling, maybe even a YouTube video one day! After that, I might even try tackling proper grammar and formatting.
Today, I'm thankful for every one who has believed in us, continues to believe in us, and will believe in us in the future. If you've made it this far in the post, I'm also grateful to you for taking the time to share in our journey.