© Alma Hoffmann

Hello reader!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! As you can see in the image above, I inverted the words. I think it makes for a stronger statement: let's be happy giving thanks. 😊
We all know that the last few months have been filled with many tragedies and crisis. Some of which people are still struggling with and will continue to struggle for a while. How then do we express gratitude in the midst of such ordeals? How do we express gratitude in the midst of sorrow? I wish I had easy answers for all of us or a formula. Sometimes the best we can muster is a quiet thank you. Other times we are full of happiness and smiles to accompany that “thank you.” Whichever state you find yourself in, do come to the table one more time and say thank you.

In our times, where everything gets to be touted loudly, we miss the point that gratitude is an attitude and not an emotional state. Hence, we can be sad and be thankful too. It is an attitude that recognizes that sometimes the things we focus on are not the most important ones. I have a dear friend who always sends a text saying, “nope, that is not the most important thing.” You know who you are! 😊

With that said, let's remember that sitting down to eat a meal is a privilege we enjoy and not many have, that being with your loved ones is a gift we should treasure, that relationships are delicate and we should nurture them with honesty and care, and that those we loved will always be in our minds and hearts. I still pick up the phone wanting to call my Dad to tell him about a new thing in my career. It has been 15 years since his passing and I still wish I could have the long conversations we had. No, he was not particularly fatherly but we had a good friendship. For that, I am thankful.

Enjoy your thanksgiving or giving thanks with yours!

If you want to receive my annual Christmas card designed by me, please send me your mail address. I will be happy to send you one!

P.S. If you are a Black Friday shopper— I am not, but if you are, buy small. As in shop for my work on Saatchi, Etsy, RedBubble, Threadless, and Zazzle.

Speaking of which, I found Zazzle. It is site based on the US (so, less shipping fees) to offer my watercolor calendar. You can see it here. These calendars are smaller than the ones at RedBubble. And don't forget the cutest tiny calendar all handmade with my own little quips and lettering at Etsy!
http://prepshipglobal.com/services/ Couple of things before I go:
I wish I could write that things are better and different. But the truth is that people are still struggling. So, don't forget Puerto Rico. There are still a lot of need. If you can help, especially considering that Christmas is around the corner, even a dollar is a dollar more than before, here are some places to donate:
My mom is still managing. Power still comes and goes. So, everybody is doing the best they can.
And with that, I wish you a great weekend and a fabulous Tweek ahead! Until then my friends!
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