Thanksgiving Thoughts: This is the day of preparations — traveling to see family and friends, last-minute grocery shopping, baking delicious creations — because tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day. I want to extend my gratitude to our customers, readers of my blog, and those who pin these words of encouragement on Pinterest.

A big thank you goes to Mary Beth Shaw of StencilGirl Productions for her artwork. Mary Beth shared a few pieces of her art and I’m thrilled to use them with this week’s motivational thoughts.

Today I’m quoting a musician, writer, and surfer, all currently living. Here we go:

Yo-Yo Ma, acclaimed cellist and songwriter, U.N Messenger of Peace. 1955 –

Yo-Yo Ma quote
Passion is one great force that unleashes creativity, because if you’re passionate about something, then you’re more willing to take risks. Yo-Yo Ma

Joan Didion, American author. 1934 –
Joan Didion quote

To free us from the expectations of others, to give us back to ourselves–there lies the great, singular power of self-respect. Joan Didion

Bethany Hamilton, American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack. 1990 –
Bethany Hamilton quote


Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of. Bethany Hamilton
Happy Thanksgiving.
Ann Marie


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