This year, I am most grateful for finding (and for joining) the No Pants Project freelancing group. Being involved with this group has been the catalyst for a lot of positive growth in my life, and has kept me focused on the things that really matter to me.
So today I shared a Facebook post with the group, but since Facebook posts tend to get lost pretty quickly, I’m sharing it here as well, where it will be easy for me to find, and to reflect on, one year from now… and to see if I still feel as strongly about the group in another 365…
So, here in all of its majestic beauty, is my fabulous Facebook post:
(Also: A bit of a long post, partly to say “HI!” to everybody but mostly just to see if I’ve still got it…)
(Also: You can totes read this on any day after Thanksgiving, and I’m willing to bet you’ll still feel the gratitude I have in my heart for this community. It’s not a one-time deal or a limited offer; my love for the No Pants Nation runs deep, yo…) 😎
(Also: You all are amazing – and I know for a fact that I am thankful for each one of you.) 😍
(Also: OKAY THAT’S ENOUGH ALSO’S ALREADY, JUST GET ON WITH IT WILL YOU?!?!?!?! Lols…)
November has been a tough month for me, so it’s kind of hard today to come up with things that I’m actually thankful for…
Well, to be honest November AND October have been really tough… but to be even more honest pretty much all of 2018 has been tough but really pretty much my entire adult life has been tough so… same old, same old…
For real though… the last few months have been really incredibly difficult as, among other things, I “believe” I have overcome a decades-long addiction to coffee and cigarettes.
(I say I “believe” because, while it’s been six weeks now, I’m not yet to the point that I can actually for sure 100% say “Yeah, I’m done. I ain’t never going back.” Cause life without cigarettes – after 28 years with cigarettes – life without, is HARD!… and the real difficult-ness is still in full force, with no real end yet on the horizon, but you can only live in full-on horrible difficult-ness for so long before you gotta just decide you’re going to at least TRY to do something that will actually, truly and honestly, potentially make things even just a little bit better…)
Which must be why they put Thanksgiving near the end of the year, after the weather has already turned and it gets dark before dinner time and people start to get just a little bit cranky but it’s still too far away from Christmas to really start to get excited about that holiday…
When there’s really not a whole lot to do outside anymore, but you’re not quite ready to really settle in for the winter yet, so you’re actually still bemoaning the loss of the warm summer nights instead of starting to enjoy the cold, indoor, snuggle up by the fire winter nights…
When you really do have to THINK REALLY HARD to come up with things you are thankful for…
When you don’t just automatically wake up excited for the day and grateful for another opportunity to learn and to grow…
That’s when you’re actually glad that they put Thanksgiving at this time of the year… so that you would at least take one day off from “Feel Sorry For Yourself Fall” to remember that Winter, Spring, and Summer, at least do provide you with plenty of opportunities to experience things that you really can be thankful for. And really, in 2018, three out of four seasons is pretty good…
Then again it could just be that Fall is harvest season (or was harvest season, back in the day before they had refrigerators and preservatives and grocery stores that could just magically make new food appear on the shelves all year round and I thought food used to come from farms but apparently now it all just comes from the back of semi truck trailers?) 🤔
And usually by the end of November all the excess produce was starting to spoil, and so peeps had to find a creative way to use it all up (and also to put on a few extra pounds to help them stay warm through the winter and since the harvest was over and the food was ready to spoil they knew it would be the last really good meal for the year anyway so they better really make it count…)
So they just put Thanksgiving in there to give everyone a reason to cook all that food that otherwise would have just been used as slop to feed the pigs and pigs are cool too, and I know a lot of people who will have ham on Christmas Eve but if everyone just fed the pigs all November long and we never had a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving well I just don’t even want to think about what that would look like because it would basically mean the end of life as I know it and I just don’t know how I would feel about that but I don’t think it would be good.
I’ve got a lot to be thankful for this year, but among my top one “most thankful for” would have to be the No Pants Nation.
(And my top one “most thankful for” resource within the NPN? This group. The No Pants Project Open Community. The awesomest place on Facebook. Well aside from my own personal wall, obviously… I mean I am pretty awesome myself, if I do say so… But really… this group adds significantly even to my own awesomeness, and being a member of this community really is beyond amaze-balls… plus it would just sound weird if I said “I’m thankful for myself.” And in full disclosure I would feel less awesome as a person, if I did not have this community to lean on and to learn from…)
From January to November, the one thing that’s been consistent in my life has been my involvement with the No Pants Project, and the impact that it’s had on my decision-making for the last 365 days (minus how ever many days are left between now and January of 2019 but I think that’s only like a month and a week so if I carry the 4 that should leave us with about… oh who am I kidding I don’t have time for that kind of math right now I’m trying to share something really meaningful and thought provoking with you guys… but it’s somewhere around 40 days which means the NPP has been in my head for about 325 days so far…)
I can’t tell you in one Facebook post, just how much this group has changed my life… but I can promise you this:
If you do nothing for the next 325 days, but lurk in the No Pants Project Open Community, and intentionally expose yourself to the mindset and the perspective and the success principles that are dropped here on a regular basis (both by Michael B Shreeve Jr, AND by numerous super amazing, successful or on their way to succeeding, legit members helping members, people who actually CARE about their own success AND the success of everyone else within this community…)
Pardon my French, but… D-A-M-N! That information pretty much has the potential to re-wire your brain and permanently alter your perspective and radically change your way of thinking, and of doing… and of interacting with the world around you… (like hopefully for the better… honestly if you’re a good person to start with and you really want to succeed and to help other people succeed I don’t see how you could ever go wrong by being part of this community… except maybe by not ever participating, which would totes make me a sad panda…) 😪
So today (among other things), I am particularly thankful for the No Pants Project. 👏
For Michael B Shreeve Jr. 👏
For all the support staff that make this group possible. (Super shout out to Dani Maldonado and Susan Rook D’Ettorre for everything they do to support us all!) 👏👏👏
And for all the friends and acquaintances I’ve made in this group. (aka Every one of you who’s reading this.) 😍🤩😎
And for all the myriad ways that being connected to this group has given me the courage to make significant, real, and lasting changes in my lifestyle… to take away thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors, that placed limits on my ability to succeed, and to replace them with thoughts and beliefs that support behavior that has a much better chance of leading me to success, than did any thought or behavior that I subscribed to at the beginning of 2018.
For people who currently have more than I do… and who are willing to look back, and say to me and to all the rest of us that look to them for guidance, “You can do it.” And then get down in the trenches with us, and give us that much needed hand up, to help us climb that next rung on the ladder.
Because of their example, and their support, I’m learning to leave behind a life I never wanted (but didn’t know how to get out of), and to chart a course for my future, that, God willing, will consistently lead me closer to the life I’m learning to choose.
(And without other, already-more-successful-than-me people to show me that it’s possible… I don’t believe I ever would have taken as many challenges, and endured as many changes, as I have this year… so truly, I am forever thankful for every person in my life who already has something that I want! Because those are the people that show me, that “If they can do it, well then, by golly… so can I.”)
(Also: If you go to a friend or family member’s house for dinner… Remember to wear pants.)
(Also: Thank you. Every one of you. For every little thing you do to make this community #1 on my list. You guys make other people’s day better, just by being you. Whether you realize it or not.)
(Also: J/K… J/K… I really am all out of also’s now…)