The Gift of Gratitude During the Holiday Season


Growing up the holidays were a great time for my family and me. We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas meal. Our home was filled with love, laughter, and the fragrance of pine or cinnamon sticks.

As a child, I could never figure out what made the last two months of the year so special. As I’ve become older, I can confidently say gratitude made me feel good during the holiday season. I am grateful for the current holiday season and reflect on those past ones that brought so much happiness to me. Despite any sad events happening along the way, I realize how good things have been and how good they continue to be, which makes this time of year so special.

I make it a point to use this time of the year to reflect on all that’s happening in all areas of my life – relationships, work and business, health, spiritual, and financial.


I give myself time to think about these areas of my life, write down my thoughts, and reflect. When I reflect, I don’t just focus on things that are going well. I also remember the opportunities and acknowledge there is always more work to be done, but I appreciate what has been done.

I start my reflection journey by listing what I am grateful for, such as my family, friends, job, and health. Then, I list what I have accomplished that made me proud, such as achieving fitness goals, increasing my clientele, and reading more. From then on, it becomes easier to pinpoint what I am grateful for or what I want to improve.

Focusing on where we want to be or where we thought we’d be is easy, but focusing on how far we’ve come, how hard we’ve worked, and what we’ve learned along the way makes excellent reflection. Being thankful for the journey thus far and grateful for the journey ahead is the perfect way to move into another year.

If you want to lead a positive life, choose to be grateful. Surround yourself with the people, places, and things that bring feelings of joy and happiness. Get out the Christmas decorations, set up the tree, and enjoy all the things that make you feel good inside and out, and be grateful for them.

What do you plan to do this holiday season to cultivate gratitude?

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Angie Taylor
Angie is a stepmother, pet mom, grandmother, and caregiver for her loving mother. She and her husband Marvin moved from Maryland to Columbia in 2020. She is a graduate of Talladega College (Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration) and Troy State University (Master of Business Administration). Working as a Senior Advisor with the Department of the Treasury, she’s grateful to have a career that allows her the flexibility to both work from home and in the office. She is a certified intermittent fasting and health coach who has a passion to inspire women and men to live their healthiest self. She is the founder of Commit 2B Healthy where she has spent years providing private nutrition counseling and group coaching programs. Beyond her private nutrition counseling and group coaching programs, she is a brand ambassador with Ultima Replenisher and a content creator with Shop Style Collective, the world’s largest fashion search engine. Angie enjoys cycling, reading, and self-care. Her latest passion is meditation, which she uses to unwind at the end of the day. She is eager to explore the city and share the experiences with the Columbia Mom community.


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